This course provides an introduction to organisations, their structure and culture, and the behaviour of individuals and groups within them. Topics covered include: the nature and types of organisation; individual differences; power; job design and teamwork; motivation; and communication.
This Short Course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.
This course aims to enable you to understand the structure of organisations and how they influence not only the performance of the workforce but also the culture and resulting effectiveness and quality of output and effectiveness.
It will develop an awareness and understanding of:
- The key features of effective organisations
- The nature and purpose of organisations
- The relationship between organisational structure, culture and performance
- How to map an organisation's structure and culture
- The role and importance of power, politics, conflict and influencing strategies within organisations.
15 credits at level 4
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.
Fees and payment
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Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
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Evening study explained
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Short courses explained
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The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
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