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Understanding Organisations

Overview

  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 3
  • Convenor: Sean Hamil
  • Assessment: a 10-minute team presentation (30%) and a 1500-word individual report/essay (70%)

Module description

This module 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. It will also involve constructing informal and formal organisational charts for an organisation.

Indicative module syllabus

  • The nature, purpose and types of organisations
  • The key features of effective organisations
  • The relationship between organisational structure, culture and performance
  • Methods of communication in organisations
  • The role and importance of power, politics, conflict in organisations
  • Theories of individual behaviour and their relevance in the workplace
  • Contemporary issues in organisations

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will have a clear understanding and awareness of:

  • the nature, purpose and types of organisations
  • the key features of effective organisations
  • the relationship between organisational structure, culture and performance
  • how to map and construct an informal and formal organisational chart for an organisation
  • what is meant by organisational culture and an ability to reflect on culture that exists within an organisation
  • the importance of the relationship between informal and formal processes within organisations and their impact on organisational effectiveness
  • the role and importance of power, politics, conflict and influencing strategies within organisations
  • the theories of individual behaviour and their relevance in the modern workplace.