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The study of Organisational Behaviour is essential to becoming a successful manager or future leader. You’ll analyse factors influencing the dynamics of organisational culture and develop communication skills to prepare you for leadership roles in corporate environments. Learn how to deal with conflict and change, while developing an appreciation for the employee diversity. Cultivate critical thinking and proactive problem-solving skills, then put them into practice. Make links between employee behaviour and organisational restructuring, and understand the values that can come about from positive workplace culture. In this unit, you will study:

Module 1: Organisations and the individual

  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Linking individual differences to workplace behaviour
  • Managing workplace behaviour

Module 2: Interpersonal and group processes

  • Understanding groups and teams
  • Working with others to achieve desired organisational outcomes

Module 3: The organisational system

  • Organisational structure, culture and change

Learning outcomes

  • Collect, appraise, and appropriately cite relevant information from a range of academic sources.
  • Describe the functions, roles and skills of a manager, and how they contribute to key organisational outcomes.
  • Present and critically analyse opposing views of the factors that influence workplace behaviour.
  • Identify and evaluate the characteristics of effective workplace teams, as supported by empirical research.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of OB theory and concepts as they apply to the effective functioning of organisations, including issues of power, politics, structure and change.


You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Discussion board: 10%
  • Literature review: 35%
  • Quiz: 20%
  • Case study: 35%

Dr Patrick Gillett: The aim of the organisational behavior unit is to provide students with a strong foundational understanding of the way in which worker behavior can be managed in order to achieve key organizational outcomes. And it does this by focusing on three levels of analysis. Behavior that can be attributed to the individual worker, behaviors associated with groups of workers, and behaviors of the system or organizational level. At the individual level of analysis we look at topics such as attitudes, perceptions and motivations and we consider why there can be such great variation among different members of an organisation. This provides a basis for our subsequent study of group level behaviors such as teamwork, conflict management and negotiation. And finally at the system's level we turn our attention to topics such as organisational structure, culture and change. Managing behavior in the workplace is challenging, it's often complex, elusive and unique. It really does require great skill. Unfortunately most managers receive no organisational behavior training. They don't know how to effectively motivate others, how to deal with conflict within their teams, or how to manage change. The OB unit does just that. Students can take what they study in this unit and immediately apply it to their current workplace. The OB unit is for anyone who is looking to develop their career contributing to the success of other employees success that results in key organizational outcomes is I think one of the most effective ways for students to advance their career. What makes the organizational behavior unit interesting, I think, is the broad range of concepts that are covered. Students are not asked to be an expert in each and every one of them, but they will have the opportunity to give more specific attention to those that they have a particular interest in.


You can study this unit under Master of Business Administration, Master of Healthcare LeadershipMaster of Engineering Management, Graduate Diploma in Business or Graduate Certificate in Business. Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 863 819 for more information based on your particular circumstances.