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BUU22510 Organisational Behaviour

(5 ECTS credits)

Module Content/Outline:

This module focuses on the behaviour of individuals and groups in organisations. We will review core concepts and theories from the fields of management and organisational behaviour that provide a lens and a framework for analysing issues relevant to individual and group behaviour in organisational contexts. Throughout the module, we will consider, discuss and critique these concepts, theories and frameworks to fully explore their potential contributions in helping us understand organisational behaviours. The module is highly interactive and requires good preparation and active engagement with the module content and the module process to achieve the learning goals.


Dr. Michelle MacMahon

Learning and Teaching Approach:

All students must take an active role in achieving the learning outcomes by engaging with the module in at least three ways: preparing for lectures by critically engaging with the recommended readings; punctual and actively present at all lectures and tutorials by responding to critical questions and participating in peer discussions; and presenting your written work in a structured and precise manner. 

The module is taught through a plenary lecture complemented with tutorials. The plenary lectures and tutorials provide the opportunity for the students to move from a level of knowing about the theories and concepts, through their reading the recommended core text book and suggested readings, to building a comprehensive framework of OB for application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. 

Individual requirements: I invite students with individual requirements related to this module to contact me in confidence as early as possible to discuss ways of dealing with any potential difficulties.

Any student not attending lectures for the whole module (e.g., visiting students; TCD students planning to leave for part of the semester) must make contact via email to discuss any special arrangements that may be required.

Learning Outcomes:

Having successfully completed this module, the student should be able to: 

1. Define organisational behaviour and describe how it impacts personal, team, and organisational success 

2. Discuss management challenges in the context of OB 

3. Identify tools that are useful for analysing individual, group, and organisation level behaviours and performance relevant issues 

4. Critically analyse and assess OB issues at individual, group, and organisation level 

5. Demonstrate an ability to provide recommendations to management in response to OB analysis and assessment.


BUU11510 Fundamentals of Management and Organisation (JF Year)

Recommended Texts/Key Reading:

ESSENTIAL core module eBook: Ricky W. Griffin; Jean M. Phillips; Stanley M. Gully 

Organizational Behavior: Managing People and Organizations, 13th Edition. This eBook costs only £33 for TCD students. Purchasing this book gives you access to course assessments which are mandatory for your passing the module. TO PURCHASE THE ESSENTIAL CORE MODULE EBOOK VISIT  

a. General Supplemental Readings: 

· Martin, J., & Fellenz, M.R. (2017). Organizational Behaviour & Management (5th ed.). Cengage: Andover, UK. 

· Landy, F.J., & Conte, J. M. (2018). Work in the 21st Century: An introduction to industrial and organizational psychology (6th ed.). New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Assessment and Examination:

The evaluation for this module is based on continuous assessment. See Table 2, Assessment Plan.