Course Brief

The aim of the People, Work and Organisations course is for students to develop a detailed appreciation of factors influencing how people behave at work and how these link to performance. The course focuses on understanding individual differences, how these differences affect group dynamics and how organisational factors affect individual behaviour. At its core, the course aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge to positively impact on individual, team and organisational performance in a variety of dynamic organisational contexts.


  • This course is offered in 40 - 50 contact hours.

On completion of this course students will be able to:

• Show critical awareness of historical, current and future developments in the field of OB
• Appreciate how the organisational context is influenced by social, political, cultural, technological and environmental factors
• Explain the factors that affect workplace behaviour taking into account individual differences, group dynamics and organisational culture and design
• Apply an understanding of workplace behaviour to diverse organisational contexts

The course is assessed by final examination, accounting for 100% of the overall mark. A case study will be released to students prior to the exam. The exam will consist of a consultancy report relating to the case study, and two essay questions from a choice of three.

The paper is in two sections:

I. Consultancy report 60%
II. Essay questions worth 20 marks each 40%