BESC2101 Organisational Theory

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 200

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: None

Unit Descriptions

In this unit students will learn to apply the concepts and related terminology of organisational theory to real world situations and to consider the positions of diverse stakeholder groups within organisations. Students will critically examine what are widely positioned within organisational theory as effective organisational practices, including those that are designed to motivate and increase the performance of employees, and the ways assertions of their effectiveness are substantiated. Implications for accountability and reciprocal relations between, on the one hand, the application of organisation theory and consequent organisational change and, on the other hand, well-being, health, safety and social justice for diverse stakeholder groups at individual, family, organisational, community and wider social levels will be considered. 

Unit outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

a)      apply the concepts and terminology of organisational theory to real-world situations

b)      identify effective organisational practices and analyse the basis for their effectiveness

c)      identify and apply key issues and processes in motivating employees and facilitating accountability and performance improvement

d)      apply a range of effective management strategies for enhancing the performance of an organisation and its employees

e)      analyse the impact of work stressors, work health and safety and other health and well-being issues on organisational efficiency

f)       analyse the effect of change on an organisation and its employees

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.


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