BUSM1011 Organisational Behaviour

Bachelor Course Unit

BUSM1011 Organisational Behaviour

Level: 1st year

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: none

Unit description

This unit comprehensively analyses the impact that workplace structures and managerial strategies have an organisational and people behaviour.

Students will examine the impact and effect of change on individuals and organisations, the personality dynamics, occupational stress and health related issues, and the relationship between management and organisational structure and its impact on individual and group performance.

How people and groups behave in organisations and the impact that individuals have on an organisation's efficiency and effectiveness are also examined.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • use the concepts and terminology of organisational behaviour
  • evaluate common patterns of behaviour within organisations
  • identify effective organisational practices
  • state the effect of change on an organisation and its people
  • discuss the role of work teams and groups in organisations
  • identify key issues and skills for organisational behaviour in relation to performance improvement
  • explain the impact of stress, occupational health and safety and other health issues on organisational efficiency
  • recommend methods of assessing organisations and monitoring their progress
  • discuss a range of organisational structure options
  • apply a range of effective managerial strategies for enhancing the performance of an organisation and its people

Unit content

  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Organisational Effectiveness
  • Managing Individuals' Difference in Organisations
  • Organisational Performance
  • Understanding Work Behaviour
  • Individual Motivation
  • Organisational Motivation and Rewards
  • Teams and Teamwork
  • The Learning Organisation
  • Managing Organisational Change
  • Case Studies in Contemporary Ethical Issues
  • Information Communication Technology

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9.75 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Regular Term



Word count


Academic Essay




Case Study




Summer School (2014)



Word count


Reflective journal and evidence of completion of Activity 6.2


Reflective Journal (600) and evidence of completed Activity 6.2 (300)


Case Study




Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Knowledge of the framework of counselling theory, and a foundational understanding of the major theories of counselling
  • Understanding of and the appropriate application of counselling skills in a range of contexts and circumstances
  • Understanding what constitutes ethical practice in counselling interactions
  • The ability to effectively and appropriately apply the micro and macro skills of counselling
  • The ability to recognise major transition points in human development and major forms of mental illness and know when and how to appropriately refer clients

Recommended text

Wood, J., et al. (2013). Organisational behaviour: Core concepts and applications (3rd Australasian ed.) Milton, QLD: John Wiley & Sons.

Relevant journals

Academy of Management Executive
Academy of Management Journal
Academy of Management Review
Annual Review of Psychology
Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resource
Australian Training Review
European Journal of Management
Group and Organizational Studies
Harvard Business Review
HR Magazine
HR Monthly
Journal of Applied Behavioural Science
Journal of Management Information Systems
Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology
Journal of Organisational Analysis
Management Executive
Management Today
Organisational Dynamics
Personnel Psychology
Psychological Monographs

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer tohttp://currentstudents.acap.edu.au/assets/Managing-My-Course/A-Z-Policies/Academic-Misconduct-Policy.pdf for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of the semester.