The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course explores issues related to organisational structural form, human behaviour and the management of people in organisations. It allows students to examine different perspectives on managing people and designing organisations, and to understand the determinants of interpersonal and team interactions in organisational environments. Attention focuses on the major theoretical, conceptual and empirical contributions relevant to designing organisations, and understanding and managing human behaviour within organisations. Case studies are used to assist students to relate content material to practical management.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Trimester 2 - 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 2020


  • Trimester 2 - 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 2020

Sydney Elizabeth Street

  • Trimester 3 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the prominent theories, concepts and models that are used to understand and analyse human behaviour in organisations, as well as an appreciation of their implications for practical management

2. Apply conceptual knowledge of theory and models relevant to teamwork and group functioning in organisations.

3. Demonstrate a well-developed understanding of the organisational design features that influence effectiveness and the contingencies that impact on the structure of organisations.

4. Display a working understanding of organisations as institutions including issues of structure, power, politics, leadership and change.

5. Solve applied problems related to organisational design and behaviour, and to identify appropriate management strategies.

6. Synthesise and critically examine theoretical and empirical information relating to organisations, their structure and functioning, and implications for human behaviour.


The topics in this course include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Individual Behaviour; Personality and Individual Differences
  2. Motivation and Job Design
  3. Groups and Teams
  4. Leadership
  5. Power and Influence
  6. Persuasion, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  7. Organisational Structure and Design
  8. Organisational Culture and Climate
  9. Organisational Change and Development

Assessment items

Essay: Major essay

Presentation: Case Study Analysis Group Presentation

Formal Examination: Final examination

Contact hours

Gosford, Newcastle City Precinct, Online, PSB Singapore and Sydney Elizabeth Street


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term