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3 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent.

Unit rationale, description and aim

Achieving sustainable organisational outcomes in the global context requires effective management of organisations operating in a highly competitive global marketplace. If students are able to do this, they will need knowledge and understanding of the complexities of managing individual employees, group and teams, organisational culture and structure of global organisations. In this unit, students will be able to develop their knowledge of management of multi-cultural workforce including expatriates and operating a business in culturally distinct environments. Working in a global environment increases the diversity of the workforce and enables students to focus on the dignity of the individuals within this workforce and management of global teams. 

The aim of this unit is to provide knowledge and understanding of management in a highly competitive global marketplace and to develop the understanding and skills necessary to analyse organisational behavioural global management problems and generate realistic solutions to achieve sustainable business outcomes always considering responsible stewardship.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO - 1describe the key organisational behaviour theories, concepts and approaches and their ethical application in real world situations to ensure that all persons have inherent worth and are treated with dignity (GA3, GA5)

LO2 - Identify and analyse the determinants of individual behaviour and group dynamics within an organisation and how they can be effectively managed in the workplace (GA4, GA5)

LO3 - analyse a range of organisational, group, interpersonal or individual behavioural issues which may impact on the achievement of sustainable organisational outcomes for all stakeholders (GA1, GA5)

LO4 - demonstrate the ability to work autonomously and with peers to develop ethical responses to organisational behaviour issues (GA5, GA7)

LO5 - apply effective written and oral communication skills, individually or in groups (GA5, GA9). 

Graduate attributes

GA1 - demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual and for human diversity 

GA3 - apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 


Topics will include: 

  • key organisational behaviour theories, concepts and approaches 
  • what is organisational behaviour?
  • attitudes, perception, personality
  • solidarity and ethics
  • managing emotions in the workplace
  • group behaviour and work teams
  • leadership, stewardship and decision making
  • understanding power, influence and organisational politics
  • organisational systems-rules, norms, and routines
  • organisational culture and change
  • International HRM

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

This unit takes an active learning approach to guide students in the development of knowledge associated with organisational behaviour. Students are able to explore the knowledge base underpinning organisational behaviour s in a series of on campus workshops. These workshops are designed to support students to actively participate in the development of this knowledge both individually and in groups. By participating in these workshops, students will systematically develop their understanding of the critical aspects of organisational behaviour and how to design responsible solutions to organisational behaviour scenarios. This Unit takes an experiential approach to support students in developing the skills required to effectively manage organisational behaviour by sharing stories and insights and reflecting on experiences. This approach is designed to interest students who prefer to learn within a social environment and builds in expert support for skills development. 

Assessment strategy and rationale

In order to pass this unit, students are required to complete and submit three graded assessment tasks and achieve an aggregate mark of at least 50%. Marking will be in accordance with a rubric specifically developed to measure student level of achievement of the learning outcomes for each item of assessment. Students will also be awarded a final grade which signifies their overall achievement in the Unit. The assessment strategy for this Unit allows students to sequentially develop knowledge and skills of organisational behaviour to the point where they can develop responsible solutions to resolve various organisational behaviour issues. To develop this level of capability, students will demonstrate their knowledge of organisational behaviour by collaborating with other students to present research findings and further develop their understanding by an individual essay, and then apply their knowledge and understanding to analyse organisational behaviour case and provide responsible solutions and recommendations in the final assessment task. 

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Verbal, written or video presentation:  

This assessment task consists of a 20 minute group presentation, The task requires students to utilise their teamwork skills to demonstrate their understanding of OB topics from the discussion forum.

The assessment task requires students to demonstrate interpretive skills and predict solutions to a research question.

Assessment Type: Individual 

Assessment method: Presentation 

Artefact: Blog comments  

Embedding GA: 

GA5 will ensure discipline learning 

GA7 will be peer assessed to ensure students learn how to work in a team 


LO1, LO4, LO3

GA1, GA3, GA5, GA7,


Requires students to integrate organisational behaviour theories, concepts and approaches to analyse the factors that most affected their group’s effectiveness and reflect on their learning about themselves. This will require students to apply models and theories of group dynamics as well as perspectives of solidarity within the group.

Assessment Type: Individual

Assessment method: Essay

Artefact: Essay

Embedding GA:

GA5 will ensure discipline knowledge

GA9 will give students the opportunity to develop academic writing


LO1, LO2, LO5

GA3, GA4, GA5, GA9

Organisational Problem Analysis Report: 

Requires students to recognise and integrate the theories, models and concepts from this unit to develop and present a recommendation on an organisational behaviour issue.

This assessment task consists of a 2000-word report requiring students to apply the organisational behavioural theories, models and concepts in this unit.

Students will be required to examine how organisational behavioural factors contribute to real life organisational success or failure in the context of stewardship and solidarity.


Assessment Type: Individual

Assessment method: Organisational Problem Analysis

Artefact: Problem Analysis Report

Embedding GA:

GA 1 will ensure consideration of diversity in the decisions

GA3 will required informed and ethical decision making

GA5 will ensure discipline knowledge has been achieved.


LO1, LO3, LO5

GA1, GA3, GA5 GA9

Representative texts and references

Robbins, S.P. et al., 2019. Organisational behaviour 9th ed., Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Education Australia.

Griffin, R., Phillips, J. and Gully, S. 2019. Organizational Behavior: Managing People and Organizations 13th ed., Cengage. 

Wood, J. et al., 2019. Organisational Behaviour Core Concepts and Applications, 5th Edition Australasian, Melbourne: Wiley.

McShane et al., 2019. Organisational Behaviour: Emerging Knowledge. Global Insights. McGraw-Hill Australia

Harris, E.G., Harris, E.G., Fleming, D.E. and Fleming, D.E., 2017. The productive service employee: personality, stress, satisfaction and performance. Journal of Services Marketing.

Lindebaum, D., Geddes, D. and Gabriel, Y., 2017. Moral emotions and ethics in organisations: Introduction to the special issue. Journal of Business Ethics, 141(4), pp.645-656.

Wu, C.H. and Parker, S.K., 2017. The role of leader support in facilitating proactive work behavior: A perspective from attachment theory. Journal of Management, 43(4), pp.1025-1049.


Journal of Organisational Behaviour 

Journal of Organizational Behaviour Management 

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