BM202 - Organisational Behaviour

Credit Points: 15 credit points

Workload: 36 hours

Prerequisite: BB103 Management Principles

Co-requisite: N/A

Aims & Objectives

This is a second-year core unit in the Bachelor of Business Management and offered as an elective unit in the Bachelor of Business Accounting and Marketing streams. For Course Learning Outcomes and further information relating to Bachelor of Business program please visit our website:

In this unit students will study human behaviour in organisational contexts, the interface between human behavior and the organisation with the aim of improving organisational effectiveness. The unit explores the concepts and theories behind organisational effectiveness, offering knowledge and skills that are vitally important to anyone who works in organisations and useful for managers in addressing people related workplace issues and problems. A range of relevant issues will be addressed at the organisational, environmental, team and individual levels including: organisational behaviors, reward system, learning, leadership, teamwork, decision making, culture and diversity.

Unit topics include:

  • An overview of organizational behavior.
  • Individual characteristics.
  • Individual values, perceptions, and reactions.
  • Motivating behavior.
  • Groups and teams.
  • Communication.
  • Leadership in organizations
  • Conflict and negotiation.
  • Organization culture.
  • Organization change and change management
  • Organization structure and design.

Learning Outcomes

The Course learning outcomes applicable to this unit are listed on the Melbourne Institute of Technology’s website:
At the completion of this unit students should be able to:
a. Describe the concept of the organisation as a system.
b. Describe and discuss the major theories and concepts that pertain to understanding behavior in organisations.
c. Examine the role of organisational behavior theory in enhancing both individual and organisational effectiveness.
d. Apply knowledge to develop solutions to practical and theoretical problems.
e. Creatively apply principles of leadership to establish cohesive team.


Assessment Task Due Date A B Unit Learning Outcomes
1.Formative Assessment Week 3 5% - a
2.Contribution and Participation in Class Weeks 1-12 - 5% a-e
3.Reflective journal entries[Individual] Week 5 - 20% a-d
4.Motivation research analysis essay[Group] Week 8 10% - a-e
5.Motivation research analysis essay Presentation[Group] Week 8 10% - a-e
6.Case Study Analysis [Individual] (3 hours) TBA - 50% a-e
TOTALS    25% 75%  

Task Type: Type A: unsupervised, Type B: supervised.

Contribution and Participation (5%)

This unit has class participation as an assessment. The assessment task and marking rubric will follow the Guidelines on Assessing Class Participation ( Further details will be provided in the assessment specification on the type of assessment tasks and the marking rubrics.

Teaching Methods

NOTE: All School of Business units 3-hour workshops Flipped Classroom Mode. 

Textbook and Reference Materials

Note: Students are required to purchase the prescribed text book and have it available each week in class.

Prescribed Text Book

  • Griffin, R.W., Phillips, J.M., & Gully, S. M. (2019). Organizational Behavior: Managing People and Organizations (13 Ed.), Boston: USA. Cengage Learning.

Other recommended references

  • McShane, S., Olekalns & Travaglione, T. (2013). Organisational Behavior on the Pacific Rim. (4th Ed). North Ryde, N.S.W.: McGraw Hill
  • Robbins, P. & Judge, T.A. (2017). Organisation Behavior, 17th Ed. Harlow, Pearson Educational Limited.
  • Robbins.S.P. & Judge, T.A. (2019). Organisation Behavior, 18th Ed. New York, Pearson Educational Limited.


  • Journal of Organizational Behavior.
  • Organization Science.
  • Academy of Management Journal.
  •  Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.
  • Group & Organization Management.
  • Research in Organizational Behavior.

The Referencing style for this unit is APA: See the MIT Library Referencing webpage: and the Unit Moodle page for additional referencing support material and weblinks.

Graduate Attributes

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


Levels of attainment Extent covered
The attribute is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations.
The attribute is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations.
The attribute is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations.
The attribute is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by activities such as lectures or tutorials.
The attribute is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this attribute.