BM202 - Organisational Behaviour

Credit Points: 15

Prerequisite: BB103 Management Principles

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 36 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

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.
In this unit students will study human behaviour in organisational contexts 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 behaviours, reward system, learning, leadership, teamwork, decision making, culture and diversity.

The unit topics include:

  1. Defining organisational behaviour and the factors impacting behaviour at work
  2. Individual behaviour: personalities, values and learning styles
  3. Motivation and job satisfaction
  4. Applied performance practices
  5. Groups and teams
  6. Decision making and problem solving
  7. Power and influence in the workplace
  8. Conflict and negotiation
  9. Leadership
  10. Organisational culture

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe the concept of the organisation as a system
  2. Describe and discuss the major theories and concepts that pertain to understanding behaviour in organisations
  3. Examine the role of organisational behaviour theory in enhancing both individual and organisational effectiveness
  4. Apply knowledge to develop solutions to practical and theoretical problems
  5. Creatively apply principles of leadership to establish cohesive teams

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Tutorial/Workshop: 1 hour
Face to Face


Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Contribution in classa-e*10%
Presentation of journal entries (Group)a-d*15%
Motivation analysis essay (Group)b,c,d*25%
Final Exam (3 hours)a-e*50%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


Griffin, R., Phillips, J. & Gully, S. (2017). Organizational Behaviour: Managing People and Organizations (12 Ed.), Boston: USA. Cengage Learning.

Reference Reading

  • McShane, S., Olekalns & Travaglione, T. (2013). Organisational Behaviour on the Pacific Rim. (4th Ed). North Ryde, N.S.W.: McGraw Hill
  • Arnold, J., Silvester, J., Patterson, F., Robertson, I., Cooper, C. & Burnes, B. (2005). Work Psychology: Understanding Human Behaviour in the Workplace (4th Ed.). Essex, England: Prentice Hall Financial Times
  • Drafke, M.W. and Kossen, S. (2002). The human side of organizations (8th Ed.). Reading, Mass: Addison Wesley Longman

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 communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global AwarenessTeam workSpecialist knowledge of a field of study


Colour coding    

Extent covered

                               The standard  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 standard 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 standard 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 standard 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 standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard