Course Title: Human and Organizational Behaviour

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human and Organizational Behaviour

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr Diane Mead Niblo

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7375

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is divided into two parts, the first explores the theories and concepts of how organizations operate effectively. The second part of the course endeavours to explore concepts of work place counselling, running effective meetings, and advanced communication models based on theory and interaction

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon completion of this course the student is expected to be able to:

a) Outline theories of individual and group behaviour
b) Analyse safety and health problems at work in terms of their behavioural components
c) Describe the major types of decision-making processes used in work and their appropriate use
d) Give an account of the major theories of work motivation and behaviour change
e) Demonstrate effective communication techniques with each target group (eg employee and management hierarchies, community groups or individuals).
f) Demonstrate an understanding of communication principles and other specific styles such as giving feedback.
g) Demonstrate successful conflict resolution strategies.

Overview of Learning Activities

Student learning will be experienced through attendance at lectures, organisational visits, and relevant reading and assignment tasks. Lectures will provide a combination of didactic teaching and class discussion. Non-attendance will severely limit students’ chances of completing successful assignment work and may jeopardise the gaining of educational experiences that are of value in obtaining employment. Handout material distributed in any lecture will not be available to those who chose not to attend the lecture. Regular attendance at lectures would normally be needed to achieve the necessary standard to pass the Course. The Study Program (see below) provides guidance on lecture material. Preliminary reading required for BESC1414 (see Study Program below) will provide the necessary foundation for discussions and problem solving in lectures and provide some resource materials for assessment work.

Lectures, readings and assessment work will draw on students’ knowledge of communication and research techniques.

Overview of Learning Resources

Text book and reading pack

Overview of Assessment

Assessments include reasearching material to present in a report, assignments, participation and a test.