Course Title: Organisational Behaviours for Educators

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Organisational Behaviours for Educators

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360H Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Josephine Ng

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 4633

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 98.1.001A

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Participants in this program are expected to have at least three years experience working in a field of education and/or a relevant undergraduate qualification or equivalent.

Course Description

This course examines organisations from a structural, cultural and social perspective and explores the impacts that individuals and groups have on workplaces, particularly organisations that have education and learning as a core function. The course will encourage learners to analyse these organisational factors in order to increase their both their own personal, and the organisation’s, effectiveness. The multidisciplinary foundations of the discipline of ‘organisational behaviour’, including theoretical models and personal experience will be considered through reflective, participative adult learning.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successfully completing this course, participants will be expected to be able to:

- Interpret, differentiate and summarise foundational concepts of work-based behaviour including individual and group values and attitudes; motivation; dynamics; power, conflict and negotiation.
- Develop the capacity to analyse organisational characteristics and operate appropriately and effectively within their work environment.
- Contribute to the improvement of leadership and management of within organisations through an increased awareness of organisational dynamics.
- Evaluate theories and methods for improving the performance of individuals and teams within organisations.
- Analyse organisational behaviour and its effect on learning within organisations.

Graduates of this course will have the opportunity to develop the capability to:

Communicate effectively and facilitate learning in their chosen context
Synthesize, interpret and integrate, at a high level, knowledge and understandings derived from multiple sources and perspectives
Be an effective problem solver, capable of applying critical and creative thinking to a range of issues associated with learning and the profession
Apply standards of personal and professional conduct in a variety of dynamically changing situations
Work as a creative professional in social, political, cultural and economic contexts in their chosen area
Perform within ethical and professional frameworks that support cultural and social diversity
Engage in critical reflection and lifelong learning to constantly enhance practice in international and Australian educational contexts


Overview of Learning Activities

Participants will have the opportunity to apply course content to their own life through guided discussion, facilitated group work and individual study. Learning opportunities will be maximised through participant preparation and participation in activities and guided discussion. Options for individual study will include reading, reflection and work-based activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

As well as the textbook, students are required to read widely on relevant topics.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course will require the submission of the equivalent of 8,000 words. Students will have a choice of submission formats for one assignment task. A second assignment task will require the writing of an analytical case study based on the participant’s work-based experience.