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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Organisational Behaviour and Learning
Module Code ES592
School 79
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Margaret Farren
Semester 2: Margaret Farren
Autumn: Margaret Farren
Module TeachersMargaret Farren
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of the module is to provide students with an insight on how organisations come to be formed and how they may be structured with a particular focus on the significance of individual and group behaviour in this understanding. Drawing on theories of organisational psychology, the module will explore the role of team and group work as applied in the contemporary workplace. There will also be an emphasis on learning in organisational settings. Understanding how change has an impact on organisational members is a central aspect in this module and much of the focus will be on shared sense-making surrounding this.

Learning Outcomes

1. Examine the theoretical assumptions used to explain the nature of continuous change in organisations.
2. Participate in team and group work in a more constructive way having gained new insights on teamwork from the module.
3. Diagnose conflict situations in the workplace and describe both effective and ineffective ways of dealing with it.
4. Assess the relevance and effectiveness of human resource strategies in reinforcing competencies required to achieve organisation goals
5. Evaluate and employ teamwork strategies.
6. Play an influential role as change agent in the work organisation using the new insights gained through complexity theories and understandings of organisational behaviour and learning.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Structured Presentations
Tutorial6Group Work Tutorials
Independent Study100Reading and Research
Group work78Directed to Assignment
Online activity44Engagement on Moodle
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Organisational Cultures
Understanding the limits and possibilities of cultural change

Communication for Change
The role of communication in change contexts

Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
What is Work?

Psychological Contract
Introduction to understanding psychological contracts in the work environment

Trust in the Workplace
Understanding the centrailty of trust in work engagement and in organisational change

Work Motivation
Some models and controversies

Leadership values, dispositions and qualities in change contexts

Complexity Theory
Introducing the insights from complexity theorists for understanding change

The Change Management Process
Synthesizing the learnings for application to change settings.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentComplex Case Study75%Sem 2 End
Reflective journalIndividual reflection on the learnings within conduct of the complex case study.25%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Lencioni, P.: 2002, The five dysfunctions of a team: a leadership fable, Jossey-Bass,
  • Lencioni, P.: 2016, The ideal team player: how to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues: a leadership fable, Jossey-Bass,
  • Viscuso, F.: 2015, Step up your teamwork, PennWell Books,
  • Harvard Business Review: 2016, Leading virtual teams: hold people accountable, build trust, encourage collaboration, Harvard Business Review Press,
  • Moussa, M.: 2016, Committed teams: three steps to inspiring passion and performance, Hoboken,
  • Buchanan, B.: 2016, Organisational behaviour, Pearson,
  • West, M.: 2012, Effective teamwork: practical lessons from organizational research, Blackwell,
  • Davis, C.: 2017, Servant Leadership and Followership: Examining the Impact on Workplace Behavior, Springer International,
  • Gustavson, P.: 2014, A team of leaders: empowering every member to take ownership, demonstrate initiative, and deliver results., AMACOM,
  • Fieldhouse, A.: 2020, Getting teamwork right : the key to happy, successful and resilient teams, Rethink Press,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GEMLGDip in Education & Training Management
MEMLMSc in Ed. & Training Mgt (Leadership)

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