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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Psychology in Organisations
Module Code HR101
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Xuchang Zheng
Semester 2: Xuchang Zheng
Autumn: Xuchang Zheng
Module TeachersEdel Conway
Eileen Corrigan
John McMackin
Lisa Van Der Werff
Xuchang Zheng
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to provide students with a firm basic understanding of human behaviour in organisations. In this module students will develop knowledge about (i) individual behavior in the work setting, (ii) group processes and (iii) how these may impact on organisational effectiveness. The module enables students to analyse human behaviour in organisations and to identify solutions to organisational problems. Students are expected to attend lectures/tutorials, prepare for and contribute to class discussions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the importance of an understanding of Organisational Behaviour (OB) in a diverse and changing world
2. Discuss the various organisational behaviour models, theories and approaches
3. Discuss the social psychological influences on employee's well-being, performance, and work settings
4. Apply OB theories, concepts and methods in relation to the success and social responsibility of the organisation

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Weekly Lecture
Independent Study60Reading
Directed learning40Preparation for assignments and the final exam.
Total Workload: 122

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

Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
This section introduces the students to the field of organisational behaviour. It outlines the history of the field, gives an overview of the relevant topics in the field, and explains the importance of an understanding of human behavior in the workplace.

Individual Behaviour in Organisations
This section looks at important topics in relation to individual behaviour in work settings. Theories and empirical findings on motivation, individual differences, learning, and perception will be covered. Exercises in the lectures and tutorials will place the students in the position of decision-making and problem-solving manager, inviting the students to apply the theories in the field.

Group Dynamics in Organisations
Group formation, group structure and individual behaviour in groups will be explained to the students and its relevance with respect to organisational performance outlined.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizThis assessment will require an understanding of the basic principles of organisational psychology and knowledge of the various theories and models explored in the course.30%n/a
EssayTopic essay. Applied reflection also required.70%n/a
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

  • David A. Buchanan, Andrzej A. Huczynski,: 2010, Organizational Behaviour, 7th, Prentice Hall, 978-0-273-72822-1
Other Resources

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BSSAStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
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EBBA in Global Business
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
INTBBachelor Business Studies International
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SMPBSingle Module Programme (Business)
Date of Last Revision23-SEP-11

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