Module code: MAN1073

Module Overview

The module provides students with an introduction to the human dimensions of work organizations. It will encourage them to think critically and creatively about the ways in which people shape organizations and are, in turn, shaped by organizations. It will introduce them to individual, group and structural levels of analysis. This module builds the foundations for the subsequent, more advanced study of people and organisations on the HRM Pathway.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: N215

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  1. Organizational Behaviour: motivation, perception, personality, leadership and decision-making, teams and team working.

  2. Organization Studies: organisational learning, structure, culture, power, control, resistance and change.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate all five of the intended module learning outcomes; which is reflected both in its formative and its summative elements.

There will be a classroom-based test midway through the semester, to ensure that students have a good level of knowledge related to topics covered in the first 5 weeks of the syllabus.

The end-of-semester examination is intended to give students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in depth in relation to selected topics drawn from across the entire OBA syllabus.

Module aims

  • To provide an understanding of key theoretical contributions to organisational behaviour and organisation studies.
  • To enable students to begin using these theories to critically analyse organisational practices, and to begin using examples of organisational practice to critically reflect on organisational theories.
  • To encourage critical thinking and an awareness of the differing perspectives that can be used to evaluate management theory and practice.
  • To introduce students to the fundamental skills of independent research, critical analysis, use of evidence and development of insight in the field of OBA.
  • To provide the necessary foundation for subsequent OB/HRM modules.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding of the theory/research base underpinning theĀ  field of OBA KC
2 Show the ability to critically apply concepts and frameworks to organisational life and vice versa CPT
3 Demonstrate the ability to critically and reflectively evaluate competing ideas/evidence CPT
4 Demonstrate the emerging mastery of other key skills, such as carrying out an independent inquiry and developing insight in the field of OBA CPT
5 Through the above outcomes, demonstrate readiness to engage with higher level OB/HRM modules KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of key theories and concepts in the field of OBA (LO1), to develop an awareness of the use they can make of establishing a meaningful dialogue between organisational theories and practice (LO2), and to begin to develop cognitive, professional and transferable skills, such as critical analysis, evaluation and use of evidence, generation of insight and independent inquiry as understood and practiced in the field of OBA (LO3, LO4), which will prepare them for the higher-level modules (LO5).

Teaching and learning methods include:

  • Lecturers

  • Seminars

  • Case study discussions

  • Self-directed learning

    • Reading

    • SurreyLearn

Total student learning time  = 150 hours

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.