MGF5960 - Managing people and organisations - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management


Dr Mary Anderson

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Off-campus)
  • First semester 2017 (Evening)
  • Second semester 2017 (Evening)


This unit provides an introduction to human behaviour in organisations. Behaviour is examined from the individual, group and organisational levels. The study of individual behaviour moves from consideration of personality and perception to values and attitudes and motivation. Group behaviour examines topics such as group structure and properties, group and team behaviour and leadership. These two areas of behaviour are then brought together to provide insight into the complex areas of organisational analysis (including structure and design and culture) as well as organisational processes. This multi-level organisational perspective develops student understanding and appreciation of current debates surrounding topics such as ethics and corporate social responsibility, power and influence and stress management.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. define the purpose and the range of activities associated with the effective management of people in organisations
  2. evaluate the importance of the individual, the team and the organisation's contribution to the effective performance of work
  3. analyse the relationship between the development of theory, behaviour in organisations and management practice
  4. assess the role of ethics and social responsibility in determining the culture of an organisation in the overall conduct of its business
  5. critically analyse and apply current management theory and research to current organisational issues.


Within semester assessment: 50%

Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Mary Anderson (First semester)

Dr Tui McKeown (Second semester)


Students must be enrolled in one of the following courses: 0028, 0105, 1065, 1822, 2099, 2643, 2778, B6006, B6007, B6009, B6012 or seek Chief Examiner's approval before undertaking this unit.