MGMT206-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Organisational Behaviour

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
19 Feb 2018 - 24 Jun 2018


This course provides an introduction to the study of individual and group behaviour in organisations. The course is taught in two parts. In the first part we examine individual-level topics such as personality differences; perception and learning in organisations; workplace emotions, theories of motivation; and stress management. We then move on to discuss team and organisational-level processes, including decision-making; group dynamics and teamwork; communication; power and conflict management; organisational structure and design; organisational culture; and organisational change.

This course is an introduction to organizational behavior theories and practices. Generally, the field of OB responds to questions of why people behave as they do in organisational settings. The goal is to come out of this course with a practical understanding of traditional management concepts such as organizational structure, communication, culture, motivation, leadership, and teams.

In this course we use lectures alongside active learning principles to realise learning outcomes.  Our focus is to increase self-awareness and gain a better understanding of why certain management techniques and philosophies will work better for you than others. You’ll also understand how and why others see the world differently than you do and make different decisions. Because empathy for others, sound organising skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, initiative, and tolerance for ambiguity are attributes or competencies that you, as future managers, will always need, the course helps you practice these both in and out of the lecture theatre.

Learning Outcomes

1. Correctly apply conceptual frameworks from organisational behaviour research and practice to understand individual/group/organisational issues.

2. Analyse and critically examine human behaviour in the context of organisational setting.

All pieces of assessment require you to understand and apply OB principles, concepts and theories.

BCom Graduate Profile
MGMT206 addresses the BCom learning goals in the following manner:

1. Graduates can demonstrate advanced knowledge of Organisational Behaviour informed by the broader context of commerce.

The assessments for this course provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate the application of advanced knowledge of Organisational behaviour, in particular individual differences and perception, attitudes and values, motivation, stress management, communication, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management, leadership, power, and organisational culture.

2. Graduates are able to use analytical thinking and problem-solving skills to address specific problems.

The exercises we do in class sessions require the use of analytical skills in interpreting your own and others’ behaviour.  The simulations/exercises/case studies we work on in class time allow you to apply problem-solving skills to understand behavioural dynamics.

3. Graduates can understand issues from a range of ethical, global, and multicultural perspectives.

We do not specifically address multiculturalism in this course, although we do look at individual differences and perception which is the foundation for understanding diversity and ethical issues.

4. Graduates are able to communicate effectively both orally and in written form.

All assessment in this course is written. Verbal communication is not formally assessed in this course but will be necessary in class sessions.


(1) MGMT100; and (2) A further 15 points in MGMT or MKTG or MSCI or STAT


MGMT201, MGMT216

Equivalent Courses


Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 11:00 E8 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun

Course Coordinator

Sarah Wright


Sarah Wright and Colleen Mills

Professor Colleen Mills will take the first half of the course.

Dr Sarah Wright will take the second half of the course.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Test 05 Apr 2017 50% Course Test (based on lectures 1-6)
OB Observations Assignment 19 May 2017 25% Assignment 1
OB Observations Assignment 02 Jun 2017 25% Assignment 2

Grading and Extensions
The various pieces of assessment may be scaled to determine a final grade and 50% should not be regarded as a pass mark.

There will be NO EXTENSIONS given in this course. It is your responsibility to plan your course of study so that even in the event of unforeseen circumstances your assignment can be delivered by the due date.

The only valid excuse for a late or non-submission of an assignment is a family or medical emergency. You must have documented proof of the emergency and contact the Course Coordinator by email.

Please note that computer problems are not valid excuses for non-submission of assessment.

Submitting Assignments
Submit your ‘OB Observations’ written assignments on Learn. No hard copies are required.

For quality assurance purposes the College is required to hold on record a number of assignments as examples of differing standards of work.  If you have any objections to the College holding your assignment for this purpose then email the course coordinator to ensure your assignment is not used for this purpose.


Recommended Reading

McShane, Steven Lattimore et al; Organisational behaviour : emerging knowledge, global insights; 5e, Asia-Pacific edition;

We will be covering broad topics in this course and you are free to choose any recent organisational behaviour textbook you wish to help you learn. There are several in the library. Use a course code search in the library catalogue (under MGMT206). Several options will come up for relevant textbooks you can use for the course.

IMPORTANT:  The primary source of course content in MGMT206 is the lectures. A textbook supports the lectures by provided further explanations and illustrations of this lecture content. For this reason attendance at lectures is very important as assessment items will be based on the content covered in lectures. It is highly unlikely you can pass this course without regular lecture attendance.


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty.  All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Coversheets - Group and Individual

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $790.00

International fee $3,350.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

All MGMT206 Occurrences

  • MGMT206-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018