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Postgraduate Course: Organising for Effectiveness (EMBA) (CMSE11277)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course explores a wide range of organisational issues from the micro-level (e.g. individuals at work) to the macro-level (e.g. organisational structure and culture). The course is based on a philosophy that organisational behaviour concepts represent an 'intellectual tool kit'. The ideas and concepts can be used to gain insight into a variety of organisational issues; for example, how people can be energised and directed, how decisions are made, how organisations can be configured to combine effective operation with a capacity for change and innovation. The emphasis is on providing concepts that will help in understanding and managing within complex organisational settings.
Course description There is an emphasis on the development of analytical skills, the transition of theory into practice and experiential learning. The course aims to introduce ideas and concepts useful in the analysis of organisational processes; encourage reflection and critical thought about organisations and the activities that occur within them; develop an appreciation as to how theory can be translated into practical application; and develop skills in interpreting different organisational contexts and acting effectively within these.

Introduction and overview; motivation, incentives and commitment
Group Dynamics and High Performance Teams
Decision-making and Sense-Making
Culture and Leadership
Configuration and Control, Power and Conflict
The Production Game
Change and Learning, Lessons and Overview

Student Learning Experience:
The course offers a varied learning experience via an integrated mix of lectures, group work and class discussion, visiting speakers and practical exercises. There will be opportunities for discussion and debate amongst participants, and participants are encouraged to apply the ideas to their own experience. The course includes a simulation game in which the class is divided into teams to compete on an organisational challenge. The emphasis in the course is on blending theory and practice by putting ideas and concepts to work. This will be achieved by analysing cases, by discussing real world problems from visiting practitioners and by practical exercises that provide first-hand illustration of the ideas in action.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 24, Summative Assessment Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 54 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Individual Assignment - 100% (2000 words)
The purpose of the assignment is to put ideas and concepts from the OFE course to work in analysing and making sense of issues, events and activities within the participant's own organisation.
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided immediately after each of the early exercises, for example, the Desert Survival exercise, the challenges of virtual teams, the decision and sense-making discussion around the AF447 case, and the organisational simulation. Feedback will also be provided after the main summative assignment.

Feedback will be provided within 15 working days of submission. Summative marks will be returned on a published timetable, which will have been made clear to students at the start of the academic year.

Students will be provided with electronic written feedback for all coursework.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and critically discuss key concepts from the field of Organisational Behaviour.
  2. Understand and critically discuss the importance of problem-solving to problem-resolution.
  3. Understand and critically evaluate a range of models of motivation, team dynamics and effectiveness, leadership, decision-making and sense-making, organisational configuration and control, culture, change and learning
Reading List
Recommended text:
Buchanan D and A Huczynski (2013) Organisational Behaviour, 8th Edition, Prentice Hall.

The set text provides a comprehensive coverage of most aspects of this subject. Because the course emphasizes the application of ideas to a variety of situations and contexts, the student's focus should be on developing a good understanding of the basic concepts and on developing a proficiency at using these diagnostically.

For those who are interested in a particular topic, suggestions for extra reading will be provided.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Cognitive and Subject-Specific Skills:
Understand how different models and assumptions may be used to gain insight into particular situations, and the ability to use competing models to generate such insight in order to take appropriate action.
Stand back and view complex situations in perspective.
Recognise the key shapers of organisational structures, routines and processes.

Transferable Skills:
Work in teams and to use the skills of team members to best advantage.
Apply models of decision-making to a variety of situations.
See the strengths, weaknesses and trade-offs in different organisational structures and processes

KeywordsOrganisation Teams Behaviour Change
Course organiserProf Nick Oliver
Tel: (0131 6)50 3811
Course secretaryMrs Angela Muir
Tel: (0131 6)51 3854
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