MG105      Half Unit
Organisational Behaviour and Leadership

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Connson Locke and Dr Dorottya Sallai


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Management. This course is available on the BSc in Accounting and Finance, International Exchange (1 Term) and International Exchange (Full Year). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

 This course is not capped, any student that requests a place will be given one.

Course content

This course introduces students to social science theories, research and application related to understanding human behaviour in the workplace. That is, this course is about the people side of business and management. Each week focuses on a different topic investigating individual, group, and organisational issues.

Organisational behaviour topics include: personality and performance, managerial decision-making, motivating others, fairness in organisations, and the multicultural workplace.

Leadership topics include: power and influence, the adaptive leader, leadership development, and team leadership.


Teaching hours in the LT will be commensurate with a usual half unit undergraduate course but note that teaching may take a different format and/or structure in 2021/22.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Students will work in groups to answer an essay question through an in-class presentation and will receive structured feedback based on the criteria for marking essays (e.g. structure, evidence). Students will also be offered an essay writing workshop specific to this course.

Indicative reading

Colquitt, J.A., LePine, J.A., & Wesson, M.J. (2009) Organizational Behavior: Improving Performance and Commitment in the Workplace (International edition).

Yukl, G. (2009). Leadership in Organizations. (7th ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.


Essay (30%, 1500 words) and class participation (10%) in the LT.
Take-home assessment (60%) in the ST.

The take home assessment will be a 2000 word essay which students will have one week to complete. Class participation will be based on oral representations of weekly reading summaries.

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2020/21: 286

Average class size 2020/21: 20

Capped 2020/21: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Team working
  • Communication