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Module ASB-4431:
Organisations and People

Module Facts

Run by Bangor Business School

15 Credits or 7.5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Clair Doloriert

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this course is to provide a critical analysis of managing organisations and people, and developing the conceptual, strategic and practical skills necessary for HRM and OB managers in complex, global organisational contexts. The module draws on key issues arising from contemporary research and best-practice in organisational behaviour (OB) and human resource management (HRM).

Course content

Theories and models of HRM and OB; HRM and OB fit with Corporate Strategy Line Management & Hrm Employee Resourcing & Work Design Managing Performance, HRD and Organisational Learning Employee Relations Individual elements of Organisational Behaviour including Perception & Motivation Group Implications for OB and HRM including Teams, Communication, Leadership, Power and Confict Organisational Structure, Culture & Change Challenges and Tensions of HRM & OB

Assessment Criteria


Demonstrates a basic understanding of management/ HRM and organisation behaviour; No major omissions or inaccuracies in the deployment of information/skills; Some grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements; Integration of theory/practice/information present intermittently in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives; Superficial, descriptive reflection on personal experiences.


As above combined with an ability to analyse and discuss different interpretations of management/ HRM and organisation behaviour and explain how these inform managerial activities and priorities; Much of the relevant information and skills mostly accurately deployed; Adequate grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements; Fair integration of theory/practice/information in the pursuit of the assessed work's objectives; Some evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills; Provides detailed, analytical personal reflections.

High Standard: Very good performance; Most of the relevant information accurately deployed; Good grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements; Good integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives; Evidence of the use of creative and critical reflective skills.


As above but furthermore demonstrating an outstanding critical understanding and application within management/ HRM and organisation behaviour, Student is exceptionally able to critically understand relevant information and demonstrates excellent grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practice elements; Sophisticated integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives; Strong evidence of the use of creative and critical reflective skills.

Learning outcomes

  1. Critically evaluate key human resource management and organisational theory and practice.

  2. Critically assess the human resource management and organisational behaviour processes involved in managing in an increasingly complex, global, changing environment.

  3. Critically reflect and relate theories of human resource management and organisational behaviour to personal experiences (of being an employee, manager, working in a group etc)

  4. Understand the group/ team complexities inherent within organisational behaviour and human resource management

  5. Appreciate the strategic, change and leadership elements of OB and HRM

  6. Understand the tensions and challenges within HRM and OB

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION Individual Video Presentation

Students are to record (details will be provided in lectures) a 10 minute lecture and upload on/ before the due date. Topics will be provided in workshop 'live' sessions (also recorded) run during the semester

EXAM Formal Examination

An essay style exam where students are required to answer 2 out of a choice of either 4 or 5 questions based on the theory discussed in the module and from the module textbooks


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study

Guided reading, individual exercises, lecture preparation, working on coursework assignments and exam preperation


A weekly 3-hour interactive lecture involving student participation through activities and class discussion


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

  • People management: to include communications, team building, leadership and motivating others.
  • Problem solving and critical analysis: analysing facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and identifying and selecting appropriate solutions.
  • Research: the ability to analyse and evaluate a range of business data, sources of information and appropriate methodologies, which includes the need for strong digital literacy, and to use that research for evidence-based decision-making.
  • Ability to work with people from a range of cultures.
  • Articulating and effectively explaining information.
  • Building and maintaining relationships.
  • Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured business communications in a variety of media.
  • Emotional intelligence and empathy.
  • Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
  • Self-management: a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time.
  • Self reflection: self-analysis and an awareness/sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and cultures. This includes a continuing appetite for development.

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: