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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2010 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Mike Knowles


This unit examines the functioning of the business firm and the public enterprise as social as well as economic institutions and studies individual and group behaviour in these institutions. Social systems theory provides the general framework within which the unit is developed. Individual personality and behaviour -- human endeavour and motivation, attitude change, ability and skill development, personality and work; group composition and interaction -- interpersonal relations and social interaction, the nature and properties of groups, leaders and leadership, group effectiveness; the organisation as a whole and the way it functions at different levels of effectiveness.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • increase knowledge and understanding of human behaviour in organisations and critically evaluate contemporary models and theories in the field
  • develop attitudes and analytical skills of scientific inquiry in order to provide a valid basis for developing critical thinking in diagnosing problems and planning action
  • stimulate self-awareness and the development of oral, interpersonal skills, team and leadership skills, especially through experiential learning
  • develop personal and organisational strategies for managing human behaviour in organisational settings
  • further enhance communication, inter-personal, problem solving and critical thinking capabilities.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Nell Kimberley

Contact hours

39 contact hours


Students must be enrolled in the MBA program to undertake this unit


Students must be enrolled in one of the following courses to undertake this unit: 3183, 3184, 3185, 3189, 3190, 3191, 3195, 3196, 3197, 3198, 3837, 3839, 3849 or 0028