HRM552 Organisational Behaviour (8)

Faced with complex social organisational environments, how can we explain, predict, and influence the behaviours of employees, groups/teams which are occurring within organisations? This subject addresses a range of practical organisational challenges important to organisational leaders by using the lens of an organisational behaviour and empirical, research-based approach. Drawing on management, psychological and sociological literature, the subject explores dynamic human behaviour that is influenced by individuals, groups, as well as processes, culture and structure of organisations. You will develop awareness of the diverse facets of human behaviour and gain an insight into contingency based factors that affect organisational effectiveness and the quality of work life.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HRM552. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to postgraduate students only.

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge for this subject is similar to that covered in MGT501 or MBA501. There is an expectation that students enrolling in this subject will have prior knowledge of management or human resource management.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • research contemporary aspects of organisational behaviour and evaluate their impact on employee-employer relationship;
  • apply organisational behaviour theories in analysing workplace or case based scenarios;
  • critically reflect on their own behaviour/workplace practices based on organisational behaviour concepts and theories; and
  • recommend strategies to effectively manage behaviour in the workplace.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Organisational behaviour in theory and practice
  • People in the workplace
  • Employee motivation
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic motivators
  • Employee wellbeing
  • Group dynamics
  • Perception. biases and decision making
  • Conflict and negotiation in the workplace
  • Organisational culture
  • Power and politics in the workplace
  • Leadership in organisations

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HRM552 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Presentation (in class):
Group case study
Critical reflective blogs

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.