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Behaviour in Organizations

Course Code: SOSC 2140
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Social Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course introduces and explores social science theory and research as it applies to human behaviour in organizations. Organizational systems, group dynamics, and individual behaviour are studied in order to gain an understanding of how these factors contribute to organizational effectiveness and member satisfaction.

Course Content

  1. Organizations:
    • The nature of organizations
    • Historical approaches to managing organizations
    • The social context in which organizations function
  2. Organizational Behaviour as a Social Science:
    • Research and the scientific method
    • Contributing disciplines
  3. Individual Behaviour in Organizations:
    • Individual differences
    • Perception, learning, and motivation
  4. Individuals Working Together:
    • Communication and decision making
    • Group development, cohesiveness, and productivity
    • Leadership and power
    • Conflict and negotiation
  5. Organization-wide Factors:
    • Organizational structure, policies, and procedures
    • Organizational climate and culture
    • Ethics and social responsibility
    • Organizational change and development

Methods of Instruction

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:

  • lectures
  • structured experiences
  • audio visual presentations
  • group projects/discussions
  • case studies
  • Seminar presentations
  • library research papers

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will include some of the following:  quizzes, exams, research paper, case study assignment, group project, oral presentation, participation, etc.  The specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

An example of an evaluation scheme:

Three multiple choice quizzes -- 60%

Semester assignments -- 10%

Group project/presentation -- 20%

Class participation/involvement -- 10%

Total -- 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

  1. Explain the nature of organizations and identify the important individual, group, and organizational factors that contribute to organizational effectiveness and member satisfaction.
  2. List the determinants of individual behaviour and describe the complexity of behaviour in organizations.
  3. Describe how individuals can enhance their effectiveness in organizations and how human resources can be managed effectively to accomplish organizational goals.
  4. List important elements of interpersonal relations and group dynamics and explain how they influence organizational functioning.
  5. Describe the changing social, cultural and economic context in which organizations function and explain the need for leadership, change, and change management.

course prerequisites

Minimum 12 credits completed.


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.