Organizational Behaviour (ORGB) 364

Organizational Behaviour (Revision 16)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with eTextbook

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: None

Télé-université du Québec equivalency: ADM 1013

Centre: Faculty of Business

ORGB 364 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


This course serves as an introduction to the field of organizational behaviour (OB) and provides a foundation for other OB courses offered in the Faculty of Business. It covers a wide breadth of theories and applications dealing with such topics as perception, motivation, decision making, team dynamics, negotiation, conflict management, leadership, and organizational culture. Twelve lessons, covering twelve chapters in the textbook, are presented in a logical order to create a sense of progression for the learner. Each lesson builds upon previous lessons by starting at the individual level, then moving on to a team level, and finally adopting an organization-wide level of analysis.

The goal of this course is to help you develop a conceptual understanding of OB theories and provide you with skills to put those ideas and theories into practice. Key techniques and processes designed to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness are fully examined from the perspective of management, workers, and society at large.


ORGB 364 consists of 12 lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to the Field of Organizational Behaviour
  • Lesson 2: Individual Behaviour, Personality, and Values
  • Lesson 3: Perceiving Ourselves and Others in Organizations
  • Lesson 4: Workplace Emotions, Attitudes, and Stress
  • Lesson 5: Foundations of Employee Motivation
  • Lesson 6: Applied Performance Practices
  • Lesson 7: Decision Making and Creativity
  • Lesson 8: Team Dynamics
  • Lesson 9: Communicating in Organizations
  • Lesson 10: Conflict and Negotiation in the Workplace
  • Lesson 11: Leadership in Organizational Settings
  • Lesson 12: Organizational Culture


To obtain credit for ORGB 364, you must achieve a mark of at least 50 percent on the final examination and a composite course mark of at least D (50 percent). Any unsubmitted assignments will receive a grade of 0. The composite mark is weighted as follows:

Activity Credit Weight When to Complete
Assignment 1 15% of final mark After Lesson 4
Assignment 2 15% of final mark After Lesson 8
Assignment 3 20% of final mark After Lesson 12
Final Examination 50% of final mark After Assignment 3
Total 100% of final mark  

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

McShane, S. L., Steen, S. L., & Tasa, K. (2015). Canadian organizational behaviour (9th ed.). Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson. This course presents material from chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, and 14.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ORGB 364 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination.

Online Exam

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 16, August 22, 2016.

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