Title: Organisational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Keywords: Organisation
Management/leadership
Human Resources
Country: Switzerland
Institution: Switzerland - Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Basel
Course coordinator: Thomas Bürgi
Barbara Bürkin
Date start: 2020-03-23
Date end: 2020-03-27
About duration and dates: The course covers a period of 12 weeks, in which only the on-campus phase (5 days) is full time. During the preparation phase (approx.. 4.5 weeks) students will spend 40 hrs on reading reports and a case study and writing an short essay to prepare for the face-to-face sessions; on-campus phase (5
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Blended-learning
Course location: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, P.O. Box, Socinstrasse 57, CH – 4002 Basel, Switzerland
ECTS credit points: 6 ECTS credits
SIT: TOTAL SIT: 180 h
- Face-to-face hours: 40 h
- Self-study hours: 138 h (incl. distance-based interaction with students and facilitators)
- Written examination: 2 h
Language: English
Description: After successfully completing the module, students will be able to:

• Evaluate the factors important in leading multi-cultural teams in change processes
• Apply appropriate human resource management tools in order to recruit, develop and retain talent
• Identify and interpret the roles of managers in cross-cultural contexts
• Differentiate the role of local, national and international business cultures
• Investigate the concepts of empowerment and diversity in human resource management
Assessment Procedures: During the preparation period, several readings and case studies will introduce the students to some basic concepts of organisational behaviour and human resource management. They will have to write an essay (2000 – 2500 words) – based on the provided material – on “innovating my organisation” (20% of total mark).

Following the on-campus period, students have to choose one topic related to the teaching and learning sessions or company visits during the on-campus week (e.g. . Appraisal Systems, Employee Development Systems, Employee Satisfaction Analysis, Team Empowerment, Diversity and Inclusion). They have to conduct two to three one-hour interviews with 2-3 managers of or in Human Resource Management units (in their own organisation or in an organisation of their choice; preferably in the health sector, but other areas are also feasible). They then have to write a paper in which they: a. Introduce the chosen topic b. Refer to the current (practice-oriented) discourse on the chosen topic c. Present and analyse their findings from the interviews.
They have to write an essay (4000 – 6000 words, not including references and annexes) and a transcript of at least one interview. This assignment counts for 50% of the total mark).

A written examination (2 hours) consisting of short essay questions will assess understanding of the presented concepts (30% of total mark).


For tropEd students the locatiuon of the written exam can be discussed (possibly in their home institution)

• A failing grade in one of the three assignments is allowed as long as the total mark for the module is 60 out of 100 points or better.
• If the written assignment (essay) is failed, a re-submission is possible within the next six months after getting the results.
• A re-sit of the written exam will be arranged within the next three months after results are communicated.
Content: The following topics will be covered:


• The Organisation: The Power of Managers and Employees; Motivation; Empowerment)
• Organisational Culture and Diversity
• Designing innovative organisations and manageing people
• Change Management Processes
• Recruiting, Developing and Retaining People
• Human Resource Management Tools (Appraisal Systems, Performance Systems, etc.)
• Business cultures
• Managing a multi-cultural company
• Diversity and Inclusion
Methods: During the two distance-based phases, students will engage in self-directed learning, to meet learning objectives, using materials and tools provided on the online learning management system (Moodle).

• Preparation phase: consists of 40 hrs of independent study (readings, and assessed assignment) to prepare for face-to-face sessions. Contact to the course coordinators and fellow students to support is given using the forum provided on the learning platform
• Post-campus phase: consists of 98 hours of independent study; students have to analyse a case study based on the knowledge they gained during the on-campus week. Contact to the course coordinators and fellow students to support is given using the forum provided on the learning platform


In addition, students will have to present individual and group work findings throughout the on-campus week (not graded).

The on-campus week is taught through short plenary lectures to give the basic knowledge needed, and plenary/group workshops, including case studies, documentaries and presentations. In addition, students undertake guided independent study throughout, tailoring their existing cross-cultural management and knowledge to programme content. The class structure and teaching methods employed will be interactive in nature, and class participation is actively encouraged. Small group work findings will be presented throughout the week. Students will visit two organisations (one of them in the field of health) and will have intensive discussions with Human Resource Managers.
Prerequisites: tropEd candidates must show an English language level TOEFL test 550 or 213 computer-based or 79/80 internet-based or IELTS band 6.0 or equivalent, and an intermediate.
Students need a reliable internet connection to follow the preparation phase and the post-campus (assignment) phase. No specific software licenses are needed.
Attendance: Maximum of 20 students per course; maximum number of tropEd students: 8
Selection: For tropEd students: First come, first served principle
Fees: Students who are enrolled in a tropEd Master programme pay the reduced fee of CHF 2’450; other students pay CHF 2’850 (CHF 410 per ECTS credit point).
Scholarships: none
tropEd accreditation: Submitted for GA Lisbon, January 2019.
Accepted in June 2019, in Umea, Sweden. This accreditation is valid until June 2024.
Email Address: courses@swisstph.ch
Date Of Record Creation: 2019-08-08 08:53:01 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2019-08-08 13:10:44 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2019-08-08 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2019-10-30 12:55:50 (W3C-DTF)

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