Organisation Studies I: The Individual, the Group and the Organisation

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 2FE947

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Business Studies G1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 5 February 2020
Responsible department
Department of Business Studies

Entry requirements

General entry requirements

Learning outcomes

The course provides an introduction to research on organisations with a focus on individuals and groups in organisations. The aim of the course is to introduce the basic principles of organisation and of the behaviour of individuals and groups in organisations.

After completing the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • explain the basic principles and problems of dividing and coordinating work
  • describe and explain the basic principles of the behaviour of individuals and groups in organisations, and how this is affected by the organisation's rules and structures
  • describe and compare models and theories of leadership
  • apply models and theories for analysing situations and processes in organisations, identify problems and suggest solutions
  • present the results according to norms for scientific practice and academic writing


The course provides an introduction to organisations with a focus on individuals and groups in organisations. The course draws on insights and theories from disciplines such as psychology, sociology and organisation theory in order to give an understanding of the behaviour of individuals and groups within the framework of organisations' structures and rules. Topics include individuals' motivation and cognition, group dynamics, and different perspectives on leadership.

In addition, the course seeks to develop students' academic skills through the analyses of cases and empirical examples, taking the course literature as a starting point. Students should learn to search for information, develop a critical attitude to different sources, and practice writing academic reports.


The course combines lectures, seminars, individual and group assignments. The lectures introduce basic concepts and theories. During the seminars, theories and models are discussed and applied to cases, allowing students to deepen their understanding of the theories.


The student will get one single grade for the course, equivalent to 7.5 credits.

The examination takes place continuously through individual assessments and group assessments. The grade for the entire course is based on an assessment of all parts of the examination.

Grading criteria are presented in the study guide for the course in the specific academic year and term. The following grades will be used: pass with distinction (VG), pass (G), and fail (U). Examinations submitted late will not be assessed except under special circumstances. Any remaining supplemental work must be completed and submitted by the deadline specified in the study guide.

For students who have not received a passing grade for the course, there is the opportunity to be examined without re-registration via a make-up examination.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the university's disability coordinator.

Uppsala University does not accept cheating or plagiarism. Suspected incidents of cheating or plagiarism are reported to the Vice-Chancellor, which may issue a formal warning to the student or suspend the student from studies for a certain period.

NOTE: Only completed courses can count toward a degree.

Other directives

The course substitutes/overlaps among others the following courses: Introduction to Business and Organising 2FE157, Marketing and Organisation I 2FE150, Markets and Organisations 2FE014, Business Enterprise, Networks and Technical Development 2FE021, Fundamentals of Management 2FE918.