260.142 Basic Skills dealing with organizations
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Online

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to describe the purpose and structure of organisations. They have basic knowledge of organisational sociology and psychology and can analyse processes, relationships and cultural elements in organisations and actively shape their own working environment.

Subject of course

Aims of the course
Gain organisational competence: Understanding of processes in organisations, confidence in appearing in organisations, helping to shape one's own working environment.

Course content
The classical understanding of organizations, social systems, organizational structure, line and project management, teams as top performers in organizations, team building and group dynamics, roles and functions, organizational psychology, organizational culture, organizational development, organizational models, evolution of work organization, organizational research, system-theoretical understanding of organizations, paradoxes in organizations, decision theory and rationalization myths.

In addition to theoretical inputs, individual organisational phenomena are simulated practically in the seminar. Teams are formed at the first session. These teams will then have the task of "researching" various organisations/companies between the individual seminar blocks using different questions and criteria, and preparing and presenting the results for the seminar.

All dates of the block course are compulsory.

21.10.2023 - 09:30 - 17:00 Uhr
11.11.2023 - 09:30 - 17:00 Uhr
02.12.2023 - 09:30 - 15:00 Uhr

Teaching methods

Group work: Researching organisations through practice interviews. Analysis of the results. Presentation in the seminar. Simulation of organisational phenomena. Processing of theoretical questions. Discussion of case studies.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Intended for students in the second stage of their studies (Master)! Organisational experience (e.g. internship) is advantageous. Lecture with practical exercises, self-study, individual and group work. Block course!

Attendance at all sessions is required, please come on time!



Course dates

Sat09:00 - 17:0021.10.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 7 1. Block
Sat09:00 - 17:0011.11.2023Seminarraum AC0440 2. Block
Sat09:00 - 15:0002.12.2023Seminarraum AE U1 - 7 3. Block

Examination modalities

Active continuous participation due to the interactive character, group work, written thesis (the extent and the topic depends on the grade sought, approx. 6-12 pages).

Course registration

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Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 445 Mechanical Engineering Not specified
TRS Transferable Skills Not specified


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  • Heimerl, Peter: Organisationstheorien. In: Heimerl/Sichler (Hg.): Strategie, Organisation. Personal, Führung. Facultas, Wien 2012, S 159-232.
  • Wimmer, Rudolf u.a. (Hg.): Praktische Organisationswissenschaft. Lehrbuch für Studium und Beruf. Carl-Auer, Heidelberg 2009.
  • Simon, Fitz B.: Einführung in die systemische Organisationstheorie. Carl-Auer, Heidelberg 2007.
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  • König, Oliver u. Karl Schattenhofer: Einführung in die Gruppendynamik. Carl-Auer, Heidelberg 2006.
  • Kasenbacher, Karl G.: Gruppen und Systeme. In: Krainz, Ewald E. (Hg.): Schriften zur Gruppen- und Organisationsdynamik, Band 2. Leske + Budrich, Opladen 2003.

Continuative courses