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NABP2002 Introduction to Cooperation and Organizational Science

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

During the course, students will gain a basic understanding of how organizations operate. Particularly emphasized is how individuals within the organization interact, and how they both influence and are influenced by the dynamics within the organization.

The subject provides an introduction to various theories of organization, leadership, interaction, and communication. The purpose is to enable students to understand and analyze the collaborative situations and organizational contexts they will encounter as navigators. The course also allows students the opportunity to reflect on their own communication and collaboration skills, and on how they contribute to a work community.

Learning Outcome


Upon completion of the course, the student will have acquired:

  • Knowledge of what organization and organized cooperation entail.
  • Knowledge of various perspectives on leadership.
  • Knowledge of cooperation and communication within the organization. What constitutes good collaboration and communication? How can these be developed in a constructive manner?
  • Knowledge of the relationship between the organization and its employees. This may include theories of motivation and role theory, for example.
  • Basic knowledge of organizational culture, and organization development
  • Basic understanding of how one may work to develop and change organizations in a good way
  • Fundamental knowledge of psychosocial work environment.


After completing the course, students can apply the knowledge above to:

  • Describe and analyze specific organizations and collaboration situations, based on relevant theory.
  • Recognize various aspects of different types of organizational culture and leadership and understand their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Propose interventions and methods to improve collaboration and psychosocial work environment in an organization.
  • Reflect on their own collaboration skills and use relevant theory to understand and improve them.


After completing the course, students can contribute to:

  • Ensuring that the organizations they participate in function well.
  • Participating in work aimed at further developing collaboration and interaction in the workplace.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

NABP1003 Introduction to Cooperation and Organizational Science

Teaching methods

Individual work, group work, practical exercises, lectures.

Compulsory learning activities

There is one (1) mandatory assignment in the course. Students are divided into groups, where they collaborate to prepare and deliver a presentation in front of the class. It is expected that all students actively participate in all parts of the work. The assignment is assessed individually, as pass/fail. If the assignment is not approved on the first attempt, students will have one (1) opportunity to redo it.

The assignment is valid for two (2) semesters.


Semester essay

Grading scale A-F

Examination support material


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Course reductions

  • NAB1028 - Samarbeid, organisasjon og kultur på skip - Reduction: 5 studypoints