Montpellier BS’ Behaviour Focus module: a non-standard course that adapts to the behavioural skills needs of the student


Introduced three years ago, the Behaviour Focus (or Behavioural Strategy) course is unique: by focusing on social skills and "knowing how to understand", it puts into perspective the change in behavioural traits of Master’s students: Creativity, left brain, right brain... Our students learn to develop their behavioural skills through self-analysis and by analysing their environment. Designed by Patrick Mahé, the module is developed and coordinated by Emmanuelle Chaize, a permanent lecturer who reviews and adjusts its content every year based on the perceived needs of the students. Last week, it was the Year-2 Master in apprenticeship and MSc students who benefited from these courses led by professional teachers.

"This module was integrated into the curriculum of the Master’s students in order to make them realise that in our society, social skills are essential in business. It is our social skills and our ability to adapt to different situations that create our value. It is important to teach future managers to be aware of their work environment, the powers in place, the internal and external issues that place them in a position of permanent relationship strategy", says Emmanuelle Chaize.

So what's new for the 2016-2017 year? "In the first year of the Master’s programme, the students are entitled to a behavioural assessment. Like last year, they are reviewing their professional behaviour and appetites, but we wanted to expand the personal profile developed for each student, by completing it with exercises on memorisation modes (learning support) and a self-assessment of their values, in order to help each person in the development of their professional project", Patrick Mahé explains to us. "In the final year of their Master’s, students learn about the relationship strategy. The course is also part of the first scheduled this semester. First, it involves strengthening the strategic understanding of the organisational environment of business and validating the discernment of students in relation to individuals in the professional world. For this, we still propose to students to study a real business case, which allows everyone to better understand the environment in which they operates and position themselves more effectively. Secondly, more emphasis is focused on interpersonal conflict management, at the request of students. We also chose, following the observations of contributors, to address creativity as part of learning permanent observation and openness in the present moment, which requires adaptation, innovation and creativity."

At the end of their course, students will therefore have acquired the ability to successfully comprehend and understand those around them, as well as producing a human and organisational observation of the company where they work, essential skills directly applicable in their professional lives. Thank you to Patrick Mahé and Emmanuelle Chaize, as well as to our contributors, Ingrid Villamosa, Hugues Courbier, Alexandre Hidalgo, Christine Lacroix and Emmanuel Gleyze for their involvement and participation in this module, and their students!