MGMT11109 - Introduction to Business

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed to introduce you to the dynamic interplay of factors that influence the direction and success of contemporary business. You will explore the emerging shift from a linear economy to a circular economy and the facilitating role of entrepreneurship and innovation in successful business transitions. This includes the flow-on effects these have on business strategy, structures, employees, organisational design, and business operations. Business plays a significant role in society and the management skills required for business to be fit for the future rests with each of us. You have a role in this as an agent of positive change.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

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Sydney
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Melbourne
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Rockhampton
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Melbourne
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 63.64% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 16.67% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Verbatim student feedback in the SUTE Term Report
Feedback
"I really enjoyed this unit. Malcolm is a great lecturer, the content was interesting and the readings were insightful and helpful."
Recommendation
The Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Sustainability themes have been embraced in the renewal of this unit within the CQURenew project. The preparation of customised content in the synopses captures the themes in a way that current textbooks do not. Readings and discussions in workshops bring these perspectives to life. The recommendation is to continue this approach.
Action Taken
Inclusion of current trends and cases arising from industry are incorporated in each weekly workshop.
Source: Verbatim student feedback in the SUTE Term Report
Feedback
"The overall content covered within the unit was interesting and engaging."
Recommendation
Respect for each person's experience and insights is the foundation for engaged discussion and enriched learning. The recommendation is to continue this approach.
Action Taken
Weekly insights in workshops from leaders in industry affirms the relevance of concepts covered and the reality in which they are tested.
Source: Verbatim student feedback in the SUTE Term Report
Feedback
"Workshops and the synopsis (were good aspects of the unit)"
Recommendation
Success relies on the workshop dynamic so there will be some variability week-to-week, but hopefully one that continues to improve through the term. Continue this approach for subsequent Terms.
Action Taken
Sharing by students of their own experiences in industry provides a positive connection to the topics being discussed.
Source: Verbatim student feedback in the SUTE Term Report
Feedback
"There needs to be a better explanation of the requirements for the assessment tasks as it can be hard to decipher what needs to be done. It would also be beneficial if there were examples of previous submissions to give students an idea of what direction they need to go in."
Recommendation
The feedback comment is respectfully considered as follows. Moodle design seeks to make resources easy to access. Sometimes the resources provided, such as recorded assessment briefings and example reports are not obvious at first glance. Participation in workshops and/or viewing the recordings uploaded to Moodle provides additional pointers as to where resources are located. Academic staff continue to be contactable if there are questions. Therefore, it is recommended that assessment task requirements be communicated through multiple modes, including the unit profile, workshops, forum, the assessment tab in Moodle, and assessment briefings.
Action Taken
Location of the support materials has been resolved. Where it is possible and convenient to do so, materials are duplicated so that they appear in the primary tile (e.g., Assessment tile), and in relevant subsidiary tiles (such as the Recordings tile, and in the Weekly tile when the assignment briefings are scheduled).
Source: One student provided feedback
Feedback
"I felt overwhelmed with the change of lecturer as I was struggling with content but Karen showed empathy and was my first ever lecturer who phone me to see if I was ok and offered help."
Recommendation
The quality of our sessional academics is of a very high standard; as evidenced with the care and attention provided to the student at this time.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the scope, scale, and contributions of contemporary business
  2. Critically assess the dynamic influence of entrepreneurial, innovation, and sustainability (EIS) drivers in contemporary business
  3. Critically assess the the consequential impacts of EIS on business strategy and structure, people, organisational design, and business operations
  4. Critically evaluate the management skill requirements for successfully leveraging emerging EIS opportunities
  5. Critically evaluate the influence of leadership in shaping ethical and socially responsible initiatives for a circular economy.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
1 - Online Quiz(zes)