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MGMT11109 - Introduction to Business

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed to introduce you to the world of business by focusing on the nature, structure and workings of contemporary business organisations. You will learn the terms, concepts and values of business and management. The unit will cover topics related to the major functional areas of business including accounting, finance, management, marketing and information technology as well as other important topics such as ethics and social responsibility, forms of business ownership, entrepreneurship, and international business. Emphasis is placed on appreciating the dynamic role of business in everyday life.

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2020

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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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 27.59% 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: Have your say... Survey and anecdotal experience
Feedback
Downloading the student's results from the weekly quizzes and sorting the list so that students that achieved over 70% in the Quiz received a positive personal message.
Recommendation
Keep using positive reinforcement following quizzes and congratulating students on their progression in the Unit where possible.
Action Taken
The individual quizzes that check concepts represent 5% of total unit assessment. Emphasis on positive messaging has instead been made with detailed comments provided in assignments.
Source: Have your say... Survey and anecdotal experience
Feedback
Arranging guest speakers to attend on campus through the networks of the tutors/lecturers for that campus.
Recommendation
Keep arranging guest speakers from industry to address on campus students face to face by engaging on-campus staff and activating their networks.
Action Taken
This has been more difficult to achieve with COVID lockdown. With layoffs occurring in industry, increased employee workloads and job insecurity has impacted invitations to speak to students.
Source: Have your say... Survey
Feedback
Student comments from Have your say survey "The best aspects would be the online zoom sessions as I am an external student, although the sessions are during my work hours I find it much easier to learn by watching the (recorded) zoom sessions."
Recommendation
Keep providing six zoom sessions per term in the evenings and recording these sessions and uploading to moodle. Offering more than six Zoom sessions means that students often do not attend after the sixth session.
Action Taken
Zoom sessions (lectures and workshops) have been conducted weekly and at a variety of times through the week to suit students. All have been recorded and uploaded to Moodle in video and audio format to facilitate access from mobile devices and laptops.
Source: Have your say... Survey
Feedback
Student comments from Have your say survey "The resources used were excellent considering we didn't have to purchase a textbook."
Recommendation
Keep utilising the Course Resources Online (CRO) to provide electronic links to current textbooks so that students do not have to purchase a textbook for this Unit.
Action Taken
eReading list has been very effective in providing a variety of resources to support lectures and workshops. Text chapters have been complemented by journal papers and leading industry reports.
Source: Have your say... Survey and anecdotal experience
Feedback
Clearer explanation of the assessment tasks and examples of previous assessments should be provided for students to view before attempting an assessment task and dedicated video uploaded to ‘Assessments’ section.
Recommendation
Provide video dedicated to how to start assessment utilising links to the Academic Learning Centre and improved 'exemplars' for each term.
Action Taken
Special assignment briefing sessions have been recorded (video and audio) and uploaded to Moodle for asynchronous accessibility. Examples of assignments have also been uploaded. The CQU Student Guide that provides guidance on how to prepare/write various assessment tasks has also been uploaded to Moodle.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
"I would of liked a student forum for us to post questions and discussions online"
Recommendation
Student familiarity with what is provided in Moodle is not uniformly understood. Improve awareness by increasing mention of what is available in Moodle during the (recorded) workshops.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
"The links on e-reading seemed to work slow in downloading, whether they could have been added to the moodle main site page for ease of access."
Recommendation
In line with SBL policy, readings previously uploaded to each week in Moodle have been moved to the eReading List. This can slow down the updating of reading list due to librarian checking processes. Speed of access to material on the eReading list can be impacted by servers located outside the CQU ecosystem.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
"I found that it was a bit difficult to find all relevant weekly information due to it being spread across multiple Moodle unit tabs."
Recommendation
All lecture PPT and Workshop materials, and recorded sessions are provided in the relevant weekly tab in Moodle. The separate location of reading materials on the eReading list does require students to also check the relevant weekly tab in that system. Familiarity and confidence with Moodle will overcome this concern.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
"There was so much reading sources given for each week of the unit, it was a little unnerving as to how much I should of been reading."
Recommendation
Materials in the eReading list were flagged with a variety of guidance notes indicating whether the materials were 'Essential' through to 'Recommended' and 'Workshop Question'. Continue this practice. It is also recommended to reduce the amount of posted reading materials and this has been done for T2 that follows. Students should then be encouraged to search for additional materials through the CQU Library databases.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
"The deadlines of 5pm for assignments don't really help full time workers. In the previous 3 units I had 23:00 deadlines, which helped in finalising the assessments without rushing."
Recommendation
Consistent deadline submission times across all units would likely benefit students. A later submission time to 23:00 hours delays marker access but this may not be a major concern.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the fundamental roles of each functional area of business within an organisation
  2. Examine the different forms of business ownership
  3. Critically assess the factors that influence business environment
  4. Evaluate the complex role of globalisation
  5. Analyse the roles of ethics and social responsibility in the business environment.

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
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
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
1 - Online Quiz(zes)