MGMT20144 - Management and Business Context

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with foundational skills and knowledge covering contemporary business issues, organisational and business practices. You will have the opportunity to develop essential business skills, gain knowledge across various business contexts, and examine the functions of diverse organisational types. We will assess the impacts of environmental forces on organisations, examine the risks confronting businesses, and discuss practices adopted to mitigate these risks, including innovation, e-commerce, knowledge management, and cross-cultural management. Throughout the unit, we will utilize illustrative real-world examples, and case studies to provide tangible insights into the course concepts. This unit will enable you to engage in robust discussions regarding governance options for different organisations and examine contemporary processes like regionalisation, emerging world markets, global governance and globalisation. This unit will cultivate transferable business skills for potential future consulting roles, and management skills for organisational leadership positions.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
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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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 Postgraduate 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. Case Study 30%
2. Presentation 30%
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 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 89.41% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 22.75% 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: Student feedback
Students have found the foundational management content useful for their future careers.
Continue to offer foundational management knowledge to students while also updating content to maintain currency.
Action Taken
Maintained the topic content and continued to offer foundational management knowledge to students while also updating content to ensure its currency.
Source: Student feedback
Friendly and helpful Lecturers
Continue to offer support to students in a friendly manner to assist in their learning.
Action Taken
Continued to offer support to students in a friendly manner to assist in their learning by promptly replying to their emails and being helpful in the workshops and whenever the assistance was needed.
Source: UC observation
Changes are needed after AI risk assessment in 2023.
Continue to improve all assessments to reduce AI writing. Changes might be needed for Assessments 2 and 3 to reduce AI-assisted writing.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyse the impact of a range of internal and external contextual factors on the performance and decision making of organisations
  2. Synthesise and utilise key theories, concepts and terms relevant to internal and external contextual factors to examine organisational environments
  3. Communicate an understanding of contemporary internal and external contextual factors affecting organisations
  4. Evaluate complex problems relevant to internal and external contextual factors in organisational environments
  5. Recommend creative solutions to contemporary challenges facing businesses to a variety of audiences and stakeholders.

This is not applicable. 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Case Study
2 - Presentation
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8