MGMT20144 - Management and Business Context

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit offers a series of lectures and tutorials that will provide foundation skills and knowledge in contemporary business issues, and organisational and business practices. You will have the opportunity to develop business skills, gain knowledge of various business contexts, and examine the functions of a diverse range of organisations. You will assess the impact of environmental forces on organisations, examine risks confronting the organisation and discuss the practices adopted to overcome these, including innovation, e-commerce, knowledge management, and cross-cultural management. The unit will enable you to engage in discussions about the governance options for different types of organisations and discuss the contemporary processes of regionalisation, emerging new world markets, global governance and globalisation. This foundation unit will develop your business skills for potential future business consulting, and your management skills for organisational management roles.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
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 3 - 2019

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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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Group Work 30%
3. Examination 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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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
Feedback
Update the materials on Moodle as some of the material is quite old.
Recommendation
Review all lecture and tutorial material, journal articles, videos, podcasts, and topic content for currency and update where necessary.
Action Taken
This was done in Term 2, 2018. Chapters related to many of the weekly topics were sourced, journal articles were updated, lecture slides were rewritten to reflect new content, podcasts and videos were updated to incorporate contemporary knowledge and issues.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
There should be a textbook or more content material provided for students.
Recommendation
Explore the opportunity to have a textbook specially designed for this unit. With a large cohort of students publishers will often compile chapters from other texts into one book for a specific unit.
Action Taken
The possibility of a textbook was explored but it was decided not to ask publishers to develop a textbook specially for the weekly topics of this unit but to CRO appropriate chapters from the CQUniversity library. Not all topics were covered in this process and so the sourcing of appropriate chapters to support topic content should continue.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Conduct presentations during tutorial times only to leave lectures free for delivery of content by lecturers.
Recommendation
Consider condensing the content from 11 topics to 10 topics that are delivered in the first 10 weeks of the term. This will leave all of weeks 11 and 12 for student presentations.
Action Taken
This was done with all presentations moving to weeks 11 and 12 and all content covered by week 10. The last two topics were combined into one topic to accommodate this change.
Source: Multiple
Feedback
Students valued the opportunities to interact with other students and the positive interactions that they had with their lecturers and tutors in this unit. In addition, the Deputy Dean of Teaching and Learning's new retention strategy encourages these positive interactions.
Recommendation
Opportunities for positive student to staff and student to student relationships should continue to be built into the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Multiple
Feedback
Students have indicated that the application of theory and knowledge to real world and authentic learning and assessment enhance their learning in this unit. They also indicated that listening to guest lecturers, experienced in the weekly contextual topics enhanced their understanding of those topics.
Recommendation
Tutorials and lectures focus on real world activities and examples in class. This should be supplemented by including guest lecturers.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Despite overall satisfaction with assessment tasks, feedback, requirements and return, qualitative comments indicate that there is still room for improvement on these aspects of assessment.
Recommendation
Assessment communication, explanation, and feedback continue to be enhanced.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Multiple
Feedback
There are many resources on the unit Moodle site (written, aural, visual, interactive) that cater for a range of learning styles. Students continue to believe that they must interact with all of the material on the site despite a final slide being added to the lecture slides the indicates essential material to be consulted each week.
Recommendation
Expectations for student interaction with Moodle learning resources be better explained so that students are aware of essential and optional learning material.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Multiple
Feedback
There are 10 weekly lectures and various zoom sessions related to assessment and distance learning that are scheduled throughout the term. Students appreciate these but also indicate that the quality of the lectures and the frequency of zoom session could improve.
Recommendation
Weekly recorded lectures and frequent zoom sessions should continue to occur.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Multiple
Feedback
Good practice indicates that assessment should change on a regular basis and that doing so enhances skill development within students. There is always a group assignment which on campus and distance students often find challenging. The possibility of incorporating individual marks during group work should be explored.
Recommendation
Continue to change and update assessment on a term by term and yearly basis. Explore the incorporation of individual marks as well as group marks for group assignments.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Examination
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Examination