MGMT20148 - Strategic Solutions for Sustainable Organisations

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Researching strategically relevant business problems is an important part of professional practice and being a successful manager and leader. This is a capstone unit that draws upon your area of specialisation and your wider knowledge of business environments both globally and locally. The unit focuses on developing your ability to undertake independent research that focuses on and contributes to strategic decision making and sustainability in organisations. The unit will improve your skills in synthesising information and developing solutions to improve the long-term effectiveness and sustainability of organisations. You will use research skills to analyse a management problem in your chosen business discipline, identifying strategic challenges, and developing recommendations aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These recommendations will be based on systematic and rigorous analysis of relevant academic literature, professional business information, and publicly available secondary data.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

This is a capstone unit for students completing a coursework based masters.

Hence students must have completed 10 master level units (60 credit points) of study prior to enrolment.

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 - 2022

Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 3 - 2023 Profile
Online

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. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 20%
2. Research Proposal 30%
3. Research Assignment 50%

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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 77.78% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 32.14% 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: Unit Coordinator reflection
Feedback
The week 11 online escape room activity was received well, but could have had better uptake from students
Recommendation
Future terms should promote this activity earlier to students, and ensure that students are aware of how to take part in the activity.
Action Taken
The escape room was promoted earlier to students in T1 2022, but again, did not have a widespread uptake from the student cohort. Further methods should be investigated to find a way to increase student participation in this activity.
Source: Unit coordinator reflection and student evaluation
Feedback
Some aspects of the project task were not clearly understood by some students
Recommendation
Clearly outlines of each section of the report discussed in class, with limited use of previous examples to demonstrate required structure and focus of the report.
Action Taken
More detail was provided throughout the term to students regarding the structure of the task. This proved to be very helpful to the students who actually attended the classes or watched the recordings, but unsurprisingly, did not provide much assistance for the students who did not attend class or watch any of the recordings.
Source: Unit Coordinator Reflection
Feedback
Investigate additional methods of promoting participating in the escape room activity
Recommendation
Uptake with the escape room activity was still lower than preferred. Just letting students know about the activity earlier did not address this issue, so further efforts will be made to encourage participation from as many students as possible
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Coordinator Reflection
Feedback
Continue to rotate target SDGs for the main project
Recommendation
Each term, the three SDGs that students can choose from to be the focus of their report have been changed. This prevents students from copying work from a previous term, and has proved useful in ensuring that students are completing their own work each term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop an advanced and integrated understanding of strategic issues, and sustainability challenges in organisations
  2. Apply the skills and knowledge gained from other subjects to identify a complex strategic issue relevant to organisations in the context of your profession
  3. Apply research skills to plan and execute an independent investigation into a complex strategic organisational problem
  4. Critically review, analyse and interpret current relevant literature, professional business information and publicly available secondary data
  5. Communicate, in a professional manner, information in an organisational context by providing recommendations that address strategic challenges and sustainability goals.

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
2 - Research Proposal
3 - Research 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
1 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
2 - Research Proposal
3 - Research Assignment