MGMT20144 - Management and Business Context
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit offers a series of seminars and workshops that will offer you the foundation in contemporary issues in Business, the organisation and business practices. You will then have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge of management, business contexts and examine the functions of a diverse range of firms. The unit will deliberate the impact of environmental forces on organisations, examine risks confronting the firm and discuss the practices adopted to overcome these including innovation, e-commerce, knowledge management, and globalisation. The unit will culminate in discussion of the governance options for different types of organizations and discuss the contemporary processes of regionalisation, emerging new world markets, global governance and globalisation. The unit will position these concepts as the foundation of your course and establish the groundwork for the development of consulting and management skills for general management.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
One student commented an area for improvement was "Instead of looking at YouTube videos, it would be better if we actually went through industrial case studies and look at the problems and how they resolved those in person. I think this would be beneficial." Have Your Say Review the unit learning resources and add case studies where appropriate.
Assessment Return could be improved. Have Your Say Ensure students understand the processes and return times for assessment and reasons for non-return of assessment due to grades processing.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse the range of environmental forces, organisational structures, functions, governance and legal requirements of firms and the impact on the business context
  2. Discuss the contemporary issues impacting organisations including risk, innovation, knowledge management, e-commerce and the impact on the business context
  3. Investigate the cross cultural and diversity issues affecting the management of people and organisations
  4. Diagnose and discuss the impact of regionalisation and globalisation on business contexts
  5. Apply organisational theory to the organisational issues and management practice examined in this unit
  6. Critically analyse real world management and business context problems and offer solutions.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Practical and Written Assessment      
2 - Practical and Written Assessment    
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment          

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment        
2 - Practical and Written Assessment      
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

There is no compulsory prescribed textbook for this unit; instead, prescribed weekly reading material will be available in Moodle. However, in order to expand your knowledge and improve your success chances in this unit, it is important you carry out independent study and additional reading. Please find below a selection of recommended books, some of which you should peruse:
• Burrow, J. L., Kleindl, B., & Becraft, M. B. (2016). Business Management. United States: Cengage.
• Hill, C. W., & Hutt, G. T. M. (2016). Global Business Today (9th ed.). New York, USA: McGraw-Hill.
• Hill, C. W. (2015). International Business: Competing in the Global Marketplace (10th ed.). New York, USA: McGraw-Hill.
• Palmer, A. & Hartley, B. (2011). The Business Environment (7th ed.). Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill.
• Solomon, M. R., Poatsy, M., & Martin, K. (2015). Better Business (4th ed.). USA: Pearson Higher Education.
• Worthington, I. (2014). The Business Environment (7th ed.). United Kingdom: Pearson.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorLaura Baker (l.e.baker@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to the unit

Details of Assessment tasks

Expectation of student engagement

Details of Moodle site and resources available

Topic 1: The emergence of the organisation

For recommended Texts, Journal readings and video information, refer to the Moodle site.
Week 2 13-03-2017

Topic 2: The impact of environmental forces on organisations

For recommended Texts, Journal readings and video information, refer to the Moodle site.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Topic 3: Risks confronting the firm

For recommended Texts, Journal readings and video information, refer to the Moodle site.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Topic 4: Organisation and business practices

For recommended Texts, Journal readings and video information, refer to the Moodle site.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Topic 5: The functions of a diverse range of firms

For recommended Texts, Journal readings and video information, refer to the Moodle site.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Topic 6: Governance options for different types of organizations

For recommended Texts, Journal readings and video information, refer to the Moodle site.

Assignment 1 Due

Written Assessment - Essay Due Monday (17 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Topic 7: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

For recommended Texts, Journal readings and video information, refer to the Moodle site.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Topic 8: Knowledge management and eCommerce

For recommended Texts, Journal readings and video information, refer to the Moodle site.

Return of Assignment 1

Week 9 08-05-2017

Topic 9: Contemporary processes of regionalisation

For recommended Texts, Journal readings and video information, refer to the Moodle site.

Assignment 2 Due

Written Assessment - Report Due Friday (12 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Topic 10: Globalisation and emerging new world markets

Week 11 22-05-2017

Topic 11: Issues related to cross cultural and international management

For recommended Texts, Journal readings and video information, refer to the Moodle site.

Return of Assignment 2

Week 12 29-05-2017

Student presentations in class

Group Presentations

Group Presentation and Report Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Essay
Task Description

This is an individual assessment task in which students will examine critical issues related to business and management context. The objective is to gain greater understanding of the contextual factors internal to a business that impact on a business or organisation and its business decision making.

The format of the assessment is an essay of 1500 words.

Further details are available on the Moodle site for this course.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Tuesday (02-May-2017)
Due to public holiday on Monday in Queensland where co-ordinator works the marks and feedback will be released on Tuesday
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment Criteria

Students are to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter by:

  • Defining key terms and utilising the theories and concepts presented in weeks 1-5
  • Ability to explain major domestic and international contextual factors and how they affect business structures and strategy
  • Demonstrating a breadth and quality of research by using a minimum of 12 academic sources
  • Correctly using of the APA in text referencing system to correctly citing academic sources

These are the minimum requirements. Students should note that satisfactorily meeting the minimum requirements will typically result in the minimum pass grade being awarded.

As Masters students you are required to engage in research as per the Australia Quality Framework (AQF) guidelines. Two specific requirements need to be considered. 1. Students need to demonstrate “a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice, and 2. Students must demonstrate "knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning”.

Each unit in the MBA has a number of required weekly readings in terms of academic texts, journals and business publications that represent the appropriate body of knowledge and recent developments referred to by the AQF. In order to demonstrate the ability to engage in appropriate research, students should read and utilise these texts and journals and publications. As Masters students you are expected to research beyond this minimum standard through additional texts, journals and studies to demonstrate an ability to engage in independent research.

Your attention is drawn to the University’s stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE (a full list of references must be submitted as part of the assessment).

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Analyse the range of environmental forces, organisational structures, functions, governance and legal requirements of firms and the impact on the business context

2. Discuss the contemporary issues impacting organisations including risk, innovation, knowledge management, e-commerce and the impact on the business context

4. Diagnose and discuss the impact of regionalisation and globalisation on business contexts

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Report
Task Description

This is an individual assessment that extends on the first assignment. Taking the perspective of the organisation examined in assignment one students are to select one of the following:

1. Governance

2. Innovation and Entrepreneurship

3. Knowledge Management and eCommerce

Students are to provide an overview of the chosen area and assess how it would be utlised by the organisation as a means of enhancing business practice.

Students are to refer to the Moodle site for further details

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Students are to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter by:

  • Defining relevant terms, theories and concepts presented in weeks 6-8
  • Ability to utilise the specific contextual factor chosen, explain key details and assess its impact on the relevant firm or organisation
  • Ability to explain major domestic and international contextual factors and how they affect business structures and strategy
  • Demonstrating a breadth and quality of research by using a minimum of 12 academic sources
  • Correctly using of the APA in text referencing system to correctly citing academic sources

These are the minimum requirements. Students should note that satisfactorily meeting the minimum requirements will typically result in the minimum pass grade being awarded.

As Masters students you are required to engage in research as per the Australia Quality Framework (AQF) guidelines. Two specific requirements need to be considered. 1. Students need to demonstrate “a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice, and 2. Students must demonstrate "knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning”.

Each unit in the MBA has a number of required weekly readings in terms of academic texts, journals and business publications that represent the appropriate body of knowledge and recent developments referred to by the AQF. In order to demonstrate the ability to engage in appropriate research, students should read and utilise these texts and journals and publications. As Masters students you are expected to research beyond this minimum standard through additional texts, journals and studies to demonstrate an ability to engage in independent research.

Your attention is drawn to the University’s stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE (a full list of references must be submitted as part of the assessment).

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Analyse the range of environmental forces, organisational structures, functions, governance and legal requirements of firms and the impact on the business context

2. Discuss the contemporary issues impacting organisations including risk, innovation, knowledge management, e-commerce and the impact on the business context

3. Investigate the cross cultural and diversity issues affecting the management of people and organisations

5. Apply organisational theory to the organisational issues and management practice examined in this unit

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management



3 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Group Presentation and Report
Task Description

Students will form groups and will be allocated an organisation by their lecturer.

The group will utilise the content of the unit addressed in weeks 1-5 to classify the nature of the firm and the key contextual factors.

Students are then to select one of the following factors to be the primary focus of their presentation and report:

  1. Regional Economic Issues
  2. Globalisation
  3. Cross Cultural Management.

Groups are to assess the impact of the chosen contextual factor, identify the critical issues and generate a series of appropriate recommendations that will enhance organisational performance.

Students must to refer to the Moodle site for the requirements for each of the specific context chosen.

This is a group task that requires a formal presentation in class, to be delivered in week 12. Each Group will have 20 minutes (plus time for questions) to present their findings using appropriate support materials. Students should adopt the perspective of a group of professional consultants providing strategic advice to the CEO or Board of Directors of the firm.

In addition, an Executive Business Report (of no more than 2000 words) is to be submitted, which summarises key literature, issues, identified problems and recommendations.

Students must to refer to the Moodle site for the requirements of the written report.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students As the final assessment task is used in place of an exam, marks and feedback will be released upon the release date for overall grades.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Students are to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter by:

  • Defining relevant terms, theories and concepts presented in topics 1-11
  • Ability to utilise the specific regional or international contextual factor chosen, explain key details and assess its impact on the relevant firm or organisation
  • Demonstrating a breadth and quality of research by using a minimum of 12 academic sources
  • Correctly using the APA in text referencing system to cite academic sources
  • Concise and structured presentation with introduction, main presentation and conclusion
  • Effective use of audio visuals and verbal communication delivered within the time allocation (20 mins per group)
  • Ability to present key findings in a business presentation to expected professional standards
  • Ability to work in a collaborative and effective manner as a team

These are the minimum requirements. Students should note that satisfactorily meeting the minimum requirements will typically result in the minimum pass grade being awarded.

As Masters students you are required to engage in research as per the Australia Quality Framework (AQF) guidelines. Two specific requirements need to be considered. 1. Students need to demonstrate “a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice, and 2. Students must demonstrate "knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning”.

Each unit in the MBA has a number of required weekly readings in terms of academic texts, journals and business publications that represent the appropriate body of knowledge and recent developments referred to by the AQF. In order to demonstrate the ability to engage in appropriate research, students should read and utilise these texts and journals and publications. As Masters students you are expected to research beyond this minimum standard through additional texts, journals and studies to demonstrate an ability to engage in independent research.

Your attention is drawn to the University’s stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE (a full list of references must be submitted as part of the assessment).

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Group submission

On campus students will deliver their presentation in class. Off-campus students will make arrangements with the course coordinator. Only one group member per group needs to submit the report online.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

6. Critically analyse real world management and business context problems and offer solutions.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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