MANAGEMT 7087PT - Managing Contemporary Organisations

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2015

This course exposes students to some key influences and perspectives on the management of organisations. Its focus is primarily on human issues that affect and are dealt with by managers day-to-day. The course is an extension of "Fundamentals of Leadership" and provides the background and theoretical framework for more advanced studies in business management. Some of the topics addressed may, at first, seem somewhat theoretical or even 'philosophical' in nature, but the whole course is designed to provide students with the foundation for practical action in the field. The ability to analyse and to think clearly and independently about these issues will be the basis of effective action. Managing Contemporary Organisations begins by examining the nature of 'organisation' as an 'open system'. We then look at the management challenge in relation to various facets of organisation - learning, motivation, politics, performance, ethics, culture, innovation, decision-making, structure and change. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on thinking about and asking important questions, rather than fixing on 'right' answers.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MANAGEMT 7087PT
    Course Managing Contemporary Organisations
    Coordinating Unit Business School
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible COMMGMT 7006
    Restrictions Restricted to Certificate, Grad Dip and Master of Business Administration students only.
    Course Description This course exposes students to some key influences and perspectives on the management of organisations. Its focus is primarily on human issues that affect and are dealt with by managers day-to-day. The course is an extension of "Fundamentals of Leadership" and provides the background and theoretical framework for more advanced studies in business management. Some of the topics addressed may, at first, seem somewhat theoretical or even 'philosophical' in nature, but the whole course is designed to provide students with the foundation for practical action in the field. The ability to analyse and to think clearly and independently about these issues will be the basis of effective action.
    Managing Contemporary Organisations begins by examining the nature of 'organisation' as an 'open system'. We then look at the management challenge in relation to various facets of organisation - learning, motivation, politics, performance, ethics, culture, innovation, decision-making, structure and change.
    Throughout the course there is an emphasis on thinking about and asking important questions, rather than fixing on 'right' answers.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Sam Wells

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1.    Interpret key influences and perspectives on the management of organisations to conceive important questions  in relation to the management of organisations

    2.    Argue the relationship between individual experience and organisational behaviour

    3.    Explain the implications of a systems perspective for organisational dynamics and the role and challenges of management


    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. A,B,C,D
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. A,B,D
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. A,B,D
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. A,B,C,D
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Course delivery will be by way of 3-hour interactive seminar classes. It is essential that the nominated readings be completed in preparation for each class – the readings form a shared context for each class and a shared foundation for class discussions. Readings in addition to those supplied in the course folder will be made available via MyUni.  Most assignments will be marked electronically and returned via MyUni.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements for MCO.

    Weekly classes are 3 hours long.  You can expect to spend about the same amount of time preparing for each class.  Assignments and exam preparation will demand additional concentrated periods of non-classroom study, on your own or with your allocated student group.  As a rough indication, you could expect to spend in the order of 120 hours of study time to complete the course, of which 36 hours would be in class.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment item

    Percentage of Total Mark

    Relevant Learning Outcomes – p.4

    Due or scheduled date

    Group Project

    25

    1,2,3

    1st July

    Individual Assignment

    40

    1,3

    29th July

    Final Exam

    35

    1,2,3,4,5

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    To gain a pass for this course, a student must achieve at least 50% overall with a minimum of 45% for the weighted average of all individual components. Students not achieving this requirement will have a fail (F) recorded as their final grade.

    For information on the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy refer to:

    www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/700/ 

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission
    Presentation of Assignments

    Please retain a copy of all assignments submitted.

    Assignments will be submitted electronically  via MyUni.  Electronic submission will be deemed to carry with it a declaration that the submission is the student’s own work and does not involve plagiarism or collusion.

    Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details

    A copy of the Postgraduate Programs: Communication Skills Guide will have been given to you at the beginning of your program.  This guide will assist you structure your assignments. 
    A copy of the guide can also be downloaded from http://www.business.adelaide.edu.au/current/mba/download/2009MBACommSkillsGuide.pdf

    This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and management reports, making oral presentations etc.

    In preparing any written piece of assessment for your postgraduate studies it is important to draw on the relevant ‘literature’ to support critical analysis. Also essential is to reference the literature used. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the
    source of the ideas and arguments that you present, and sometimes the source of the actual words you use, and helps to avoid the problem of plagiarism.
    (Further information on plagiarism is provided later in this course outline.)

    The Harvard system is widely used in the Business School. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can be found in the
    Communication Skills Guide.

    Further assistance with referencing is available from the Faculty’s Learning Support Advisors. The contact details are provided on page 6 of the Communication Skills Guide.

    Return of Assignments and Feedback

    Lecturer’s aim to mark and return assignments to students within two (2) weeks of the due date with written feedback.  MCO assignments will be returned via MyUni.
        
    Late Assignment Submission

    Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system.  Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions should be emailed to the lecturer in charge of the course before the due date.  Each request will be assessed on its merits.  A late assignment (without prior arrangement) may be penalised by a 5% mark reduction for each day that it is late. 
       
    Plagiarism and Other Forms of Cheating

    Plagiarism is a serious act of academic misconduct.  The School adheres strictly to the University’s policies on examination and assessment.  The University’s Policies on Assessment, including plagiarism and other forms of cheating, can be found at:

    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/230/

    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/465/ 

    Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course.
       
    Examinations

    During the Trimester you will be provided with an examination timetable, via email. It will also be available on the web.  It is your responsibility to check the timetable and to ensure that you understand the correct date and time of the exam and the location of the exam room. Misunderstanding or misreading the timetable is not valid grounds for the granting of a supplementary exam.  Students must attend at least 80% of classes or they will forgo their right to a supplementary exam on academic grounds.

    If you are in any doubt about the examination, please contact your lecturer.
          
    Open Book Examinations

    While the MCO examination is run in an open book format, candidates should note that they will not be given credit for work copied from textbooks, websites or other materials distributed during classes. Appropriate referencing in examinations is required where others’ work is referred to.
         
    Return of Examination Scripts

    It is School policy not to return examination scripts.  Students are, however, welcome to discuss their exam performance with their lecturer.  Scripts will be held at the School for a period of twelve months following examinations, after which the scripts will be
    destroyed.

    Course Results

    Course results will be available within three to four weeks after the final examination/assignment.  University staff are not permitted to provide results to students over the telephone or by email.  When results are approved and finalised they are made available through Access Adelaide:

    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/access/ 

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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