COMMGMT 7008 - Management Practice (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of management practice by surveying the roles and functions undertaken by managers. It introduces the concept of an organisation and explains the need for management, the development and evolution of management theory, the types and levels of managers, and their internal and external environments, including an analysis of the ethical and social responsibilities owed to those environments. Extensive coverage of the four key management functions (planning and decision-making, organising, leading and motivating, and controlling) is also included. Finally, the course addresses a number of emerging issues in management.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMMGMT 7008
    Course Management Practice (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr John Knight

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    No information currently available.

    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    It is recommended you have continuous access to the following text in order to complete tutorial exercises and online quizzes:
    Samson, D. and Daft, R.L. (2015) Fundamentals of Management (5th Asia Pacific Edition) Cengage Learning: Australia

    Published by Cengage Learning Australia (ISBN-10: 0170259803, ISBN-13: 9780170259804), this book is available through UniBooks packaged with a free access card to electronic resources provided by the publisher.

    Alternatively, you can purchase the ebook for less than half the price of the paperback text through UniBooks or directly from Cengage Learning (see Fundamentals of Management e-book).
    Recommended Resources
    The publisher of the recommended course text offers additional online resources on key issues, including additional quizzes.
    You have access to numerous resources in the library including scholarly journals and alternative contemporary texts on management. You are encouraged to read widely and critically with a focus on recent work (less than 5 years old) in periodicals, refereed academic journals and books.

    The Communication Skills Guide and The University of Adelaide Writing Centre are helpful resources for your academic writing and observance of the protocols and conventions of the Harvard referencing style
    Online Learning
    The course utilises MyUni as a communications and assessment tool. Students should be actively scanning the MyUni course webpage regularly.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is delivered through eleven weekly seminars (mainly focused on one topic per week) of three hours duration. In addition there is a course review and examination preparation seminar at the end of the course. Preparation and active attendance at seminars as well as the completion of online quizzes (accessible through MyUni) is required.

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

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. Students in this three-unit course are expected to attend all seminars (3 hours). This means you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours of private study.
    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
    Weekly quizzes                                   10%
    Seminar attendance and preparation 10%
    First assignment                                  15%
    Major assignment                                25%
    Examination                                         40% (hurdle)
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    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 ( 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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