COMMGMT 1001 - Introduction to Management I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course introduces students to the roles and functions of managers. The content includes an introduction to organisations and the need for and nature of management. It examines the evolution of management theory, organisational environments, and corporate social responsibility and ethics. The course also includes a detailed investigation of the four functions of management: planning and decision making, organising, leading and motivating, and controlling.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMMGMT 1001
    Course Introduction to Management I
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible COMMGMT 2008 or COMMGMT 2501
    Assumed Knowledge One semester of university study
    Course Description This course introduces students to the roles and functions of managers. The content includes an introduction to organisations and the need for and nature of management. It examines the evolution of management theory, organisational environments, and corporate social responsibility and ethics. The course also includes a detailed investigation of the four functions of management: planning and decision making, organising, leading and motivating, and controlling.
    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
    This course is designed to develop student awareness of organisations and the variety of skills useful in managerial roles, foster a spirit of critical inquiry and stimulate student pursuit of personal development and lifelong learning. By the end of this course students should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the diversity of management thinking
    2. Autonomously and collaboratively research, analyse, evaluate, synthesise and apply knowledge in a timely fashion from wide inquiry of a variety of sources
    3. Demonstrate awareness of research as a source of contested and uncertain knowledge
    4. Effectively communicate their findings independently and as part of a group using an evolving variety of media
    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. 1 and 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2 and 3
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2 and 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2 and 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2 and 3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2 and 4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2 and3
  • 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 communication 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 lectures (focused on one topic per week) of two hours duration. In addition there are one hour orientation and course review and examination preparation lectures. Lectures are supported by eight one-hour tutorials and two meetings with an academic mentor. These activities are important interactive components of your learning. Preparation and active attendance at tutorials and the completion of online quizzes 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 lectures (2 hours), their allocated tutorial class (1 hour) and meetings with their academic mentor throughout the semester. This means you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours a week to private study.
    Learning Activities Summary

    Week: Course Content

    O        Orientation Lecture (1hour)

    1        Managing and Leading

    2        Motivation and the Meaning of Work

    3        Decision Making and Critical Thinking

    4        Working in Groups

    5        Culture

    6        Sustainability, Ethics and CSR

    7        Planning and Strategy

    8        Organisation Design and Structure

    9        Controlling People / Processes /Quality

    10      Work in a Virtual and Global World

    11      Change and Workplace Innovation

    12      Course Overview / Exam Discussion

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This activity is aimed at you, as part of a group formed at the beginning of the semester, discovering your own meaning of a management related research activity.
    Your group will be allocated a mentor to guide you in preparing for this experience and you are expected to formally meet with your mentor twice during the semester.
    You are encouraged to actively participate in all aspects of the assignment (e.g. in research, analysis, critical thinking, group work) to provide a foundation for the development of your skills in your ongoing studies.
  • 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
    1  Weekly quizzes  10%
    2  Tutorial participation and preparation  10%
    3  Individual assignment  15%
    4  Small Group Discovery Experience  25%
    5  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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