COMMGMT 1001 - Managing Organisations and People

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

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 Managing Organisations and People
    Coordinating Unit Management
    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
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ankit Agarwal

    Lecturer/Course Coordinator:
    Name: Dr Ayoosha Saleem
    Location: Room 10.34, Nexus 10 Building, 10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide.

    Workshop Facilitators/Tutors:
    Name: Ms Karolina Kaczorowska

    Course Timetable

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

    Please refer to Course Outline on MyUni
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This course is designed to develop students’ understanding of the nature and purpose of management, while fostering a spirit of critical inquiry and reflection, and the pursuit of personal development and lifelong learning.

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the diversity of management thinking.
    2 Autonomously and collaboratively 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Samson, D. and Daft, R.L. (2018) Fundamentals of Management (6th Asia Pacific Edition) Cengage Learning: Australia.

    1. It is required you have continuous access to the nominated text in order to complete the course requirements.
    2. Other editions of the above text are NOT the same as our required text.

    Recommended Resources
    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
    This 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 11 weekly face-to-face lectures (focused on one topic per week) of one-hour duration. Lectures are supported by 11 two-hour workshops starting in week 2 and ending in week 12. These activities are important interactive components of your learning.

    Note: Preparation and active attendance at all 11 workshops and the completion of 10 online quizzes are expected.

    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 listen to the weekly lectures (1 x 1 hour), attend their allocated weekly workshop class (1 x 2 hours) and meetings with their workshop facilitators (tutors) throughout the semester. This means you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours a week to private study.

    Students are expected to…

    • Undertake all required readings for the course (e.g., topics from the prescribed course textbook).
    • Be prepared for workshops by completing pre-reading and preparing questions and reflections
    • Listen to all the online lectures and actively participate (e.g., sharing ideas, asking questions) in all the workshops.
    • Complete and submit all items of assessment by the prescribed due dates.
    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

    Item Description Due Weight LO
    1 Workshop Participation Throughout semester 1 starting from week 2 onward 10% 1,4
    2 Online Weekly Quizzes  x 10 Throughout semester 1 starting from week 3 onward 20% 1
    3 Midterm test In week 6 10% 1,2,3,4
    4 Group Case Study Report In week 10 on Friday at 11.59 pm Adelaide time 15% 1,2,3,4
    5 Group Case Study Presentations Starting in week 5 until week 12 15% 1,2,3,4
    6 Final examination TBD 30%
    (with 45% hurdle)
    Total 100%

    For more information, please refer to the MyUni course website (inc. downloadable Course Outline).
    Assessment Related Requirements
    • To gain a pass for this course, a mark of at least 45% must be obtained in the examination as well as an aggregate total for all assessments of at least 50%.
    • Students not achieving the minimum exam mark will be awarded an aggregate course mark of no more than 49%.
    • Students who receive an aggregate course mark between 45% and 49% may be offered a supplementary examination. Your performance in the replacement assessment will determine whether you are awarded a Pass grade for the course with a maximum aggregate course mark of 50%.
    • Attempting online quizzes in a timely fashion is expected and recommended as they will automatically close at the end of each week.
    • Attendance at all the workshops is expected. Your attendance and participation will be recorded. You are expected to come prepared to discuss and present the questions outlined in the workshop schedule and contribute to all associated activities.
    • Your workshop participation grades (10%) will be based on your in-workshop contributions (not attendance) (e.g. sharing ideas, discussing ideas with peers and tutors in class).
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Workshop Participation (10%)
    You are expected to participate in all scheduled workshops (Face-to-Face or via Zoom) and be prepared to discuss your ideas on the questions outlined in the workshop schedule. You may wish to demonstrate you are prepared by emailing your work to your Workshop Facilitator before the workshop. Nonetheless, the onus remains on you to demonstrate your preparedness to your Workshop Facilitator. Each student will be awarded 0, ½ or 1 mark for each of the workshops, and the best 10 weekly marks will be used to calculate the aggregate mark for this assessment. When determining a weekly mark, workshop facilitators will consider whether the student:
    • Is prepared: refers to notes, introduces ideas and questions from the week’s text
    • Contributes: adds new ideas, suggests new connections, raises relevant issues
    • Seeks clarification: re concepts, terminology, expectations
    • Interacts: builds on others’ ideas, uses humour positively, stays on track
    • Communicates clearly: demonstrates appropriate pace, volume and ideas

    Permission for any absence is generally only acceptable for medical or compassionate reasons. All such requests should be accompanied by documentary evidence from a social service professional (e.g. doctor, counsellor) and will be assessed on its merits.

    Assessment 2: Weekly Quizzes (20%)
    Starting week 3, your online quizzes will be based on the previous week's topic. The duration of the quiz is 60 minutes and can be attempted once only. There will be a total of 25 multiple-choice questions. The online quizzes are based on your course textbook content. Each week, the quizzes will begin at 9 am Adelaide time and finish on Saturday at 11.59 pm Adelaide time. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that you find time to complete the quizzes before they are due. Failure to do so will result in you losing your grade for that week's quiz. Please understand that extensions can only be given based on medical reasons. No other reasons (e.g., forgot, busy, work and so on) will be accepted as valid reasons for the extension.

    Please refer to MyUni for more details about the quizzes and deadlines.

    Assessment 3: Midterm Test (10%)
    Mid-Term Test is scheduled for Week 6.

    The purpose of the test is to provide you with the opportunity to ascertain how you are progressing in the course and give you an idea of the type of questions asked in the final exam (hence why the test is only 10%). The test will assess material covered in topics 1 to 3 inclusive.

    Details of the test are as follows:
    This is an online test.
    This test consists of three short answer questions – you are ONLY required to answer any two
    Test coverage – topics 1 to 3 (inclusive) (Q1 - topic 1, Q2 - topic 2, Q3 - topic 3)
    All answers should be written in the space provided.
    Time allowed: 50 minutes writing time + 5 minutes reading time + 5 minutes to ensure that the test is submitted properly;
    Weighting: constitutes 10% of course assessment.
    Note: You are not allowed to copy and paste the definitions from the textbook or any other sources. The questions will test your understanding of the concepts and are not designed to test your memory.

    Revision tips:
    Be mindful of the learning outcomes for each of the three topics;
    Review the lecture slides and the prescribed reading for the three topics;
    Revisit the workshop questions prescribed for the three topics;
    Make sure you understand key terms and key concepts from the three topics.

    Assessment 4: Group Assignment (30%)
    4.1 Group Case Study Report (15%)
    4.2 Group Case Study Presentations (15%)

    Assessment 4.1: Group Case Study Report (15%)
    The case study assignment for the group report is available via MyUni. There are often multiple ways in which a case study can be analysed and interpreted. This case study assignment is about making sense of actual managerial issues, applying the theories and frameworks you have learned in this course, problem-solving and decision-making in complex situations, coping with ambiguities, working in a team, and your academic writing skills, including referencing (e.g., Harvard Referencing Style).

    In this assignment, students will be required to analyse a real-life case study and identify the underlying issues, possible alternative courses of action to address the issues identified, and provide a recommended course of action and justification why. The comprehensive material provided in the case will need to be used to support your analysis and recommendations. Please refer to MyUni for the information on the prescribed case study.

    Students will be allocated into groups of 5 in their workshops. The case study assignment can be downloaded from the MyUni course website. A key aspect of your grade will also be related to how well your group responds to the challenge of 1) including all the relevant information in a well-written, concise 5-page report, 2) skillfully applying the appropriate theories and frameworks covered in class, and 3) formulating and presenting an overall argument that is convincing and supported by case evidence.

    Turnitin similarity software will be utilised to indicate potential plagiarism. If your similarity report is greater than 30% (not considering assignment coversheet with plagiarism policies, references, headings, subtitles, etc.), it is strongly advised that you refer to the following link: to an external site. If, as a result of this process, your assignment is submitted after the due date, a late submission penalty will be applied (5% per day). Students must retain a copy of all assessments submitted. You can resubmit your assignment multiple times (with the same file name) until the due date: time, but note that it may take several hours for to generate your similarity report.

    Assessment 4.2: Group Case Study Presentations (15%)
    As a part of a group, each student will need to prepare and deliver a presentation in the workshops. Case studies are an effective way to learn about complex issues. By using a real-life example, you will be able to identify multiple managerial issues to the material you learn in this course. Each case will be based on a particular weekly topic (outlined in the workshop schedule). Each week, a student team will present a (20 min) presentation on a case. This presentation will be assessed by your workshop facilitator and is worth 15% of your total grade. The grade for these presentations will be based on one’s team performance; therefore you and your teammates will share the grade. Please refer to MyUni to know the topics available for presentations.

    Given that the presentations will be approximately 20 mins each, you will need to create a PowerPoint presentation. There is an element of creativity and showmanship to presenting, so the decision on how to frame your presentation is ultimately yours.

    On delivering an excellent presentation, students need to specifically address the following issues...
    Adhere to a business dress code.
    Do not directly read from slides or cards
    Engage your audience
    Be creative and (appropriately) entertaining
    Acknowledge and answer questions
    For more useful information on how to give an effective presentation, see: (Links to an external site.)
    It’s also important to note that there will be approximately 5 mins of questions and answers after your presentation. As a presenter, your entire group will be responsible for fielding these questions in a convincing and confident manner. As an audience member, you are responsible for posing “good” questions that respectfully critique/challenge the presenting team’s position. A good question can be defined as one that is clear, thought-provoking, and specifically related to aspects of the presentation at hand.

    To summarise, we’ve outlined the “presentation rules” for both presenters and the audience below:

    For the presenters:
    Engage the audience. Use creative ways to make your presentation interesting and interactive.
    Use visual aids, e.g. prepare slides or other interesting visual materials.
    Be professional. Dress well and use professional language.
    Act as a team. Each team member must present so that no one person dominates the presentation.
    Mind your time. Keep within your prescribed timeframe, e.g. not too long or short.
    Know your topic. Be prepared to answer questions or discuss with the audience.
    Do not simply read your slides or notes. Use a conversational approach and keep eye contact with the audience.

    For the audience:
    Have respect. Listen and do not interrupt the presentation.
    Pay attention. Make notes as interesting ideas come to you. These will inform your questions.
    Ask questions and offer feedback. It is your responsibility to interact with the presenters. Remember, your participation grade is based on the quality of the questions you pose to your fellow classmates.

    Group assignment grading mechanism:
    Group Member Evaluation mechanism to ensure equity for team members mechanism to ensure that students who are working hard get extra grades for their efforts and students who are not working towards group assignments get lower grades.

    The purpose of getting you to complete the Group Member Evaluation is to give you an opportunity to confidentially submit your evaluation of your contribution, as well as the contributions of your group mates, to the group assignment.

    Group Contribution Factor (GCF) scores (measures of your assignment group contribution based on your feedback and that of your group members) will be released after the GCF deadline. The final score may be the same or different to the group report grades based on the group members' evaluation of your work and effort.

    If you "pulled your weight" in the group work for the assignment, your grades may increase.
    If you do not "pull your weight" in the group work for the assignment, your grades may decrease.
    If you all work equally, your group grades may remain the same.

    Note:  If you do not give feedback (written and points both), your group grades may remain the same or reduce but they will not increase.

    Assessment 5: Final Exam (30%)
    The purpose of the final exam is to assess your understanding of the concepts covered in this course. Specifically, the ability to utilise theories covered in this course to critically evaluate how planning, organising, leading and controlling organisational resources can be used to achieve an organisation's goals in an efficient and effective manner.

    The exam will be 3 hours in length. Only topics 4 to 11 will be covered in this course and will be assessable in the final exam. As we have covered topics 1 to 3 in the mid-term test, these three topics will not be covered in the final exam.

    The examination will be held during the scheduled exam period. The timing of the exam will be known when the Semester 1, 2022 examination timetable is released by the University.

    As highlighted earlier, students are required to achieve a minimum of 45% of the marks in the final exam and an aggregate of 50% (exam + coursework grade) in order to be eligible to pass this course.

    More information on the exam will be provided via the MyUni course website.
    Turnitin is a software used for checking and marking student assignments. For most of your courses, you will hand in your assignments via Turnitin, and the markers will give you feedback via Turnitin as well. Turnitin will also give you an originality report. This report will tell you how similar your writing is to other texts that can be found online and in other student assignments.

    Getting an originality report from Turnitin before you hand in your assignment.

    To access the tool, go to MyUni and find a course called Turnitin Originality Check. Enter this course and upload your assignment draft.
    Your instructors will not see any drafts you submit there, and none of these drafts will be considered if you subsequently submit your edited and finalised assignment through Turnitin for marking within your course (if your instructor has enabled Turnitin assignment submission in your MyUni course).

    You cannot submit your assignments for marking through the Turnitin self-assessment tool. You can only check your assignment drafts for originality.

    If you have any questions about academic integrity, plagiarism, or the results you receive generated through the Turnitin originality report using the Turnitin self-assessment tool please visit us in the Writing Centre or email your questions to us.

    Plagiarism is a serious violation of the Academic Integrity Policy. For more information on plagiarism, see 

    To maintain a fair and equitable system for all students, you are expected to submit your group assignment by the due date. Students should start early on the group assignment so that foreseeable pressures like work or assessment for other courses do not delay you completing assignments for this course on time.

    Please note that students must retain a copy of all assessments submitted. The group assignment should be submitted electronically using the link which will be made available on the MyUni course website. Through this process, your assignment will automatically generate a unique identifier, the relevant Assessment Rubric and a Turnitin similarity report. You can resubmit your assignment multiple times (with the same file name) until the due date: time, but note that it may take several hours for to generate your similarity report.

    Note: A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a mark reduction for each day that it is late. Assignments that are submitted late will be penalised at 5% of the potential grade per day.
    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.


    Students (or groups) who believe their work should receive a different grade should apply in written within 48 hours of the publication of the grades. They must write/email directly to their marker, and copy to the course co-ordinators, an analytical piece, in which they give strong reasons on why they believe they have achieved the requirements. Students who choose to apply for a review or reconsideration must be logical and concise in their appeal, and provide as much detail as possible. Claims like “I believe I have done to the requirements and deserve a better grade” will not be accepted. It is at the marker’s discretion whether the work should be reviewed or reconsidered. If the application is accepted, the marker will conduct a review/reconsideration independent from the original grade, and the outcome can be a higher grade, no change, or a lower grade, and this new grade will be final.

    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.

    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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