COMMGMT 1001 - Introduction to Management I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

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 2
    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
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Francesco Barbera

    Course co-ordinator: Dr Francesco Barbera
    Location: Room 10.24, 10 Pulteney Street
    Telephone: +61 8 8313 9091

    Week 1 - Week 6: Dr Henry Shi (
    Week 7 - Week 12: Dr John Knight (

    Ankit Agarwal (
    Thomas Cosentino (
    Limin Fu (

    NB: Course related enquiries should initially be directed to your tutor. Please ensure that you know your tutor contact details and consulting times. These details will be posted by your tutor on your MyUni course webpage.
    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.

    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 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    It is required 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.

    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
    The course utilises MyUni as a communication and assessment tool. Students should be actively scanning the MyUni course webpage regularly. In addition, this course uses MindTap for critical learning activities throughout the semester. It is important that students complete the required online activities and assessments on both MyUni and MindTap.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is delivered through twelve weekly lectures (focused on one topic per week) of two hours duration. Lectures are supported by eleven one-hour tutorials. 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 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
    Please refer to Course Outline on MyUni.

    Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes
    Lectures 1-4
    Tutorials 1-4
    Group Work 1-4
    Case Studies 1-4
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    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.
  • 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 Task


    Learning Outcomes

    Weekly quizzes (x11) 10% 1
    Tutorial participation and preparation (x11) 10% 1, 4
    Individual assignment 15% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Group assignment 25% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Exam 40% 1, 3
    Total 100%
    For specific due dates refer to MyUni.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    To pass this course, a combined mark of 50% must be obtained from all assessments.

    Students who receive course mark between 45% and 49% may be offered a supplementary exam. 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 (before/during the relevant topic week) is expected and recommended as that quiz will close after that week’s topic is completed.

    Attendance at all tutorials is expected and your attendance will be recorded. You are expected to come prepared to discuss the questions outlined in the tutorial workbook and contribute to all associated activities.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Weekly Quizzes (10%)

    This assessment is aimed at growing your knowledge of the management discipline in preparation for assessments 2, 3, 4 and 5. From Week 2, MindTap will host 11 weekly text-based multiple choice quizzes (best 10 counted). Each quiz (starting with the week 1 and 2 topics) will assess material covered in the associated topic and will provide you with the opportunity to test your learning and identify areas that require further study. This will help you prepare for the current tutorial topic, assignments and final examination at the end of the semester. Attempting online quizzes in a timely fashion (before and during the topic week) is recommended as the relevant quiz will close after the topic is completed.

    Assessment 2: Tutorial Participation and Preparation (10%)

    This assessment is aimed at growing your knowledge of the management discipline and your awareness of academic and management competencies in preparation for assessments 3, 4 and 5. You are expected to attend all scheduled tutorials prepared to discuss your thinking concerning the questions outlined in the tutorial timetable (see tutorial workbook).

    Participation marks (5%) require you attend tutorials and preparation marks (5%) require you to work in a group of 5 and give a presentation in the Week 6 tutorial (see Tutorial Workbook). Permission for any variation is generally only given for medical or compassionate reasons. All such requests must be emailed to the lecturer in charge and should be accompanied by documentary evidence from a social service professional (e.g. doctor, counsellor or psychologist). Each request will be assessed on its merits.

    Assessment 3: Individual Assignment (15%)

    Submit electronically through MyUni. Turnitin similarity software will be utilised to indicate potential plagiarism. Due before 5.59pm, Sunday 3 April. A 5% of mark awarded per day late penalty will be applied to late submissions.

    This activity is aimed at you becoming aware of and engaged with academic literature in the management discipline while developing the skills necessary to become a critical consumer of others’ work.

    Research published in most academic journals goes through a process of “blind review”, whereby a number of experts assess the merits (strengths and weaknesses) of a paper prior to the editor accepting it for publication. This process is generally “double blind” where neither the author(s) nor the referees know one another’s identity. For this assessment you are required to select and review an academic paper and provide a succinct and constructively critical review of its content. You can choose any scholarly paper for your analysis but it must be in line with the themes covered in the early course lectures. It is important for this assignment that you understand how to effectively use library resources. You may also find the Academy of Management Journal website useful for generally understanding the review process. It is recommended you discuss your chosen paper with your tutor to ensure it is a paper which explores what is and why or how one of the following concepts is relevant in a business context:

    - Managing and/or management
    - Teamwork and/or teams
    - External environment and/or culture

    You are required to unambiguously insert a working hyperlink at the start of your submission so your marker can easily access the paper you have selected to review. The maximum length of your review is limited to 750 words so you must think carefully about choosing your words while developing your meaning(s). Note the use of 3 references (minimum) in the text of your review which you must detail in a reference list using the Harvard referencing style (the reference list is not counted in your 750 word limit). The review you submit should have 3 sections comprising approximately 250 words each and use the following section headings with a word count at the end of each section.

    Section 1: The Paper’s Theoretical Development and Contribution (250 words)

    In this section you should constructively critique the theory development of the paper. Some questions that you may reflect on include:
    - How well does the paper summarise a matter of conjecture or debate in the relevant academic literature?
    - Does the paper provide an adequate summary of the literature to date? (Here, you might like to provide a couple of references to relevant papers that the authors have not included in their paper).
    - Does the paper bring together a new understanding of managerial phenomena that has not been put forward by other authors (i.e. is there something novel and original in the paper)?
    Section 2: The Paper’s Development of Empirical Evidence (250 words) 

    The progression of science (including social sciences like management) is based upon the analysis of evidence. Good academic work will assemble and analyse evidence with great care. For the evidence to be useful it should have some wider applicability (i.e. it should provide generalisable results) and the study should be able to be replicated by another researcher. You can choose a qualitative (case based) or quantitative (numbers based) paper, but a knowledge of statistics is not a pre-requirement for this course and critiquing statistical methodology should not become a major focus of your review. Some questions that you might reflect on for this section include:
    - If the paper is based on case evidence, is the case a useful one for this research? Is the case unusual in such a way that the evidence is highly specific to the case and not relevant elsewhere?
    - If the paper is based on quantitative data (for example from a survey) are you confident that the survey has been well administered and is representative of the population under analysis?
    - Have the researcher(s) taken care in assembling evidence? Are you confident that they have asked the right questions to the best respondents in the organisation/industry under investigation?
    - If the case is based on secondary data (for example, an analysis of newspaper articles or other secondary materials) might there be some systematic biases present in the dataset (for example, SMEs are not as well reported as large firms)?
    - Is the case study material or quantitative data analysed appropriately and well? Is the analysis something a journalist would do, or does it follow good academic processes?

    Section 3: The Paper’s Contribution to Better Managerial Practice (250 words)
    In this section, you should assess the importance and relevance of the paper’s contribution to the improvement of managerial practice. Some questions that you might reflect on for this section include:

    - What contribution to better managerial practice and/or better organisational and social outcomes does the paper provide?
    - What is interesting about the paper that is important for management, organisations and society?

    Assessment 4: Group Assignment (25%)

    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 relating to the material you learn in this course. There will be multiple ways to interpret a case. The purpose of this assignment is to formulate an argument which identifies what should be done, why it should be done, and using ample case evidence (in the form of citations, facts, figures, etc.) to support your argument. This project 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 reinforcing the research and writing skills you acquired from the Individual Assignment, including referencing.

    There are two components – a written report (15%) and a group presentation (10%, in Weeks 10 and 11 tutorials, see more details in Section 9). To produce the report, you need to download and read the case study on MyUni, work in groups of 4 or 5, write a five-page (Times New Roman or Arial, 12 pt, 1.5 lines) business report using the appropriate headings and sub-headings.

    Your report should include:
    1. Introduction: Identify the key management issues from the case and identify your audience, i.e. who are you reporting to (shareholders, the board of directors, management, employees, etc.)?
    2. Analysis: Conduct a brief analysis using the theories and frameworks from the class to explain the causes and outcomes of the issues you identified in the Introduction.
    3. Alternative solutions: Drawing upon the concepts learned in this course, formulate feasible solutions and identify the pros and cons of each.
    4. Recommendation: Select one single solution that resolves the key problem, identify the action plan that should be taken, the risks to your recommendation, and how these risks might be mitigated.
    5. Desired state: From a management perspective, outline the ultimate goals that you wish to achieve and specifically relate these to your recommendation.
    6. Reference list

    As part of the University’s SGDE requirements, your group needs to select a mentor to guide you in developing your assignment and there is the expectation your group will formally meet with your mentor twice during the semester. Your mentor can be either an academic in the University (i.e., the School of Marketing and Management), or a practitioner from the corporate world (e.g., a business manager). You are required to include your mentor’s name, qualification/position, and contact information (phone or email) as an attachment at the end of your submitted report. The role of your mentor is to guide your understanding of research and practice in the management discipline being a source of uncertain and contestable knowledge. The role of your tutor is to guide your understanding of the material learned in this course and how it can be applied to the case, as well as to guide your understanding of the performance criteria applied to assess this group task. Your role in this activity is to utilise the resources made available in order to apply yourself to the best of your abilities towards maximising the performance of your group. Thus you are expected to actively participate in all aspects of the assignment (e.g. in research, analysis, critical thinking, group work) and so provide a foundation for the development of skills, competencies and abilities required in your ongoing studies and managerial practice. More on the rationale for and aspects of working in groups can be found at Group Work at Adelaide University.

    Once your group report is complete, one group member will submit ONE group file electronically through MyUni>3610_COMMGMT_1001>Course Assessment>Assignment 4. Turnitin similarity software will be utilised to indicate potential plagiarism (see Section 5.4 for similarity restrictions). Due before 5.59pm, Sunday 29 May, 2016. A 5% of mark awarded per day late penalty will be applied to late submissions.

    Assessment 5: Final Exam (40%)
    This assessment is aimed at testing your understanding of knowledge in the management discipline and capacity for logical, critical, and creative thinking. The examination will be held during the scheduled exam period. The contents of the exam will cover material discussed in the lectures and tutorials and the exact form of the exam will be discussed in the second half of the semester.
    Please note that students must retain a copy of all assessments submitted. Assignments 3 and 4 should be submitted electronically through MyUni>3610_COMMGMT_1001>Course Assessment>Assignment 3 (or 4). 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.

    Your similarity report will also indicate a colour related to the similarity index. In order for your assignment to be graded, a BLUE or GREEN similarity index must be achieved. The various possibilities and associated treatment of assignments are as follows:

    - Blue (no matching words) = your assignment will be graded accordingly.
    - Green (one matching word - 24% similarity index) = your assignment will be graded accordingly.
    - Yellow (25-49% similarity index) = your assignment will not be graded and you will be able to resubmit within a 24 hour period as long as a blue or green index is realized. If resubmitted, your grade will be reduced by 10%. If not resubmitted, your grade will be 0.
    - Orange (50-74% similarity index) = your assignment will not be graded and you will be able to resubmit within a 24 hour period as long as a blue or green index is realized. If resubmitted, your grade will be reduced by 20%. If not resubmitted, your grade will be 0.
    - Red (75-100% similarity index) = your assignment will receive a grade of 0. There will be no opportunity to resubmit. Repeat offenders will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

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

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