MANAGEMT 7128OL - Managing People and Organisations

Online - Online Teaching 1 - 2021

Organisation amplifies the leadership intent. Orchestrating the interaction between individuals, sections, organisational structures and culture to align with the organisation strategy and achieve its purpose, requires a detailed understanding of the system. In addition to direct influence, a leader needs to know how to use and influence the organisation?s culture and processes, to manage its interdependencies and develop its people. In our dynamic work-world mobilising staff knowledge and passion, and supporting the learning needed to adjust to changes, is critical to remaining viable. Effective administrative structures, policies and processes can amplify the leader?s intent, or block initiative. In this course we will examine the key influences and perspectives on the management of organisations, and tools to enhance ethical decision-making. The focus is primarily on human issues that affect and are dealt with by managers day-to-day. The ability to analyse and to think clearly and independently about these issues is the basis of effective management action. 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 7128OL
    Course Managing People and Organisations
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Online Teaching 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Course Description Organisation amplifies the leadership intent. Orchestrating the interaction between individuals, sections, organisational structures and culture to align with the organisation strategy and achieve its purpose, requires a detailed understanding of the system. In addition to direct influence, a leader needs to know how to use and influence the organisation?s culture and processes, to manage its interdependencies and develop its people. In our dynamic work-world mobilising staff knowledge and passion, and supporting the learning needed to adjust to changes, is critical to remaining viable. Effective administrative structures, policies and processes can amplify the leader?s intent, or block initiative. In this course we will examine the key influences and perspectives on the management of organisations, and tools to enhance ethical decision-making. The focus is primarily on human issues that affect and are dealt with by managers day-to-day. The ability to analyse and to think clearly and independently about these issues is the basis of effective management action. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on thinking about and asking important questions, rather than fixing on 'right' answers.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mrs Lorraine Caruso

    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, you will be able to:

    1. evaluate the organisational structure relevant to it being able to meet the organisations objectives

    2. adapt the organisation's talent selection initiatives to maximise opportunity for diverse voices within the business

    3. develop leadership competencies supporting the development of an environment that aligns with human motivation

    4. collaborate with key stakeholders to identify relevant key performance indicators that measure progress against the organisation's objectives

    5. communicate challenges to the relevance of the organisation's structure, given the current global impacts to business

    6. formulate a readiness plan to prepare the organisation for a company-wide change initiative.

    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)
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    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
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    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
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    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
    1,2,3,4,5,6
    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
    1,2,3,4,5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The referenced textbook for this course is:

    Robbins, Judge, Edwards, Sandiford, Fitzgerald, and Hunt 2019, Organisational Behaviour (Links to an external site.), 9th edn, Pearson Australia, Victoria
    Recommended Resources
    All Course Readings are available through the links in each module and also available through the ‘Course Readings’ menu item in the navigation bar.
    Online Learning
    The course is delivered over a 6 week period.

    Planning of your time will be critical to immerse in the readings, activities, and discussions which provide the breadth and depth of knowledge to support your learning and completion of your assessments.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Over six weeks, you will journey through the world of organisational structure, and the development of an organisation’s operating framework, to align with the strategic objectives. You will also consider human motivation and its role in providing a sound base for workplace engagement, performance, and speed to change.

    In the first week, you will learn about the role of an organisation’s resources, capability, and decision structure in achieving its objectives. This includes the introduction to the design of an organisational structure through a video animation.

    In Week 2, you will look at the importance of talent sourcing, selection, and retention to build diversity of thought, skill, experience, and decision-making across all practices and processes of the organisation.

    In Week 3, you will learn about alignment across the organisation on the business objectives and role clarity for each function and individual on their role in achieving the objectives. This will include the difference between individual and shared objectives, and how they link back to the company-wide objectives.

    In Week 4, you will look at Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and how they are developed in collaboration with relevant stakeholders to guide and measure performance against organisational objectives. 

    As you move towards the end of the course in week 5, you will link leadership capability, behaviours, and practices effective in building working environments, which align with human motivation.  

    In the final week, you will consider the learning from the course in relation to change readiness and preparing an organisation for change, with a focus on planning, communication, and leadership capability.

    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.

    Students should allocate approximately 25 hours per week to accomplish the Learning Outcomes for this Intensive Course. In total the course is estimated to require 156 hours for completion.
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course includes class discussions, research activities, developing visual diagrams, quizzies, and online tutorials.

    The following is a weekly schedule of the 6 modules.
    1. Organisational Structure
    2. Diverse Workforce
    3. Aligned Objectives
    4. Organisational Performance
    5. Human Motivation
    6. Change Readiness
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students will need to be able to:

    - Navigate their way around this course environment.

    - Navigate their way around the internet.

    - Interact online through class discussion forums.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Class Discussion Groups form part of weekly activities.
  • 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 Name Due Weighting Course Learning Outcomes Related Weeks
    Assessment 1

    Graded discussions
    End of week
    2,3, & 4.

    Sunday 11.59pm
    30% 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4
    Assessment 2

    Essay

    Equivalent 1500 words
    End of week 3.

    Sunday 11.59pm
    25% 1,2,3,4,5 1,2,3
    Assessment 3

    Essay

    Equivalent 2000 words
    End of week 5.

    Sunday 11.59pm
    35% 4,5,6 1,2,3,4,5
    Assessment 4

    Reflection in personal application
    of the skills leaned in the course

    Reflecton on the application or
    integration of key artefacts from
    the learning, within the individuals sphere of inflience
    Complete portfolio due end of
    week 6.

    Sunday 11.59pm
    10% 1,2,3,4,5,6 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The requirements for each assessment are as follows:

    Assessment 1:
    The purpose of the assessment is for students to summarise the key leadership practices and decision-making processes within their own organisation relating to organisation structure, diversity, accountability, and motivation.

    Assessment 2:
    The purpose of this assessment is to justify the organisation wide alignment between strategy, structure, skill, and objectives

    Assessment 3:
    The purpose of this assessment is for students to design performance objectives and measures which align with human motivation.

    Assessment 4:
    The purpose of the task is to help students curate and articulate their learning experience into a reflective journal as a record of their learning journey through the MBA (Online) Program.

    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Graded Discussions
    Assessed Week 2, 3 & 4
    Weighting: 1500 words, 30%
    The purpose of the assessment is for students to summarise the key leadership practices and decision-making processes within their own organisation relating to organisation structure, diversity, accountability, and motivation.
    This assessment maps to the following course outcomes:
    • Evaluate the organisational structure relevant to it being able to meet the organisation’s objectives.
    • Adapt the organisation's talent-selection initiatives to maximise opportunity for diverse voices within the business.
    • Collaborate with key stakeholders to identify relevant Key Performance Indicators which measure progress against the organisation's objectives.
    Students are asked to complete the tasks outlined in the detailed instructions of the downloadable PDF and submit a post on the discussion forum of approximately 1,500 words in total. Comprising of 300 words for each original post x 3, and 200 words for each response to a post x 3.

    Assessment 2: Essay
    Assessed Week 3
    Weighting: 1500 words, 25%
    The purpose of this assessment is to justify the organisation wide alignment between strategy, structure, skill, and objectives.
    This assessment maps to the following course outcomes:
    • Evaluate the organisational structure, relevant to it being able to meet the organisation’s objectives.
    • Adapt the organisation's talent-selection initiatives to maximise opportunity for diverse voices within the business.
    • Communicate challenges to the relevance of the organisation's structure, given the current global impacts to business.
    Students are asked to write an essay which discusses the alignment of your organisation’s structure and skill with the strategy and objectives of the organisation.

    Assessment 3: Essay
    Assessed Week 5.
    Weighting: 2000 words, 35%
    The purpose of this assessment is for students to design performance objectives and measures which align with human motivation.
    This assessment maps to the following course outcomes:
    • Develop five leadership competencies supporting the development of an environment which aligns with human motivation.
    • Collaborate with key stakeholders to identify relevant Key Performance Indicators which measure progress against the organisation's objectives.
    • Communicate challenges to the relevance of the organisation's structure, given the current global impacts to business.
    Students are asked to prepare a paper which reviews the relevance of your individual and shared Key Performance Indicators in achieving the organistation’s objectives and consider how well they align with human motivation.

    Assessment 4: Reflective task
    Assessed Week 6.
    Weighting 10%
    The purpose of the task is to help students curate and articulate their learning experience into a reflective journal as a record of their learning journey through the MBA (Online) Program.
    Students are directed to sort through the reflections of the weekly Stages (120 words per week) and submit the final reflection task (800 words) as a PDF for assessment.
    The reflective task challenges students to focus their reflections on the course content by completing weekly ‘Personal Learning Reflection’ journal entries. The weekly personal self-reflection asks students to reflect on:
    • skills learnt in the course
    • key artefacts from the learning; specifically self-assessments, readings and activities.


    Submission
    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni.

    Please refer to step by step instructions: MyUni Learning Centre

    There are a few points to note about the submission of assignments:

    Assignment Submission: Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor; they must be lodged via the MyUni Course site (unless specified to do both). Note that assignments may be processed via TURNITIN, which is an online plagiarism prevention tool.

    Cover Sheet: Please include in the assignment a completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work. Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration.

    Backup Copy of Assignments: You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing. Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.

    Extensions of Time: An application for Assessment Extension should be made well before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer. Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date. Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances.

    Failure to submit: Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade. Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late (Unless otherwise stated in 'Assessment Related Requirements' or 'Assessment Detail' above). Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.

    Resubmission & Remarking
    Resubmission of an assignment for remarking after reworking it to obtain a better mark will not normally be accepted. Approval for resubmission will only be granted on medical or compassionate grounds. All assignments must be submitted by Sunday night, 11:59pm of the week in which they are due.
    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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