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MGT2002 Managing Organisations

Semester 3, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Management and Marketing
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Ann Cormack
Moderator: Eric Kong

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


The challenges and opportunities that managers face, whether they are in for-profit, public or non-profit organisations, have never been greater as the world seems to be changing ever faster, with technological, economic and political forces reverberating around the world every day. This course gives students a realistic perspective of what management is and what managers really do. In particular, the course will focus on the functions of planning, deployment of resources, decision making, organising, leadership, and reviewing effectiveness and efficiency of decision making.


This course lays the foundation for a career in management. It not only exposes students to important theories and knowledge about the nature of management and organisations, it also introduces students to the process of self-reflection as a management activity. In the opening weeks of the semester, students are exposed to a range of context information surrounding management and organisations, including topics such as the historical origins of current management theory, and current issues in management including sustainability and management as an international phenomenon. In addition, students are offered training in self-reflection processes and theory. The second half of the course is devoted to a detailed coverage of the four core management functions identified by Fayol; planning, leading, organising and controlling.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. comprehend and apply disciplinary theory related to underlying paradigms of organisation and management and the four management functions of planning, leading, organising and controlling
  2. discuss the changing context of management and discuss its implications for practice
  3. anticipate potential ethical issues within management and apply related theory or concepts
  4. demonstrate awareness of sustainability as an issue for managers and management
  5. apply research processes, evaluate and synthesise a number of texts for the purpose of creating a script response to assessment questions
  6. enhance their learning through reflections.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to management 10.00
2. Introduction to organisations 10.00
3. Reflecting on your experiences of management and organisations 15.00
4. Big ideas within management - ethics, social responsibility and sustainability 15.00
5. Big ideas within management - management as an international phenomenon 10.00
6. Planning - foundations 10.00
7. Organising - foundations 10.00
8. Strategic leadership 10.00
9. Controlling organisations - foundations 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Samson, D & Daft, RL 2012, Management, 4th edn, Cengage Learning Australia, South Melbourne, Victoria.
    (Asia Pacific edition.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Bartol, K, Tein, M, Matthews, G, Sharma, B & Scott-Ladd, B 2011, Management: a Pacific Rim focus, 6th edn, McGraw-Hill, North Ryde, New South Wales.
  • Clegg, S, Kornberger, M & Pitsis, T 2008, Managing and organizations: an introduction to theory and practice, 2nd edn, Sage Publications, Los Angeles.
  • Quinn, RE, Faerman, SR, Thompson, MP & McGrath, MR 2011, Becoming a master manager: a competing values approach, 5th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • Robbins, SP, Bergman, R, Stagg, I & Coulter, M 2011, Management, 6th edn, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.
  • Schermerhorn, JR, Campling, J, Poole, D & Wiesner, R 2004, Management: an Asia-Pacific perspective, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 42.00
Directed Study 98.00
Private Study 20.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 15 15 06 Dec 2013 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 45 45 31 Jan 2014 (see note 2)
2-HOUR EXAMINATION 40 40 End S3 (see note 3)

  1. structured reflection activity
  2. structured reflection activity
  3. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a closed examination. Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination room.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments:
    1. Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner.
    2. In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  2. Referencing in assignments:
    Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at