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MBA8005 Shaping Organisational Policy

8W Teaching Period 5, 2021 Online
Short Description: Shaping Organisational Policy
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
ASCED code : 080399 - Business Mgt not classified
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 13 April 2021


Pre-requisite: MBA8001 and MBA8002 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MBAL or GDBA or GCBA


Policies are sets of principles, rules and statements of intent that guide decisions within organisations to assist them to achieve their mission and purpose.  When formulating policies, organisations need to consider a range of internal and external factors.  Internal factors include risk appetite; governance models; CSR; ethics; organisational purpose; and values.  External factors include the local, national and global political and regulatory landscapes, socio-economic factors, and the competitive environment.  Shaping policy requires leaders who can draw on and leverage the collective intelligence of diverse groups who can offer perspective and expertise on those various influencing factors.  Operating in a way that considers both the internal and external factors requires the crafting and communicating of careful policy and the ability to galvanise the organisation to embrace the values and mission of the business.


This course will examine the range of factors that influence the shaping of organisational policy. Effective leaders need to be able to navigate the sometimes competing or conflicting demands of these various factors, to ensure they meet compliance obligations whilst still maintaining opportunities for growth. You will learn to consult, collect and consider multiple perspectives to shape appropriate policies and to evaluate policies in relation to the principles of good governance, risk, public interest and ethical and legal requirements. The final step in the process of shaping organisational policy is the evaluation and reporting of outcomes. To achieve this, you will be required to apply appropriate communication strategies to advocate to, and engage, key stakeholders in the adoption and implementation of these policies.


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

  1. Explain what is meant by organisational policy, why it matters and the factors that shape it
  2. Formulate organisational policy that takes account of stakeholder’s perspectives, internal and external influences and organisational purpose
  3. Evaluate policy outcomes, measure their impact and create appropriate reporting mechanisms
  4. Create communication strategies to advocate for and engage with relevant parties in the adoption and implementation of organisational policy.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to organisational policy 10.00
2. Internal influences on policy development.   20.00
3. External influences on policy development   20.00
4. Formulating organisational policy 15.00
5. Strategies for the adoption and implementation of organisational policy.  20.00
6. Evaluating policy outcomes, measuring impact and reporting.   15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Links to specific journal articles relevant to the assessment items in this course will be made available on the discussion board of this course. 

Students need to access and use relevant sources which could be found on the USQ library online databases to support arguments in the assignment and examination ( Go to the USQ library home page to access these databases. Online databases of the USQ library that provide the full-text of journal articles include for example:  

• EBSCOhost: Business Source Premier Academic Search Premier 

• PsycARTICLES, Psychology & Behavioural Sciences Collection  

• Emerald  

• Sage Full-Text  

• Wiley  

• Science Direct  

• Taylor & Francis Journals.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 30.00
Directed Study 40.00
Private Study 95.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Workbook activities weeks 1-3 30 30 05 Sep 2021
Workbook activities weeks 4-6 30 30 26 Sep 2021
Report 40 40 03 Oct 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and 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 for that item. 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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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 items for the course. 

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course. 

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations. 

  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. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course: 
 1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement. 
2. forms part of the  Master of Business Administration (MBAL) and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Date printed 13 April 2021