|Semester 2, 2021 Online|
|Short Description:||Organisational Administration|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Business|
|Student contribution band :||Band 4|
|ASCED code :||080999 - Office Studies not elsewhere c|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||14 April 2021|
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 http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.
Students are required to monitor course announcements and discussion forums on the Moodle Study Desk on a regular [minimum twice weekly] basis and contribute appropriately.
Administration supports and facilitates the conduct of an organisation’s activities which, in turn, contribute to the achievement of the purpose of the enterprise. Without effective administration, the sustainability of an organisation is jeopardised through: inefficient use of scarce resources; potential failure to comply with legislated and external regulatory requirements; failure to retain mandatory records and the consequent ability to meet reporting obligations to stakeholders; and an inability to provide for some of the basic health and safety needs of its workforce. The provision of utilities and the design and maintenance of the physical environment are also significant considerations. Students will have an understanding of the functions of administration and how these impact on and are influenced by the structure and operation of organisations.
In short, organisational administration may be described as ‘the lubricant which keeps the wheels of industry turning smoothly’.
Effective administration is a key component of successful and sustainable business. In this course, students will learn the about the ways in which we classify and administer the various roles and aspects of the work conducted within the organisation by exploring the diversity of ideas and approaches to the study of work. This exploration includes the examination of the context of work, the ways in which work is carried out and issues pertinent to the management of work. Students will consider the evolution of administrative management as a contemporary manifestation of scientific management, its historical antecedent. All managers, irrespective of their specialist expertise, need a sound understanding of a range of administrative functions and, since most administrative functions are conducted indoors, an appreciation of the required features of an effective office environment including the virtual workplace. The importance of time management, problem solving ability, efficient workflow and an appreciation of cultural diversity are emphasised throughout the course. Having completed this course, students should be able to plan and organise a range of administrative functions in support of an organisation's operations.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- synthesise the principles and theories associated with administering work within organisations;
- think critically and analyse work-related management initiatives and understand current trends;
- develop problem solving skills by understanding and applying relevant concepts and principles in designing an office environment;
- communicate clearly in writing appropriate to the discipline by preparing the assessment and verbally as a participant in various roles in effective business meetings;
- apply knowledge of the organisational administrative function to resolve problems and make ethical decisions across a range of institutional, national and global contexts including emerging administrative services delivery models.
|1.||The context of organisational administration and meaning of work||10.00|
|2.||Structuring the organisational administrative function||10.00|
|3.||Changing forms of work and managing the organisational administrative function||10.00|
|4.||The impact of technology on organisational administration: the virtual office and work life balance||10.00|
|5.||Designing an effective office environment||30.00|
|6.||Legal, ethical and cultural issues relating to organisational administration||20.00|
|7.||Organising and conducting effective business meetings||10.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=02&subject1=MGT3201)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|ASSIGNMENT 1||15||15||10 Aug 2021|
|ASSIGNMENT 2||100||45||14 Sep 2021|
|EXAMINATION||40||40||End S2||(see note 1)|
- This is a restricted examination. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.
Important assessment information
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.
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.)
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
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.
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.
This is a restricted examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the examination for this course are:
- writing materials. These must be non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination.
- an unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary). A student whose first language is not English may take a translation dictionary into the examination room. A translation dictionary with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.
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.
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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.
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 http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.