Management Strategy and Decision Making - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Analysis Task - Report & Oral Presentation (30%) , Case Study - Involves Group Work (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

This unit aims to provide the necessary framework for future professionals to successfully make and support strategic managerial decisions. Developed from decision-making and strategic management perspective, the unit concentrates on issues that emphasise practical managerial applications within organisations.

This unit contains group work and an oral presentation. Students will be required to work in small groups to complete one of the assessment tasks aligned with a case study and provide an oral presentation as part of another assessment task aligned with a report.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an integration of knowledge and practice from foundational business units undertaken in the course by effectively crafting a business strategy, reasoning carefully about strategic options, and use what-if analysis to evaluate action alternatives
  2. demonstrate competence in the team decision processes involved in effectively solving managerial problems
  3. analyse an organisation's internal and external environments within a competitive global environment, and recommend appropriate and ethical corporate strategic options and implementation strategies aimed to improve overall business performance and to provide the company with a sustainable competitive advantage
  4. demonstrate a working knowledge of the current theories, common tools and best practice applications of strategic management.
  • Analysis Task — Report & Oral Presentation (30%)
  • Case Study — Involves Group Work (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Quiz — Online Quiz (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The concept of strategy
2Goals, values and performance
3Analysing the environment
4Analysing resources and capabilities
5Strategy implementation and generic strategies
6Cost and differentiation strategies
7Strategic applications I
8Strategic applications II
9Strategic applications III

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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