Managing in a Complex World - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - (15-25%) , Assignment 2 - Group (35-45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,233.00
International 3,483.00

This unit provides a broad understanding of the management role and its significance in enabling organisations to operate effectively within a fast paced, increasingly complex and diverse global environment.

It pays particular attention to current trends and pressures for change on managerial responsibilities. The management role will be examined from the perspective of direction-setting, decision-making and strategic planning; the organising role covering structure and design, communications and information technology, human resource management and the management of change and innovation; the leadership role covering the basics of organisational behaviour, group and team dynamics, motivation and leadership styles; and the controlling or performance management function introducing operations and value chain management.

After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:

  1. Critically analyse environmental pressures on management historically and contemporarily, and the responsiveness of the managerial function to environmental shifts
  2. Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of managerial functions of planning, organising, leading and controlling across the organisation in diverse and complex environments
  3. Critically analyse managerial roles and functions at different organisational levels and in different types of organisations
  4. Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences and function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team.
  • Assignment 1 — (15-25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group (35-45%)
  • Project — (30-50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Pressures for change in the roles of organisations and management
2Management yesterday and today
3What do managers do? - The planning function
4What do managers do? - The organising function
5What do managers do? - The leadership function
6What do managers do? - The controlling or performance management function
7What do managers do? - Managing for sustainability
8What do managers do? - Organisational design, culture and leadership in an increasingly complex and fast changing business environment

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