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This unit introduces and develops advanced knowledge and skills in the language of business management. It will also critically examine the historical and social contexts of business management developing an investigative insight into the fundamentals of management. Encompassing both leadership and organisation theory, the unit will investigate theories of organizations that consider topics like social responsibility, the business environment, decision making functions of management, strategic planning and implementation, organisational structures and human resource management, motivation, leadership, control, communications, group dynamics, culture, conflict, time management, internationalism and changing trends in management. You will explore management theory and review case studies for the purpose of strengthening the ability to manage business problems through to solutions, and to determine how to create and sustain a workplace where people can succeed (if the people succeed the business will succeed).

Summary 2021

Unit name Fundamentals of Management
Unit code XPD507
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Academic Division
Discipline University Pathways


Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills in identifying and effectively using business related vocabulary (words, concepts, idioms, expressions and jargons;
  • Research, critically analyze and discuss the historical and social contexts of management;
  • Identify and define management theories, concepts and processes operating in a wide range of contexts;
  • Exercise judgement and recommend solutions for complex management issues;
  • Communicate written and oral academic arguments supported by appropriate academic literature.




Essay 25%

Test 25%

Case study (individual or group) 50%

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Schermerhorn, JR, Davidson, PD, Poole, D, Woods, P, Simon, A & McBarron, E 2015 (e-book; 2017), Management, 5th Asia-Pacific Ed. John Wiley & Sons, San Francisco.

Bateman, TS & Snell, SA 2011, Management, 2nd edn, Irwin, Chicago.

Bartol, K 2011, Management. A Pacific Rim focus, 6th edn, McGraw-Hill, Sydney. Davidson, P 2009, Management: Core concepts and applications, 2nd Australasian edn, Wiley, Brisbane.

Hitt, MA, Black, JS, Porter, LW & Hanson, D 2007, Management, Pearson, Frenchs Forest. Robbins, SP, DeCenzo, D, Coulter, M, Woods, M 2013, Management: the essentials, 2nd edn, Pearson, Frenchs Forest, NSW.

Samson D & Daft RL 2015, Management: Asia-Pacific Edition, 5th edn, Cengage Learning, Melbourne, Australia.

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