MGF5680 - Managerial problem solving and decision making - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Tui McKeown


Dr Wendy Bell

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (Off-campus)
  • First semester 2019 (Evening)


Students must be enrolled in course B4001, B5001, B5002, B6006, B6007, B6009 or B6012, or be granted permission from the Chief Examiner to undertake this unit.


This unit focuses on enhancing students' understanding of problem solving and decision making processes in management practice, from a critical perspective on managerial thinking and action as an art of practical wisdom and sound judgment.

Through interactive group work, role play, case studies and situational exercises, students will apply analytical reasoning and adaptive-creative methods of decision making to successfully manage organisational problems. Specific tools and techniques will be used to illustrate the complexity of managers' roles in defining problems; generating, evaluating and implementing solutions; balancing rationality and intuition; and making group decisions.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. interpret organisational phenomena effectively, in order to define problems and identify decision-making situations
  2. analyse patterns and relationships in problem solving and decision making processes
  3. identify and evaluate problem contexts, explanations and alternative solutions
  4. recognise and avoid errors in reasoning and decision-making
  5. identify implicit assumptions, constraints and biases in problem solving and decision making, and develop strategies to effectively communicate these to stakeholders.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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