MGF5960 - Organisations: people, purpose and structure - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Mary Anderson


Dr Mary Anderson

Unit guides



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


The unit will provide a foundation from which to explore the broad nature of organisations and the function of management in relation to its people, purpose and structure. Students will critically explore organisations from a multi-level organisational perspective to develop student understanding and appreciation of current debates and challenges in relation to managing organisations. The unit will commence with an overview of an organisation's human resources and its role in achieving its strategic objectives. The function of managers in achieving strategic goals will also be analysed including the manager's role in guiding the development of the internal environment and structure in order to creatively respond to the complexities of its external environment. Understanding how to ethically, and sustainably, construct, lead and mobilise a diverse workforce in a globally complex world is an important requirement of the modern manager.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. analyse the broad nature of organisations and the function of management in relation to its people, purpose and structure
  2. critically analyse the importance of aligning individual, the team and the organisation's contribution in attaining organisational goals
  3. assess the role of ethics and social responsibility in determining the culture and internal practices of an organisation in the overall conduct of its business
  4. critically apply and evaluate contemporary management theory and research and generate creative business solutions to current organisational issues
  5. understand the impact of complex external environments on organisational function.


Within semester assessment: 50% + Examination: 50%

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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