MPH5315 - Introduction to management - 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.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Susannah Ahern


Professor Ian Rouse

Not offered in 2019


Must be enrolled in course code 4528, 4529, or M6007.


Unit codes: MGG5960, MGG9600, MGX5960, MGX5962, MGX9600, MGX9602, course codes:

0028, 0105, 1065, 2099, 2778


The overall aim of this unit is to introduce pre-experience students to the range of activities associated with the management of individuals, groups and the organisation. In order to achieve this aim the content will cover several key areas of management.

For example, the current challenges facing managers in a turbulent environment, the role of the individual, the importance of teamwork, managing conflict and effective decision making. Finally the role of corporate culture and ethics. Students undertaking this unit should expect to experience a variety of activities in order to challenge the content as prescribed above.

These activities will include interactive case studies and application of the theory to 'real' world examples through group presentations.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. analyse and apply current management theory and research to current organisational issues
  2. understand the personal challenges involved in becoming a new manager in an organisation in today's world
  3. understand the importance of the individual, the team and the organisation's contribution to the effective performance of work
  4. assess the role of ethics and social responsibility in determining the culture of an organisation and
  5. identify techniques for improving decision making in today's turbulent environment.


  • Learning Project Report (Parts A, B and C) (3,600 words total) (60% total) (hurdle)
  • 5 x Mediated online discussion forum posts (40%) (hurdle)

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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