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WORK5003: Management and Organisations

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal evening] - Remote

This unit aims to introduce students to the nature and context of management. It explores the functions and processes of management and encourages students to critically reflect on management theory and practice. It can be taken as a standalone unit for students enrolled in various specialist masters programs and also prepares students for further study in strategic management, organisational analysis and strategy and human resource management.

Unit details and rules

Unit code WORK5003
Academic unit Work and Organisational Studies
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Phil McDonald,
Lecturer(s) Phil McDonald,
Tutor(s) Monica Rouvellas,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
Written exam
35% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3
Presentation Group Tutorial Presentation
Group Presentation
10% Multiple weeks 7 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Participation Participation
Tutorials preparedness, participation and engagement
10% Ongoing Ongoing
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3
Tutorial quiz Quiz
10% Week 05
Due date: 29 Mar 2021 at 20:00

Closing date: 29 Mar 2021
20 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Essay
Written essay
35% Week 10
Due date: 15 May 2021 at 19:00

Closing date: 25 May 2021
2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?

Assessment summary


  • Quiz: The quiz will be based on the issues and topics covered in class. The quiz will be administered during scheduled class time
  • Group Tutorial Presentation: A group presentation by video which addresses specific discussion questions.
  • Essay: This assessment requires students to answer (1) one essay question. The question is designed to extend critical, analytical and research skills and also to allow them to show mastery of central concepts in the field of management studies.
  • Participation: Students are expected to attend tutorials. They should come to class prepared (having read the required readings) and ready to participate in the class discussion and or activities.
  • Final exam: The exam will comprise essay-style questions and will require students to show their understanding of the material covered in the unit of study over the course of the semester.
Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction Lecture (2 hr) LO1
Week 02 Why management and organistions - emergence and development 1 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 03 Why management and organisation - emergence and development 2 Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 Why management and organistions - purpose and goals of management Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 05 How - Organising structure Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 How - Organising culture Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 07 How - Managing Control Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 08 How - Power, politics and influence Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 09 How - Making decisions Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 10 How - Organizational change Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Special Topic 1 - Managing sustainability Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Special Topic 2 - Managing financial investors Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 Conclusions, review and exam primer Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recordings: All lectures and seminars are recorded and will be available on Canvas for student use. Please note the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that the system will operate or that every class will be recorded. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain the emergence of management as a function within organisations in the 20th century
  • LO2. evaluate the broad functions performed by managers within organisations, with particular reference to the management of people
  • LO3. identify the basic elements of organisational structure and analyse how these elements relate to each other and the external context
  • LO4. critically evaluate arguments about the changing role of management in organisations and assess new management practices and techniques in organisations
  • LO5. recognise and appraise the competing objectives confronting management and assess different approaches used to negotiate the achievement of these objectives.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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