The aims of this unit of study are to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of organisational behaviour and management theory and to apply these theories to management practices in Australia. Students begin to evaluate the underlying values of management theories and their effectiveness in affecting productivity, leadership and motivation in the workplace. The unit concentrates on Australian case studies and incorporates a consideration of issues of gender, ethnicity and age. The learning and teaching in the unit prepares students for further study and the workplace by supporting them to develop research, essay and report writing skills as well as the ability to work as part of a self-managing team. 

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse common management practices in the Australasian context;  
  2. Explain organisation behaviour and management theory and discuss the fundamental beliefs of these theories;  
  3. Detail the role and impact of management theories on practical management decision making in the Australasian context;  
  4. Demonstrate skills and knowledge about individual and group behaviour and how these apply in the context of organisations and their environment;  
  5. Examine ethical issues in contemporary business and explain how they relate to the individual in a work and societal context.  


Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Other Online Structured Questions (Sessions 1 & 2) 5%
Essay Research Essay 30%
Report Group Research Report 40%
Test In Class Final Block Test 25%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Review Online Review Questions (200 - 500 words) 10%
Essay Research Essay (500 - 1000 words) 20%
Assignment Group Assignment (800 - 1000 words) 20%
Examination Final Examination (2 hours, 1500 - 2000 words) 50%

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