BUSMAN 701 : Managing People and Organisations

Business and Economics

2024 Quarter Four (1248) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Explores current management practices and the challenges of managing in contemporary organisations. Examines strategies for effective management and leadership to achieve performance and productivity improvements including change management processes.

Course Overview

Providing an overarching context for the course, students will be asked to consider what management looks like today and why it continues to matter. Supporting this, the discussion of various management theories will provide the students with a brief historical background of management thinking. The course then considers the importance of organisational culture, the various theories underpinning employee motivation and effective communication. Applying this underlying knowledge, the course will then move onto to how to create productive teams, how to make good decisions, how to manage change, and ultimately how to lead. Finally, the students will be asked to consider the impact of technological advancements (the 4th Industrial revolution) and societal change on managing contemporary organisations.

Course Requirements

Restriction: BUSADMIN 761, 771

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate theories and frameworks of management in order to identify contextually appropriate management techniques. (Capability 1 and 2)
  2. Identify and analyse and reflect on effective workplace behaviors from multiple perspectives (Capability 1 and 2)
  3. Analyse complex organisational problems and determine managerial actions to improve outcomes and mitigate organisational harm (Capability 2, 3 and 6)
  4. Apply professional communication skills (Capability 4.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments—critical analysis 30% Individual Coursework
Assignments—company report 40% Individual Coursework
Reflective Essay 30% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Assignments—critical analysis
Assignments—company report
Reflective Essay

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 15 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 6-7 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 4-5 hours of work on assignments, alongside class-time.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at on campus scheduled activities.
Other learning activities including readings and videos will be available on the course Canvas page.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable delivery.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

The required text book will be advised via Canvas. All other materials will be available via the weekly modules on Canvas.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.


Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 06/11/2023 09:47 a.m.