Managerial Judgement

Subject BUSA90458 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 02-Jul-2016
Teaching Period 09-Jul-2016 to 06-Aug-2016
Assessment Period End 12-Aug-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 01-May-2016
Census Date 15-Jul-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 29-Jul-2016

October, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 26-Sep-2016
Teaching Period 03-Oct-2016 to 08-Dec-2016
Assessment Period End 16-Dec-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2016
Census Date 14-Oct-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 18-Nov-2016

This subject is only available to students admitted to GD-BA, MC-BAPT, MC-BAPTME, 294PN, or students with permission of the MBA course coordinator

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

The brain is a remarkable biological machine, moulded through millions of years of evolutionary pressure. More recent changes in human history have created a gap between the world for which our brains were developed, and the world in which we currently live. This mismatch creates constraints for many aspects of management and leadership. We suffer from strong biases that hinder good decision-making, we are more emotionally sensitive to threat than we need to be, and we often fail to develop realistic perceptions of others and of ourselves. Fortunately, scientists have generated a great deal of knowledge that allows us to identify these deficiencies and to find remedies for them, and there are many applications of these findings that provide opportunities for the improvement of management. This subject is based on state-of-the-art neurobiological research that sheds light on the obstacles we face when making decisions and managing our emotions. By discovering the roots of many of these difficulties we can also learn solutions to the problems created by our biological history.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Understand important biases in decision-making, particularly with regard to:

- The framing of decision problems
- The collection and interpretation of information
- The selection of strategic options

  • Appreciate the positive and negative role that emotions can play in our decisions and behaviour
  • Improve the ability to manage with resonant leadership

Class participation 15%

Individual written paper (equivalent to 2000 words) 35%

Final examination (equivalent to 2500 words, end of subject) hurdle requirement) 50%

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is only available to students admitted to GD-BA, MC-BAPT, MC-BAPTME, 294PN, or students with permission of the MBA course coordinator

Related Course(s): Master of Business Administration

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