Business in Complex Environments

Subject BUSA90488 (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:

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 15-Aug-2016 to 19-Aug-2016
Assessment Period End 19-Aug-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 16-Aug-2016
Census Date 16-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 18-Aug-2016

This subject is only available to students admitted in MC-BA.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


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Subject Overview:

This subject is intended as an ‘integrative’ capstone course, and as such does not introduce to the students substantial new material; but rather, provides them with a vehicle for applying and integrating the knowledge and skills they have already acquired. In particular, groups of students will be asked to undertake an exercise that simulates the management of a firm in preparation for their transition back into the workplace. They will also be asked to reflect on an integrative activity they have undertaken during their degree.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • use existing financial, accounting, production and marketing data in order to develop a forward looking business plan,
  • evaluate the inflow of information to adapt and change their operating plans in response to changing circumstances.
  • use the available financial, accounting, production and marketing information to assess and diagnose the results of their decisions, and
  • cogently explain and defend their decisions.
  • Pre-course work completion (5%)
    • Hurdle requirement
    • To be submitted prior to the week of intensive classes
  • Syndicate assignment (10%)
    • Success measures
    • Throughout the subject
  • Syndicate-based initial plan for the project (25%)
    • Equivalent to 1,000 words for an individual
    • Mid-way through the subject
  • Collective research report and presentation plus a component for syndicate performance in the simulation (25%)
    • Report equivalent to 1,500 words for an individual
    • 20 minutes presentation
    • At the end of the subject
  • Individual assessment (35%)
    • CompXm individual competition
    • Hurdle requirement
    • At the end of the subject
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 in MC-BA.

Related Course(s): Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration/Master of Marketing

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