Management and Business Communication

Subject MGMT90111 (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:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 3-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 2.5 hours of personal study per hour of class time is required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Nuzhat Lotia


Semester 1:

Subject Overview:

This subject will explore a broad range of issues central to management and business communication. These issues will draw on a number of different theories of management, and may corporate communication with stakeholders, the impact of new information and communication technologies, encouraging employee voice, and informal communication systems in organizations. The subject will evaluate and contrast different cases of management and business communication and explore the communication challenges facing businesses today.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Identify the communication theories that have influenced workplace behaviour;
  • Explain the significance of communication theories for management practice;
  • Apply relevant theories to real problems in an organisation; and
  • Evaluate the options available to managers in communicating in organisations.
  • One take-home end-of-semester examination (50%);
  • 2400 word individual assignment due in week 6 (25%);
  • 15 minute group presentation in class with 5 minutes of Q&A, due weeks 10-12(15%); and
  • 600 word individual reflection on group presentation, due 2 weeks after the group presentation (10%).
Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Problem solving skills and critical thinking skills will be fostered in the workshops and more directly with the assessment where students have to apply theoretical material to case studies and practical situations;
  • Collaborative learning and reflective skills will be developed by working individually and in groups through out the semester. Collaborative skills will also be fostered through exercises, role plays, and simulations that are incorporated into the seminars. Reflective skills will also be developed through the individual project;
  • Verbal and written communication skills will be developed via the project and through the experience of working in groups throughout the semester. The interactive nature of the workshops will also, indirectly, help to improve communication skills; and
  • Computer skills will be strengthened through the use of the website.
Related Course(s): Master of Accounting
Master of Management
Master of Management
Master of Operations Research and Management Science
Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Administration (Enhanced)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Journalism
150 Point Master of Journalism
150 Point Master of Management
150 point Master of Marketing Communications
200 Point Master of Journalism
200 point Master of Marketing Communications
EMA 150 point program - full time over 1.5 years
EMA 200 point program - full time over 1.5 years
EMA 200 point program - full time over 2 years
MIS Professional Specialisation
MIS Research Specialisation
Master of International Business electives

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