BUSM2011 Management Theory and Practice

Bachelor Course Unit

BUSM2011 Management Theory and Practice

Level: 2nd year

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: none

Unit description

This unit is a specialisation in the management stream. It introduces students to key management theories and principles. The unit explores the diversity of management and its roles. It examines how organisational structures influence management style and decision making. The unit discusses how organisations identify strategic objectives and develop corporate and business plans, and explores the importance of effective information management and organisational communication. A key focus of the unit is on how managing, motivating, and leading an organisation’s human resources can improve business performance and sustainability. Many of the concepts are synthesised in an examination of business ethics and a discussion of the field of corporate social responsibility.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • describe contemporary management theory and principles
  • explain the role and function of management and decision making within an organisation
  • describe corporate strategies and objectives and their process of implementation
  • analyse methods for implementing corporate strategies and objectives
  • evaluate methods for leading and motivating an organisation's human resources
  • critically assess methods for leading and motivating an organisation's human resources
  • discuss the role of communication within an organisation
  • describe corporate social responsibility

Unit content

  • An Introduction to Management: Theories and Principles
  • Leadership, Management and Motivation
  • Management and Organisational Structures
  • Management and Corporate Culture
  • Strategy Formulation and Organisational Planning
  • Managing Human Resources for Sustainability
  • Managerial Decision Making
  • Managing Information and Corporate Communications
  • Managing Change and Organisational Development
  • Globalisation and Issues in International Management
  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9.75 hours per week.

Assignment summary



Word count


Professional Report




Academic Essay




Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Knowledge of the framemwork of counselling theory, and a foundational understanding of the major theories of counselling
  • Understanding of the appropriate application of counselling skills in a range of contexts and circumstances
  • Understanding what constitutes ethical practice in counselling interactions
  • The ability to effectively and appropriately apply the micro and macro skills of counselling
  • The ability to recognise major transition points in human development and major forms of mental illness and know when and how to appropriately refer clients

Recommended text

Cole, G. A., & Kelly, P. (2011). Management theory and practice (7th ed.). Hampshire, England: Cengage Learning EMEA.

Relevant journals

Academy of Management Journal
Academy of Management Review
American Journal of Small Business
Asia Pacific Business Review
Asia Pacific Journal of Management
Asian Business and Management
Australian Journal of Management
Business Ethics: A European View
Business Week
Harvard Business Review
International Journal of Business Studies
International Journal of Ethics
Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Journal of Management
Journal of Management Information Systems
People Management
Supervisory Management

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer tohttp://currentstudents.acap.edu.au/assets/Managing-My-Course/A-Z-Policies/Academic-Misconduct-Policy.pdf for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of the semester.