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MQBS8000 – Contemporary Business Issues

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Cynthia Webster
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(Admission to MCom or MCyberGovMgnt and 40cp at 8000 level) or (admission to MBioBus or MCyberSec and 80cp at 8000 level)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This is a course-wide capstone unit that is intended to be taken by students in their final session of study. The unit is designed to broaden students' understanding of the importance of strategic business matters in the areas of an organisation's planning, operations, leadership, ethics and broader sustainability, economic and global developments. Through the unit's real world experience opportunities and engagement in business challenges requiring cross-disciplinary insights and knowledge, students are not only required to develop their reflective and integrative thinking but also engage in the development of their future-focused, strategic thinking. Students are exposed to contemporaneous business intelligence devised to give them the opportunity to consider practical implications of business issues and challenges and to investigate strategic business matters within the context of a business environment. Students work in self-managing teams to prepare group reports, complete practice-based tasks and conduct a session long research-based project.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Integrate knowledge and skills from alternative discipline-specific perspectives to address complex, global business issues.
  • ULO2: Discuss the relationship between sustainability, value creation and governance within a business context and articulate an informed ethical position.
  • ULO3: Critically analyse recent and developing business issues, formulate creative and strategic solutions and defend propositions.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate professional written, verbal and interpersonal competencies on personal, social and practical issues in a team environment.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Practice-based tasks 40% No Weeks 2 - 10
Project 40% No Week 12
Reflection 20% No Weeks 1 & 13

Practice-based tasks

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: Weeks 2 - 10
Weighting: 40%

 

Practice-based assessment tasks are given throughout the session. Some of these are take-home tasks, others are to be completed during the workshops. Students must submit a total of four (4) tasks for grading. Each task is worth 10%.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Discuss the relationship between sustainability, value creation and governance within a business context and articulate an informed ethical position.
  • Critically analyse recent and developing business issues, formulate creative and strategic solutions and defend propositions.

Project

Assessment Type 1: Project
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: Week 12
Weighting: 40%

 

This assessment has two components. One component is a 2,000-3,000 word group report worth 20% (assessed as a group). The other component is a group presentation of 3-4 minutes per group member worth 20% (assessed individually).

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Integrate knowledge and skills from alternative discipline-specific perspectives to address complex, global business issues.
  • Discuss the relationship between sustainability, value creation and governance within a business context and articulate an informed ethical position.
  • Demonstrate professional written, verbal and interpersonal competencies on personal, social and practical issues in a team environment.

Reflection

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Weeks 1 & 13
Weighting: 20%

 

Students will be required to submit two 500 word reflection essays (worth 10% each).

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Integrate knowledge and skills from alternative discipline-specific perspectives to address complex, global business issues.
  • Demonstrate professional written, verbal and interpersonal competencies on personal, social and practical issues in a team environment.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Delivery:

  • This unit consists of 3 hours teaching per session, one 1 hour lecture and one 2 hour seminar or computer laboratory face-to-face or via Zoom.
  • The timetable for classes can be found on the University website at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/

Resources:

  • There is no required textbook for this unit. Readings, multi-media cases, simulations and self-directed modules uploaded weekly on iLearn.
  • Access to a personal computer and the internet is required to access the resources and learning materials on iLearn.

 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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