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MQBS3010 – Agility and Excellence in Business

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

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.

To check the availability of face-to-face and online activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor & Lecturer
Prashan Karunaratne
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4ER 243
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Lecturer
Dinuja Perera
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Lecturer
Han Li
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Lecturer
Ian Dunbar
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Lecturer
Joseph McIvor
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Lecturer
Rui Xue
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Lecturer
Sunny Shin
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Lecturer
Veronica Norman
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Lecturer
Yi Li
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to BCom and 130cp at 1000 level or above including 10cp at 3000 level
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This course-wide Capstone unit is designed to be taken by students in their final session of study within the Bachelor of Commerce. Students work collaboratively with peers and advisors to integrate the discipline-specific knowledge acquired within the course and to address practical business challenges requiring cross-disciplinary and cross-functional insights, knowledge and skills. Assessment is designed to assure student proficiency in course learning outcomes. Students work in self-managing cross-functional teams to complete a session-long project, preparing individual and group reports that are assessed by academic staff. The unit aims to prepare students for ethical and sustainable leadership in their future workplaces as team players. Learning activities may include a combination of case study/ies, business simulation and seminars/workshops.

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 discipline specific knowledge and skills and apply subject knowledge critically, analytically with appreciation of cross disciplinary requirements.
  • ULO2: Identify and analyse issues from a variety of ethical and sustainability positions as applied to the business context.
  • ULO3: Reflect on outcomes of working in multi-functional teams to apply teamwork knowledge and skills for effective collaboration to achieve business solutions in a range of contexts.

General Assessment Information

All group based tasks will be weighted at 50% for the individual contribution and 50% for the group contribution.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Capstone Project Presentation 20% No Week 13
Reflective Essay 20% No 7th March, 23:59
Capstone Project Report 40% No Week 13
Agility Exercise 20% No Week 8

Capstone Project Presentation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 20%

 

Collaboratively present a bespoke program / product / process for a chosen institution to excel in achieving (at least) one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Integrate discipline specific knowledge and skills and apply subject knowledge critically, analytically with appreciation of cross disciplinary requirements.
  • Identify and analyse issues from a variety of ethical and sustainability positions as applied to the business context.
  • Reflect on outcomes of working in multi-functional teams to apply teamwork knowledge and skills for effective collaboration to achieve business solutions in a range of contexts.

Reflective Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 7th March, 23:59
Weighting: 20%

 

2,000 word reflective essay

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Integrate discipline specific knowledge and skills and apply subject knowledge critically, analytically with appreciation of cross disciplinary requirements.

Capstone Project Report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 40%

 

Collaboratively prepare a report for a bespoke program / product / process for a chosen institution to excel in achieving (at least) one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Integrate discipline specific knowledge and skills and apply subject knowledge critically, analytically with appreciation of cross disciplinary requirements.
  • Identify and analyse issues from a variety of ethical and sustainability positions as applied to the business context.
  • Reflect on outcomes of working in multi-functional teams to apply teamwork knowledge and skills for effective collaboration to achieve business solutions in a range of contexts.

Agility Exercise

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 8
Weighting: 20%

 

Collaboratively analyse the impact of a commercial shock on the ongoing capstone project by utilising an ethical framework.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify and analyse issues from a variety of ethical and sustainability positions as applied to the business context.
  • Reflect on outcomes of working in multi-functional teams to apply teamwork knowledge and skills for effective collaboration to achieve business solutions in a range of contexts.

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

Learning and Teaching Activities

For the fully online streams - all learning and teaching activities will be conducted online via iLearn.

For the partial online steams - a blend of online and F2F will occur.

 

Registering in a seminar in your timetable is your commitment to attend every week:

You will need to commit to your timetable for the rest of the session. 80% of your grade will depend on work done during seminars in teams.

You will be placed in teams, where scaffolded team tasks will be worked through during each week's seminar. These scaffolded tasks ultimately work towards your Capstone Project which is a highly-weighted assessment component.

In other words, non-attendance at seminars will jeopardise both your individual component and the group component of the Capstone Project.

 

Recommended Texts and/or Materials

Resources uploaded on iLearn.

 

Technology Used and Required

Students will need to use online tools for collaboration with their team members.

 

Unit Web Page

The web page for this unit can be found at: iLearn http://ilearn.mq.edu.au

 

Teaching and Learning Strategy

The unit is designed as a capstone unit. A capstone unit is designed to bring all your knowledge together to solve a problem.

There is no new content in the unit - rather a presentation of frameworks to consolidate all your content learnt in your degree so far.

This is a final year unit of study which integrates the material and skills presented across the degree.

Students will be placed in mixed-major teams to solve real-world problems.

These real-world problems will revolve around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Student will address how commerce and business can play their part in achieving these goals.

Students will construct an artefact that integrates all their learning, as well as demonstrate an empathy & appreciation for other disciplines.

Students will write a reflective report about how their own major is an integral part of the puzzle in the diverse world of commerce.

Students will demonstrate agility by dealing with shocks that occur to the economy and responding to these effectively.

Students will demonstrate excellence by presenting their projects online, ready to be showcased to the job market

Unit Schedule

Week Activities & Resources revolving around… Assessment Weight
1 Introduction    
2 Reflection Reflective Essay 20
3 Introduction to Teams    
4 Theory of Teams    
5 Collaborative Problem Solving    
6 Communication Skills    
  Session Break Interim Pitch 0
  Session Break    
7 Conflict Management    
8 Agility Exercise Agility Exercise 20
9 Guidance / Work on Project    
10 Guidance / Work on Project    
11 Guidance / Work on Project    
12 Guidance / Work on Project    
13 Wrap up

Presentation

Report

20

40

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.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Changes since First Published

Date Description
11/02/2021 Lecturing staff - names added.