University of Technology, Sydney

Staff directory | Webmail | Maps | Newsroom | What's on

21504 Management Capstone

Warning: The information on this page is indicative. The subject outline for a particular session, location and mode of offering is the authoritative source of all information about the subject for that offering. Required texts, recommended texts and references in particular are likely to change. Students will be provided with a subject outline once they enrol in the subject.

Subject handbook information prior to 2018 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Business: Management
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): 21440 Management Skills AND 2 Subjects from 21510, 21511, 21591, 21227, 21228, 21595, 21602, 21555 AND 21512 Understanding Organisations: Theory and Practice
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject consolidates the knowledge learned in the management major by critically and creatively applying theoretical approaches to real-life management problems. Students integrate and apply knowledge and skills developed before and during their final year of undergraduate study. Students analyse business cases and apply problem-solving skills to challenging problems. The subject highlights an understanding of management problems as rising from both external and internal challenges to the organisation. It emphasises appreciation of power and influence, and provides students with first-hand experience of working with and influencing others to effect change. Students undertake research in a team setting and have the chance to reflect on their own and others' impact on team process.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. apply theoretical approaches to real-life management challenges
2. synthesise existing theories and expertise in creative and innovative ways in order to develop plans for solving management problems
3. articulate reasons for advocating for specific solutions and reflect on the implications of selecting one solution over alternative options
4. conduct research in teams and reflect on the studentís own and othersí contributions to team process and outcomes
5. demonstrate detailed understanding of management concepts and effectively communicate such concepts to an audience

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following program learning objectives:

  • Critically analyse relevant concepts to understand practice in business and related professions in a global workplace (1.1)
  • Demonstrate inter-relationships between differing business and related disciplines (1.2)
  • Locate and critically evaluate relevant data and literature to address business problems through a research approach (2.1)
  • Convey information clearly and fluently in high quality written form appropriate for their audience (3.1)
  • Use oral communication appropriately to convey information clearly and fluently (3.2)
  • Apply technical and professional skills necessary to operate effectively in business and related professions (5.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The main aim of the capstone courses is to enable Management major students to synthesise their learning throughout the major and core subjects in the context of a selected business management project about a contemporary commercial issue impacting on society. This is an ambitious project that requires careful coordination and division of labour, and constitutes a real contribution to a student's e-portfolio. Reflection on both the team process and output is an integral part of successful teamwork and is regarded as important in the assessment process. The completed project demonstrates students' ability to conduct field work, synthesise salient information, and articulate original ideas and thought processes to make a practical contribution to the existing body of knowledge relevant to their profession. In preparing a written report, and making a public presentation of their findings and their product, process or recommendations, students demonstrate professional-level competence.

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject is undertaken as a supervised project using a ‘live case study’. Students will also be expected to develop work on a professional reflection journal as a crucial component in developing stronger critical reflective capabilities. The teaching may involve multi-disciplinary teaching teams drawing from academic staff and industry. The subject will be flexibly taught using a combination of large lectures and smaller tutorials. The lectures provide background to the project and outline its process including: discussion of the theory and some practical examples. Lectures are designed to be discursive to surface a variety of perspectives on the case study. Tutorials will be workshops for teams to discuss ideas, issues and make practical application of the theory, as well as encouraging students to think in a creative manner to solve real world problems, using learning from other major and core subjects. The program is delivered through different formats. Some weeks will be conducted online via learning modules, others will follow a ‘flipped’ learning approach, where students are required to review learning materials prior to the lecture, and finally there will be a couple of weeks delivered entirely online. To facilitate this extensive use is made of the UTS web-based communication tool UTS-Online, which will be used to share information, provide feedback and encourage interaction between staff and students. Students should regularly check their UTS email accounts to receive important updates and to answer specific requests.

Students will work in self-management work teams throughout the semester. They are expected to attend all workshops to facilitate collaboration as well as develop a project management plan to enable their ongoing collaboration outside of class time. Teams are expected to independently and collectively negotiate the project, present their progress on the project (at various agreed milestones) and finally present the results to a nominated supervisory team or industry advisor. Teams will be provided with the opportunity for initial feedback on their proposed projects during the first six weeks of the semester, for example, an online short answer module, tutorial exercises, draft assignments and other assessment methods. Further feedback will be provided in relation to submitted assessment tasks.

This subject contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  • Business knowledge and concepts
  • Critical thinking, creativity and analytical skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Business practice oriented skills

Content (topics)

  • Managing Change
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Managing for Social Good
  • Managing International Expansion
  • Managing Global Supply Chains
  • Managing Diversity


Assessment task 1: : Analysis and reflection of simulated role play (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

2 and 3

This addresses program learning objectives(s):

2.1 and 5.1

Weight: 25%

Assessment task 2: Concept Presentations (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):


This addresses program learning objectives(s):

1.1 and 1.2

Weight: 10%

Assessment task 3: Report and Presentation (Individual and Group)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

This addresses program learning objectives(s):

2.1, 3.1 and 3.2

Weight: 65%

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject's total marks.

Recommended texts

Easterby-Smith, M. (2012) Management Research, London: Sage.

Recommended readings to be provided online. Please look in the library under 21504 and on UTSOnline.

Other resources

It is excepted you will have developed and applied professional information literacy capabilities throughout your management major. For each assessment task in this subject you should apply those capabilities to access the library databases and use your professional discretion to identify reliable and valid sources of information to support your analysis.