University of Technology Sydney

22157 Australian Corporate Environment

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UTS: Business: Accounting
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 94680 Entering Professional Life (6cp) AND 94681 Entering Professional Life (8cp)


The subject examines the history and origins of management theory and application in the workplace. As this subject is linked to work placement, students are able to understand management theory and the application to real-world settings. During the subject students are exposed to managing through technological disruption, the impact of globalisation, managing diversity and changing concepts of theory and practice. Students undertake a major work-based assignment involving research in their sponsoring organisation, and apply the management theory studied to deliver a report and present to industry and peers on solutions found. Students submit a written assignment and present their work, either in person or via an audio visual presentation. The subject provides an understanding of professional, ethical and legal requirements when working in the corporate world.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. appraise the role of Australian organisations in the national and global environment
2. research business and management information via current business literature
3. apply knowledge of management and business in the analysis of a practical management problem within their internship placement organization
4. demonstrate the application of management fundamentals in the workplace

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The subject imparts both a theoretical foundation of management theory as well as practical skills to provide students with the an understanding of how to apply management principles to the workplace. It gives students an understanding of the processes and complexities of managing people in organisations, managing organizational practices and managing organizational structures and processes. It also provides students with professional skills including the appropriate consideration of ethical issues, communication, and information technology in the context of organisations in Australia and internationally.

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

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Attitudes and values
  • Business practice oriented skills

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

  • Use oral communication appropriately to convey information clearly and fluently (3.2)
  • Critically analyse business decisions in terms of ethical practice and social responsibility (4.1)
  • Apply technical and professional skills necessary to operate effectively in business and related professions (5.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject uses teacher, student and industry expert input to help students understand and apply the concepts of Management. The subject is taught in 3 hour seminar blocks comprising a 1 hour lecture and 2 hour tutorial. The beginning of each seminar is used to convey important theoretical and practical concepts as well as providing students with the opportunity to work together in designing problems and applying the theory to solve those problems. Each session is designed to provide active learning experiences for students. All classes are interactive and contain written, audio and video content.

Student preparation outside of class

This subject does not contain traditional homework questions from a textbook. Instead, students should use their time outside of the classroom to review, revise and understand the week’s class content using assigned readings, YouTube videos, online self-testing quizzes and other materials on the UTS Learning Management System so that when they come to class, they can put their learning into practice.

In-class activities

The first component of every class will use student, teacher or industry experts to expand and/or apply management theories. The second component will have students analysing, researching and collaborating on solutions to case studies, peer assessment of research proposals, group and individual presentations and subsequent discussion. Presentations are assessable. See Assessment Task 1 Component B, (Task 1 component B , Task 2 Component B)) and individual research.

Getting support

To accommodate the wide variety of student learning styles – support is available to students in multiple ways. These methods include:

  • YouTube videos
  • Staff consultation sessions
  • Discussion Board
  • Social media channels – the latest news and current events relating to management are also distributed to students via the Announcements page on the learning management system.

Content (topics)

  • Introduction to management — what does being a manager involve?
  • Perspectives on management — different theories and approaches.
  • Organisations and their internal and external environments.
  • Organisational objectives and strategy as incorporated in management practices.
  • Organisation theory and design; decision making, motivation, leadership, communication, conflict, change and development.
  • Application of theory to practice
  • Presentation skills.


Assessment task 1: Mid-session examination


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 40%

Report 10 minute Presentation followed by question and answer from marking panel.

Assessment task 2: Research Report and Presentation (individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

This addresses program learning objectives(s):


Weight: 60%

Report of up to 2,000 words (plus appendices if appropriate). Presentation of 8 minutes maximum, with 2 minutes for question time.

Minimum requirements

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

Required texts

You must have a copy of the following two publications:

  • Textbook or eText: Schermerhorn et al . 2014 Management -Asia- Pacific Edition- (5th ed.), Brisbane: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Compulsory reading: The 2010 UTS Faculty of Business Guide to Writing Assignments, (3rd ed.), online version available at

You must bring both of these books to class, as well as the Student Guide to Internship 1 booklet.

Other resources

The following books are also recommended to you:

As a highly recommended source of critical perspectives on the weekly topics:

  • Clegg S, Kornberger M & Pitsis T (2016) Managing and Organizations: An Introduction to Theory and Practice (4th ed.), London: SAGE.

As reference works for this subject (they cover the same material as the text and therefore their chapter notes are a good starting point for finding further information on your project topic):

  • Bartol K, Martin D, Tein M and Matthews G (2007) Management: A Pacific Rim Focus (5th ed) Sydney: McGraw-Hill.
  • Schermerhorn J, Campling J, Poole D & Wiesner R (2010) Management: An Asia-Pacific Perspective (4th ed) Brisbane: John Wiley & Sons.

As critical texts that will help you adopt a critical and reflective approach to any of the topics we study in this subject:

  • Linstead S, Fulop L and Lilley S (2009) Management and Organization: A Critical Text (2nd ed) Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hilmer F and Donaldson L (1996) Management Redeemed: Debunking the Fads That Undermine Corporate Performance Roseville: The Free Press.
  • Micklethwait J and Wooldridge A (1997) The Witch Doctors London: Heinemann.