MNGT5095 Foundations of Management - 2019

On-site, Kensington
Term 1
6 Units of Credit

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1. Course Details

Summary of Course

This course is the foundation upon which your MBA studies will be built. It is in this period that you and your cohort will develop a shared understanding of what it means to be an AGSM graduate - what leadership characteristics you will foster; what values you will adhere to; and what behaviours you believe will assist lifelong learning and leadership. Importantly, you will be asked to reflect on how you wish to approach the MBA experience and you will have the opportunity to set your own goals.

The premises of the first section of the course which is entitled Leading Yourself and Others (LYO) is that:

  • leading yourself effectively is a prerequisite for being at your best and bringing out the best in others
  • learning to lead well requires continual openness to challenging your assumptions and experimenting with fresh ways to attain your objectives.

LYO has been designed to enable you to be in learning mode (Heslin & Keating 2017) regarding how you lead yourself to thrive in your MBA Program and develop your capacity to forge a successful career as you make a positive impact on individuals, organisations, and the communities in which you work.

Teaching Times and Locations

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Course Policies & Support

Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses

Our aims for this first course are as follows:

We will provide you with the concepts, experiences and skills to better understand yourself and others. These foundation concepts will facilitate your personal and professional development during your studies and beyond by:

  • building your enthusiasm for learning, fostering an appreciation for a learning orientation, and giving you strategies to make your learning stick
  • helping you understand more about your, and others', personal characteristics and their effect on your leadership, relationships and learning style
  • providing a structure and skills for effective, persuasive communications that give you a leadership voice
  • developing thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.

We aim for you, as a member of the 2020 cohort, to:

  • understand, respect and engage with the individual differences and diversity of your fellow students
  • understand the processes that enable high-performing teams
  • recognise functional and dysfunctional conflict and ways to leverage or resolve it
  • commit to your academic and non-academic contributions as a member of the 2019 AGSM cohort.

Additonal Course Details

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Co-course LeadersMichele Roberts
By appointment. Appointments can be made through AGSM Experience (Ground Floor)

3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

This course will use a variety of instructional methods, including presentation of key concepts, exercises, case analysis, group discussion, individual reflection, role plays, group presentation and videos. While not all of these methods will be your preferred method, the range provided is geared towards maximising engagement and providing different learning opportunities to suit the array of learning styles.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

Course Structure

5. Course Resources

Resources for this course will be provided in Moodle. To access Moodle, go to: Link

Login with your student zID (username) and zPass (password).

Other resources


UCo is AGSM's Campus in the Cloud, a social platform that connects students, staff and faculty - enabling you to engage with each other across your courses and the AGSM outside of the formal Moodle setting. AGSM also uses this private network to communicate with you about extracurricular opportunities and events, and general updates on programs and courses. Enrolled students can access UCo using their zID and zPass at Link


BusinessThink is UNSW's free, online business publication. It is a platform for business research, analysis and opinion. If you would like to subscribe to BusinessThink, and receive the free monthly e-newsletter with the latest in research, opinion and business then go to Link

6. Course Evaluation & Development

Continual Course Improvement

Mid and end-of-session feedback is sought from students about the courses offered in the AGSM MBA Program, and continual improvements are made based on this feedback. Significant changes to courses and programs based on end-of-session feedback are communicated to subsequent cohorts of students.

Student Response

The FOM Leadership Module has been revised and extended since last year. The new contents will provide you with different frameworks for understanding yourself and others, and alternative leadership styles. Classes will include brief presentations on concepts and frameworks, followed by extended class discussions, cases and exercises to examine how they might be used in practice. Four senior executives will come and talk about their perspectives on leadership, what they have learned along the way and challenges that you will confront as a leader after your MBA.

Response to Student Feedback

7. Course Schedule

For AGSM academic calendars and key dates please visit
Week Activity Topic Detail/Engagement Assessment Task
Week 1 -Presenting with Impact

Tuesday 29 Jan

Time: 9:00am - 4.00pm

Presenting with Impact: Gerry Sont, Florence Florens, Natasha McNamara

-Presenting with Impact

Wednesday  30 Jan

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Presenting with Impact: Gerry Sont, Florence Florens, Natasha McNamara

-Leading Yourself and Others, Careers Symposium I

Thursday 31 Jan

Time: 9:00am - 4.00pm

STREAM A: Leading Yourself & Others, Day 1, Peter Heslin

STREAM B: Careers Symposium, Barbara Mackie, CDC

-LYO, Career Symposium II

Friday 1 Feb

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

STREAM A: Careers Symposium, Barbara Mackie, CDC

STREAM B: LYO, Day 1, Peter Heslin

Week 2 -LYO, Complex Problem Solving

Monday 4 Feb

Time: 9:00am - 4.00pm

STREAM A: LYO, Day 2, Peter Heslin

STREAM B : Complex Problem Solving, Day 1, Rob McLean

-LYO, Complex Problem Solving

Tuesday 5 Feb

Time: 9:00am -4:00pm

STREAM A: Complex Problem Solving, Day 1, Rob McLean

STREAM B : LYO, Day 2, Peter Heslin

-LYO, Complex Problem Solving

Wednesday 6 Feb

Time: 9:00am -4:00pm

STREAM A: LYO, Day 3, Peter Heslin

STREAM B : Complex Problem Solving, Day 2, Rob McLean

-LYO, Complex Problem Solving

Thursday 7 Feb

Time: 9:00am -4:00pm

STREAM A: Complex Problem Solving, Day 2, Rob McLean

STREAM B : LYO, Day 3, Peter Heslin


Friday 8 Feb

Time: 9:00am -4:00pm

LYO Day 4, combined Stream A & Stream B



Assessment 4: Case Challenge : Presentation
Week 3 Offsite residential activity in remote NSWComplex Adaptive Leadership

Monday 11 Feb

Time: 9:00am -4:00pm

Complex Adaptive Leadership, Ben Pronk, AGSM Executive in Residence - AGSM


-Complex Adaptive Leadership

Tuesday 12 Feb

7:00am onwards

Complex Adaptive Leadership, Ben Pronk, AGSM Executive in Residence - All day and night (offsite residential activity in remote NSW)

-Complex Adaptive Leadership

Wednesday 13 Feb

7:00am onwards

Complex Adaptive Leadership, Ben Pronk, AGSM Executive in Residence - All day and night (offsite residential activity in remote NSW)

-Complex Adaptive Leadership

Thursday 14 Feb

7:00am onwards

Complex Adaptive Leadership, Ben Pronk, AGSM Executive in Residence - All day and night (offsite residential activity in remote NSW)

-The Fred Hilmer Cup

Friday 15 Feb

Morning Free Time

11:00- 6:00pm: The Fred Hilmer Cup


8. Policies and Support

Information about UNSW Business School protocols, University policies, student responsibilities and education quality and support.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Business School places knowledge and capabilities at the core of its curriculum via seven Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). These PLOs are systematically embedded and developed across the duration of all coursework programs in the Business School.

PLOs embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program. They articulate what you should know and be able to do upon successful completion of your degree.

Upon graduation, you should have a high level of specialised business knowledge and capacity for responsible business thinking, underpinned by ethical professional practice. You should be able to harness, manage and communicate business information effectively and work collaboratively with others. You should be an experienced problem-solver and critical thinker, with a global perspective, cultural competence and the potential for innovative leadership.

All UNSW programs and courses are designed to assess the attainment of program and/or course level learning outcomes, as required by the UNSW Assessment Design Procedure. It is important that you become familiar with the Business School PLOs, as they constitute the framework which informs and shapes the components and assessments of the courses within your program of study.

PLO 1: Business knowledge

Students will make informed and effective selection and application of knowledge in a discipline or profession, in the contexts of local and global business.

PLO 2: Problem solving

Students will define and address business problems, and propose effective evidence-based solutions, through the application of rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

PLO 3: Business communication

Students will harness, manage and communicate business information effectively using multiple forms of communication across different channels.

PLO 4: Teamwork

Students will interact and collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose or fulfil a common business project, and reflect critically on the process and the outcomes.

PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Students will develop and be committed to responsible business thinking and approaches, which are underpinned by ethical professional practice and sustainability considerations.

PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

Students will be aware of business systems in the wider world and actively committed to recognise and respect the cultural norms, beliefs and values of others, and will apply this knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.

PLO 7: Leadership development

Students will develop the capacity to take initiative, encourage forward thinking and bring about innovation, while effectively influencing others to achieve desired results.

These PLOs relate to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.  Separate PLOs for honours and postgraduate research programs are included under 'Related Documents'.

Business School course outlines provide detailed information for students on how the course learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment/s contribute to the development of Program Learning Outcomes.



UNSW Graduate Capabilities

The Business School PLOs also incorporate UNSW graduate capabilities, a set of generic abilities and skills that all students are expected to achieve by graduation. These capabilities articulate the University’s institutional values, as well as future employer expectations.

UNSW Graduate CapabilitiesBusiness School PLOs
Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Professionals capable of ethical, self-directed practice and independent lifelong learning
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

While our programs are designed to provide coverage of all PLOs and graduate capabilities, they also provide you with a great deal of choice and flexibility.  The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against the seven PLOs and four graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You can use a portfolio as evidence in employment applications as well as a reference for work or further study. For support with selecting your courses contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. This form of ethical scholarship is highly valued at UNSW. Terms like Academic Integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning are all considered basic concepts that successful university students understand. Learning how to communicate original ideas, refer sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that you will be able to carry beyond your studies.

The definition of academic misconduct is broad. It covers practices such as cheating, copying and using another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement. Incidents of academic misconduct may have serious consequences for students.


UNSW regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct. UNSW has very strict rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism at UNSW is using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. All Schools in the Business School have a Student Ethics Officer who will investigate incidents of plagiarism and may result in a student’s name being placed on the Plagiarism and Student Misconduct Registers.

Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:

Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement of authorship.

Inappropriate Paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes:

  • Students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time
  • Paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own
  • Stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it
  • Offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work

Collusion should not be confused with academic collaboration (i.e., shared contribution towards a group task).

Inappropriate Citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-Plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

To see if you understand plagiarism, do this short quiz:


The University also regards cheating as a form of academic misconduct. Cheating is knowingly submitting the work of others as their own and includes contract cheating (work produced by an external agent or third party that is submitted under the pretences of being a student’s original piece of work). Cheating is not acceptable at UNSW.

If you need to revise or clarify any terms associated with academic integrity you should explore the 'Working with Academic Integrity' self-paced lessons available at:

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: For information on student conduct see:

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: If you are unsure what referencing style to use in this course, you should ask the lecturer in charge.

Student Responsibilities and Conduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university policies in relation to class attendance and general conduct and behaviour, including maintaining a safe, respectful environment; and to understand their obligations in relation to workload, assessment and keeping informed.

Information and policies on these topics can be found on the 'Managing your Program' website.


It is expected that you will spend at least ten to twelve hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of twenty to twenty four hours. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, online activities and attending classes. In periods where you need to complete assignments or prepare for examinations, the workload may be greater. Over-commitment has been a cause of failure for many students. You should take the required workload into account when planning how to balance study with employment and other activities.

We strongly encourage you to connect with your Moodle course websites in the first week of semester. Local and international research indicates that students who engage early and often with their course website are more likely to pass their course.

View more information on expected workload


Your regular and punctual attendance at lectures and seminars or in online learning activities is expected in this course. The Business School reserves the right to refuse final assessment to those students who attend less than 80% of scheduled classes where attendance and participation is required as part of the learning process (e.g., tutorials, flipped classroom sessions, seminars, labs, etc.).

View more information on attendance

General Conduct and Behaviour

You are expected to conduct yourself with consideration and respect for the needs of your fellow students and teaching staff. Conduct which unduly disrupts or interferes with a class, such as ringing or talking on mobile phones, is not acceptable and students may be asked to leave the class.

View more information on student conduct

Health and Safety

UNSW Policy requires each person to work safely and responsibly, in order to avoid personal injury and to protect the safety of others.

View more information on Health and Safety

Keeping Informed

You should take note of all announcements made in lectures, tutorials or on the course web site. From time to time, the University will send important announcements to your university e-mail address without providing you with a paper copy. You will be deemed to have received this information. It is also your responsibility to keep the University informed of all changes to your contact details.

Student Support and Resources

The University and the Business School provide a wide range of support services and resources for students, including:

Business School EQS Consultation Program
The Consultation Program offers academic writing, literacy and numeracy consultations, study skills, exam preparation for Business students. Services include workshops, online resources, individual and group consultations.
Level 1, Room 1035, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 4508

Business School Student Centre
The Business School Student Centre provides advice and direction on all aspects of admission, enrolment and graduation.
Level 1, Room 1028 in the Quadrangle Building
02 9385 3189

UNSW Learning Centre
The UNSW Learning Centre provides academic skills support services, including workshops and resources, for all UNSW students. See their website for details.
Lower Ground Floor, North Wing Chancellery Building.
02 9385 2060

Educational Support Service
Educational Support Advisors work with all students to promote the development of skills needed to succeed at university, whilst also providing personal support throughout the process. Check their website to request an appointment or to register in the Academic Success Program.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
02 9385 4734

Library services and facilities for students
The UNSW Library offers a range of collections, services and facilities both on-campus and online.
Main Library, F21.
02 9385 2650

Moodle eLearning Support
Moodle is the University’s learning management system. You should ensure that you log into Moodle regularly.
02 9385 3331

UNSW IT provides support and services for students such as password access, email services, wireless services and technical support.
UNSW Library Annexe (Ground floor).
02 9385 1333

Disability Support Services
UNSW Disability Support Services provides assistance to students who are trying to manage the demands of university as well as a health condition, learning disability or who have personal circumstances that are having an impact on their studies. Disability Advisers can arrange to put in place services and educational adjustments to make things more manageable so that students are able to complete their course requirements. To receive educational adjustments for disability support, students must first register with Disability Services.
Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
02 9385 4734

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services
Provides support and services if you need help with your personal life, getting your academic life back on track or just want to know how to stay safe, including free, confidential counselling.
Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 5418

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