Management

A Management major provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to understand how organisations work and the critical role of managers within them. The study of management includes building knowledge in important areas such as developing and implementing strategy, driving organisational change and leading teams to achieve organisational objectives. Management is commonly understood as: (i) the process of planning, organising, leading and controlling the efforts of organisational members; and (ii) deploying resources inside and outside the organisation to achieve set objectives. The Management major draws on subjects from a number of disciplines in the Business School to give students a well-rounded understanding of management thought and management practice. Students can also make an application to undertake work placement in management as a part of their studies.

Options for studying Management

Students not enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce or related combined Bachelor of Commerce degrees can complete either a Management major or minor as a Table S (shared pool) option for their degree.

Commerce students can only complete a Management major or minor as a Table A option for their degree.

Pathways through the major and minor

The requirements for a major/minor in Management are spread out over three years of the degree (possibly four years if students are completing a combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degree).

(i) Management major

To achieve a major in Management, students must complete 48 credit points comprising:

  • 12 credit points of 1000-level core units of study;
  • 12 credit points of 2000-level core units of study;
  • 6 credit points of 3000-level core units of study; and
  • 18 credit points of 3000-level selective units of study.

A sample pathway for the Management major (over three years of a degree) is listed below.

Please Note. This sample progression is meant as an example only. Depending on unit prerequisites, students may be able to complete these units in a different sequence to that displayed in the following table.

Year Session Units of study
First Semester 1 Core: WORK1003 Foundations of Work and Employment
Semester 2 Core: WORK1004 Foundations of Management
Second Semester 1 Core: WORK2210 Strategic Management
Semester 2 Core: WORK2218 Managing Organisational Behaviour
Third Semester 1 Selective: 3000-level unit listed for major Selective: 3000-level unit listed for major
Semester 2 Core: WORK3601 Management in Practice ** Selective: 3000-level unit listed for major

** Capstone unit for major – completed in final semester of study

For details of the core and selective units of study required for the major or minor please refer to the Management section of the unit of study table, Table S, in this handbook.

(ii) Management minor

To achieve a minor in Management, students must complete 36 credit points comprising:

  • 12 credit points of 1000-level core units of study;
  • 12 credit points of 2000-level core units of study; and
  • 12 credit points of 3000-level selective units of study.

A sample pathway for the Management minor (over three years of a degree) is listed below.

Please Note. This sample progression is meant as an example only. Depending on unit prerequisites, students may be able to complete these units in a different sequence to that displayed in the following table.

Year Session Units of study
First Semester 1 Core: WORK1003 Foundations of Work and Employment
Semester 2 Core: WORK1004 Foundations of Management
Second Semester 1 Core: WORK2210 Strategic Management
Semester 2 Core: WORK2218 Managing Organisational Behaviour
Third Semester 1 Selective: 3000-level unit listed for minor
Semester 2 Selective: 3000-level unit listed for minor

For details of the core and selective units of study required for the major or minor please refer to the Management section of the unit of study table, Table S, in this handbook.

Honours

Students enrolled in a degree combined with the Bachelor of Advanced studies who complete a major in Management with a weighted average mark of 70% (within the first three years of their degree) may be eligible to complete honours in Work and Organisational Studies as their fourth year of study in this combined degree program. Students will need to have completed any requirements of their degree not satisfied with the completion of honours (including both majors, all core units, all Open Learning Environment units, and any elective units as necessary to ensure they meet degree requirements) by the end of their third year of study to proceed to honours in their fourth year of study.

For details the requirements for admission to honours and the structure of the honours program, please refer to Business School Honours.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the Management major students will be able to:

No. Mid-Level Learning Outcomes
1 Assess key theories, models and concepts in management and their application in various organisational contexts.
2 Evaluate the different frameworks used to explain management function and assess their implications for management practice.
3 Appraise the roles and strategies of different stakeholders in diverse business contexts.
4 Analyse and assess current as well as potential future challenges facing organisations and the implications of these challenges for various stakeholders.
5 Analyse authentic organisational problems and develop new strategies to address these focussing on issues of leadership, organisational development and organisational behaviour.
6 Apply and assess appropriate strategies to communicate professionally and effectively in various modes (orally, in writing and in diverse group contexts) using various formats.
7 Practice self-awareness, presentation skills, individual autonomy and accountability in the delivery of outputs (e.g. business plans).

Further information

For further information regarding study in management at the University of Sydney, please refer to the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies.