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MGMT213 Organisational Analysis

Teaching organisation

150 hours over a twelve-week semester or equivalent study period

Unit rationale, description and aim

Governance of governmental, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations necessitates that requirements of society (the laws and regulations) are met as part of delivering organisational outcomes. Having a good understanding of the features, powers and responsibilities of the governance arrangements including risk and operations management is highly important to managers. If students are able to do this, they will have the knowledge and understanding of governance concepts, structures, frameworks and theories underpinning governance, risk and operations management, approaches and techniques of improvement and how to apply practical tools to organisational problems 

The aim of this unit is to provide knowledge and understanding of how to recognize and analyse specific governance, risk and operational problems and to propose responsible and sound solutions. 

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

Learning Outcome NumberLearning Outcome DescriptionRelevant Graduate Capabilities
LO1Analyse the key concepts, frameworks and theories of governance relevant at the individual, organisational, and societal levelGC1, GC2
LO2Critically evaluate the role of governance in different organisational contexts drawing on ethical perspectivesGC2, GC8
LO3Participate as an individual and as a member of a team, in researching and creatively applying governance, risk and operations frameworks and tools to generate responsible and practical solutions to business and organisational problemsGC1, GC3
LO4Analyse the key concepts, frameworks and theories of risk and operations management from both local and global perspectiveGC2, GC8


Topics will include:

  • introduction to governance, risk and operations management 
  • governance structures: governmental, for-profit and not-for-profit organisations 
  • distinguishing strategic matters from operational matters 
  • concept of risk application of risk management techniques and tools 
  • risk management at the operational level 
  • operations management principles and operations functions and processes 
  • approaches and techniques of improvement: Six sigma and lean production management
  • application of practical tools and generate solutions to business problems 
  • governance at the individual, organizational, and societal level 
  • governance and ethical perspectives 
  • autonomous and collaborative reporting of quality management 
  • trends in governance, risk and operation management

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

This unit takes an enquiry-based learning approach to guide students in the development of knowledge associated with evidence-based decision-making. Students are able to explore the knowledge base underpinning governance, risk and operations management in a series of on campus workshops. These workshops are designed to support students to actively participate in the development of this knowledge both individually and collaboratively. By participating in these workshops, students will systematically develop their understanding of the critical aspects of governance, risk and operations management and develop their capability to generate responsible solutions to business problems. This unit takes an experiential approach to support students in developing the skills required to effectively governance, risk and operations management by sharing stories and insights and reflecting on experiences. This approach is designed to interest students who prefer to learn within a social environment and builds in expert support for skills development. 

Mode of delivery:

This unit is offered in different modes to cater to the learning needs and preferences of a range of participants and maximise effective participation for isolated and/or marginalised groups.


In a multi-mode, students will require intermittent face-to-face attendance determined by the School. Students will have face-to-face interactions with lecturer(s) to further their achievement of the learning outcomes. This unit is structured with required upfront preparation before workshops. The online learning platforms used in this unit provide multiple forms of preparatory and practice opportunities for you to prepare and revise.

Online Mode

In an online mode, students engage in asynchronous learning and participate in the construction and synthesis of knowledge, while developing their knowledge. Students are required to participate in a series of online interactive activities to enhance their learning including knowledge checks, discussion boards and self-paced exercises. This approach allows flexibility for students and facilitates learning and participation for students with a preference for virtual learning.

Assessment strategy and rationale

In order to pass this unit, students are required to complete and submit three graded assessment tasks and achieve an aggregate mark of at least 50%. Marking will be in accordance with a rubric specifically developed to measure students’ level of achievement of the learning outcomes for each item of assessment. Students will also be awarded a final grade which signifies their overall achievement in the unit. The assessment strategy for this unit allows students to sequentially develop their knowledge and skills of governance, risk and operations management to the point where they can present a quality management solution for an organisation. To develop this level of capability, students will demonstrate their knowledge of governance through a critical report and apply practical tools and generate a solution to a business problem through a case study. Students will further develop their understanding when apply their knowledge and understanding by presenting their findings and recommendations in the final assessment task.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Capabilities

Assessment Task 1: Individual Company Governance Analysis Report - Assessment Classification: Written

 The assigned task requires students to write a 1200-word individual critical report on a chosen international company. The task requires students to select a company and conduct an in-depth analysis of its governance structure and how risk management impacts that company and its operation. Students are to consider a broad range of governance models in a range of contexts relevant at both individual and societal level and synthesise preferred option considering their responsibility to the common good and the environment.

Submission Type: Individual

Assessment Method: Research Report


LO1, LO2GC1, GC2, GC8

Assessment Task 2: Video Presentation plus Written Transcript– Assessment Classification: Oral/Written/Experiential

This assignment task requires students to record an 8–10-minute team video presentation along with a 500-word transcript.

Students are tasked to select a company of their preference and collaborate as a team to research, evaluate and design a “Quality Management Initiative” tailored to that company. Students are to critically discuss these issues, drawing on relevant theories and research demonstrating their critical thinking skills. Furthermore, students are required to present their findings and effectively communicate their recommendations.

Submission Type: Team

Assessment Method: Presentation/Script

Artefact: Video Presentation, and Script Document


LO3, LO4GC1, GC2, GC3, GC8

Assessment Task 3: Case Study Analysis Report - Assessment Classification: Written

The assigned task requires students to write a 1500-word individual report that analyses a problem outlined in a provided case study. Students are expected to expand on the questions, integrate subject-related concepts and frameworks, and utilise a variety of practical tools from the unit to generate creative solutions.

 Submission Type: Individual

Assessment Method: Report

Artefact:  Written Report


LO2, LO4GC2, GC8

Representative texts and references

Ansell, C & Torfing, J 2022, Handbook on theories of governance, Edward Elgar Publishing. eISBN: 9781800371972

Gephart, RP, Mill, CC & Helgesson, KS 2018, The Routledge companion to risk and crisis management, Routledge.

Henke M, Kohl H, 2021, Sustainability in Global Value Chains: Measures, Ethics and Best Practice for Responsible Businesses. ISBN 9781789662627

Hopkin, P 2018, Fundamentals of risk management: understanding, evaluating and implementing effective risk management, 5th Edn, Kogan Page Publishers.

Jacobs, FR and Chase, RB 2020, Operation and supply chain management, 16th Edn, McGraw Hill.

James R. Evans, David Collier 2020, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Cengage. ISBN9780357131695

Slack, N, Brandon-Jones, A & Johnston, R, 2019 Operations Management, 9th Edn, Pearson.

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