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Business, Society and the Environment (MBS662)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal
KAPLAN-MMR: TMB-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit addresses key issues about the relationship between business, society and the environment in order to foster a critical understanding of the role of firms in contemporary societies. It will pay special attention to the interplay of markets, politics, sustainability science and ethical reasoning in order to foster responsible management-and-governance approaches.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
1.1 Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between business, society and the environment
1.2 Apply discipline knowledge in practical contexts (e.g. workplace)
2. Exhibit effective verbal, written, digital, and team interpersonal skills in working with stakeholders in a variety of contexts:
3. Evaluate issues and problems and structure evidence-based conclusions
4. Employ individual and team learning strategies that promote intentional learning
5.1 Display the capability to think across cultures and contexts
5.2 Integrate knowledge of ethical and sustainability issues into professional and personal practices
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars (South Street): All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning. Structured learning may include lectures, face-to-face seminars, workshops, online activities, consultations and coaching sessions. Some units may be delivered in an intensive mode. Students should refer to the published timetable, and Unit Guide for specific information about the timetabling of this unit. 1 x 4 hour sessions weekly (South Street Campus). Seminars (TNE):6 sessions at 4 hours per session.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 60 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Seminar activities [36 hours to be delivered in 10 sessions - 2 x 2 hours plus 8 x 4 hours] will be offered through 'interactive mixed' sessions: e.g. multiple learning tools (in-class case study discussions, discussions, role plays, videos, etc) Coaching by the lecturer [around 12 structured hours, in addition to the standard 'consultation time'] will be offered to guide students in their learning progress. On-Line Engagement [around 6 hours] of interaction with the digitalized contents and activities. Self-directed study [246 Hours expected from each student].
Assessment The assessment of the Unit is designed to target learning outcomes at three levels: Knowledge, Skills and Application, as described below, targeting the higher levels of Bloom's revised taxonomy (Anderson, & Krathwohl, 2001), that is, analysing, evaluating and, specially, creating. Written, supervised assessment: 40%; written, unsupervised: 40%; Unsupervised, practice; 20%
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course
Exclusions students who have successfully completed MBS530/MBS540 Business, Society and the Environment, may not enrol in this unit for credit
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (GradCertBusAdmin)
Master of Business Administration (Global) (MBA(Global))
Master of Business Administration (MBA) [New in 2016]
Master of Human Resources Management (MHRM)
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Megan Paull
Senior Lecturer Management

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6040
e: M.Paull@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.037 - Murdoch Business School, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

Ms Carole Brady

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2889
e: C.Brady@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.027 - Murdoch Business School, Murdoch Campus

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Megan Paull
Senior Lecturer Management

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6040
e: M.Paull@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.037 - Murdoch Business School, Murdoch Campus
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