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Leading and Managing Nonprofit Organisations (MBS651)

School School of Business and Governance
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: SP17-internal, SP17-external
Description Nonprofit organisations operate in areas including welfare, education, community development, health, sport, arts, tourism, politics and the environment. Run by community groups, faith-based organisations, large bureaucracies, entrepreneurs and committed citizens, their contribution to the economy is incalculable, and the variety in their forms and operations vast. This unit will explore leadership and management of nonprofit organisations, their context, the theory surrounding their existence and operation, and consider practical aspects such as marketing, financing, governance, and people management.
Unit Learning Outcomes At the end of the semester students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the key elements of quality management and leadership in nonprofit organisations
2. Discuss important aspects of the nonprofit context for leadership and management
3. Outline key operational requirements for NFPs, and identify good practice
4. Outline governance options and strategies for NFPs
5. Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse, problem solve and innovate in an NFP context
6. Identify some recent shifts and developments in NFP theory and practice and communicate these
Timetabled Learning Activities The unit is offered in intensive mode at South Street Campus with Thursday evening and Saturday classes over the Spring teaching period totalling 24 hours of contact time.
Workshops: 4 hours per fortnight at Kaplan SGP
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is delivered using blended learning design features with core unit materials provided in a digital format followed up by small class knowledge application and skills development. This is enhanced by self directed learning to further develop skills and application of knowledge to practical and current issues.
Other Learning Experiences The development of an organisational profile for assignment 2 provides an applied focus with a critical perspective which will enhance learning in this unit.
Assessment This unit has 3 points of assessment.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MBS651 Management of Not for Profit Organisations may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: 'Management of Not for Profit Organisations'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management (GradDipHRM)
Master of Asian Studies (MAsianSt)
Master of Business Administration Professional Practice (MBA(PP)) [New in 2016]
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (MHAPL) [New in 2016]
Master of Human Resources Management (MHRM)
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
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.


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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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MURDOCH: SP17-External
MURDOCH: SP17-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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