BB103 - Management Principles

Credit Points: 15 credit points

Workload: 36 hours

Prerequisite: N/A

Co-requisite: N/A

Aims & Objectives

This is a first-year core unit offered in the Bachelor of Business program. The unit provides a pathway for students to continue on with a major in Management, Marketing and Accounting. For further information refer to:

Management Principles is a core unit that provides students with an engaging and informative introduction to the fundamental concepts and relevant issues relating to the management of organisations. The unit introduces students to key management theories and perspectives from a range of fields that inform the study of business management. Students learn to appreciate the complexity of issues that shape contemporary management practice and to consider future directions. Emphasis is given to topics including; people management, leadership, motivation, decision making, diversity, globalisation, ethics, social responsibility and the effective management of resources and outcomes.
Unit topics include:

  • The contemporary workplace
  • Historical foundations of management
  • Environment and diversity
  • International dimensions of management
  • Ethical behaviour and social responsibility
  • Planning
  • Controlling
  • Organising
  • Strategic management
  • Change leadership 
  • Leading
  • Motivation and rewards

Learning Outcomes

The Course learning outcomes applicable to this unit are listed on the Melbourne Institute of Technology’s website:
At the completion of this unit students should be able to:
a. Explain key management theories that inform contemporary practices.
b. Examine contemporary issues faced by managers in different levels of an organisation.  
c. Analyse a management issue and justify recommendations based on new knowledge of management theories.  
d. Work effectively with others in diverse management contexts.  
e. Identify and evaluate social responsibility and ethical issues in business situations.


Assessment Task Due Date A B Unit Learning Outcomes
1. Formative Assessment Week 3 - 5% a
2. Contribution and Participation Weeks 1-12 - 5% a-e
3. Case Study [Individual] Week 5 - 20% a-d
4. Case Study Analysis [Group] Week 8 10% - a-e
5. Case Study Presentation[Group] Week 8 - 10% a-e
6. Case Study Analysis [Individual] (3 hours) TBA - 50% a-e
TOTALS   10% 90% 100%

Task Type: Type A: unsupervised, Type B: supervised.

Contribution and Participation (5%)

This unit has class participation as an assessment. The assessment task and marking rubric will follow the Guidelines on Assessing Class Participation ( Further details will be provided in the assessment specification on the type of assessment tasks and the marking rubrics.

Teaching Methods

NOTE: All School of Business units 3-hour workshops Flipped Classroom Mode. 

Textbook and Reference Materials

Note: Students are required to purchase the prescribed text book and have it available each week in class.

Prescribed Text Book

  • John R. Schermerhorn Jr., Paul Davidson, Peter Woods, Aharon Factor, Fatima Junaid, & Ellen McBarron (2019). Management [7th Asia Pacific Edition]. John Wiley & Sons Inc. Australia.

Other recommended references

  • Gulati, R., Mayo, A. J., & Nohria, N. (2016). Management: An Integrated Approach. Cengage Learning.
  • Samson, D., & Daft, R. L. (2011). Fundamentals of Management [4th Edition]. Cengage Learning, Australia.


  • Academy of Management Journal.
  • Management Science. 
  • Organization Science.

The Referencing style for this unit is APA: See the MIT Library Referencing webpage: and the Unit Moodle page for additional referencing support material and weblinks.

Graduate Attributes

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


Levels of attainment Extent covered
The attribute is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations.
The attribute is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations.
The attribute is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations.
The attribute is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by activities such as lectures or tutorials.
The attribute is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this attribute.