MGT173 Understanding Organisations and Management (8)

This subject examines the philosophy and role of management within organisations. The various aspects and functions of management are analysed so that students can apply management principles and practices within both public and private sector organisations. Main topics are planning, organising, leading and controlling, as well as management theory, ethics and social responsibility, organisational culture and managing change.

Subject Outlines
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Term 1 (75)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGT173. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Office for Students

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students in CSU Pathway Program - 7112GS: Diploma of General Studies

Subject Relationships

MGT100 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of expectations of university study by exhibiting appropriate levels of literacy skills and academic writing in addition to competence in the use of an online learning environment;
  • be able to research and compare various sources of information about management;
  • be able to compare and contrast the work of influential management thinkers and researchers;
  • be able to explain their personal values and experience in relation to management theory;
  • be able to express opinions on management issues with clarity, from both personal and more objective positions that are backed up with sound evidence and analysis; and
  • be able to apply management theory in order to analyse management dilemmas and problems, and provide recommendations for action.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Management and What Managers Do
  • Organisational Culture - Its Environment, Social Responsibility and Ethics
  • Evolution of Management
  • Decision Making
  • Planning and Control
  • Organising
  • Human Resource Management
  • Understanding Groups
  • Motivation
  • Communication
  • Leadership


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.