MGT501 Contemporary Management (8)

This subject develops students' knowledge and understanding of contemporary management theory and practice. Students will be challenged to think critically about core management theories and evaluate and communicate their relevance to contemporary management practice in a complex, diverse and rapidly changing globalised workplace. Students will be invited to embrace the subject innovatively and encouraged to develop and reflect on their own management competencies and experiences.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Bathurst Campus
Term 1 (75)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGT501. 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


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students only.

Not available to students who have completed MBA501 or MGT571.

Subject Relationships

MGT571 Paired Subject
MBA501 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

MBA501, MGT571

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse and evaluate a variety of management and organisational theories and practices in the context of the contemporary business environment;
  • be able to reflect on and develop their own management competencies required for today's complex, diverse and globalised workplace;
  • be able to research and communicate effectively and professionally in a variety of organisational settings; and
  • be able to reflect critically on management issues such as ethics, sustainability, innovation & digital disruption and how they are shaping 21st century organisations.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Management Theory - Traditional, Contemporary & Critical Approaches to Management
  • Management Processes - Strategic Management, Change Management, Organisational Structure & Culture, Planning & Control.
  • Managing People - Leadership, Ethics, HRM & Management Skills for today's complex workplace.
  • Contemporary Issues in Management - Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Digital Disruption and Sustainability

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MGT501 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Management challenges presentation
Business report on resilient management
Business memo on management failure and management

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.