MM523 Strategic Management Research Project

Updated: 09 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 36cp and candidature in GradDipMgt or GradCertMgt or MBA or MODSHRM or MStratOrgDev; or candidature in MCom
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

The Trimester 1 2019 offering is only available for Northcott Emerging Leaders Program students.

For Trimester 1 Only: A non-mandatory two-day workshop will be offered on 30 April 2019 and 1 May 2019.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) DAVID BUCKLEY (
Unit Description

This unit examines the field of strategic planning and management, exploring why strategic management leads to optimising business performance. Students complete a major research project based on their own or another organisation. This requires the use of models and processes that allow students to assess, apply and interpret the basic concepts and tools of strategic analysis. Outcomes include a critical evaluation of strategic choices; the development of appropriate strategic options and the development and presentation of recommendations about how to execute these more effectively.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Exploring Strategy: Text and Cases (11e)

ISBN: 9781292145129
Johnson, G., Whittington, R., Scholes, K., Angwin, D. and Regner, P., Pearson 11th ed. 2017

Text refers to: Trimester 3, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 10% 1500
Assessment Notes

9 x reflective blogs linking material covered to the organisation being evaluated.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1 -5

Compulsory Assignment 2 40% 2500
Assessment Notes

Written Report.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Assignment 3 50% 3000
Assessment Notes

Written report.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the strategic planning processes and frameworks used in the management of organisations;
  2. demonstrate expert knowledge in conducting and interpreting a comprehensive strategic analysis of an organisation's internal resource environment, as well as the external industry and competitive environment;
  3. use a range of cognitive, communication and research skills to investigate, analyse, synthesise and reflect critically on relevant strategic management principles and concepts in the construction/or critique of strategic plans;
  4. work independently and or collaboratively to plan and execute tasks to enhance professional knowledge and skills in the area of strategic decision-making; and
  5. demonstrate the ability to recognise, reflect on and respond to how and why (where appropriate) ethical principles, sustainable and socially responsible management practices matter greatly in the conduct of an organisation's business.