Course Title: Foundation Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundation Studies

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Rosalie Holian

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5943

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Building 108, Level 16

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite Courses:

Capability Linkages:
BUSM 1439

Course Description

In this module, each student’s development needs and competence are assessed; learning community development commences; and students are introduced to essential concepts, skills and support materials related to managing and action planning for change in the workplace.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Knowledge application and critical analysis of concepts and theories that can be applied to organisations.

Critical analysis of cognitive, emotive and motivational stances taken by self and others in organisational settings.

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing about sophisticated complex human organisational settings.

Ability to work with diversity in groups.

Development of team-work skills through undertaking group assignment and analysis of the work done.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gathering and sharing data at personal, group and organisational levels.
  • Collaboratively setting specific outcomes.
  • Establishing a supportive, culturally diverse learning community.
  • An appreciation of specific contributions to group dynamics related to differences in cultural backgrounds.

Expected Learning Outcomes:

  • A detailed understanding of the ISM Program and its objectives.
  • A broad knowledge of the essential concepts, skills, techniques and support materials for managing change.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, the concept of the learning community.
  • Ongoing personal growth in line with the ISM Program Objectives and personal learning contracts.
  • Ongoing development of communication and team skills within the culturally diverse learning community.

Overview of Learning Activities

The workshop will be interactive with some activities involving the whole learning community and others conducted in smaller groups.  

Overview of Learning Resources

Recommended Reading:

Students are to complete required reading and any other activities advised prior to the start of the module. 

This material provides background to the topics included in the workshop.  Additional references may be added during the workshop.

Overview of Assessment

Individual Assessment:
Write, refine and submit a Personal Learning Contract, in line with guidelines provided during this module, to support the student’s achievement of course and personal development objectives.

Syndicate Group Assessment:
An assignment relevant to each group’s learning needs will be set during this module. Specific details of the assignment requirements will be provided at that time.