Course Title: Contemporary Organisational Practices

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Organisational Practices

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 2 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Belinda Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8280

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8 Level 10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will acquire both theoretical knowledge and practical skills to help you successfully navigate the transition into the professional workplace. You will survey historical and contemporary organisational theory associated with the human services and the legal and justice vocational environments. You will apply a broad range of theoretical approaches by exploring real world examples and case studies directly related to your chosen field of practice. You will be introduced to the concept of the reflective practitioner who engages actively, critically, and productively within organisations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the social organisation of workplaces in the human services, legal and justice sectors by being able to compare and contrast the stated goals and objectives of an organisation with the way things are actually done
  • Employ a range of theoretical accounts to make sense of modern workplaces
  • Apply skills and elementary qualitative data gathering and analytic techniques for answering the question ‘what is really going on in the workplace’
  • Identify the kinds of insights, skills and abilities you need to successfully engage in good professional practice in the workplace

In the course you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • Critical analysis and problem solving
  • Cultural and social awareness

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include interactive activities focusing on group-based discussion and problem solving tasks. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, which may include lectures and online media. You will also further refine your academic skills in analytical reading and academic writing.

You are expected to actively contribute to the construction of a supportive learning environment, in which peer-based learning is an important component. In order to develop your knowledge and skills, you are expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critical engage with the weekly reading materials.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will access a wide range of resources through the course Canvas site and you will also be able to access to wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites.

You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers.

Overview of Assessment

You are assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the graduate capabilities. Assessment tasks include verbal reports and providing feedback to other students, a written piece and a final report. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester by your teachers and peers in class and/or online discussions, and through individual and/or group feedback on practical exercises.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: