MGMT5524 Strategic Management of Resource Companies

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Trimester 1OnlineOnline flexible 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Content
This unit explores the issues and challenges involved in the strategic management of resource companies. Possible issues covered in this course include strategy development, boardroom decision making, mergers and acquisitions, stakeholder management, operational efficiency, operational and environmental sustainability, risk management and maximisation of shareholder value. The unit uses a case study approach to support the discussion of these important issues.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) explain the broad range of issues and challenges involved in the strategic management of modern resource companies; (2) explain the relationship among a resource companies' strategy, operations and profitability; (3) outline the main constraints and opportunities facing resource companies over their medium term planning horizon; and (4) appraise real life business situations and suggest alternatives in the context of business strategy.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short tests; (2) individual essay; and (3) team presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Mr Allan Trench
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Business Administration (coursework) or the Master of Business Administration (coursework and dissertation); or enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Minerals and Energy Management; or approval from The Business School only, which will be determined with regard to relevant documented professional work experience.
Contact hours
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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