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The Future of Work (MGMT30019)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMGMT30019
Availability(Quotas apply)
Summer Term
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The way we work is changing. The forces of globalisation, technological advancement and population pressures are reshaping the nature and meaning of ‘work’. Graduates entering the new world of work face a revolution in working practices and organisational culture. There are greater opportunities for autonomy, flexibility and creativity, but there is also more uncertainty about job security and employment pathways. New work opportunities have emerged that did not exist just a few years ago, yet career choices that were previously considered ‘safe’ have also come under new threats from increasingly capable technologies.
Addressing opportunities and challenges, this subject intends to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to meet, and eventually lead, the ‘future of work’.

The subject is intended as a meaningful development journey that helps students to plan for and succeed in their careers. Through the use of reflection, peer interaction, case studies and workshops, students will learn how to apply the course content at the individual, organisational and global levels.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Engage in the critical skills and knowledge of understanding and influencing workplace culture and practice;
  • Describe and explain current academic theories and research that relate to the changing nature of work
  • Apply major theories and models to individual problems, as presented in case studies
  • Critically analyse organisational problems and apply relevant models and theories to generate effective solutions; and
  • Analyse and evaluate (and potentially start developing) the key competencies needed to lead the ‘Future of Work’.

Generic skills

We expect participants to experience the development of:
• High level of development: oral communication; written communication; self-awareness and reflection; and, interpretation, synthesis and analysis.
• Moderate level of development: teamwork; critical thinking; and, receptiveness to alternative ideas.
• Some level of development: problem solving; evaluation of data and other information; and, accessing data and other information from a range of sources.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

It is recommended that students have completed at least 150 points of study to take this subject.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Five 200-word individual assignments, due regularly throughout the teaching period, 20% (4% each x 5)
  • Group assignment (3-4 members), equivalent 3,000 words total, due during the assessment period, 30%
  • Individual take-home exam, equivalent 2,000 words, due during the assessment period, 50%
  • Hurdle requirement: 80% tutorial attendance

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Summer Term
    Principal coordinatorJosh Healy
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1.5 hour lecture and 1.5 hour tutorial daily for 10 days Teaching dates 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 January, 1, 4 February 2019
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period21 January 2019 to 4 February 2019
    Last self-enrol date14 January 2019
    Census date 1 February 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 8 February 2019
    Assessment period ends17 February 2019

    Summer Term contact information

Time commitment details

170 Hours

Additional delivery details

This subject has a quota of 140 students.

Places in this subject are offered to the first 140 students enrolling during the self enrolment period. Once the quota is reached, places will only become available if enrolled students withdraw. Students seeking a place in this subject should check their enrolment regularly for availability.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Reading materials for this subject will be selected from relevant refereed journals, current academic monographs, grey literature such as The Harvard Business Review and MIT Technology Review and industry publications relevant to the future of work.

    You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019