MGMT335-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Business and Sustainability

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


This course strives to deliver an overview of sustainability theory and practice in respect to conducting business effectively. It aims to enable students to make sound decisions in their future careers when leading organisations toward sustainable practices. In the context of business and sustainability, the course will provide an introduction to the science and management issues companies face, including measurement, reporting, feasibility and viability of new technologies, and others. The course will consist of combinations of lectures, interactive classes, and case discussions. Based on the above, successful students will have an increased understanding of approaches businesses can take to respond effectively to environmental sustainability issues.

Relationship to other courses
This course is an elective course building up on MGMT230, and supplements MGMT333.
This course is relevant to all BCom. Majors of anyone who wishes to obtain further insights into sustainability management.

Lecture 24 hours
Final Test 2 hours
Tests Preparation 35 hours
Reflective assignment 20 hours
Industry analysis 35 hours
Presentation 20 hours
Lecture/Tutorial Preparation 14 hours

Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • BCom Learning Goals

    Goal 1: Graduates can demonstrate advanced knowledge of their selected subject
    major, informed by the broader context of Commerce;
    Goal 2: Graduates are able to use analytical thinking and problem-solving skills to
    address specific problems;
    Goal 3: Graduates can understand issues from a range of ethical, global and
    multicultural perspectives;
    Goal 4: Graduates are able to communicate effectively both orally and in written

    Effective managers have well-developed conceptual, analytical, and human skills. The objective of this course is to enhance these skills. Specifically, this course aims to:

  • introduce students to the relevant issues for socially responsible businesses while allowing “hands-on” experience based on real-life organisations.
  • enable students to make sound decisions when leading organisations toward sustainable practices.

    Learning outcomes:
    After successfully completing this course students will be able to:
    O1 Evaluate legitimate expectations different stakeholders have in respect to business processes.
    O2 Understand sustainability trends and how they provide opportunities for entrepreneurs.
    O3 Gain insights into possible ways business processes can be reorganised in order to create economic capital while developing social and preserving natural capital.  
    O4 Understand current tools, methods and approaches to adopt sustainability in businesses, including place and community-based engagement.

    Form of assessment / Goals, Learning outcomes
    Participation - ALL
    Fishbank Winner - G1, G2, G3, O1, O2, O3
    Presentations - G4, O1, O2, O3, O4
    Sustainable business review - G1, G3, G4, O2, O3
    UCE Sustainability Challenge - G1, G2, G4, O1, O2, O3, O4
    Individual Assignment - Kathmandu - G1, G2, G3, G4, O1, O3, O4
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


1) MGMT230 or
MKTG230; and 2) Any 45 points at 200-level or
above in Commerce

Course Coordinator

For further information see Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Participation - case study briefs 10% Participation - case study briefs (5x2%)
Presentation (group) 10% Presentation (group) (2x5%)
Fishbank Winner 28 Feb 2020 5% Fishbank Winner
Greening UC Challege 30%
Individual Assignment 05 Jun 2020 45% Individual Assignment

Success is realised through a number of assessments. There will be two tests during the semester and you will be required to submit two individual research reports on different facets of sustainable business operation. It is important that you undergo all forms of assessments during this semester as there is NO final exam for this course.

Work that is submitted with multiple writing and grammatical errors will not receive a mark in the A range.

The marks for assessments may be scaled before a final grade is determined. You should not regard 50% as a pass mark.

Textbooks / Resources

Course Reading will be available on the course Learn website. Each lecture is accompanied by lecturer’s slides and readings in electronic format or with links to recommended readings.


Class Representative
A class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class.  Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep.  The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.

Departmental Academic Policies The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty.  All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Citations and referencing

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $822.00

International fee $3,688.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship .

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