MGMT335-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Business and Sustainability

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


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.

The estimated workload breakdown for MGMT335S1 is:
Lectures 48
Presentation preparation (4x) 12
Individual reports (2x) 42
Lecture Preparation 48
Total 150 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • The objectives of the course are:

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

    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 form.

    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

    Learning Objectives
  • Students have an in-depth understanding of their majoring subject and are able to critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within the discipline.
  • Students have a broad understanding of the key domains of commerce.
  • Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers which can be used in a range of applications.
  • Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
  • Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

    For quality assurance purposes the School is required to hold on record a number of assessment pieces as examples of differing standards of work. If you have any objections to the school holding your assessment for this purpose then email the course coordinator to ensure your assignment is not used for this purpose.
    • 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.



Please note that the timetable has not been finalised.

Scheduled days and times will be confirmed, following review, on 5th November.

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 121
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun

Timetable Note

Due to the interactive nature of this course that evolves around presentations, in-field activities, and commercially sensitive information as a result of industry representatives lectures for MGMT335-21S1 are not recorded using the ECHO360 lecture recording system.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Michaela Balzarova


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Participation - case study briefs 10% Participation - case study briefs (5x2)
Presentation - case study (group) 5% Presentation - case study (group)
Presentation - reflection (online) 5% Presentation - reflection (online)
Fishbank Winner 11 Mar 2021 5% Fishbank Winner
UCE Marketing Smackdown 30% UCE Marketing Smackdown
Individual Assignment - Recommendation Report 30 May 2021 35% Individual Assignment - Recommendation Report
Group Presentation 27 May 2021 10% Group Presentation

Success is realised through a number of assessments listed below. It is important that you undergo all forms of assessments during this semester as there is NO final exam for this course.

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
A summary of Departmental academic policies on course grading, special considerations, etc. is available under: The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the following:
• UC Business School Student Handbook on the UC Business School Students Learn page
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 $845.00

International fee $3,975.00

* 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 .

All MGMT335 Occurrences

  • MGMT335-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022