• Class Number 4071
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic On-line
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Elizabeth Smith
    • Alessandra Capezio
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
    • Elizabeth Smith
SELT Survey Results

The Evidence-based Management (EBM) course aims at providing students enrolled in programs at RSM with different levels of competencies centered around evidence and that they are expected to develop and maintain throughout their studies and ultimately translate into their working life.  EBM involves the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of the best available evidence about and within business organisations for decision-making. This course is divided into two sequential modules. The first module will equip students with knowledge about EBM and how it strengthens decision-making and practice in business and organisation. In module two, students will learn how to appraise evidence quality before applying it to support decisions and actions. Students will thus be able to not only translate principles from best evidence to management practice and ethical decision-making, but also to reflect on how to use evidence and their position to improve on their learning experience.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Describe Evidence-based practice (EBP) in Management and its basic principles and its core and functional capabilities. 
2. Identify problems that require decision-making based on knowledge of research fundamentals and EBP principles and capabilities (ASK)  
3. Establish the search strategy to acquire the best available evidence relevant to the problem (ACQUIRE) 
4. Ascertain the methodological appropriateness, quality, and trustworthiness of evidence (APPRAISE) 
5.  Integrate different types of relevant evidence towards finding solutions to the problem (AGGREGATE) 
6. Generate and implement best solutions to the problem with due consideration of their social and ethical implications (APPLY)
7. Evaluate feedback obtained on applied solutions for necessary adjustment (ASSESS)
8. Generate insights and decision-making awareness through self-reflection (ASSESS)

Research-Led Teaching

Evidence-based Management education is itself research-based. The approach to learning in this course is grounded in cognitive theories of learning which best support the development of critical thinking and meta-cognitive skills, and research on instructional methods to leverage the many strengths of online learning. In this course students will learn to think critically about management problems and their solutions in terms of research findings published in academic journals in addition to other sources of evidence.

Field Trips

Not Applicable

Additional Course Costs

Not Applicable

Examination Material or equipment

Not Applicable

Required Resources

All required reading materials will be provided on Wattle.

The text book for this course is:

Barends, E & Rousseau, D M, 2018, Evidence-based management: How to use evidence to make better organizational decisions, Kogan Page, UK.

A copy of the text book will be held in the ANU library reserve & short loan collection. Please contact the Course Convener if you have difficulty getting access to the book.

Any other recommended resources or readings will be advised on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Feedback: Students may receive feedback in any of the following ways:

1. Feedback on their online discussion forum participation

2. Synchronous live feedback as part of occasional live online classroom discussion as set up by the online tutor after consultation with learners

3. Feedback on the assessment pieces in in numeric, tabular, and graphical formats, and/or written or audio qualitative comments; feedback can be both to individual learners and consolidated for the whole online class. Rubrics will be used so students can identify areas for improvement.

4. Personalised, in-depth feedback can be provided to students in consultation with the online tutor. Please make an appointment with your online tutor.

Disagreement and dispute of assessment marks and feedback: It is suggested that any unresolved disagreement with assessment marks and feedback be addressed by email to the online tutor and with a copy of the email sent to the Course Convenor, including a clear description of the area(s) of dispute.

Important: Most updates and announcements for this course will be circulated via emails and/or Wattle site. Please ensure that your official ANU email address is effective, that you have access to Wattle, and that you regularly check both your email and Course Announcements.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Online learning: This course is delivered in an online mode. Online teaching and learning does not mean that students are isolated from their instructors or tutors. In fact, it opens up new ways through for intensive, interactive and engaging communication that facilitates students' learning experiences and achievement of learning outcomes.

Differences from other modes of teaching: Online courses may differ in some aspects of delivery, assessment details, and weightings from the on-campus delivery. These changes are designed to adjust for the different delivery modes and ensure that all students achieve the same learning outcomes, regardless of delivery mode.

Personal portfolio: As an online student you may benefit from a different range of learning tools. Consider keeping a personal journal throughout the course to record the thoughts, issues and dilemmas that arise for you. Such a journal may be electronic, using tools such as e-Portfolio on Wattle, or maintained in any other format that suits you. The journal is used to record insights gathered from course reading and other sources, as well as for noting personal reflections as the course proceeds. Students should reflect on the skills, resources, capabilities, thinking and learning styles and consider how they will prepare themselves for working in a management role deploying the skills and knowledge gained in this course.

 Applicable timezone: The Australian National University is situated in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory and all references to times and dates refer to time in the Australian Capital Territory. Be aware that the Australian Capital Territory observes Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time in summer months; the effect of this is to shift the time by one hour from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Australian Eastern Daylight-saving Time (AEDT). This shift is taken into account in setting times for submission of assessment items or other activities so the set time will be as specified, but in AEST or AEDT depending on the time of year. To avoid confusion in converting the specified times, to your local time, consider using a time converter such as this https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock /australia/canberra

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Topic 1: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice in Management
2 Topic 2: Asking questions to identify problems and solutions (and understanding what is required to answer different types of questions) Week 1 Discussion Forum posts Traceability & Referencing Quiz
3 Topic 3: Acquiring and appraising evidence from professsionals Week 2 Discussion Forum posts Responses to Week 1 Discussion Forums Self-Reflective Review Part A
4 Topic 4: Acquiring and appraising evidence from stakeholders Week 3 Discussion Forum posts Responses to Week 2 Discussion Forums Problem Definition Report
5 Topic 5: Scientific evidence and how to acquire it Week 4 Discussion Forum posts Responses to Week 3 Discussion Forums
6 Topic 6: Acquiring the best available evidence Week 5 Discussion Forum posts Responses to Week 4 Discussion Forums
7 Topic 7: Conducting a CAT Week 6 Discussion Forum posts Responses to Week 5 Discussion Forums
8 Topic 8:Acquiring and appraising organisational evidence Week 7 Discussion Forum posts Responses to Week 6 Discussion Forums Stakeholder Evidence Report
9 Topic 9: Aggregating evidence Week 8 Discussion Forum posts Responses to Week 7 Discussion Forums
10 Topic 10: Applying evidence Week 9 Discussion Forum posts Responses to Week 8 Discussion Forums CAT Report
11 Topic 11: Assessing the outcome of a decision Week 10 Discussion Forum posts Responses to Week 9 Discussion Forums Implementation Report
12 Topic 12: Leadership & evidence-based management in the organisation Topic 13: Being a practitioner of evidence-based management Week 11 & 12 Discussion Forum posts Responses to Week 10, 11 & 12 Discussion Forums Self-Reflective Review Part B

Tutorial Registration

Not Applicable

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Discussion Forums 15 % 04/03/2019 31/05/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Traceability & Referencing Quiz 5 % 08/03/2019 22/03/2019 4
Self-Reflective Review Part A 5 % 15/03/2019 29/03/2019 8
Problem Definition Report 5 % 22/03/2019 05/04/2019 2
Evidence Report 15 % 03/05/2019 17/05/2019 2,3,4,5
CAT Report 30 % 17/05/2019 31/05/2019 2,3,4,5
Implementation Report 15 % 24/05/2019 04/07/2019 1,6,7
Self-Reflective Review Part B 10 % 31/05/2019 05/06/2019 8

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Participation is expected in all activities.


Not Applicable

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 04/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Discussion Forums

Purpose: As part of learner-centered instruction, courses in RSM include self-reflective tasks that develop skills in critical analysis and meta-cognition (thinking about thinking). Critical analysis assist the student to understand and internalise the skills and knowledge; meta-cognitive skills help learners realize, develop and reflect on their own approach to their thinking and the learning outcomes. Discussion Forums offer students the opportunity to exercise and develop these skills and so enhance their attainment of the learning outcomes week by week over the course.

Description: Weekly online discussion of case studies and reflection on personal experiences from the perspective of the week's learning materials. Further details and marking criteria are provided on Wattle.

Note: The Assessment Calendar specifies only the first week in which forum posts are required and the final date on which feedback will be provided; in fact posts are required for all weeks of the semester, and feedback on these submissions will be provided at various times during the semester. Posts for Weeks 1-11 are due at 23:59 on the Monday of the following two weeks, but for Week 12 all posts are due at 23:59 on Friday of Week 12.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 08/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 22/03/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4

Traceability & Referencing Quiz

Purpose: This module builds understanding of how and why traceability is important in the practice of evidence-based management and introduces referencing principles to assist the student in their studies as well as in their practice.

Description: This is an online quiz of 10 questions. Further details and marking criteria are provided on Wattle.

Note: A Reading and a link to a referencing Guide are provided; these should be read and reviewed before attempting the Quiz.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 15/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 29/03/2019
Learning Outcomes: 8

Self-Reflective Review Part A

Purpose: Self-reflective assessments aim at tracing and gauging meta-cognitive skills (thinking about thinking). This task is intended to assist students to realize, develop and reflect on their own approach to their thinking and learning.

Description: Responses of no more than 500 words to a series of questions. Further details and marking criteria are provided on Wattle.

Note: Part A will not be graded but learners will need to complete this part to develop their meta-cognitive capability and to record and reflect on their initial understanding, approach and perception of the course in preparation for Part B (due at the end of the semester).

Assessment Task 4

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 22/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 05/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2

Problem Definition Report

Purpose: Unambiguous definition of a selected problem is the key first step in managing it; this task is the first in a 4-step refinement of a business problem and will assist the student to develop their skills in Asking questions and defining problems and their parameters.

Preparation: Select a topic that is of interest to you, in the organisation in which you currently work or in an organisation you have worked for in the past. Ideally the report will provide some useful insights and recommendations to your organization; consider talking to your supervisor and/or Human Resources director to identify a complex practical issue or problem. Where a student has no organisational experience they should contact the tutor. This topic will form the basis of 3 other Reports that contribute to the assessment for this course, so it is important that the topic be appropriate; the course convenor's approval for your topic is required before you start.

Description: Prepare a report of no more than 500 words describing a complex managerial problem in the following terms:

1. Define the problem including brief background and context

2. Justify the problem using at least one of the four forms of evidence used in Evidence-Based Management.

3. Questions to focus exploration of the problem through scientific and other evidence

4. Questions to focus exploration of possible solutions through scientific and other evidence

Further details and marking criteria are provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 03/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 17/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5

Evidence Report

Purpose: The form of this report is intended, like business reports in general, to inform managerial decision-making.

Description: A business report of no more than 750 words that:

  • plans the acquisition of stakeholder evidence in response to a complex management problem;
  • justifies the use of relevant validated scale/s to address that problem;
  • pilots the selected scale/s through a survey of 3 people.

Further details and marking criteria are provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 17/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5

CAT Report

Purpose: The form of this report is intended, like business reports in general, to inform managerial decision-making.

Description: A business report of no more than 1500 words that applies scientific evidence in assessing the trustworthiness of a claim that has been developed in response to a complex management problem. Further details and marking criteria are provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 7

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 24/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,6,7

Implementation Report

Purpose: The form of this report is intended, like business reports in general, to inform managerial decision-making.

Description: A business report of no more than 1500 words that:

  • aggregates and appraises the two previously obtained sources of evidence for a claim that has been developed in response to a complex management problem,
  • recommends action to operationalise an evidence-based decision, and
  • anticipates and allays undesired consequences of implementation.

Further details and marking criteria are provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 8

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 05/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 8

Self-Reflective Review Part B

Purpose: Self-reflective assessments aim at tracing and gauging meta-cognitive skills (thinking about thinking). This task is intended to assist students to realize, develop and reflect on their own approach to their thinking and learning.

Description: Responses of no more than 500 words to each of a series of questions. In preparation for this task students are advised to review their responses to Part A in order to baseline their understanding, approach, and perception of the course, and to review their e-Portfolio or other diarised record of the course. Further details and marking criteria are provided on Wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

Use of Turnitin: Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Lodgement: You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records.

Identification: On all assignments you should only give your student number as identification; your name should not be included anywhere in the document.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Weekly assessment tasks: Late submissions are not accepted.

Other assessment tasks: Late submission of an assessment task without an extension is penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the Class Summary for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

All assignments will be marked and/or returned according to the timeline specified above.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

You are allowed to resubmit your assignments before the specified submission time/date. Any submission done after the specified submission time/date will be considered a late submission and the listed penalty conditions will apply.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Elizabeth Smith

Research Interests

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