• Class Number 2990
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic MBA
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Alessandra Capezio
    • Alessandra Capezio
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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:

  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. The content is based on robust research, and in turn decision-making skills are developed; managers and leaders taking this course will be positioned to ask the right questions, think critically, and acquire the best possible information with which to make management decisions. 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.

In the spirit of Evidence-Based Management, we are interested learning about students' orientation to learning and also their experiences in applying knowledge and skills in evidence-based practice in their personal and professional lives. This information is important for curriculum development and education. During this course we will be inviting you to complete some short questionnaires where data will be aggregated and individuals will not be identified. You can choose not to participate, and this will have no consequences for you in this course.

Field Trips

Not Applicable

Additional Course Costs

Not Applicable

Examination Material or equipment

Not Applicable

Required Resources

Text book: 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.

It is available through the campus bookshop, and as well 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.

Online eBook - https://library.anu.edu.au/record=b5803516

Other recommended resources:

Zikmund, W.G., Quinlan, C., Griffin, M., Babin, B.J. & Carr, J.C. (2019). (2nd Ed.). Business Research Methods. Cengage. - https://library.anu.edu.au/record=b6704327

A list of articles will be provided via Wattle.

Any recommended resources or readings will be advised on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Feedback: Rubrics are provided for all assessment items so that students can plan their work and can identify areas for improvement. Students may receive feedback in any of the following ways:

1. In-seminar feedback on individual or group activities;

2. Individual feedback on the assessment pieces in in numeric, tabular, and graphical formats, and/or written or audio qualitative comments;

3. Consolidated feedback to the class on the assessment pieces in in numeric, tabular, and graphical formats, and/or written or spoken qualitative comments.

4. Personalised, in-depth feedback can be provided to students in consultation with the tutor Convenor by email or by appointment. If an appointment is required for, please email the tutor or Convenor to set up this up.

Disagreement and dispute of assessment marks and feedback: ANU has policies and procedures to be followed in respect of disagreement with assessment marks or feedback (see under EDUCATIONAL POLICIES).

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

Student consultation:   Consultation requests to students will be circulated by Course Announcements, and may also be made by email or in-seminar.

Every effort will be made to respond to student queries as soon as possible, and within 2 business days unless there are special circumstances. The preferred initial method of contact is email, with other forms of telecommunications used where appropriate.

Personal portfolio: 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 AEST or AEDT will apply 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 Reading: Chapter 1
2 Topic 2: Asking questions to identify problems and solutions (and understanding what is required to answer different types of questions) Reading: Chapter 2 Traceability & Referencing Quiz (0%)
3 Topic 3: Acquiring and appraising evidence from professsionals; critical thinking and metacognition Reading: Chapter 3 & 4 Self-Reflective Review Part A (0%)
4 Topic 8: Acquiring and appraising evidence from stakeholders Reading: Chapter 10 & 11 Problem Definition Report (15%) DUE 18th of March
5 Topic 4: Scientific evidence and how to acquire it Reading: Chapter 5 & 6
6 Topic 5: Appraising scientific evidence Reading: Chapter 7
7 Topic 6: Conducting a Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) Reading: Chapter 16
8 Topic 7: Acquiring and appraising organisational evidence Reading: Chapter 8 & 9
9 Topic 9: Aggregating evidence Reading: Chapter 12 CAT Report (50%) Due 13th of May
10 Topic 10: Applying evidence Reading: Chapter 13
11 Topic 11: Assessing the outcome of a decision Reading: Chapter 14
12 Topic 12: Leadership & evidence-based management in the organisation Topic 13: Being a practitioner of evidence-based management Reading: Chapter 15 Self-Reflective Review Part B (25%) Due 02.06.2022

Tutorial Registration

Not applicable

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Seminar Participation (10%) 10 % * 01/07/2022 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Traceability & Referencing Quiz (0%) 0 % 04/03/2022 22/03/2022 4
Self-Reflective Review Part A (0%) 0 % 11/03/2022 25/03/2022 8
Problem Definition Report [related to the CAT report] (15%) 18th of March 15 % 18/03/2022 05/04/2022 2
CAT Report (50%) 13th of May 50 % 13/05/2022 27/05/2022 2,3,4,5
Self-Reflective Review Part B (25%) Due: 02.06.2022 25 % 02/06/2022 30/06/2022 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

* 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 Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

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 strongly encouraged in all seminars and assessments. In the event that candidates cannot attend face-to-face seminars, particularly due to COVID restrictions, seminars will be conducted online via zoom in the spirit of hybrid delivery. Seminars/lectures may be streamed live through ZOOM or short lectures pre-recorded and made available on Echo360 and Wattle.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to avail of the consultation provided with their convener. Any request for appointment outside the specified consultation day/time should be sent by email to the course convener. Consultation can occur face-to-face, online through ZOOM or via telephone.


Not Applicable

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Seminar Participation (10%)

Description: In-seminar and on-line activities include group work, discussion, and reflection on personal experiences from the perspective of the week's learning materials together with any necessary preparation. Assessment will be against the Learning Outcomes shown in the ASSESSMENT SUMMARY table and specified for the week on Wattle. Further details and marking criteria are provided on Wattle from a fortnight prior to the beginning of the semester.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 04/03/2022
Return of Assessment: 22/03/2022
Learning Outcomes: 4

Traceability & Referencing Quiz (0%)

Description: This is an online quiz of 10 questions, which may take up to 30 minutes to complete. The questions are focused on the Learning Outcomes shown in the ASSESSMENT SUMMARY table. Further details and marking criteria are provided on Wattle from a fortnight prior to the beginning of the semester.

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: 0 %
Due Date: 11/03/2022
Return of Assessment: 25/03/2022
Learning Outcomes: 8

Self-Reflective Review Part A (0%)

Description: Responses of no more than 500 words to a series of questions. The questions are focused on the Learning Outcomes shown in the ASSESSMENT SUMMARY table. Further details and marking criteria are provided on Wattle from a fortnight prior to the beginning of the semester.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 18/03/2022
Return of Assessment: 05/04/2022
Learning Outcomes: 2

Problem Definition Report [related to the CAT report] (15%) 18th of March

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 from a fortnight prior to the beginning of the semester.

Note: the specific problem selected must be approved by the Convenor before commencing work on this task.

part in excess of word count will not be read or marked.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 13/05/2022
Return of Assessment: 27/05/2022
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5

CAT Report (50%) 13th of May

Description: This task applies scientific evidence in assessing the trustworthiness of a claim that has been developed in response to a complex management problem. This is a report of no more than 2500 words (excluding Table of Contents, references, plus appendices for supporting data). Part in excess of word count will not be read or marked.

Further details and marking criteria are provided on Wattle from a fortnight prior to the beginning of the semester. Turnitin for submission.

For structure and content of this report see CEBMa CAT Guidelines

Assessment Task 6

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 02/06/2022
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Self-Reflective Review Part B (25%) Due: 02.06.2022

Description: Responses of no more than 500 words to each of a series of questions. Part in excess of word count will not be read or marked.

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 any journal record they have kept of the course. The questions are focused on the Learning Outcomes shown in the ASSESSMENT SUMMARY table. Further details and marking criteria are provided on Wattle from a fortnight prior to the beginning of the semester.

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 file.

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 be accompanied by the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of all completed tasks 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.

Procedure for extensions: All requests for extensions to assessment in RSM courses must be submitted to the RSM School Office with a completed application form and supporting documentation. The RSM Extension Application Form and further information on this process can be found at https://www.rsm.anu.edu.au/education/education-programs/rsm-assessment-extension/

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 under ASSESSMENT SUMMARY.

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).
Alessandra Capezio

Research Interests

Organisational Behaviour, Evidence-based Practice in Management, Critical thinking and metacognition

Alessandra Capezio

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Alessandra Capezio
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Research Interests

Alessandra Capezio

Wednesday 13:00 14:00
Wednesday 13:00 14:00
By Appointment

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