Business Communications - 2012

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2012: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 (35%) - Learn more

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2012 Fees
Domestic 1,178.00
Domestic continuing 967.00
HECS 706.00
International 1,403.00
International continuing 1,192.00

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Within the business community, public and private organisations, and the professions communication is associated with the more specific activities of interacting, informing, instructing and persuading. People who possess demonstrable skills in these activities are employed, prized and promoted. If businesses are to survive in an increasingly competitive and information-oriented environment they will need trained communicators. This unit provides participants with advanced understanding of professional business communication and develops their skills in interpersonal, spoken and business related communications through practice and feedback. Unit participants will be encouraged to participate actively in the course through their group presentations, reflections and academic writing.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. use reflective processes and insights in the development of self-awareness, including its influence on communication
  2. analyse business communication processes
  3. communicate effectively with others, including enhanced conflict resolution and negotiation skills
  4. communicate effectively as a member of a team, including prevention, management, and resolution of communication problems in teams
  5. understand communication patterns in organisations.
  • Assignment 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction and models of communication
2Goal setting and self management
3Understanding and working with diverse others, importance and skills of listening
4Conveying verbal messages, persuasive communication
5Working in teams for success
6Managing conflict and negotiation
7Effective meetings
8Power and politicking, leading and empowering self and others
9Networking and mentoring, coaching and providing feedback for improved performance

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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