Issues in Small Business Management - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - 450 words (10%) , Assignment 2 - 1500 words (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
HECS 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

Gain an understanding of the small business sector at the local, state, national and international level. Topics to be covered include legal, financial, taxation, new technologies, globalisation, competition, insurance and risk management, industrial relations, networking, education and training.

On completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the major issues affecting small business. You explore decision-making factors that support the small business environment, the considerations needed for effective small business planning while also developing an enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and self-employment.

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

  1. explain the major issues impacting small business
  2. apply decision making factors that support the small business environment
  3. implement effective small business planning fundamentals.
  • Assignment 1 — 450 words (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — 1500 words (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — 2500 words (60%)

Mandatory conditional prerequisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following unit(s) to study prior to this unit:

Please note that your enrolment in this unit is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite unit(s). If you study the prerequisite unit(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this unit, your result for the prerequisite unit(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite unit(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this unit. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite unit(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this unit to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite unit(s).

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to small business management
2Definitions and contributions
3Entrepreneurs vs SBOMs
7Workplace Relations
8Failure and assistance
9Financial Management
10Growth in small business

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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