The learning and teaching in this unit supports students in their transition to business studies at university and, through their participation in a range of student centred activities that draw upon other units in the course, it supports them to develop skills that are necessary for further professional, personal and academic learning and participation in the workface.

The unit involves a project that models a real world business context and through which students are challenged and supported as they develop a range of skills through both individual and team activities within a professional business framework. The challenge project draws upon marketing, economic, legal, and managerial decision making and problem solving. The challenge project makes an explicit link between other units in the Diploma of Business (Enterprise) and the range of specialisations required for successful transition to further studies within the Bachelor of Business and/or the business workforce.

Learning activities are scaffolded to include team dynamics and conflict management, critical thinking and information analysis and academic skill formation in both written and oral business communication. Learning activities develop reflective writing on team formation, management of team conflict, peer review of the team component of the challenge task, team based reports using various presentation styles and formats, online group collaboration review and academic writing and referencing.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
VBE1003

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse the fundamental elements of social, cultural, political, economic and legal dimensions of effective business practice;  
  2. Demonstrate developing knowledge, skills and understanding of fundamental aspects of a range of common business specialisations within a professional business framework;  
  3. Develop plans to resolve business problems through an open-ended experiential learning task;  
  4. Examine fundamental business problems and begin to apply problem-solving and critical thinking skills using effective verbal, written and visual modes of delivery;  
  5. Demonstrate increasing personal awareness, self-motivation and change readiness;  
  6. Develop skills, interests and motivations in individual and multidisciplinary team settings; and  
  7. Apply team-work skills to work collaboratively on open-ended tasks and produce timely outcomes.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Individual Reflective Journals 10%
Essay Individual problem solving activity (word count: 500 words) 20%
Test Individual and team Test (word count 500 original words or equivalent) 20%
Case Study Group experiential learning report (1000words per group) & oral presentation (500 words per group) 50%

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