Students will participate in both individual and team activities within a professional business framework developing strategies to solve business problems. This unit makes explicit links with other Diploma units within a problem-solving framework. It supports students in their transition to University, engaging them in student centred learning within group experiential activities and providing a challenge through an integrated, open-ended activity. Students will experience the challenges and professional flexibility required to operate in a real world business context. Through scaffolded engagement using vocational delivery and assessment methods, students will build confidence and competence in developing appropriate academic language, and relevant literacy and numeracy skills. Students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative working skills necessary for professional and academic learning. They will experience group and teamwork, interactive class-based activities, team-based projects and a case study approach to business issues. Learning activities will be scaffolded to include team dynamics and conflict management, critical thinking, information analysis and academic skills formation applying written and presentation business communications. Learning activities will develop reflective writing on team formation and management of team conflict, peer review of teams, team based reporting, various presentation styles and formats, online group collaboration review and academic writing and referencing.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and appreciate the social, cultural, political, economic and legal dimensions on effective business practice;  
  2. Integrate knowledge, skills and understanding of fundamental aspects of the Diploma specialisation units within a professional business framework;  
  3. Define, contextualise and apply information and problem definition with a problem solving framework to develop strategies to solve business problems through an open-ended experiential learning task;  
  4. Communicate effectively using appropriate verbal, written and visual modes of delivery;  
  5. Demonstrate the cognitive and dispositional dimensions of critical thinking;  
  6. Reflect insightfully on learning to demonstrate personal awareness, self motivation and change readiness;  
  7. Identify, appreciate and develop skills, interests and motivations in individual and multidisciplinary team settings; and  
  8. Apply team-work skills to work collaboratively on open-ended tasks and produce timely outcomes.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Online Portfolio Review Questions (450 words) 15%
Journal Task Reflective Journal Portfolio (600 words) 20%
Report Report / Business Plan (Learning in the Workplace/Community)-Group (750 words per team) 25%
Assignment Business Plan Presentation (Learning in the Workplace/Community)-Group (300 words equivalent per team member) 10%
Examination Individual Examination (1 hour) 30%
NESB students will have an additional 15 minutes reading time in the Examination.

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