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.