The Integrated Business Challenge is the first unit in the Business challenge stream. This unit (BPD1100) will support students in their transition to University, engage students in student centred learning within group experiential activities and provide a challenge to students in an integrated activity that introduces other first year units. The unit aims to develop skills that are necessary for professional, personal and academic learning. The challenge project will provide challenge, flexibility and model a real world business context. It will feature both individual and team activities within a professional business framework. Learning activities will be scaffolded to include team dynamics and conflict management, critical thinking and information analysis, academic skill formation with both written and presentation business communications. Learning activities will develop reflective writing on team formation and management of team conflict, peer review of the team component of the challenge task, team based report and various presentation styles and formats, online group collaboration review and academic writing and referencing assessment.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the ethical, social, cultural, political, economic and legal dimensions of effective business practice;  
  2. Demonstrate foundation skills and knowledge of the first year program within a professional business framework;  
  3. Develop a written reflective journal;  
  4. Apply critical thinking and problem-solving strategies to business issues using appropriate verbal, written and visual modes of delivery;  
  5. Investigate and develop skills, interests & career motivation in individual and multidisciplinary team settings; and  
  6. Apply team-work skills to work collaboratively on open-ended tasks and produce timely outcomes.  


Melbourne campuses

Students studying under the VU Block Model.

Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Reflective journal 10%
Essay Ethical problem solving 20%
Test Individual and team readiness test 20%
Case Study Open-ended , experiential learning activity and presentation 50%

Other locations

Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Reflective journal 10%
Essay Ethical problem solving 20%
Test Individual and team readiness test 20%
Case Study Open-ended, experiential learning activity, report, and presentation 50%

Required reading

Strategies for Creative Problem Solving 3rd edition
Fogler, HS, LeBlanc, SE, Rizzo, B 2014
Prentice-Hall Ed., New Jersey.

The textbook has a dedicated website that students are encouraged to view and use.

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

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