Working in Business

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Working in Business

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit will help you to kickstart your study and your career in business regardless of your specific discipline. Not only does "Working in Business" give you an understanding of where business has come from and where it is headed, but you will also gain insights into yourself and how you can develop as both a student and professional in the business world. It covers an overview of business, the important issues for working as a professional in an organisation, and also gives you the opportunity to reflect on your own skills, preferences and career options so you can plan a future that suits you.
    Learning Outcomes
    Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to:
    1. Explain and apply principles of intrapersonal, interpersonal and organisational effectiveness and how these relate to organisational practice.
    2. Apply knowledge of intrapersonal and interpersonal effectiveness to identify, analyse and reflect on personal strengths and preferences drawing on individual and team based experiences.
    3. Identify and set goals to enhance professional development and develop strategies to realise goals including consideration of social and cultural factors that may impact goal success and professional behaviour.
    4. Apply teamwork knowledge and skills to develop and present a persuasive and professional overview of key aspects of workplace professionalism.
    5. Communicate knowledge and ideas effectively and professionally in oral and written forms demonstrating effective use of technology as appropriate.
    Organisational Effectiveness
    • Aspects of Professionalism and Organisational Culture(s)
    • Networking and Mentoring
    Career Planning and E-Portfolio
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    The teaching and learning approaches in this unit incorporate a number of methods to engage students and link theory and practice.
    Lecture videos will review core theoretical concepts. Workshops will provide opportunities to develop broad knowledge and understanding using case studies, audience response technology and team-based learning activities. Workshops will also be the forum for the formative team-based learning and formative multiple-choice activities.
    Tutorials will deepen your understanding of the subject and enable you to participate in team-based learning activities to develop your skills in collaborative working. As team-work is a fundamental aspect of this unit you will be expected to participate fully in the tutorial in order to contribute to the group assessment.
    This unit uses the SafeAssign tool in BlackBoard. SafeAssign is a text matching tool that assists students to develop the academic skills required to correctly use and cite reference material as well as to check citations and determine possible instances of plagiarism. You will be required to submit draft and final versions of one or more assignments using SafeAssign. Your Unit Coordinator will provide detailed information on how the software will be used in this unit.
    Assessment name: Multiple-Choice Quiz
    Description: There will be four multiple choice quizzes conducted in tutorials relating to the theory and concepts taught in the unit.
    Length/Duration: 8 minutes x 4
    Formative or Summative: Formative and Summative
    Relates to objectives: 1
    Weight: 20
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Weeks 5, 7, 11 & 13
    Assessment name: Presentation (Oral)
    Description: This assessment requires you to collaborate with others during your tutorial to produce a group presentation on an aspect of professionalism in the workplace. (marks incorporate self and peer assessment of group processes).
    Length/Duration: 15 minutes
    Formative or Summative: Summative
    Relates to objectives: 1, 4, 5
    Weight: 20
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Group
    Due date: Weeks 9 & 10
    Assessment name: Reflective Portfolio
    Description: This two part assessment requires you to draw together the work you have done in analysing your professional strengths and preferences. You will reflect on your intrapersonal (Part I), interpersonal and organisational effectiveness (Part II) and identify areas for development. Weighting: 60 (30 for Part I, 30 for Part II)
    Length/Duration: 2,000 words total (1,000 words for Part I, 1,000 words for Part II)
    Formative or Summative: Formative and Summative Due: Week 6 (Part I), Central Exam Period (Part II)
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Weight: 60
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Wk6 & Central Exam

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