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Academic Business Skills for Postgraduates (MBS521)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Introduction to the complex environments within which business organisations operate. Aim: to provide skills in gathering, analysing and using business information to make informed decisions in a range of enterprises; government, private and not-for-profit. Aim: to equip students with competency in academic business skills in literacy, numeracy, and information technology in the context of postgraduate studies. Skills include reading and research, which can be applied to critically interpret and summarise academic readings, charts, graphs, tables and other visual materials.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
ULO 1 Demonstrate an understanding of the range of economic, social, cultural, political and environmental contexts within which businesses operate
ULO 2 Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between business and society in terms of ethics and corporate social responsibility
ULO 3 Critically analyse readings in the context of contemporary business theory and its applications to practice.
ULO 4 Critically interpret and summarise numerical data and other visual information applicable to business contexts.
ULO 5 Demonstrate business communication skills using appropriate formats and adherence to principles of academic integrity.
Timetabled Learning Activities Workshops: 2 hours per teaching week
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is delivered using blended learning design features with core unit materials provided in a digital format followed up by small class knowledge application and skills development. This is enhanced by self-directed learning to further develop skills and application of knowledge to practical and current issues.
Other Learning Experiences LMS online activities and an online diagnostic test
Assessment 1. Annotated Bibliography 20%
2. Exam 30%
3. Report and presentation 35%
4. Online tasks 15%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who are Native English speakers may not enrol in this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Business Studies (GCBStudies) [New in 2019]
Master of Business Administration (Global) (MBA(Global))
Master of Human Resources Management (MHRM)
Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) (MPA(Adv))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Ms Ajuntha Thinakaran
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Ms Ajuntha Thinakaran
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e: Ajantha.Thinakaran@murdoch.edu.au
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