School: Business and Law

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Business Communication and Analysis
  • Unit Code

    BES1500
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Mr Dean ROEPEN

Description

This unit introduces students to the employability skills essential for university and career success, including communicating effectively, analysing data and using technology and self-awareness. Activities in the unit focus on gathering and using data to support decision making; information searching skills; and, learning to summarise, synthesise and communicate information effectively. Students will be introduced to the concepts of meta-cognition, self-critiquing, career management and lifelong learning. They will examine individual learning styles and business communication in a learning environment which integrates theory with practical activities including the use of skill portfolios.

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded BES1100, BES1200

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Analyse data using quantitative techniques, including measures of central tendency and variation.
  2. Communicate effectively with others, using appropriate technologies, in written and oral format in both informal and formal scenarios.
  3. Develop self-awareness through the active reflection and evaluation of personal practices, lifelong learning and career management using skill portfolios.
  4. Interpret, summarise and use the results to support effective decision making.

Unit Content

  1. Communication skills including public speaking and writing skills.
  2. Data analysis using quantitative techniques, including measures of central tendency and variation, and interpreting and summarising the results.
  3. Labour market awareness including analysis of career development opportunities.
  4. Learning and interaction styles, personal strengths and weaknesses and personality profiles.
  5. Use of skill portfolios.
  6. Use of software to complete tasks, generate business documents and communicate electronically.

Teaching and Learning Processes

On-campus students will learn via a blended learning approach. Students will attend a three hour seminar each week, access online delivery via the Blackboard Learning Management System and work independently off-campus. Off-campus students will access the unit via Blackboard. Regular online access is required. The teaching and learning approach for the seminars is student-centred with practical activities to develop employability skills. Core employability skills for this unit include: communicating effectively; analysing data and using technology and self-awareness. The use of oral presentations and constructing skill portfolios are some examples of activities that may be used to develop and assess core employability skills and will assist in career planning and development over the life of the degree program. As this unit does not have an exam students must commit to high levels of participation for the entire semester

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
PortfolioSkills Portfolio40%
TestQuantitative Assessments35%
ProjectPresentation25%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
PortfolioSkills Portfolio40%
TestQuantitative Assessments35%
ProjectPresentation25%

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Business and Law

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Business Communication and Analysis
  • Unit Code

    BES1500
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Mr Dean ROEPEN

Description

This unit introduces students to the employability skills essential for university and career success, including communicating effectively, analysing data and using technology and self-awareness. Activities in the unit focus on gathering and using data to support decision making; information searching skills; and, learning to summarise, synthesise and communicate information effectively. Students will be introduced to the concepts of meta-cognition, self-critiquing, career management and lifelong learning. They will examine individual learning styles and business communication in a learning environment which integrates theory with practical activities including the use of skill portfolios.

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded BES1100, BES1200

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Analyse data using quantitative techniques, including measures of central tendency and variation.
  2. Communicate effectively with others, using appropriate technologies, in written and oral format in both informal and formal scenarios.
  3. Develop self-awareness through the active reflection and evaluation of personal practices, lifelong learning and career management using skill portfolios.
  4. Interpret, summarise and use the results to support effective decision making.

Unit Content

  1. Communication skills including public speaking and writing skills.
  2. Data analysis using quantitative techniques, including measures of central tendency and variation, and interpreting and summarising the results.
  3. Labour market awareness including analysis of career development opportunities.
  4. Learning and interaction styles, personal strengths and weaknesses and personality profiles.
  5. Use of skill portfolios.
  6. Use of software to complete tasks, generate business documents and communicate electronically.

Teaching and Learning Processes

On-campus students will learn via a blended learning approach. Students will attend a three hour seminar each week, access online delivery via the Blackboard Learning Management System and work independently off-campus. Off-campus students will access the unit via Blackboard. Regular online access is required. The teaching and learning approach for the seminars is student-centred with practical activities to develop employability skills. Core employability skills for this unit include: communicating effectively; analysing data and using technology and self-awareness. The use of oral presentations and constructing skill portfolios are some examples of activities that may be used to develop and assess core employability skills and will assist in career planning and development over the life of the degree program. As this unit does not have an exam students must commit to high levels of participation for the entire semester

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
PortfolioSkills Portfolio40%
TestQuantitative Assessments35%
ProjectPresentation25%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
PortfolioSkills Portfolio40%
TestQuantitative Assessments35%
ProjectPresentation25%

Core Reading(s)

  • Dwyer, J. et al. (2014). Business communication and analysis : compiled for BES1500. Australia: Pearson.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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