Business Communication

Subject MGMT20010 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial workshop weekly
Total Time Commitment: 3 hours per week plus a minimum of 6 hours per week in self directed study

The following subject is a prerequisite:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

The following subject is also a corequisite

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Students are not able to gain credit for MGMT30016 Business Communication and MGMT20010 Business Communication.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Nuzhat Lotia


Subject Overview:

The ability to communicate effectively in the workplace is crucial to graduates and managers alike. This subject covers the fundamentals of good business communication and uses management theories to explore the latest trends in workplace communication. Some of the topics covered may include corporate communication with stakeholders, social media and employee communication, impact of new information and communication technologies and informal communication systems in organizations.

Objectives: On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • Identify the communication theories that have influenced workplace behaviour;
  • Explain the significance of communication theories for management practice;
  • Apply relevant theories to real problems in an organisation.
Assessment: A 2 hour end-of-semester examination (50%), one individual assignment not exceeding 2000 words due in week 4 (20%) and a second individual assignment not exceeding 3000 words due in week 8 (30%)
Prescribed Texts: You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:
  • Problem solving skills and critical thinking skills will be fostered in the workshops and more directly with the assessment where students have to apply theoretical material to case studies and practical situations.
  • Collaborative learning and reflective skills will be developed by working individually and in groups throughout the semester.
  • Collaborative skills will also be fostered through exercises, role plays and simulations that are incorporated into the seminars.
  • Reflective skills will also be developed through the individual project.
  • Verbal and written communication skills will be developed via the project and through the experience of working in groups throughout the semester.
  • The interactive nature of the workshops will also, indirectly, help to improve communication skills.
  • Computer skills will be strengthened through the use of the web site.

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