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BU1005 - Personal and Professional Skills in Business

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Business

The focus of this subject is twofold: first, to develop a foundation skill-base for a successful university experience and secondly to provide students with a critical appreciation and understanding of the complex set of skills required in the workplace. There is a strong emphasis on academic communication and the types of assessments students are likely to encounter within their degree. The subject requires students to explore and develop intrapersonal, interpersonal and team skills and provides an insight into why these skills are essential traits of successful business professionals. Personal and Professional Skills in Business also includes exercises and activities that take students on a journey of self-discovery by requiring them to reflect critically on their own personal strengths and competencies in terms of self-awareness, emotional intelligence, communication skills, personality type, stress management techniques, learning style, decision making, negotiation and conflict resolution and group roles.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate core competencies in literacy, numeracy and ICT skills;
  • Develop an understanding of the requirements and expectations associated with major styles of assessment in the business area;
  • Display an enhanced sense of self-awareness and understanding of individual strengths and weaknesses;
  • Develop and demonstrate competencies across a range of professional communication contexts;
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of rational and creative problem solving and decision making-methods in individual and team situations.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to a given discipline or discourse;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
BU1000 BU1001

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 16 hours - Basic numeracy, literacy and ICT skills discovery workshops as assessed.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); (20%); (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students will be required to complete a series of diagnostic skills tests in literacy, numeracy, and ICT. Students who exceed prescribed benchmarks will be exempt from attending some sessions.

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 16 hours - Basic numeracy, literacy and ICT skills discovery workshops as assessed.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); (20%); (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students will be required to complete a series of diagnostic skills tests in literacy, numeracy, and ICT. Students who exceed prescribed benchmarks will be exempt from attending some sessions.

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturer: Mr Christian Ware.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 16 hours - Basic numeracy, literacy and ICT skills discovery workshops as assessed.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); (20%); (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students will be required to complete a series of diagnostic skills tests in literacy, numeracy, and ICT. Students who exceed prescribed benchmarks will be exempt from attending some sessions.

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturer: Mr Christian Ware.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 16 hours - Basic numeracy, literacy and ICT skills discovery workshops as assessed.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); (20%); (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students will be required to complete a series of diagnostic skills tests in literacy, numeracy, and ICT. Students who exceed prescribed benchmarks will be exempt from attending some sessions.

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 51
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 16 hours - Basic numeracy, literacy and ICT skills discovery workshops as assessed.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); (20%); (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students will be required to complete a series of diagnostic skills tests in literacy, numeracy, and ICT. Students who exceed prescribed benchmarks will be exempt from attending some sessions.

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 21-Jul-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 16 hours - Basic numeracy, literacy and ICT skills discovery workshops as assessed.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); (20%); (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students will be required to complete a series of diagnostic skills tests in literacy, numeracy, and ICT. Students who exceed prescribed benchmarks will be exempt from attending some sessions.

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 53
Census Date 17-Nov-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 16 hours - Basic numeracy, literacy and ICT skills discovery workshops as assessed.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); (20%); (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students will be required to complete a series of diagnostic skills tests in literacy, numeracy, and ICT. Students who exceed prescribed benchmarks will be exempt from attending some sessions.

JCU Brisbane, Internal, Study Period 21
Census Date 14-Apr-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Mr Ian Kirkwood, Mrs Jennifer Boreland.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 16 hours - Basic numeracy, literacy and ICT skills discovery workshops as assessed.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); (20%); (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students will be required to complete a series of diagnostic skills tests in literacy, numeracy, and ICT. Students who exceed prescribed benchmarks will be exempt from attending some sessions.

JCU Brisbane, Internal, Study Period 23
Census Date 08-Dec-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturer: Mr Ashley Orth.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 16 hours - Basic numeracy, literacy and ICT skills discovery workshops as assessed.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); (20%); (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students will be required to complete a series of diagnostic skills tests in literacy, numeracy, and ICT. Students who exceed prescribed benchmarks will be exempt from attending some sessions.

JCU Brisbane, Internal, Study Period 22
Census Date 11-Aug-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Mr Ashley Orth, Mr Ian Kirkwood, Mrs Jennifer Boreland.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 16 hours - Basic numeracy, literacy and ICT skills discovery workshops as assessed.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); (20%); (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students will be required to complete a series of diagnostic skills tests in literacy, numeracy, and ICT. Students who exceed prescribed benchmarks will be exempt from attending some sessions.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.