BUSINESS LANGUAGE SKILLS

BUS1BLS

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides the key concepts, theories and practical applications associated with the preparation you will need to enter postgraduate studies at La Trobe University. This subject will assist you in developing your English language skills for university assessment tasks and professional business communication.  You will be provided with the knowledge and an understanding of the expectations around developing the skills required to read, write and communicate verbally according to the demands required for post graduate study.  The Business English component is based on the La Trobe Melbourne L6 EFS program which prepares students for Post Graduate entry into courses at La Trobe University.

Specifically the English component covers: discussion skills, paraphrasing skills, research essay practice, critical thinking skills. literature review referencing skills and formal writing.







SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGreg Jamieson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Only available to students enrolled in the Postgraduate Enabling Program (PEP).

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is restricted to those students enrolled in the Postgraduate Enabling Program (PEP).

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAcademic Culture. A student's guide to studying at university, 2nd ed.Prescribed(2006)Macmillan Publishers, South Yarra
ReadingsEssential study skills. The complete guide to success @ universityRecommendedBurns, T & Sinfield, S.Sage

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Lead a discussion and defend or critique an argument in a seminar setting.

Activities:
Present an article and a research proposal for discussion in a seminar.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

02. Design a short research piece according to ethical and academic integrity guidelines and using appropriate research methods. Present and defend research.

Activities:
Formulate a research question and conduct research. Students to present research giving results, conclusions and evaluating their method.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

03. Understand the cultural norms of an Australian / English speaking university, including the role of supervisors, lecturers and other teaching staff, and the collaborative nature of knowledge building.

Activities:
Students to read, discuss and complete a set of tasks exploring academic cultural norms in Australia. Students to read, discuss and complete a set of tasks exploring the collaborative nature of knowledge building within a university setting and participate in tutorial discussions to determine a common research topic.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

04. Understand the role of individuals within a group situation and of group dynamics.

Activities:
Students to complete a set of tasks within a group setting
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

05. Understand the expectations of independent learning, particularly at a postgraduate level.

Activities:
Students to undertake a set of tasks in order to facilitate their understanding of the role and expectations of PG study. Discussions and tasks around expectations of academic integrity.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

06. Develop skills in the analysis and interpretation of academic texts and readings.

Activities:
Students to select and summarise a range of articles and prepare for discussion in class
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

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