BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS

BUS1BUF

2015

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

This subject will introduce students to how businesses operate today in a local, regional and global environment and how they may need to operate into the future. Students will engage actively with current business issues, focusing particularly on the impact of external and internal environments on businesses and individuals. In addition, this subject is designed to develop students' critical thinking and creative problem solving skills with a particular focus on management, marketing and human resource practices. Students will also examine and address contemporary social issues drawn from various organisational and cultural contexts. This subject is delivered in blended learning mode, where learning activities are a mix of face-to-face and online learning; a pedagogical approach where learning outcomes, online resources, assessment and class activities are aligned with a focus on what the learner is doing.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicole El-Haber

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBusiness FoundationsPrescribedCompiled by La Trobe Business SchoolCengage Learning

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Communicate effectively to culturally-diverse audiences through professional oral presentations

Activities:
Assessment Task 3c: Students (in groups) present a campaign video for a social action plan.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

02. Communicate effectively to culturally-diverse audiences through structured written arguments in professional report format

Activities:
Assessment Task 2: Marketing plan - individual written report. Assessment Task 3a: To produce, in groups, a written evidence-based social action plan for organizations on solving a contemporary social problem.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

03. Demonstrate and justify the use of management skills to solve a contemporary social problem in a dynamic environment

Activities:
Assessment Task 3a: Students produce (in groups) a written, evidence-based social action plan for organisations to solve a contemporary social problem.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

04. Research and evaluate an existing business based in a local, regional or global context; define its internal and external environments; and identify a strategy to best align the business' internal capabilities with its external opportunities

Activities:
Assessment Task 2: Marketing plan - individual written report. Group activities and in-class discussion.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

05. Research, define and argue a business case to justify a new product appropriate to the socio-cultural and economic context

Activities:
Assessment Task 2: Marketing plan - individual written report. In-class case studies - working in groups, students analyse organisational case study issues drawing on theoretical concepts to provide insight and develop recommendations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

06. Search for, locate and evaluate discipline-specific information

Activities:
Assessment Task 1: Weekly online quizzes and short literacy exercises using LMS. E.g. finding and evaluating sources learning exercise. Assessment Task 3a: Students produce (in groups) a written, evidence-based social action plan for organisations to solve a contemporary social problem.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

07. Demonstrate an individual reflection of their personal views and an awareness of the perspectives of others

Activities:
Assessment Task 3b: Individual personal reflection
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

Subject options

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Albury-Wodonga, 2015, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole El-Haber

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Approximately 3 hours of online learning and assessment activities per week"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Written Marketing report (1,800 words)30 02, 04, 05, 06
Part A: Social Action Plan - Group written report (5 students per group, 2000 words per group)This will be allocated 10% to the writing and style, 5% to the research, 10% to the critical thinking and problem solving, and 5% for collaboration and participation.30 01, 02, 03, 06
Part B: Individual Personal reflection (300 words)10 07
Weekly online quizzes; 20 multiple choices per week20 06
Part C: Campaign video selling the social action plan (10 mins per group, 2 mins per student)5 students per group. Students are graded individually on their speaking skills10 01

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole El-Haber

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Approximately 3 hours of online learning and assessment activities per week"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Written Marketing report (1,800 words)30 02, 04, 05, 06
Part A: Social Action Plan - Group written report (5 students per group, 2000 words per group)This will be allocated 10% to the writing and style, 5% to the research, 10% to the critical thinking and problem solving, and 5% for collaboration and participation.30 01, 02, 03, 06
Part B: Individual Personal reflection (300 words)10 07
Weekly online quizzes; 20 multiple choices per week20 06
Part C: Campaign video selling the social action plan (10 mins per group, 2 mins per student)5 students per group. Students are graded individually on their speaking skills10 01

China, 2015, Week 37-52, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole El-Haber

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 37 - 52
One 2.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 52 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 37 - 52
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 52 and delivered via online.
"Approximately 3 hours of online learning and assessment activities per week"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Written Marketing report (1,800 words)30 02, 04, 05, 06
Part A: Social Action Plan - Group written report (5 students per group, 2000 words per group)This will be allocated 10% to the writing and style, 5% to the research, 10% to the critical thinking and problem solving, and 5% for collaboration and participation.30 01, 02, 03, 06
Part B: Individual Personal reflection (300 words)10 07
Weekly online quizzes; 20 multiple choices per week20 06
Part C: Campaign video selling the social action plan (10 mins per group, 2 mins per student)5 students per group. Students are graded individually on their speaking skills10 01

China, 2015, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole El-Haber

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Approximately 3 hours of online learning and assessment activities per week"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Written Marketing report (1,800 words)30 02, 04, 05, 06
Part A: Social Action Plan - Group written report (5 students per group, 2000 words per group)This will be allocated 10% to the writing and style, 5% to the research, 10% to the critical thinking and problem solving, and 5% for collaboration and participation.30 01, 02, 03, 06
Part B: Individual Personal reflection (300 words)10 07
Weekly online quizzes; 20 multiple choices per week20 06
Part C: Campaign video selling the social action plan (10 mins per group, 2 mins per student)5 students per group. Students are graded individually on their speaking skills10 01

China, 2015, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole El-Haber

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Approximately 3 hours of online learning and assessment activities per week"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Written Marketing report (1,800 words)30 02, 04, 05, 06
Part A: Social Action Plan - Group written report (5 students per group, 2000 words per group)This will be allocated 10% to the writing and style, 5% to the research, 10% to the critical thinking and problem solving, and 5% for collaboration and participation.30 01, 02, 03, 06
Part B: Individual Personal reflection (300 words)10 07
Weekly online quizzes; 20 multiple choices per week20 06
Part C: Campaign video selling the social action plan (10 mins per group, 2 mins per student)5 students per group. Students are graded individually on their speaking skills10 01

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole El-Haber

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Approximately 3 hours of online learning and assessment activities per week"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Written Marketing report (1,800 words)30 02, 04, 05, 06
Part A: Social Action Plan - Group written report (5 students per group, 2000 words per group)This will be allocated 10% to the writing and style, 5% to the research, 10% to the critical thinking and problem solving, and 5% for collaboration and participation.30 01, 02, 03, 06
Part B: Individual Personal reflection (300 words)10 07
Weekly online quizzes; 20 multiple choices per week20 06
Part C: Campaign video selling the social action plan (10 mins per group, 2 mins per student)5 students per group. Students are graded individually on their speaking skills10 01

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole El-Haber

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Approximately 3 hours of online learning and assessment activities per week"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Written Marketing report (1,800 words)30 02, 04, 05, 06
Part A: Social Action Plan - Group written report (5 students per group, 2000 words per group)This will be allocated 10% to the writing and style, 5% to the research, 10% to the critical thinking and problem solving, and 5% for collaboration and participation.30 01, 02, 03, 06
Part B: Individual Personal reflection (300 words)10 07
Weekly online quizzes; 20 multiple choices per week20 06
Part C: Campaign video selling the social action plan (10 mins per group, 2 mins per student)5 students per group. Students are graded individually on their speaking skills10 01

Mildura, 2015, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJeremy Seward

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Approximately 3 hours of online learning and assessment activities per week"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Written Marketing report (1,800 words)30 02, 04, 05, 06
Part A: Social Action Plan - Group written report (5 students per group, 2000 words per group)This will be allocated 10% to the writing and style, 5% to the research, 10% to the critical thinking and problem solving, and 5% for collaboration and participation.30 01, 02, 03, 06
Part B: Individual Personal reflection (300 words)10 07
Weekly online quizzes; 20 multiple choices per week20 06
Part C: Campaign video selling the social action plan (10 mins per group, 2 mins per student)5 students per group. Students are graded individually on their speaking skills10 01

Shepparton, 2015, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole El-Haber

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Approximately 3 hours of online learning and assessment activities per week"

Evidence Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Written Marketing report (1,800 words)30 02, 04, 05, 06
Part A: Social Action Plan - Group written report (5 students per group, 2000 words per group)This will be allocated 10% to the writing and style, 5% to the research, 10% to the critical thinking and problem solving, and 5% for collaboration and participation.30 01, 02, 03, 06
Part B: Individual Personal reflection (300 words)10 07
Weekly online quizzes; 20 multiple choices per week20 06
Part C: Campaign video selling the social action plan (10 mins per group, 2 mins per student)5 students per group. Students are graded individually on their speaking skills10 01

Sydney, 2015, ACN Summer Semester, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole El-Haber

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 45
One 2.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day in week 45 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 45
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence in week 45 and delivered via online.
"Approximately 3 hours of online learning and assessment activities per week"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Written Marketing report (1,800 words)30 02, 04, 05, 06
Part A: Social Action Plan - Group written report (5 students per group, 2000 words per group)This will be allocated 10% to the writing and style, 5% to the research, 10% to the critical thinking and problem solving, and 5% for collaboration and participation.30 01, 02, 03, 06
Part B: Individual Personal reflection (300 words)10 07
Weekly online quizzes; 20 multiple choices per week20 06
Part C: Campaign video selling the social action plan (10 mins per group, 2 mins per student)5 students per group. Students are graded individually on their speaking skills10 01

Sydney, 2015, ACN Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole El-Haber

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 28 - 39
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence from week 28 to week 39 and delivered via online.
"Approximately 3 hours of online learning and assessment activities per week"

Evidence Based Learning Week: 28 - 39
One 2.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 28 to week 39 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Written Marketing report (1,800 words)30 02, 04, 05, 06
Part A: Social Action Plan - Group written report (5 students per group, 2000 words per group)This will be allocated 10% to the writing and style, 5% to the research, 10% to the critical thinking and problem solving, and 5% for collaboration and participation.30 01, 02, 03, 06
Part B: Individual Personal reflection (300 words)10 07
Weekly online quizzes; 20 multiple choices per week20 06
Part C: Campaign video selling the social action plan (10 mins per group, 2 mins per student)5 students per group. Students are graded individually on their speaking skills10 01

Sydney, 2015, ACN Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole El-Haber

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 11 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Approximately 3 hours of online learning and assessment activities per week"

Seminar Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Written Marketing report (1,800 words)30 02, 04, 05, 06
Part A: Social Action Plan - Group written report (5 students per group, 2000 words per group)This will be allocated 10% to the writing and style, 5% to the research, 10% to the critical thinking and problem solving, and 5% for collaboration and participation.30 01, 02, 03, 06
Part B: Individual Personal reflection (300 words)10 07
Weekly online quizzes; 20 multiple choices per week20 06
Part C: Campaign video selling the social action plan (10 mins per group, 2 mins per student)5 students per group. Students are graded individually on their speaking skills10 01

Vietnam, 2015, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole El-Haber

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Approximately 3 hours of online learning and assessment activities per week"

Evidence Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Written Marketing report (1,800 words)30 02, 04, 05, 06
Part A: Social Action Plan - Group written report (5 students per group, 2000 words per group)This will be allocated 10% to the writing and style, 5% to the research, 10% to the critical thinking and problem solving, and 5% for collaboration and participation.30 01, 02, 03, 06
Part B: Individual Personal reflection (300 words)10 07
Weekly online quizzes; 20 multiple choices per week20 06
Part C: Campaign video selling the social action plan (10 mins per group, 2 mins per student)5 students per group. Students are graded individually on their speaking skills10 01

Vietnam, 2015, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicole El-Haber

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Approximately 3 hours of online learning and assessment activities per week"

Evidence Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours evidence based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Individual Written Marketing report (1,800 words)30 02, 04, 05, 06
Part A: Social Action Plan - Group written report (5 students per group, 2000 words per group)This will be allocated 10% to the writing and style, 5% to the research, 10% to the critical thinking and problem solving, and 5% for collaboration and participation.30 01, 02, 03, 06
Part B: Individual Personal reflection (300 words)10 07
Weekly online quizzes; 20 multiple choices per week20 06
Part C: Campaign video selling the social action plan (10 mins per group, 2 mins per student)5 students per group. Students are graded individually on their speaking skills10 01