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Business Communication (MGMT30018)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMGMT30018
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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. It will involve the critical analysis and contemporary trends in business communication and will focus on integrating knowledge to help students make the transition to employment.

Intended learning outcomes

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;
  • Analyse and critique contemporary business communication practices.

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 assessment.
  • Verbal and written communication skills will be developed via the assessment 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.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MGMT20001 Organisational Behaviour
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
(may be taken concurrently)



Non-allowed subjects

Students are not able to gain credit for this (new) subject and MGMT30016 Business Communication (last offered in 2010) or

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MGMT20010 Business Communication 2019
(last offered in 2012)

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • 2-hour examination held at the end of semester (50%)
  • One individual assignment not exceeding 1000 words due in week 4 (15%)
  • A written group assignment not exceeding 3000 words, equivalent to 750 words per student due in weeks 8-9 (25%)
  • 15-minutes reflective group presentation not exceeding 1000 words, equivalent to 250 words per student due in weeks 9-12 (10%)
  • To pass this subject students must pass the end of semester examination.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorNuzhat Lotia
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursOne 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial workshop weekly
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 Hours

Further information

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  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 1 August 2019