University of Technology Sydney

26100 Integrating Business Perspectives

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UTS: Business: Management
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject provides students with an overview of the business landscape with its various economic, legal and regulatory dimensions, in the private, public and non-profit sectors. It provides an introduction to the relationship between the various business disciplines and their contribution to the value of the business and society. Students also consider ethical and sustainability issues as they relate to the role of business in society. In addition, the subject incorporates the development of graduate skills for business professionals, in particular those relating to (business) written communication, oral presentations, group work, and critical, integrative and creative thinking.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Engage in integrative thinking using multiple perspectives to solve problems
2. Demonstrate an awareness of the multi-dimensional nature of businesses and their environment
3. Demonstrate and critically reflect on how individuals work towards innovation in teams while operating in an inclusive manner

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following program learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate and critically reflect on how individuals work in teams in an inclusive manner (3.3)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

The subject contributes to the Bachelor of Business by providing students with an introduction to the dynamic nature of business. It exposes students to the many perspectives of the role of business in the economy and the interrelationship of the various business functions. Through examination of real world business problems, students are encouraged to think through contemporary business issues and the social, ethical, legal and technical implications these may pose for operating in a dynamic business environment. Students will develop written, oral and team work skills in tasks which will also develop innovative and creative thinking skills.

This subject contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  • Business knowledge and concepts
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Business practice oriented skills

This subject also contributes specifically to introduce the following Program Learning Objectives:

1.1: Critically analyse relevant concepts to understand practice in business and related professions in a global workplace

1.2: Demonstrate inter-relationships between differing business and related disciplines

3.1: Convey information clearly and fluently in high quality written form appropriate for their audience

3.2: Use oral communication appropriately to convey information clearly and fluently

5.1: Apply technical and professional skills necessary to operate effectively in business and related professions

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject will be taught using a combination of lectures and tutorials. The lectures provide an explanation of the different components of the business models that underpin our understanding of the multi-dimensional nature of business. In the tutorials, students will be working in teams to develop innovative business solutions for complex societal problems. The structure of the tutorials will broadly follow a design thinking process where students will work in teams through a series of steps including problem-solving, empathy, ideation, prototyping and testing. Each of the stages in the design thinking process represents transferable skills that are increasingly valued by employers. The provision of feedback will be a constant theme in the tutorials. Working with tutors, student mentors and their classmates, students will be given the opportunity to pitch their evolving ideas to the class over the course of the semester. Assessment 1 (Portfolio) has also been structured in a way that allows students to take the work-to-date from their team and individually extend the work through an individual assessment and then feed the results of their portfolio work back into the team’s deliberations.

Extensive use is made of the learning management system for the provision of materials, to answer student question on the discussion boards etc. The material in this subject outline is also supported by a comprehensive student guide, which can be found on the learning management system. Lecture slides will be provided on the learning management system at least 24 hours before class. Tutorial slides, which contain full instructions for all tasks will be available one week in advance of the class in which they will be discussed.

An aim of this subject is to help you develop academic and professional language and communication skills in order to succeed at university and in the workplace. To determine your current academic language proficiency, you are required to complete an online language screening task, OPELA (information available at https://www.uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/learning-and-teaching/enhancing/language-and-learning/about-opela-students). If you receive a Basic grade for OPELA, you must attend additional Language Development Tutorials (each week from the week [3/4] to a week [11/12] in order to pass the subject. These tutorials are designed to support you to develop your language and communication skills. Students who do not complete the OPELA and/or do not attend 80% of the Language Development Tutorials will receive a Fail X [W] grade.

Content (topics)

• Defining the multi-dimensions of business
• Business communication and teamwork
• The role and place of business in the economy
• Legal and regulatory dimensions of business
• Stakeholders, ethics and social responsibility: the multiple perspectives
• Products, services and capital: responses to market opportunities
• Technology, innovation and entrepreneurship
• Valuing and sustaining a business
• Integrating business processes for strategic advantage

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Portfolio task (Individual)

Objective(s):

This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

Weight: 40%
Length:

Task 1: Component 1 - 1500 words, Tasks 1: Component 2 - 1500 words

Assessment task 2: Project (Group)

Objective(s):

This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1

Weight: 30%

Assessment task 3: Final Exam (Individual)

Objective(s):

This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

This addresses program learning objectives(s):

3.3

Weight: 30%
Length:

The exam is 2 hours duration with 10 minutes reading time.

This is a written exam.

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

It is a requirement of this subject that all students complete OPELA. Students who receive a Basic grade in the OPELA are required to attend 80% of the Language Development Tutorials in order to pass the subject. Students who do not complete the OPELA and/or do not attend 80% of the Language Development Tutorials will receive a Fail X [W] grade.

Required texts

All students are required to have access to a copy of:

* Osterwalder, A. and Pigneur, Y. (2010) Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers and Challengers. John Wiley and Sons.

You can access a digital version of this via the UTS Library, or purchase your own at most good book retailers.

Other resources

Attendance Policy

This subject enforces a compulsory tutorial attendance requirement. This includes active online attendance where face to face classes are suspended. Students who miss more than three tutorials without approved consent from the Subject Coordinator will be deemed as not meeting the compulsory attendance requirement in this subject. The Management Discipline Group attendance policy is in accordance with the University policy on attendance and/or participation requirements as detailed in the UTS Student Rules Section 3.8 (see http://www.gsu.uts.edu.au/rules/student/index.html) which states:

3.8.1 If there are any attendance and/or participation requirements for a subject, they must be prescribed in the relevant subject outline.

3.8.2 If a student does not satisfy the prescribed attendance and/or participation requirements for a subject, the Responsible Academic Officer may:

(1) refuse permission for the student to be considered for assessment;

(2) refuse permission for the student to attempt an assessment task;

(3) refuse permission for the student to undertake an examination in that subject;

(4) record a final result of 'Fail' for the student's enrolment in that subject.

3.8.3 If a student is prevented from meeting prescribed attendance or participation requirements as a result of illness or other circumstances beyond the student's reasonable control, the student may lodge an application for special consideration under Rule 8.3 for consideration of alternative arrangements. Contact Sam.

3.8.4 Where appropriate, the Responsible Academic Officer in consultation with the Subject Coordinator may approve suitable alternative arrangements.

3.8.5 Approval of alternative arrangements for attendance and/or participation does not imply exemption from payment of any fees or charges, nor does it imply exemption from, or concessions relating to, assessment or examinations. Alternative arrangements will be subject to normal assessment grading.

UTSOnline and contacting staff via email.

- Tutorial materials and detailed assessment guidelines are made available through UTSOnline. Students are expected to access UTSOnline several times per week.

- The textbook, tutorial program and lecture materials are the starting point for your learning experience in this subject. IBP takes a learner-centred approach. This means that you are expected to develop your professional research skills and to conduct your own research in order to complete your assessment tasks. Guided information regarding research skills will be provided through the tutorial folders on UTSOnline.

- Discussion boards on assessment related topics, lecture content, tutorial program content and online system usage are made available through UTSOnline. The subject coordinator and lecturing team will be available to you within reason through these forums. Do not expect an immediate response if you make a post after business hours. We will respond to all relevant posts within 48 hours.

- You should only contact the subject coordinator via email if it pertains to a personal matter.