Business Communication

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Good communication is as much about understanding what you’re saying, as it is about understanding how your message is being received. And this unit will give you the insight you need to make your messages stick in a professional setting.

Delivered online by Open Universities Australia, in partnership with Griffith University, this unit starts out with an exploration of the theories of contemporary communication and how factors such as our emotional intelligence, diversity and team dynamics influence communication.

In a business scenario, there are accepted structures and styles for formal and informal communication, and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each one will give you greater awareness of how to structure your messages. For example, how long should you speak for in meetings? When is a phone call required or an email sufficient?

You will get the answers you need through practical exercises and be able to apply your knowledge to the task of report writing and mapping your organisation’s communication structure.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply, but access to scholarly databases is required, as well as proficiency in reading and writing English.

Areas of study

In this business communication unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Communication is business
  • Leadership, communication and management
  • Business and people
  • Communication as a process
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Teams and organisational mapping
  • Team dynamics
  • Identifying, surveying and mapping in a business context
  • Speeches and key business documents
  • Oral presentations
  • Written communication skills
  • Business reports
  • Visual design in business writing
  • Non-verbal and cross-cultural communication
  • Intercultural and cross-cultural communication

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Diploma of Journalism, Griffith University
  • Certificate of Public Relations, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Business Law), Curtin University

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Communication, Griffith University
  • Certificate of Arts, Griffith University
  • Diploma of Arts, Griffith University

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Business, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Technology (Information Systems), Swinburne University of Technology

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

As one of the most sought-after and transferable skills, a solid knowledge of business communication practices will set you up for greater career success.

This unit of study counts towards numerous bachelor degree programs and will increase your ability to:

  • Understand verbal and non-verbal communication and its place in a business setting
  • Get to know which communication types suit what purposes
  • Write reports
  • Communicate effectively in cross-cultural contexts
  • Understand the different communications styles and strategies that can apply in an organisation and among its leaders

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Business Communication from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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