BUSM 1001 Business Academic Skills

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200336

Coordinator Nadine Campbell Opens in new window

Description This is a foundation subject that addresses academic essay writing skills relevant to business and economic issues. The subject is designed to develop basic student proficiencies such as information collection, analysis and evaluation, and logical reasoning skills. Through the analysis of ethical issues, this subject teaches students to research; reference using the College of Business and Law's Harvard style; analyse data; develop an argument; and write an academic essay.

School Business

Discipline Business Management

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects BUSM 1034 - Business Skills and Communication BUSM 1002 - Business Academic Skills (UWSC) BUSM 1003 - Creative Industries Business Academic Skills

Restrictions External offerings for this subject are only available to students who are enrolled in a Property program or field of study.

Assumed Knowledge

HSC English or equivalent.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Analyse assessment tasks to determine requirements and appropriate composition and response;
  2. Undertake library searches and evaluate business and economics literature with regard to explicit and implicit assumptions, logic of arguments and appropriateness;
  3. Organise and analyse information to develop a position and supporting arguments;
  4. Prepare written texts which are well structured, cohesive and appropriately cited;
  5. Identify issues of integrity and ethical practices in academic and business contexts.

Subject Content

- academic integrity and ethics
- academic essays
- Researching and referencing
- reading and Evaluating sources
- note-taking and organising information
- Constructing A thesis
- developing, supporting and documenting An argument
- Paragraphs and sentences
- Coherence and voice
- introductions and conclusions
- Proofreading and editing


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Portfolio Online – 3x MyWritingLab Modules and 2x library quizzes 10 N Individual
Annotated Bibliography 500 words 5 N Individual
Critical Review 50 words 1.5 N Individual
Literature Review 500 words 6 N Individual
Proposal 300-500 words 7.5 N Individual
Essay 1000 words 20 N Individual
Essay 1200 words 50 Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Campbell, N (ed.) 2011, Business academic skills 2011, 4th edn, Pearson Education, Sydney Australia [Custom Publication designed for this unit]

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