Course Title: Professional Business Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Business Practice

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


620H Business IT and Logistics


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Elspeth McKay

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5978

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


You must have the ability to comprehend, write and communicate information and ideas in clear, precise and concise English; and a certain level of general knowledge on the current business issues.

Course Description

This course consists of three parts. One is a WIL component, the second is about personal and professional development and the final is a global citizenship component.

Topic areas may draw from accounting, business information technology, economics, finance, financial planning, supply chain logistics, marketing, international marketing, international business, management, human resource management and knowledge management and outcomes explored in various organizations.

Research of an organization is designed to engage you with appropriate knowledge and skills in exploring and understanding business issues, challenges and problems in organizations. You will receive research training that enables you to critically review, analyse, evaluate and provide suggestions and solutions that respond to organizational issues and challenges.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a core component of every programme at RMIT. As well as the research project, (see Assignment 2) this course is designed to develop your own professional practice with a greater understanding of yourself and your career. WIL, by definition, requires you to integrate your work and learning and this is developed in this course by reflecting on your own learning.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onwards your teacher will advise you if you require access to a computer for the course. It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus outside class times.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The capabilities that are developed through the program in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide. This course contributes to the development of the capabilities in the following way.

It is expected that you will acquire the following capabilities:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Ethics and value management
  • Ability to conduct research
  • Reflective practice and experience
  • Effective use of Communication and Information Technology
  • Self awareness and self management

At the completion of this course you should have developed the following capabilities:

  • Professional WIL Capabilities
  • Develop critical inquisitive skills to investigate, explore and identify business issues, challenges and problems
  • Develop business etiquette
  • Prepare students to gain and maintain employability
  • Develop cross-cultura management skills for global business
  • Comprehend bsuienss problem solving techniques in industry both in Australia and overseas
  • Acquire professional skills to improve and refine business topics into a business research report
  • Attain professional data collection skills
  • Obtain the expertise to analyse, evaluate and provide professionall business consultation report
  • Possess appropriate knowledge and skill to manage a business research project
  • Respect and abide the ethical m moral and privacy issues in research


Overview of Learning Activities

Lecturer inputs: A range of learning experiences are planned for you including lectures, guest seminars, and group problem solving exercises. The problem solving exercises in particular develop your analytical skills drawing on knowledge and frameworks offered in the lectures and seminars. A structured tutorial program is provided to give you the opportunity for professional development in a number of contexts, and cover issues in greater depth through active participation in small discussion groups.
Your inputs as learners: Your active and constructive participation in group discussions is expected in addition to weekly reading, group and individual exercises and careful planning and completion of assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT university will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and computer laboratories.
You have access to extensive course materials on myRMIT Studies, including digitised readings, lecture notes and a detailed study program, external internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course may include individual and group assignments or reports and presentations.  

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to the RMIT university assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document Assessment Policies and Procedures manual. An 1.2.4 Assessment Charter section of this document summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.