Course Title: Diverse Perspectives and Working Collaboratively

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Diverse Perspectives and Working Collaboratively

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


610P BUS Portfolio Office


Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Ashenafi Biru

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1143

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80, City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course equips you with the awareness, knowledge and skills needed to work in global and multicultural contexts.  Developing cross-cultural competencies and being able to collaborate effectively, while also recognising the strength that diversity brings to teams are key competencies in today's global workplace.  Similarly, the ability to develop relationships through virtual and physical networks, build and strengthen teams and address conflict in productive, and culturally sensitive, ways are keys to success in modern business contexts.

In this course, working individually and collaboratively, you will develop: intercultural competencies; effective collaboration skills; strategies for conflict management, networking and team-building.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of cross-cultural contexts in global business environments.
  2. Identify and apply strategies for communicating and working effectively in teams, including management of conflict through a culturally sensitive lens.
  3. Collaborate to solve challenges, recognising the strength in diverse perspectives and approaches.
  4. Apply a range of networking and team-building strategies to strengthen connections in virtual and physical environments.
  5. Reflect upon the development of your own cross-cultural competencies, and your ability to work effectively on collaborative tasks.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered as a blend of face-to-face activities and online learning. Learning will be supported through in-class and online activities such as: personal development activities; guest speakers/expert commentators; prescribed readings; practical tasks; seeking and providing peer feedback; and reflective praxis.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies/Canvas. Class activities, recordings, notes and outcomes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3

Assessment Task 2: 40% 
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on progress, outcomes and approaches, and by individual consultation.