Undergraduate unit of study descriptions

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BUSS - Business School

BUSS1001 Understanding Business

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Marcus O'Connor Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x 1 hr lecture and 1x 2 hr tutorial per week Assessment: participation (15%), essay (20%), case study (20%), and final exam (45%)
Note: This unit of study is a compulsory part of the Bachelor of Commerce, combined Bachelor of Commerce degrees and the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies).
This unit of study is the first of two junior core units aimed at introducing students to the internal and external contexts in which business operates in the twenty-first century. It also aims to lay the foundations for effective communication (written and oral), critical analysis, problem solving, and team work skills, which are essential to achieving program learning goals. In this unit, students will build an understanding of the dynamics of business through the lens of the company and its stakeholders. Business ethics is also introduced as key learning goal.
BUSS1002 The Business Environment

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Omer Konakci Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x 1.5hr lecture and 1x 1.5hr tutorial per week Assessment: media summary and analyses (55%), tutorial participation (10%), and final exam (35%)
Note: This unit of study is a compulsory part of the Bachelor of Commerce, combined Bachelor of Commerce degrees and the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies).
This unit of study is the second of two junior core units aimed at introducing students to the external and internal contexts in which business operates in the twenty-first century while developing effective problem solving, critical analysis and communication skills. In this unit, students will build an understanding of the economic, political and regulatory, socio-cultural, and technological factors that impact on the external context of the commercial landscape while developing an awareness of potential of risk and change. An awareness of corporate social responsibility and sustainability is also introduced as a key learning goal.
BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Daniel Oren Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1 x 2hr lecture and 1 x 2hr tutorial per week Assessment: Homework (10%), quizzes (30%), assignment (15%), and final exam (45%)
Note: This unit of study is a compulsory part of the Bachelor of Commerce, combined Bachelor of Commerce degrees.
All graduates from the BCom need to be able to use quantitative techniques to analyse business problems. This ability is important in all business disciplines, since all disciplines deal with increasing amounts of data, and there are increasing expectations of quantitative skills. This unit shows how to interpret data involving uncertainty and variability; how to model and analyse the relationships within business data; and how to make correct inferences from the data (and recognise incorrect inferences). The unit will include instruction in the use of software tools (primarily spreadsheets) to analyse and present quantitative data.
BUSS1030 Accounting, Business and Society

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x 1.5hr lecture and 1x 1.5hr tutorial per week Assessment: tutorial work (15%), written assessment (15%), mid-semester examination (20%) and final examination (50%)
Note: This unit of study is a compulsory part of the Bachelor of Commerce and combined Bachelor of Commerce degrees.
This unit investigates the fundamentals of accounting and aims to provide a broad understanding of the role of accounting in the context of business and society. The format of the unit is designed to show that there are many uses of accounting data. The focus moves from accountability to decision making; both functions are explained through examples such as the 'double entry equation', and from an output (financial statements) perspective. Some more technical aspects of accounting are outlined, including the elements of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses within simple, familiar scenarios. Besides developing an understanding of the role of accounting via conventional financial reports, recent developments including the discharge of accountability by companies through the release of corporate social and environmental reports and the global financial crisis, are explored with an accounting lens.
BUSS1040 Economics for Business Decision Making

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x 2hr lecture and 1x 1hr tutorial per week Assessment: written assignment (15%), on-line quizzes (10%), mid-semester exam (20%), and final exam (55%)
Note: This unit of study is a compulsory part of the Bachelor of Commerce and combined Bachelor of Commerce degrees.
Economics underlies all business decisions, from pricing, to product development, to negotiations, to understanding the general economic environment. This unit provides an introduction to economic analysis with a particular focus on concepts and applications relevant to business. This unit addresses how individual consumers and firms make decisions and how they interact in markets. It also introduces a framework for understanding and analysing the broader economic and public policy environment in which a business competes. This unit provides a rigorous platform for further study and a major in economics as well as providing valuable tools of analysis that complement a student's general business training, regardless of their area of specialisation.
BUSS1900 Managing Business Communication A

Teacher/Coordinator: Geoff Harrison Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1 hour of workshop per week Assessment: workshop attendance and participation (100%)
Note: This unit of study is a compulsory part of the Bachelor of Commerce, combined Bachelor of Commerce degrees and the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies).
BUSS1900 Managing Business Communication A is designed to support students in developing their business communication skills at the very outset of their degree to ensure success in the semesters that follow. BUSS1900 is a non-fee, non-credit weighted unit. All commencing undergraduate students are enrolled in BUSS1900 but have the option of withdrawing following a mandatory waiver test. The test is conducted during Orientation Week (O Week) preceding the start of each semester. Following the waiver test, if a student's response indicates that they will benefit from additional support in their first semester they will remain enrolled in BUSS1900 and their timetable will provide the details of their weekly 1 hour workshop. These classes will provide students with assistance in academic writing, analysing, summarising, referencing, quoting and paraphrasing. Results have shown that regular attendance at BUSS1900 workshops improves substantially student's pass rate in their other units through improved academic writing skills.
BUSS2100 Business Placement A (Internship)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Peter Vymys Session: Int February,Int July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Wks 1-3: 1x 3hrs pre-placement workshops; Wks 4-12: 3 ½ days a week internship; Wk 13: presentation Assessment: learning contract (0%), work learning journal (20%), placement presentation (15%), and research report (65%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Permission is required to enrol in this unit. Contact the Careers and Employment Relations Office for details: business.placements@sydney.edu.au
This unit is designed to consolidate students' knowledge and skills in business while conducting an industry placement. The unit is structured around three assessed tasks which are designed to allow students to demonstrate their ability to apply and synthesise business concepts in a practical business setting. During the placement, students may be involved in a variety of different industry and client-based projects, which will afford the opportunity to apply business skills and theories from prior learning. This will provide firsthand experience of how these skills and theories can support the solving of business problems in a practical business context, identifying opportunities, developing strategies and designing processes, procedures and management practices in order to enable an organisation to fully realise its competitive potential.
BUSS2200 Business Placement B (Internship)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Peter Vymys Session: Int February,Int July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Wks 1-3: 1x 3hrs pre-placement workshops; Wks 4-12: 3 ½ days a week internship; Wk 13: presentation Assessment: learning contract (0%), work learning journal (20%), placement presentation (15%), and research report (65%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Permission is required to enrol in this unit. Contact the Careers and Employment Relations Office for details: business.placements@sydney.edu.au
This unit is designed to further consolidate students' knowledge and skills in business while conducting an industry placement. The unit is structured around assessed tasks which are designed to allow students to demonstrate their ability to apply and synthesise business concepts in a practical business setting. During the placement students may be involved in a variety of different industry and client-based projects, which will afford the opportunity to apply business skills and theories from prior learning. This will provide firsthand experience of how these skills and theories can support the solving of business problems in a practical business context, identifying opportunities, developing strategies and designing processes, procedures and management practices in order to enable an organisation to fully realise its competitive potential.
BUSS2220 Small Business Structures and Taxation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Brett Bondfield Session: Semester 2 Classes: Wks 2 and 10: Saturday and Sunday 9am-1pm workshops and online modules on Blackboard Assessment: taxation portfolio (50%), presentation (20%), and exam (30%)
Many graduates will be faced with the opportunity of running a business in their chosen field and will need to have the business acumen and skills to make informed business decisions. Choosing the right business structure, and understanding and meeting taxation and superannuation obligations, are important components of operating a successful and effective business. This unit of study aims to provide prospective business operators with the tools, knowledge and information that will help them decide which legal structure best suits their needs and to meet their taxation and superannuation obligations throughout the lifecycle of their business.
The subject begins with an introduction to the Australian legal and taxation systems. It is followed by the various issues that need to be considered when starting a business such as selecting the right business structure that suits the individual's needs and focuses on key registration requirements. Tax topics include income tax and deductions; the goods and services tax; special rules and concessions that apply to small business; employer obligations; record keeping; completing activity statements and common tips and traps of which those business operators should be aware.
BUSS2500 Washington D.C. Placement Program

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Zina O'Leary Session: Int February,Semester 1 Classes: 1 day pre-departure seminar (Sydney), 5x 2hr lectures (Washington DC), 4 day a week internship placement (Washington DC) Assessment: learning contract (0%), work learning journal (20%), placement presentation (15%), and research report (65%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Permission is required to enrol in this unit.
This unit will be taken by students accepted into the University of California Washington DC (UCDC) Winter Program while they undertake a professional placement with a business, government, non-government or media organisation. It will include preparatory coursework in reflective, professional practice and concurrent coursework on research methods, report and other professional writing skills. Assessment will include a learning journal, research essay, and oral presentations all based on the internship placement and study abroad experience. A Pass/Fail 'Learning Contract' will be developed in the first two weeks of your internship in order to provide clear guidelines for your internship learning goals/objectives (knowledge, skills and values); strategies for achieving these goals; intended output; self and supervisor assessment criteria.
BUSS2501 LA Placement Program

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Heather Robson Session: Int February,Semester 1 Classes: 1 day pre-departure seminar (Sydney), 5x 2hr lectures (Los Angeles), 4 day a week internship placement (Los Angeles) Assessment: learning contract (0%), work learning journal (20%), placement presentation (15%), and research report (65%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Permission is required to enrol in this unit.
This unit will be taken by students accepted into the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Winter Program while they undertake a professional placement with a business, government, non-government or media organisation. It will include preparatory coursework in reflective, professional practice and concurrent coursework on research methods, report and other professional writing skills. Assessment will include a reflective journal, research essay, and oral presentations all based on the placement and study abroad experience.
BUSS2502 Paris Placement Program

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Lyn Carson Session: Int July,Semester 2 Classes: 1 day pre-departure seminar (Sydney), 5x 2hr lectures (Paris), 4 day a week internship placement (Paris) Assessment: learning contract (0%), work learning journal (20%), placement presentation (15%), and research report (65%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Permission is required to enrol in this unit.
This unit will be taken by students accepted into the Sciences Po Summer Program while they undertake a professional placement with a business, government, or international organisation. It will include preparatory coursework in reflective, professional practice and concurrent coursework on research methods, report and other professional writing skills. Assessment will include a reflective journal, research report, and an oral presentation, each based on the placement and study abroad experience. (As a part of the Sciences Po Summer Program, students will engage in an in depth study of the European Union, including its current financial difficulties, and French language tuition.)
BUSS2503 Community Placement

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Michael Katz Session: Int December,Int February,Int January,Int July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Equivalent of six weeks full-time placement plus 9 hours pre-placement workshops; 2 hours mid-placement workshop; 2 hour end of placement de-brief workshop. Assessment: Learning contract (0%), work learning journal (25%), placement presentation (15%), and project report (60%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is designed to consolidate students' knowledge and skills in business while conducting a community-based project placement. The unit is structured around three assessed tasks which are designed to allow students to demonstrate their ability to apply and synthesise business concepts while engaged in practical business development. During the community placement, students may be involved in a variety of projects, which will afford the opportunity to apply business skills and theories from prior learning. This will provide firsthand experience of how these skills and theories can support the solving of business problems in a practical business and community-engaged context, identifying opportunities, developing strategies and designing processes, procedures and management practices in order to enable a community project to fully realise its mission. Assessment will include a reflective journal, a business project report, and an oral presentation on the placement.
BUSS3100 Business Placement C (Internship)

Credit points: 6 Session: Int April,Int August,Int December,Int February,Int January,Int July,Int June,Int March,Int May,Int November,Int October,Int Sept,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Wks 1-4: 1x 3hrs class per week; Wks 5-12: 3 1/2 days a week internship; Wk 13: 1 x 3hr class Assessment: learning contract (0%), work learning journal (20%), placement presentation (15%), and research report (65%)
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Permission is required to enrol in this unit. Contact the Careers and Employment Relations Office for details: business.placements@sydney.edu.au
This unit is designed to consolidate students' knowledge and skills in business while conducting an internship in industry. The unit is structured around three assessed tasks which are designed to allow students to demonstrate their ability to apply and synthesise business concepts in a real world setting. During the internship, students may be involved in a variety of different industry and client-based projects, which will afford the opportunity to apply business skills and theories from prior learning. This will provide firsthand experience of how these skills and theories can support the solving of business problems in a real business context, identifying opportunities, developing strategies and designing processes, procedures and management practices in order to enable an organisation to fully realise its competitive potential.
BUSS3500 Integrated Business Applications

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Barney Tan Session: Semester 1,Semester 2,Summer Main Classes: 1x 1.5 hr lecture and 1x 1.5hr tutorial per week (tutorials start week 3) Assessment: individual progress report (10%), group project (50%), and final exam (40%)
Note: This unit of study is a compulsory part of the Bachelor of Commerce, combined Bachelor of Commerce degrees and the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies).
This unit provides a capstone for students undertaking the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) and Bachelor of Commerce combined programs. It aims to provide students with the practical application of identifying, analysing, and solving contemporary business problems that might involve planning, implementing and evaluating organisational changes which provide solutions to such problems. Students will be introduced to a range of methodologies at each stage of the process of solving business problems, executing solutions, and implementing organisational change. In doing so, the unit will allow students to: apply theories and concepts of business problem solving and change implementation in the context of a specific business case; provide a process framework of business problem solving and team-based learning within which they can integrate functional disciplinary knowledge they have been exposed to in their disciplinary majors; and develop a range of generic skills in problem solving, critical analysis, team-working, research and communication skills.
Textbooks
Integrated Business Applications
BUSS4000 Honours in Business

Session: Semester 1,Semester 2
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is administrative only and serves as a consolidation for all marks to represent a single final mark for students undertaking Honours. Marks will be drawn from BUSS4001, BUSS4002, BUSS4003 and BUSS4004.
BUSS4001 Business Honours Research Methods

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit will be taken by students studying for Honours. The unit encompasses Research Methods training and research proposal development.
BUSS4002 Business Honours Specialisation A

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit will be taken by students studying for Honours. The unit is one of two specialisation units that allow Disciplines to deliver advanced material in a flexible manner.
BUSS4003 Business Honours Specialisation B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit will be taken by students studying for Honours. The unit is one of two specialisation units that allow Disciplines to deliver advanced material in a flexible manner.
BUSS4004 Business Honours Thesis

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit will be taken by students studying for Honours. The unit represents the Honours Thesis and associated presentation of the research work undertaken.