Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Management
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2015 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kohyar Kiazad


In this unit you will explore the main issues associated with communication and critical thinking in organisations, and the factors affecting effectiveness in these areas in a workplace environment. The unit addresses interpersonal communication skills, and examines theory and practice with regard to maintaining effective interpersonal relationships. You will also learn how to improve clarity in thinking and communication by using critical thinking and reasoning skills, to enhance the persuasive quality of arguments required in business communication.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. develop students core knowledge of the underpinnings of effective interpersonal communication and critical thinking
  2. broaden and advance students interpersonal communication skills, such as active listening, non-verbal communication, oral presentations, conflict resolution, and negotiation
  3. broaden and advance students critical thinking skills, such as decision making, structured thinking, and the evaluation of evidence and language
  4. guide students in an exploration of their communication and critical thinking strengths and weaknesses through reflective learning
  5. develop students ability to synthesise and apply learning to address complex organisational problems.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


MBA9053, GSB9001 and MGX9001