BEX5604 - Professional development - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Nell Kimberley

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Students must be enrolled in course B6005 or B6019.


To be successful in the global business environment, managers require strong communication skills, along with skills in decision-making, creativity, problem solving and the ability to work effectively with and in teams. The unit focuses on the skills and competences that will support students' professional development. The unit develops interpersonal and teamwork competence and cross-cultural sensitivity, along with a broad and ensuring range of personal and professional networks. Critical and self-reflective thinking is central to success and this unit is designed to provide a strong foundation for professional development.

In this unit self-reflection is done using a positive lens. It is designed to build students' capacity to achieve their career goals and to develop their ability to market themselves effectively. Overall, this unit will enhance the value of students to potential employers, help them become successful employees or leaders, and assist with their long-term career goals and aspirations.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. develop skills in self-awareness
  2. enhance skills and competencies deemed necessary for business professionals
  3. enhance skills in understanding and developing effective, mutually beneficial relationships, particularly in team contexts
  4. develop capabilities for successfully enhancing and/or changing careers.


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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