Diploma of Applied Business (Z1B)

Overview  2020

Entry Requirements

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Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Term 1, Term 3
Launceston
Term 1, Term 3
Cradle Coast
Term 1, Term 3
Distance Launceston
Term 1, Term 3

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

The Diploma of Applied Business is for future leaders and managers who want to learn the skills required to make it in the modern business world. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or an assistant manager looking to step up to the next level, this program is a great stepping stone to a new or accelerated career.

The program combines core business subjects covering areas such as management, finance, marketing and planning with a choice of electives in students’ areas of interest. The course content has been developed in consultation with industry experts and they are actively involved in its delivery.

In this course you will learn the skills to apply your new business knowledge to a range of situations. 

Upon completion of the Diploma, the opportunity for further study in this area can be obtained through the Associate Degree in Applied Business, with full credit.

The program is available for full-time and part-time study across all campuses in Tasmania and is delivered through a combination of online study, face-to-face classes, practical workshops and tutorials.

Completing our Diploma of Applied Business will give you:

  • a pathway to a great career in business across a range of industries
  • in-depth knowledge of contemporary business concepts and practices
  • practical skills to take straight into the workplace
  • opportunities to advance in your areas of interest
  • the skills to help you meet personal career development goals
  • credit towards the Associate Degree in Applied Business.

On completion of the Diploma of Applied Business, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify, analyse, and evaluate personal goals and pathways for paraprofessional employment and further learning.
  2. Articulate evidence and value of learned academic and practice knowledge and skill to a range of audiences.
  3. Apply and communicate academic knowledge of business disciplines within the contemporary business environment.
  4. Apply and communicate practical business skills within the contemporary business environment.
  5. Demonstrate adaptability in the context of emerging digital and innovative landscapes through cognitive, technical, and creative thinking skills.
  6. Model the principles of sustainable business practice and resource management through ethical and professional conduct within a collaborative framework

Experiential education and work integrated learning approaches are central to the Diploma of Applied Business. Students will therefore learn through project and problem-based learning activities such as field work, case studies (local and international), action learning, design thinking, simulated environments, placements, data for decision making, wicked problems and more. These approaches ensure practical experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment and that students have the opportunity to develop work-related skills, knowledge and behaviours.

In the diploma year, students are introduced to learning through practice and exposed to authentic experiences that develop skills and understandings related to industry, community or global needs. Students engage with (i) a range of methods and approaches to practice, (ii) principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios, (iii) reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations, and (iv) ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry.

A key component of the course, which is established in the first year, is a Practice Manual. The Practice Manual contains all portfolio requirements for the course, including the Professional Development Plan (PDP) and is a collection of evidence that highlights personal, academic and professional development. Dedicated teachers are in coaching roles to support you to continuously develop your Practice Manual over the duration of the course. This involves working with you to determine what evidence best highlights your ability to apply theory in practice, and what activities and experiences showcase your achievement in terms of transferable skills, professional attributes, technical skills and knowledge, and so forth.

Career outcomes

Career Outcomes

Graduation from the Diploma of Applied Business can provide an entry opportunity for those who have not worked in business settings, accelerate progression through a graduate's present organisation, or open up new career paths and opportunities. It will also provide a clear articulation pathway into the Associate Degree in Applied Business. This course provides graduates with paraprofessional level of business knowledge and practice applicable across industries. .

New to Applied Business and never worked in the industry before?

For those graduates new to Applied Business, this qualification could assist you to gain roles such as trainee positions with managers, team leaders, field officers, and researchers.

Already working and want to fast track or leverage off past experience?

For those graduates already working in Business, an Applied Business qualification may enable you to progress from assistant positions to managerial roles, lead a small team, become specialists, salespersons and liaise better with suppliers or customers.

Potential types of employers:

  • Small and medium businesses;
  • Accountancy firms;
  • Financial services;
  • Event organisations;
  • Sport organisations;
  • Tourism organisations;
  • Health and well-being consultants;
  • Non-for-profit organisations; and
  • Project management companies.

Course structure

The Diploma of Applied Business is a one-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) degree requiring the successful completion of 8 subjects comprising of a combination of topic areas, each with an embedded work integrated learning component. The program is offered over four teaching terms of 10 weeks.

The course structure includes four compulsory subjects in Applied Business, and a choice of four electives.

The Diploma of Applied Business requires students to develop knowledge and skills through a learning approach based on work integrated opportunities such as industry placements, field work, case studies and applied research, with students given the opportunity to apply discipline knowledge in a work based type setting.

The Diploma of Applied Business is offered in blended mode, where students receive access to comprehensive learning materials and a Lecturer for each unit of study. There is a workshop component where students attend campus to practice their skills and also online sessions where students can integrate theory and practice. Alternatively students can study the whole course off campus.

For assistance with enrolment, please email U.Connect@utas.edu.au or call 1300 361 928.

Term 1

In this unit, you will identify professional skill sets and knowledge required to work in a chosen industry and evaluate your own skills, attributes and learning goals in this context. Through case studies, workshops, online materials and tutorials, you will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 3

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

AND one unit from the following

This subject will introduce you to effective professional communication techniques and practices to apply in the workplace. You will learn through applied activities about your personal communication style, how to recognise different types of communication behaviour and how to listen…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Rapid social change impacts on the ways people socialise, spend their money, work and participate in leisure. The leisure industry is also going through rapid change with the emergence of new forms of leisure such as extreme sports, multi-purpose leisure…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This subject will introduce you to contemporary governance models and practices in the Corporate, Government and Not for Profit Sectors. You will learn through applied activities about meeting procedures and structures, strategic and corporate planning and how decisions are made…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) is a key component of successful and mutually rewarding supply chains for organisations. In this unit, you will be exposed to techniques for developing and fostering collaborative relationships with external suppliers, including appropriate communication, performance measurement…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Term 2

The effective and efficient operation of business is human resource-intensive. Strategies used to attract, motivate, manage and retain the right people are challenges facing all business managers. This unit introduces you to how these challenges can be met in practice.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

AND one unit from the following

Quality management focuses on the quality of physical products as well as service and processes, and how they can be improved. The principles and processes of quality management are the key elements that businesses use to respond to market and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This subject examines sport, recreation and leisure organisations through analysing successful practice in Tasmanian, Australian and international contexts. You will identify and develop key skills to better understand sport, recreation and leisure organisations, key attributes of success and how these…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This subject investigates tourism as a global industry which drives economic, social and environmental change. You will explore tourism and its various sectors such as, accommodation, attractions and activities. This subject also examines the history of tourism, key tourism drivers,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will examine commercial and organisational purposes of contracts and learn to identify key elements of a legal contract. You will learn how contracts are developed, applied enforced and interpreted in the context of the Australian legal…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will prepare you with the skills necessary to ensure organisational value for money through the procurement of goods and services. You will investigate procurement ethics, the basics of contracts, the process of developing quotation and tender documentation, evaluation…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Term 3

In this unit you will investigate and evaluate the application of financial concepts, practices and tools used in assessing the financial performance of a business. Throughout the unit, case studies, tasks and simulations will develop your skills and knowledge on…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 3

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

AND one unit from the following

This subject focuses on the principles and tools associated with contemporary Lean Thinking and practice. Lean Thinking or ‘lean’ is a systematic method of continuous improvement through minimising waste without sacrificing productivity, creating more value for customers. It has been…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores practical and theoretical concepts related to the administration of a sport or recreation organisation. You will examine governance and operations of sport and recreation organisations (in professional and volunteer contexts). You will explore the organisational principles, practices,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 3

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

High quality visitor engagement plays a critical role in enhancing the overall visitor experience. Tourism is a customer service industry that inspires visitors to explore a destination through its cultural and natural heritage, and other significant attributes. The ability to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 3

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This subject will provide an overview to contemporary Logistics and Supply Chain concepts and practice in a range of industry settings, within Regional, State, National and Global environments. You will learn about the various contemporary aspects of supply chains, including…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Term 4

This unit introduces the principles of marketing in business and the influence of consumers. You will explore why and how a business identifies and analyses the markets for its products, services and experience. This will include investigating the scope of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

AND one unit from the following

This unit introduces the rationale and basic approaches behind costing and feasibility analysis. Effective business managers determine whether changes or initiatives in business operations are financially feasible, and justify their rationale. You will explore small scale changes involving existing operations,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit investigates events of varying scale, and identifies their contribution as a potential key driver of growth and economic development of businesses, cities and communities. It also analyses the social, cultural and environmental impacts of events on destinations and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 4
LauncestonTerm 4
Cradle CoastTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This subject will provide an understanding of how organisations manage internal and external demand for goods and services through inventory control, as well the processes involved in managing their warehouse operations. You will be exposed to a range of methodologies…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study at UTAS.

Diploma of Applied Business Entry Requirements

This Diploma is open to applicants from a broad range of backgrounds.

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS

Domestic applicants who have recently completed secondary education (completed in the past five years)

To be eligible for an offer, you must:

  • Have an ATAR of 40 or above; or
  • Have a completed TCE (or equivalent) with a minimum of Satisfactory Achievement (SA) in 5 x Level 2 subjects

All Other Domestic Applicants

To be eligible for an offer, you must:

  • Hold a Certificate III or higher (in a related field of study) completed within the last 10 years
  • Have completed the Diploma of University Studies or the University Preparation program (offered by the University of Tasmania)
  • Provide a supporting statement with information on relevant experience. This statement can include prior work experience, qualifications (e.g. VET qualifications), skills, competencies and/or previous education.

If you apply based on your previous work and life experience and your application is not successful, we will work with you to find an alternative pathway into your chosen course of study.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course.

Further information

It is recommended that you submit supporting documentation (e.g. certificates, qualifications, resume etc.) as part of your application. We will attempt to access certain documents on your behalf (e.g. Year 11 and 12 College results or University academic records). Otherwise, you may be contacted to provide additional documentation when your application is reviewed.

Articulation into the Diploma of Applied Business will be in line with the University's standard application for credit process. Please see the Articulation/ Credit webpage for more information. Applications for credit can be made upon application to the Diploma of Applied Business course.

Students wishing to articulate from the Diploma of Applied Business into other University of Tasmania bachelor programs may gain credit, subject to the receiving faculty/college's discretion. Students articulating into the Associate Degree in Applied Business will receive one year of credit.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units they enrol in. In 2020, this fee is $46.20 per unit (of 12.5 credit points). In 2020, the maximum charge for full time students is $308.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

Each year the University of Tasmania administers an estimated $7 million in scholarships to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

For more information on scholarships and to view the full range of scholarships available to you, head to the Scholarships website.

Additional costs

In addition to course costs, students may be subject to other costs related to study at university including:

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International
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