Associate Degree in Applied Business (Z2C)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 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
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2
Cradle Coast
Semester 1, Semester 2
Distance Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 2 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2
Launceston
Semester 1, Semester 2

Graduation from the Associate Degree in 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.
The Associate Degree in Applied Business is for future leaders and managers who want to learn the knowledge and 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 units covering areas such as management, finance, marketing, human resources, project management, entrepreneurial and innovative thinking, and business planning with a choice of streams and 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.

The first year serves as a foundation year, where you will learn the skills to apply your new business knowledge to a range of situations. In the second year, you’ll be extended to supervisory level as a practitioner.

A key feature of the course is the focus on hands-on learning, where you will develop knowledge and skills through experiential education opportunities such as industry placements, fieldwork, case studies and data-driven decision making. This aims to enhance students’ problem solving, communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills by assisting you to ‘learn through practice’. It has been designed to make university study a little less daunting, and a lot more practical.

In this course, you can choose from the following streams:

  • Business Improvement
  • Event Design and Management
  • Leisure, Sport and Recreation
  • Procurement and Supply Chains (not offered in 2022)
  • Tourism Engagement (not offered in 2022)

On completion of the Associate Degree in Applied Business, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply and reflect on business knowledge, skills, behaviours, and attributes to develop and enhance career opportunities
  2. Apply and communicate business processes and strategies within the contemporary business environment to improve organisational outcomes
  3. Communicate evidence-based recommendations for business improvement to a range of audiences
  4. Demonstrate adaptability, digital capability, and entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to enable continuous business improvement
  5. Model the principles of sustainable business practice and resource management through ethical and professional conduct within a collaborative framework

In this course you will be exposed to authentic and engaged learning experiences designed to develop your understanding of work and the workplace. In the first year of study, you'll be introduced to:

  • Different methods of and approaches to practice;
  • How issues such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership are reflected in the workplace and;
  • The role of reflection and deliberative thinking in developing workplace-based knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations.

Through this course, you will have the opportunity to develop and maintain your portfolio of practice (known as a Practice Manual). This is reflected in educational plans developed in consultation with your Academic Coaches and based on a method or approach to practice from projects, data-driven decision making, case studies, field work, simulated environments, and design thinking.

The second year of study builds on concepts of learning through practice from the diploma by introducing you to more complex learning experiences.  You will be introduced to:

  • Discipline-based skills and knowledge in dynamic practice situations. This will include authentic and purposeful, industry-related experiences.
  • Concepts of managing effective relationships and communicating with others
  • The development and use of adaptive leadership skills and how these skills relate to innovative and entrepreneurial practice
  • The nature of responsible, accountable and reflective workplace skills, and creative and critical thinking relevant to para-professional practice.

You will exercise self-awareness, initiative and judgement to manage yourself and professional relationships effectively. The application of tacit knowledge and capabilities will be reflected in a Practice Manual.

Career outcomes

Career Outcomes

Graduation from the Associate Degree in 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 substantial credit into the Bachelor of Business. This course provides graduates with paraprofessional level of business knowledge and practice applicable across industries. The career options of graduates may also be influenced by their chosen specialisation. A graduate's chosen specialisation might lead them to paraprofessional-level roles within that industry.

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

Completion of the Associate Degree in Applied Business requires 200 credit points including:

  • Core (100 credit points)
  • Stream (50 credit points)
  • Electives (50 credit points)

For assistance with the enrolment requirements for this course, please refer to the Course Planner (PDF 100KB).

If you are a new student needing help with your initial enrolment, please contact the Future Students team. If you are a continuing student, please contact UConnect.

Please note that the Tourism and Engagement and Procurement and Supply Chains streams will not be offered in 2022.

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

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

The effective and efficient operation of business is human resource intensive. Strategies used to attract, motivate, manage and retain the right people are essential skills for all business managers for business success. This unit introduces you to how Human Resource…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

This unit will provide you with an understanding of financial concepts, practices and tools used to measure and assess the financial performance of a business within the business operating environment. Throughout the unit, case studies, tasks and simulations will develop…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

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

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

Business planning for successful organisations relies on both strategic and operational plans that inform and guide day to day activities and processes. Strategic planning concepts include medium to long term planning, vision, missions, values and objectives of an organisation. This…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

In this unit you will investigate approaches to design and delivery of projects in industry contexts. This will include identifying and analysing relevant concepts, tools and processes used in the formulation, delivery and management of projects. Investigations will focus on…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

This capstone unit will provide opportunities for you to bring together the knowledge learned, and skills developed through your course of study and apply these to entrepreneurial and innovative contexts. This unit creates a practical awareness of the concepts of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

This unit introduces you to leadership theories, concepts and practices and allows you to explore your own leadership style through the completion of a formal individual behavioural profile and subsequent debrief. You will also examine how emotional intelligence aspects inform…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

This unit 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
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

Quality management focuses on the quality of physical products as well as services 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
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

Select one of the following discipline elective units

This unit introduces you to effective professional communication techniques and practices applicable to the workplace and study. You will learn about the foundations of communication, the various communication styles, professional etiquette, and different types of communication behaviours. A central focus…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

This unit explores the nature of contracts in business to business relationships. You will examine the legalities surrounding contracts, including different types of contracts and important clauses. You will also learn the processes involved with contract administration, including contract variations,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

Select one of the following discipline elective units

Event management is a dynamic environment that encompasses a wide range of time sensitive duties and extensive planning to ensure that the event achieves its desired outcomes. Events require thorough planning that may incorporate concepts of innovative practice. In this…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

This unit will provide you with an understanding of how organisations manage the supply chain and logistics processes associated with manufactured and purchased goods, ensuring the successful flow of materials between organisations and external suppliers. The logistics aspects and methodologies…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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 analyses the social, cultural and environmental impacts of events on destinations and communities.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

Event management is a dynamic environment that encompasses a wide range of time sensitive duties and extensive planning to ensure that the event achieves its desired outcomes. Events require thorough planning that may incorporate concepts of innovative practice. In this…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

Select one of the following discipline elective units

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 contemporary forms of leisure such as extreme sports, multi-purpose leisure…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

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

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Select one of the following discipline elective units

This unit explores services provided in the hospitality industry. You will investigate topics such as the scope of hospitality operations, contemporary trends, management and supervisory approaches, and implementation of service practices. This unit provides you with a general understanding of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Volunteers are often the lifeblood of not-for-profit and governments-facilitated community programs. These volunteers can create significant social, cultural and economic capital in communities. This unit explores the roles that volunteers do and can play within community-based activities (e.g. sporting clubs,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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 contemporary forms of leisure such as extreme sports, multi-purpose leisure…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

This unit examines leisure, sport, and recreation organisations across the business, government, and community sectors. You will analyse the current contexts underpinning successful practice at state, national, and international levels and investigate the nature and characteristics of the challenges that…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

Select one of the following discipline elective units

This unit investigates and evaluates the management of contemporary leisure facilities. Areas of exploration include planning and designing a leisure facility for sport, recreation, or active leisure purposes, staff management, asset management and maintenance, risk, scheduling, and operations. This will…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Volunteers are often the lifeblood of not-for-profit and governments-facilitated community programs. These volunteers can create significant social, cultural and economic capital in communities. This unit explores the roles that volunteers do and can play within community-based activities (e.g. sporting clubs,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

Please note: this stream is not offered in 2022

Core
Year 1

This unit explores the nature of contracts in business to business relationships. You will examine the legalities surrounding contracts, including different types of contracts and important clauses. You will also learn the processes involved with contract administration, including contract variations,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

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.

Year 2

This unit will provide you with an understanding of how organisations manage the supply chain and logistics processes associated with manufactured and purchased goods, ensuring the successful flow of materials between organisations and external suppliers. The logistics aspects and methodologies…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 1
Cradle CoastSemester 1

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

This unit provides an overview of contemporary strategic Supply Chain Management issues and challenges, within a Regional, National and Global environment. You will learn about a range of contemporary aspects related supply chains, including Supply Chain Risk, Value Chains, Lean…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Please note: this stream is not offered in 2022

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

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

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

This unit is currently unavailable.

Digital platforms and social technologies influence the success of tourism-engaged businesses and organisations. The interaction of humans and technology provide professionals with exciting opportunities to engage visitors. This unit will investigate emerging disruptive technologies and how they may be used…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Select one of the following discipline elective units

This unit explores services provided in the hospitality industry. You will investigate topics such as the scope of hospitality operations, contemporary trends, management and supervisory approaches, and implementation of service practices. This unit provides you with a general understanding of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Volunteers are often the lifeblood of not-for-profit and governments-facilitated community programs. These volunteers can create significant social, cultural and economic capital in communities. This unit explores the roles that volunteers do and can play within community-based activities (e.g. sporting clubs,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2
LauncestonSemester 2
Cradle CoastSemester 2

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

Electives

You will complete 50 credit points of Elective units in the Associate Degree in Applied Business. Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from across the University in areas such as Arts, Design, Science, and Information Communication Technologies . Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional units in the same discipline field. To search for possible Elective units, use the Unit Search tool to search by the discipline that you are interested in. You can complete any units marked as "Student Electives" which you meet the pre-requisites for.

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

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.

Domestic Applicants who have recently completed secondary education
  • Completed the TCE (or equivalent)

Domestic Applicants with higher education study

  • Completed at least one undergraduate unit (equivalent to 12.5 UTAS credit points).

Domestic Applicants with VET / TAFE study

  • A completed VET Certificate III or higher,

Domestic Applicants with work and life experience:
If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have relevant work and life experience you can complete a personal competency statement. You may be eligible for an offer if you have work and life experiences that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.

Prerequisites
Nil

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. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

All international students will need to meet the minimum English Language Requirements, University General Entry Requirements and any course specific requirements such as pre-requisite subjects, if applicable.

English Language Requirements

This degree requires an IELTS (Academic) of 6.0, with no individual band less than 5.5, or a PTE Academic score of 50, with no score lower than 42 or equivalent.

For students who do not meet the English Language Requirement through citizenship or prior studies in English in an approved country, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last 2 years must be provided. See the English Language Requirements page for more information.

General Entry Requirements

Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Tasmania requires the completion of qualifications equivalent to a 12th year of education in Australia.

Please review the equivalent undergraduate entry requirements to see the minimum requirement relevant to your country. The ATAR information for this course is located in the “For Domestic Students” section of the entry requirements on this page.

You can also meet the General Entry Requirement for this course with the following qualifications or prior studies:

  • Completion of an equivalent AQF Certificate III or above
  • Complete or incomplete (minimum 12.5 credit points) of previous tertiary study at Bachelor level or higher

If you do not meet the minimum requirements, we offer the Foundation Studies Program.

Course Specific Requirements

This course does not have any course specific requirements.

You may be eligible for advanced standing (i.e. credit points) in this associate degree if you:

  • Have completed an award such as a Diploma or Advanced Diploma at the University, from TAFE or another institution;
  • Are currently studying another associate degree at the University or at another institution;
  • Have completed studies towards a Bachelor degree at the University or from another institution.

Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition of Prior Learning.

  • Students who have completed an Undergraduate Certificate in Small Business will be eligible to receive 50 credit points towards the Associate Degree in Applied Business.
  • Students who have completed a Diploma of Construction Management will be eligible to receive between 75 and 100 credit points towards the Business Improvement or Procurement and Supply Chains stream of the Associate Degree in Applied Business, with maximum credit dependent on completion of the following units under the Diploma:
    • Business Improvement: two of ZAA133, ZAA140, and ZAS231
    • Procurement and Supply Chains: ZAA133 and ZAA150

Students who have completed the Procurement and Supply Chains stream of Z2C and completed the specified electives* will be eligible to articulate into the Bachelor of Global Logistics and Maritime Management (P3E) with full credit (200 credit points).

Students wishing to further their studies in the Bachelor of Business (B3A) are recommended to discuss their study plan with a Course Information Officer.

*completion of the following electives is required to receive full credit into P3E: JNB161 Air Freight Transport, JNB158 International Transport Systems, JNB258 Warehousing and Distribution, and ZAA249 Industry Project.

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

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.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $50,875 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $25,000 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

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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