Courses & Units

Contemporary Business Environments ZAA131

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


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, you will gain insight into your chosen industry and identify challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing world. You will explore the operational and external environment of your industry, and how your industry intersects with other industries.

This unit also incorporates learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment,

for you to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry, community and/or global needs.

You will be introduced to:

- a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice

- principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios

- reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations

- ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry


Unit name Contemporary Business Environments
Unit code ZAA131
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Business

Cecilia Lawler

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Term 3 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Term 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic Domestic
Launceston Term 3 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 3 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 1 3/2/2020 24/2/2020 31/5/2020 9/4/2020
Term 3 20/7/2020 10/8/2020 25/8/2020 25/9/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and describe key features, practices and processes of selected businesses and industries
  2. Discuss and analyse contemporary and emerging challenges and opportunities in selected businesses and industries
  3. Identify and reflect on your own interests, abilities and goals in conjunction with a range of industry-relevant practitioner roles, skills and knowledge
  4. Apply discipline and practice-based skills and knowledge to communicate an initiative/s for organisational



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090399

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Teaching Pattern

Blended mode: Online content, full-day workshop (x2), weekly tutorials


AT1:Industry Scan (20%)

AT2: Experiential Report (40%)

AT3: Presentation (40%)

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