Courses & Units

Business Planning and Decision Making ZAA232

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


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 unit explores how strategic planning informs operational planning, with a strong focus on how operational actions and activities are formulated and decided upon.

It investigates approaches that underpin data-informed decision-making and planning including being able to identify and incorporate organisational challenges, opportunities and recommendations for improvements. You will engage in analysing, interpreting and evaluating data, information and operating context using business tools such as graphing, SWOTs, and business model canvases to inform operational planning.

In conjunction with the discipline theory, this unit builds on concepts of learning through practice in Year 1 of study 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.


Unit name Business Planning and Decision Making
Unit code ZAA232
Credit points 12.5
College/School University College
Discipline Business and Management UC
Coordinator Mrs Jodie Lee
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse and interpret data to apply an ‘evidence-based approach’ to decision making
  • Apply business planning strategies, tools, and techniques to support organisational planning
  • Evaluate and communicate planning requirements, actions and priorities in an organisational context
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
080301 $1,828.00 $1,432.00 not applicable $2,702.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

ZAA202 Business Planning


Teaching Pattern

On-campus students: Weekly 2 hour tutorials; 1 x half to full day workshop per semester.

 Off-campus students: Weekly 2 hour online tutorials; 1 x half to full day online workshop per semester.

AssessmentAT2: Case Study Operational Report (30%)|AT3: Business Action Plan (50%)|AT1: Decision Making and Data Analysis (20%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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