OnlineSession 1,2,3N/A

Unit description

Explores the nature of issues and are introduced to the critical enquiry methods required in the context of Arts and Business Studies. Students will learn how to write a report and communicate their explanations and conclusions.

Unit content

The unit consists of nine topics:

  1. Issues and academic enquiry
  2. Introducing reports
  3. Reading and writing for reports and assessments
  4. Defining sustainability
  5. Background to the issue of sustainability
  6. Sustainability: Principles and perspectives
  7. Refining reports: Editing and proofreading
  8. Sustainability initiatives
  9. Conclusions, recommendations and executive summaries

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.

Session 3

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Quiz & Report Analysis20%
Draft Report35%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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