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Unit Overview


From the shortest email to the lengthiest in-depth report, all forms of professional communication seek change. Business Communication for Change, Influence and Impact explores how communication in the workplace helps individuals and organisations promote and respond to change, influencing and motivating others in order to have a sustained and meaningful impact.

This unit examines the fundamental role communication strategies play in determining personal and organisational success. Consequently, students will work individually and collaboratively to apply contemporary communication theories and strategies to real-world challenges faced by companies and organisations in the 21st century. They will learn to apply the principles of ethical research, critical and creative thinking, and effective professional written, verbal and visual communication skills by producing a crisis communication strategy report and presentation. The unit will also establish a personal framework of reflective practice and goal-setting in order to build self-efficacy and accountability, enhancing the necessary skills and resilience essential to professionals facing a rapidly evolving and unpredictable future.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) apply professional communication strategies to inform and influence action; (2) apply ethical research skills and critical and creative thinking techniques to solve real-world organisational challenges; (3) utilise contemporary modes of professional and academic written communications; (4) deliver effective business presentations using verbal, non-verbal and visual communication techniques; (5) apply intercultural and interpersonal understandings to facilitate negotiation, conflict resolution and collaboration

; and (6) establish a framework of reflective practice and goal-setting to enhance professionalism, self-efficacy and personal accountability.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) crisis communication strategy report and presentation; (2) reflective learning journal; and (3) in-class and online participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Fiona Burrows
Unit rules
PACM1101 Communication in Practice
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.