Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Click on an offering mode for more details.

Unit Overview


This unit helps students develop their English writing and speaking skills to enable them to communicate confidently and professionally in a business environment. Students learn to produce key business documents as well as polished presentations. Additionally, the unit explores critical thinking, researching and referencing skills.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) employ intercultural and interpersonal understandings to enhance effective professional communication in Australian contexts; (2) create key professional documents designed to influence specialist and non-specialist audiences; (3) deliver clear, informative and engaging presentations; (4) summarise, interpret and critically evaluate scholarly and non-scholarly sources of information; and (5) demonstrate an understanding of basic

research skills, referencing, and the ethical use of sources.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) professional report; (2) reflective journal; and (3) team presentation. 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)
Antony Gray (Semester 1) and Dhammi Azariadis (Semester 2)
Unit rules
WACE/TEE English or equivalent
or BUSN4003 Applied Business Communication
or MGMT5610 Applied Professional Business Communications
Contact hours
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit rules:
Normally completed in first 48 points of a PG degree
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.