Business units

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You can study individual units for personal or professional development without having to apply for a full QUT course.

If you successfully complete a unit, you may be eligible for credit if you decide to apply for a degree course in the future.

Units anyone can study

These units don’t have any requirements for previous study or background knowledge.

But if your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Business

Built environment

BEB110 Organising and Managing Project Team

Project managers face a number of challenges operating in a complex project environment that is characterised by cross-cultural teams, high levels of uncertainty, and global competition for competent human resources. The successful delivery of projects requires that project managers develop basic knowledge, competency and skills to organise, lead and manage an effective project team, especially in the construction or related industry. This unit introduces key theories and concepts to assist you in developing greater insights into your own thinking and behaviour so as to increase your personal effectiveness in working with others. Case studies will be used to embed key learnings in a real-world context. This unit is part of the ‘project collaboration minor’ and the knowledge and skills developed are relevant to construction management and related majors.

BEB111 Managing Project Quality

This  Project Collaboration Minor unit introduces you to the development and implementation of strategies required to manage quality within projects. Using a problem-solving approach, the unit will also teach you how to determine quality requirements, develop a quality plan, implement quality assurance processes and use systematic review and evaluation procedures to make quality improvements in current and future projects. Quality is integral to all aspects of successful project delivery and is important in ensuring that the end-quality of all project deliverables will be 'fit for purpose' and will satisfy both internal and external customers. BEB111 unit provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop a project quality management plan, perform quality audits and quality improvement activities, and expand outcomes into process improvements and ultimately organisational change.

BEB112 Principles of Project Management

Project Management is the overall planning, control and coordination of a project, from inception to completion, aimed at meeting a client's requirements in order to complete the project on time, within budget and to the client’s quality, safety and environmental standards. This unit introduces you to project management for the built environment, engineering or infrastructure projects, which includes an overview of the framework, processes and key knowledge areas of project management. Developing a project plan to manage the project through its life-cycle, identify and engage project stakeholders, monitor project cost, mitigating project risks and opportunities are core skills that you will need to develop to be an effective project manager. Case studies will be used to embed key learnings in a real-world context. This unit is part of the ‘project collaboration minor’ and the knowledge and skills developed are relevant to construction management and related majors.

BEB113 Managing Project Cost

Introduces the basic principles,  processes, relevant techniques and methods of planning, estimating, budgeting, monitoring and controlling project costs. It provides an understanding of project costs within the broader context of project management and from the project life cycle perspective. It examines the relationships between project cost and other project dimensions such as project scope, time/schedule, quality, procurement, and illustrates their trade-offs. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to professional practices and those working on projects that require basic understanding of cost planning and management to prepare project cost estimates, budget, and conduct cost performance analysis so that project can be completed within the approved budget.

BEB114 Project Financing

Project is growing in complexity and size. Many projects never get off the ground due to insufficient financing. It is therefore necessary for project managers to know the sources and cost of project finance in order to package a financially viable project for approval. This unit is part of the Project Collaboration minor. This unit provides you with the understanding of the main features of project finance and apply it in the project management environment.

PMN501 Project Management Essentials 1

This unit will furnish you with an appreciation of the nature and role of project management as a professional discipline. With a specific focus on aspects of project planning and project development, the unit will describe, clarify, and formalise project management of the front end of projects to prepare you for further postgraduate study or bring new knowledge and skills to your professional endeavours.

PMN502 Project Management Essentials 2

This unit will furnish you with an appreciation of the nature and role of project management as a professional discipline. With a particular focus on the final two phases of project management; project delivery and handover, this unit will prepare you for further postgraduate study or bring new knowledge and skills to your professional endeavours.

UXB135 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Conflict, whether explicit or hidden, underlies all decisions, such that development of conflict management and negotiation skills is essential for those tasked with shaping the built environment. In this unit, you will acquire skills in effective communication, analysis of disputes and creative problem-solving through active participation in role-playing and reflective activities and intense investigation of real world conflicts that arise through the development of land. Learning to think about and respond to conflict in a rational manner will prepare you for group work within your studies and into professional practice. This unit is placed within the first year of the urban and regional planning course to ensure that students build negotiation and conflict resolution skills in advance of engaging in work placements. Stakeholder Engagement and Planning Law units undertaken in the second year of the course build on this unit.

Business

BSB110 Accounting

Accounting data is the basis for decision making in any organisation, making it important for any business professional to have a foundational level of knowledge and understanding of modern financial and managerial accounting theory and practice. Accordingly, this unit provides students with introductory knowledge of modern financial and managerial accounting theory and practice to develop an understanding of how accounting data is used to inform decisions in organisations. The unit covers financial procedures and reporting for business entities, analysis and interpretation of financial statements, planning, control and business decision making. The knowledge and skills developed in this introductory unit are relevant to students in accounting and non-accounting majors.

BSB111 Business Law and Ethics

This foundational unit is designed to prepare students to conduct business within the Australian legal environment and emphasises the need for the business leaders of tomorrow to act in accordance with society's ethical standards. It incorporates the concepts and principles of business law with the theories and applications of business ethics to provide students with an understanding of laws and ethical standards applicable to business decisions. The unit addresses specific legal issues that relate to business, including business structures, contract law, consumer law and negligence. These issues are pertinent regardless the specific field of business being studied and inform a broad set of professional contexts. Through use of statute, case law and ethical principles, students will develop the ability to apply the law to different scenarios, and develop moral reasoning and problem solving skills in relation to contemporary ethical issues.

BSB113 Economics

Economics is the study of how to best use and distribute scarce resources to meet our needs and wants by looking at how people make decisions and the interaction of individuals in markets. Economics examines the role of government in either obstructing or improving market outcomes and the effect of those decisions on the well-being of society. Economics also studies the economy as a whole and key issues explored in this unit include economic growth, inflation, unemployment and international trade. In studying these issues economists can understand how to manage the economy for the good of its citizens. In this unit students develop an understanding of the key principles and tools that economists use to interpret and critically analyse economic policies that impact on Australia and the global economy.

BSB115 Management

An ability to understand the basic functions of management and apply that knowledge to contemporary practice are key skills for competent business professionals and informed, effective managers. This unit provides insights into current business issues and practices using real world cases and practitioner readings. The unit introduces students to foundational theories and practices of management and organisations, with an emphasis on the conceptual and people skills that are needed in all areas of management and organisational life. The unit acknowledges that organisations exist in an increasingly competitive environment where the emphasis will be on knowledge and the ability to learn, change and innovate. Organisations are viewed from individual, group, corporate and external environmental perspectives, and the unit provides a foundation for students studying business or wishing to understand more thoroughly the role of organisations within society.

BSB119 Global Business

Globalisation is the development of interdependancy among organisations and individuals in different country markets. This unit examines the drivers of globalisation and the diversity of country markets at a foundational level, introducing key knowledge and skills for operating businesses effectively in global contexts and responding to the opportunities, challenges and risks of conducting business across politically, economically and culturally diverse environments. In this unit you will develop a comprehension of the nature and role of globalisation and the drivers of international business, and knowledge of the competitive forces and challenges confronting all business as a consequence of globalisation. You will gain an awareness of the unique knowledge and skills required of management to operate business internationally across diverse contexts, which will inform future studies in this field.

BSB123 Data Analysis

The ability to collect, analyse, manipulate, understand and report data effectively is important in any work environment. This is particularly true in business where learning to deal with randomness, variation and uncertainty is a vital skill for anyone applying their knowledge to inform business decisions. This introductory unit is designed to ensure that students gain an appreciation of the basic tools necessary to develop and apply this skill set. It introduces the fundamental concepts and statistical methods for data analysis, and students will learn about different types and sources of data, and techniques for displaying and analysing data to make business decisions. Students will gain practical data manipulation skills using Microsoft Excel, and practise many of the quantitative techniques applicable to all disciplines, which will be used throughout their further studies.

BSB126 Marketing

To operate successfully and profitably in today's competitive marketplace, business operators need to apply marketing principles and concepts. Survival and growth depend very much on understanding customer needs, as well as the marketing environment in which they compete. BSB126 Marketing introduces students to key marketing strategies and tactics in order to adapt and respond to a continuously changing marketplace. The elements of the marketing mix are explored with special reference to product, price, distribution and promotion, and key issues relating to services marketing, e-marketing and strategic marketing are canvassed. The unit also introduces students to the related disciplines of advertising and public relations, and provides a broad grounding in marketing practice that is relevant for all business disciplines.

USB141 Building Big

Building Big builds on the construction fundamentals covered in the unit UXB110 Residential Construction and further develops these concepts and applies them to the industrial property, retail centres, high rise commercial and high rise residential property. The unit provides the construction and design background that defines good quality building materials, design, layout and construction. These concepts will provide the basis for the understanding of how construction type and quality are reflected in the market demand and value of these property types from a development, valuation and investment perspective.

USB143 Money and Wealth

Money and Wealth provides the foundation academic skills and knowledge to understand how accounting and investment interacts with the day to day valuation and property professions and how these principles of accounting can assist in the analysis and interpretation of the financial aspects of going concern valuations and property ownership and management.

Civil engineering & the built environment

USB241 Money and Wealth

Money and Wealth provides the foundation academic skills and knowledge to understand how accounting and investment interacts with the day to day valuation and property professions and how these principles of accounting can assist in the analysis and interpretation of the financial aspects of going concern valuations and property ownership and management.

Economics & finance

EFB106 Cost-Benefit Analysis for Project Appraisal

Cost Benefit Analysis is a key technique used to appraise the relative desirability of competing alternatives in investment projects, socio-economic programmes and policies. The unit provides students with key knowledge and skills to assess the relative desirability of competing alternative uses of limited resources. It supports student decision making with respect to investment alternatives across a range of industries in the public and private sector.

Mechanical, medical & process engineering

ENN570 Enterprise Resource Planning

Enterprise Systems are now essential infrastructure to both large as well as to small-to-medium (SME) organisations, as they realise the necessity of a single central database instead of a large number of separate databases. By integrating core business processes in one single application, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) helps companies maximize the efficiency of business processes across the entire organization including increases in on-time delivery, productivity, forecasting demand and production capacity. This unit aims to provide the fundamental understanding of various Enterprise Systems, functions and modules and how they can be integrated in a business context. The students will be trained to develop a real life ERP system based on actual data from industry. This unit will also aims to help students to refine their communication and group work skills, and assist in the development of research-based skills. This is a core unit for Master of Engineering Management.

Units you need background knowledge to study

These units have requirements for previous study or background knowledge. Check the unit’s previous study requirements for details. If you have any questions, contact the unit coordinator for the semester you want to study.

If your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.