Business (A/T/M)

students at Gungahlin College

Course information

Business at Gungahlin College has a strong practical orientation towards understanding the workings of small to medium size businesses. Excursions to visit local businesses, visiting speakers, practical exercises such as undertaking market research, being a mystery shopper, participating in the share market game, interviewing business owners and opportunities to experience event management as part of a team, allows the practical application of the theory learnt in class to real life situations.

This course provides excellent preparation for students who wish to do further study at university in the areas of Business and Commerce, and offers a great opportunity to develop important skills for life and the workplace.

Post-school pathways

Do you enjoy or are you good at Business Studies? (pdf, 110kb)

Do you enjoy or are you good at Social and Behavioural Sciences? (pdf, 110kb)

Workload expectation

Social and Behavioural Science subjects require regular and consistent revision of course content as well as detailed planning and research for assessment tasks outside of class time  in order to receive outstanding results.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor or Major or as part of a Commerce Major.

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Business 1

2

Business 2

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Business 1

2

Business 2

3

Business 3

4

Business 4

Unit descriptions

NOTE: these units are proposed units and may be subject to change. The general themes and topics are relevant.

Business 1 – Changing Business Environment

This unit examines the importance of business to our society, the various classifications of business types and the legal structures of businesses such as sole traders, partnerships, companies and franchises. It involves examining the concepts and principals of entrepreneurship and ethics as they apply in the business environment. After discussing the importance of small business we shift focus to how businesses can expand globally and the issues they face.

Business 2 – Relationship Management

This unit examines the importance of understanding the target market for a business and the role marketing plays in achieving success. The unit explores the various types of media and how business can utilise these to gain a competitive advantage. The unit is delivered through a combination of theory and practical exercises culminating in the students’ developing a marketing plan for a business.

Business 3 – Planning for the Current Context

This unit has an emphasis on contemporary issues associated with financial management. While the emphasis is on financial management in the organisational context, personal financial management issues are also included to improve the student's financial literacy. After a discussion of the importance of financial management, business planning and regulation are introduced and students complete a business plan based on their own ideas.

Business 4 – Business Challenges

This unit looks at how the management of staff is aligned with the goals of the business. It examines the different ways a business can build a culture that will attract, motivate and build employees commitment and performance in a business. It examines different theories associated with leadership styles and managing change within organisations of all sizes.