• Offered by Research School of Management
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Management
  • Areas of interest Commerce, Management
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Essential Business Skills primary aim is to provide students with the skills and knowledge of communication in the business environment.  There is a strong focus on the understanding the theory of communication in the business context and it's application to effective business writing at a high level, persuasive and appropriate verbal and non verbal communication,  and interpersonal skills across teams and cultures. To achieve this students undertake the role of a new graduate employee in the workplace and develop responses to a range of current and emerging business issues that they will encounter in the private and public sector. 

Students will use the workplace case study to develop knowledge and high level skills in business writing, and will assemble a portfolio of key written business documents to demonstrate capability to prospective employees.  This will include short reports, memorandums, business letters, action plans and formal long reports.

Effective interpersonal communication skills are basic tools for those employed in professional fields.  The workshop format of the tutorials explores business communication theory, and develops the student's communication skills and knowledge in a supportive peer group environment through ideas exchange and argument, and team approaches to workshop activities and team leadership.  There is a strong focus on self development.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to demonstrate a good understanding of:

  • effective business writing
  • effective business communications
  • research approaches and information collection
  • developing and delivering effective presentations
  • effective interpersonal communications
  • skills that maximise team effectiveness
  • good time management
  • effective problem solving

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

See the course outline on the College courses page for the indicative assessment.

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Students taking this course are expected to commit at least 10 hours per week to completing the work. This will include 3 hours per week in class and at least 7 hours a week on average (including non-teaching weeks) on course reading, research, writing and assignment work.

Preliminary Reading

Dwyer, Judith (2008) Communications in Business: Strategies and Skills. Pearson, 4th edition.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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