A longitudinal development report on a business communication course in Australia

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Business Communication has been taught to students studying an undergraduate degree in computing at Charles Sturt University, Australia since the degree was introduced over 15 years ago. The importance of developing soft skills in a technical degree has been maintained and strengthened with several strategic changes in curricula and teaching-learning methods. The subject is taught to both domestic and international student audiences. This paper outlines the changes in how Business Communication has been taught utilising several strategies, adjustments made through the years with feedback from employers and faculty. It also outlines the evolving classroom activity - from a basic lecture-tutorial model to one that incorporates authentic learning experiences and strategic support for those whose first language is not English. The longitudinal view of the subject will assist many others developing a similar subject to understand the complexities of community demand, employer requests and meeting the needs of academia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 Annual Conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication84th Annual International Conference
EditorsLeigh Ann Whittle
Place of PublicationDetriot, Michigan, USA
PublisherAssociation for Business Communication
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2019
Event2019 Association for Business Communication: 84th Annual International Conference - The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, Detroit, United States
Duration: 23 Oct 201926 Oct 2019

Publication series

Name2019 Annual Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)2472-0658


Conference2019 Association for Business Communication
Abbreviated titleInnovations with Business Communication: Companies, Communities, and Classrooms
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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