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BUSS1000: Future of Business

This compulsory first year unit is designed to provide commencing undergraduate students with insights into the study and the practice of business. Students gain foundational knowledge in relation to business stakeholders, business challenges and the ways in which business leaders might approach responding to these challenges. Key stakeholders within and external to organisations are identified and their interests are analysed. Critical business challenges such as climate change and sustainability, the future of work and workforce diversity are investigated. The way that these challenges affect different types of business, sectors and stakeholders is analysed and responses constructed to them. The unit is delivered in a blended format, with face-to-face lectures, seminars, and interactive online modules. Success in this unit is determined by strong application of critical, strategic and cross-disciplinary thinking, as well as the ability to demonstrate business knowledge and problem-solving skills through effective written and oral communication.


Academic unit International Business
Unit code BUSS1000
Unit name Future of Business
Session, year
Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Joseph Boulis,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home short release) Type D final exam Final exam
Written exam (Type D)
35% Formal exam period 3 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation Tutorial participation
15% Ongoing Ongoing (will evaluated for week 3-12)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Case study
Case study
25% Week 06
Due date: 13 Sep 2021

Closing date: 23 Sep 2021
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Presentation group assignment Team presentation
Recorded oral presentation
25% Week 11
Due date: 25 Oct 2021

Closing date: 04 Nov 2021
10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type D final exam = Type D final exam ?
  • Case study: For this assignment, you will be undertaking a case study of a provided organisation. You will then be asked to undertake research, apply theoretical frameworks, and undertake critical analysis of the context and/or organisation. 
  • Team presentation: During the semester, you will be introduced to an industry partner who will present their current thinking on an innovation they are considering implementing in their business. Your task is to review the opportunity presented and to identify a strategy to maximise the opportunity that this innovation could create for both the business and for society. You will need to work in teams (3-5 participants) to prepare a presentation to present your strategy. This is an electronic submission of recorded oral presentation.
  • Tutorial participation: You are required to demonstrate your ability to be engaged with classmates and the unit of study material in tutorials. As every tutorial includes collaborative work, it is essential that you actively engage with not only the class material but with your classmates and tutors. As such, students will be expected to have attended the lecture and completed all readings prior to attending the tutorial. Tutors will be grading each student’s level of participation between weeks 3-12.
  • Final exam: The exam will test the knowledge of all areas of the unit from all 13 weeks via essay questions. The exam could draw from any and all content delivered and discussed in lectures, tutorial and from assigned readings and online videos. The exam will assess your ability to apply this knowledge to the real world problems and situations presented in the exam paper.
  • Business communication workshops: This is the Business School’s undergraduate academic support program for all students in BUSS1000 Future of Business. Workshops start in Week 1, as scheduled in your personal timetable. You will complete the compulsory Business Communication diagnostic exercise in your workshop and receive feedback to assist you before submitting your first credit bearing BUSS1000 assessment. Weekly On Demand resources and live online workshops provide further pre-assessment advice and personalised academic feedback. You will also have access to individual academic consultations. The program is free of charge and there is no prerequisite to attend.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 02 Role of business in society (part 1: theory and fundamentals) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 Internal analysis (part 1: theory and fundamentals) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 04 External analysis (part 1: theory and fundamentals) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 05 Strategy (part 1: theory and fundamentals) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 06 Information, communication, and technology (part 2: trends, challenges, and opportunities) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 07 Sustainability (part 2: trends, challenges, and opportunities) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 08 Evolving workplace (part 2: trends, challenges, and opportunities) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 09 Urbanisation (part 2: trends, challenges, and opportunities) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 10 Emerging and growing markets (part 2: trends, challenges, and opportunities) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 11 Design thinking (part 3: ‘solution’ toolkit) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 12 Entrepreneurship (part 3: ‘solution’ toolkit) Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 13 Conclusions and your future in business Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Lecture recordings: All lectures and seminars are recorded and will be available on Canvas for student use. Please note the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that the system will operate or that every class will be recorded. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library Reading List, available on Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of theory and conceptual frameworks that are relevant to businesses operating in diverse sectors
  • LO2. explain and critically assess the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in a variety of key sectors within the global economy
  • LO3. apply conceptual frameworks to different business problems in order to derive insights about business performance and opportunities for strategic change
  • LO4. communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using a range of modes of communication including presentations and writing effectively to different audiences
  • LO5. collaborate effectively with others by structuring work assignments in an effective way to meet deadlines and manage team conflict
  • LO6. demonstrate an understanding of how to make a positive impact within the business environment and plan for a sustainable and ethical approach to societal challenges.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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