BUSN20024 - Communication for Leadership Success

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the communication skills vital to succeeding as a business leader. In an increasingly complex global environment, outstanding leaders are consummate communicators. Sophisticated interpersonal competencies are crucial to leaders achieving outstanding performance. Effective business communication is critical to cultivating optimistic attitudes to problem solving. Creating a positive attitude amongst employees determines how well organisational goals are achieved. Mobilising and energising stakeholders, through the transmission of shared aspirations, impacts on organisations success. In this unit, you will develop the core communication behaviours essential to effectively lead people in a variety of circumstances. This involves effectively coaching, delegating, and initiating organisational change through appropriate feedback. Sophisticated communications promotes commercial benefit for an organisation, particularly in relation to strategic marketing. Successful leaders need to provide clear, timely and accurate information about business concerns. Effective communication by business leaders and employees facilitates the interactive flow of information needed to contribute to achieving organisational goals. Consequently, leaders with well-developed interpersonal skills are in demand, due to their capacity to effectively mobilise and engage employees and colleagues to achieve organisational goals.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Case Study 30%
2. Project (applied) 40%
3. Online Test 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Reflect on the theories and practices of professional communication
  2. Evaluate persuasion and negotiation techniques for resolving workplace conflict
  3. Analyse a business problem, issue or situation from a professional communications perspective
  4. Evaluate and apply contextually appropriate communication tools to solve business problems and challenges


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Case Study
2 - Project (applied)
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8