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Business and Management discipline - Inherent Academic Requirements

For double degrees, please check the Inherent Academic Requirements for both single degrees

Committed to equity and diversity

At UniSC, we are committed to facilitating the integration of all students into the University Community.

Reasonable adjustments in teaching and/or assessment methods can be made for students provided those adjustments do not compromise the inherent requirements of the program.

The inherent academic requirements of the Diploma, Associate Degree, Bachelor and Postgraduate Business and Management programs are the fundamental skills and abilities that the student must be able to achieve in order to demonstrate the essential learning outcomes of the Business and Management programs.

This Statement provides realistic information about the inherent academic requirements that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for the Business and Management programs so you can make an informed judgement about your ability to fulfil them.

Skills you need 

The Business and Management programs have inherent academic requirements in three categories:

  • Communication skills
  • Behavioural and social skills
  • Intellectual, such as conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities 

Before you enrol

If you intend to enrol in a Business program at the University of the Sunshine Coast, look carefully at the inherent academic requirements listed in this statement and think about whether you might experience challenges in meeting them.

If you think you might experience challenges related to your disability, health condition or for any other reason, you should discuss your concerns with a University Ability Adviser or School staff member.

Reasonable adjustments

Students with disabilities or other special circumstances may be provided with reasonable adjustment to enable them to meet the inherent academic requirements of the Business programs if the adjustment is:

  • logistically reasonable
  • likely to result in the student being able to perform the skills adequately and in a timely manner
Support and further information is available from UniSC

Communication skills

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Written communication skills
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills
Verbal and non-verbal communication skills

Students must have the capacity to demonstrate:

  • ability to communicate, and to understand accurately verbal communication in English, and respond verbally, in English, to a standard that allows fluid, clear, timely, and comprehensible two-way discussions.
  • ability to understand and to provide clear instructions in the context of the situation.
  • ability to express ideas concisely and clearly with the capacity to develop skills in verbal reasoning.
  • listening comprehension skills that equip the student to deal with varied situations, from note-taking in lectures to work placement situations.
  • sensitivity to individual and/or cultural differences in their communication and ability to interact appropriately in different situations.

This is an inherent academic requirement of the Business programs because:

  • Effective business communication is a vital skill for every businessperson.
  • Effective and respectful two-way communication, via verbal and non-verbal means, is required to participate in tutorials and group assessment tasks and, for creating safe learning environments.
  • English language and literacy skills are the foundation from which students will develop and apply skills in delivering a sustained and organised academic argument.
  • Interactivity of communication is necessary for receiving and implementing instructions and feedback and for resolving complex problems experienced in academic and business professional settings.

Adjustments must address effectiveness, timeliness, clarity and accuracy issues to ensure appropriate support.


As a student, you must:

  • Engage in discussions, make verbal presentations and participate in tutorials and groupwork, conveying spoken and written messages, including complex academic perspectives, accurately and effectively.
  • Be able to recognise, interpret and respond appropriately to verbal communication and non-verbal communication cues accurately and appropriately.
  • Demonstrate appropriate awareness of own behaviours and their impact on others and show sensitivity to individual and/or cultural differences.
Written communication

Students must have the capacity to demonstrate the ability to:

  • construct coherent, timely and professional written communication in English compliant with academic writing conventions and appropriate to the circumstance.
  • read and comprehend a range of literature and information in English.

These are inherent academic requirements of the Business programs because:

  • Construction of written tasks that adhere to required academic standards is necessary to convey knowledge and understanding of relevant subject matter.
  • Effective written communication in English is a fundamental aspect of Business practice.

Adjustments must allow students to meet necessary standards of clarity, accuracy and accessibility to ensure effective acquisition, recording, comprehension and transmission of information in academic and any work placement settings.


As a student, you must:

  • construct essays, reports and other written work that meet academic and professional standards.
  • paraphrase, summarise and reference in accordance with appropriate academic, professional and/or organisational practice conventions.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills 

The capacity to acquire and demonstrate sound working skills in applying information and communication technologies (ICT) to communicate via a range of ICT applications and systems in both academic and professional settings.


These are inherent requirements of the Business programs because competent ICT skills are essential to:

  • Successfully accessing, applying and communicating information to meet learning outcomes.
  • Preparing and completing assessment tasks and submitting assessment items online.

Adjustments must demonstrate a capacity to effectively use a range of ICT to apply and communicate accurate information. UniSC has in place a range of strategies and technology to support students with disabilities. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with the University’s AccessAbility Service.


As a student you must:

  • employ a range of ICT skills, such as internet searching and word processing, to complete written and audio-visual learning and assessment activities
  • use a range of software, applications and devices for academic, research and placement purposes, in face-to-face and online synchronous and asynchronous communication environments

Behavioural and Social Skills

Students must have the capacity to demonstrate behavioural stability and adaptability in academic and professional environments which may be at times challenging and unpredictable. Students must be able to work with others and share responsibility for outcomes in a range of roles and contexts. Students must be able to demonstrate cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice – e.g. in tutorials, workshops, field trips and/or work placements.


These are inherent academic requirements of the Business programs because students must be able to work constructively and ethically in socially and culturally diverse academic and placement environments.


Adjustments must support stable, effective, ethical and professional behaviour in academic and professional settings.


As a student, you must:

  • engage with peers and staff appropriately and with sensitivity in discussion settings in the classroom and in team tasks and be receptive and professional in responding appropriately to constructive written and verbal feedback.
  • demonstrate an ability to reflect on ethical considerations and issues and take responsibility for ensuring own ethical behaviour.
  • manage your own emotions and behaviour effectively when dealing with others both in University and placement settings .

Intellectual – Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities 

Students must have capacity to demonstrate knowledge and application of theory and the skills of cognition, comprehension and numeracy, which includes:

  • Numeracy, literacy, knowledge, cognitive and metacognitive skills appropriate to the discipline.
  • Capacity for independent critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, critical analysis, decision making, rational inquiry and self-directed learning.
  • Ability to develop intellectual skills in a variety of academic and professional contexts and to apply acquired skills and knowledge in practice.

These are inherent academic requirements of a Business program because conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities are necessary for the students to be able to fulfil the required range of academic and practice tasks.


Adjustments must ensure that a clear demonstration of knowledge and cognitive skills is not compromised or impeded.


As a student, you must:

  • conceptualise and use appropriate knowledge to fulfil academic assessment tasks.
  • read, interpret, synthesise and comprehend information from multiple sources.
  • build strong conceptual frameworks and apply knowledge of theories, models, concepts, policy, procedures and practice; in classroom discussions, groupwork, assessments and professional contexts.
  • accurately process and reason with numbers, code and numerical data and concepts relevant to the discipline.
  • be aware of your own thinking and demonstrate skills to reflect, evaluate, adapt, and implement cognitive strategies for improved learning.