Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course provides both theoretical and applied perspectives on business theory and concepts. Students may choose to focus on the discipline of International business, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Leadership and Management, or Tourism, Sport and Event Management.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): IBUS4000, IRHR4000, LEIS4000, MKTG4000, MNGT4000 and TOUR4000. Students who have successfully completed IBUS4000, IRHR4000, LEIS4000, MKTG4000, MNGT4000 or TOUR4000 are not eligible to enrol in BUSN4002.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Source relevant secondary data for business.

2. Critically evaluate alternative theories, assumptions, applications, debates, and recent developments in business.

3. Apply the theories, models and concepts to contemporary issues relating to business operations.

4. Critically discuss business related literature.

5. Use advanced communication skills to disseminate findings in a professionally acceptable manner,


The topics considered in this course will be developed in consultation between course coordinator/lecturer and students. Major topic areas include:

  • The history and development of various bodies of theoretical thought related to business
  • Contemporary debates in business theories
  • The application of business theories to real world problems
  • Methodological diversity in business and contemporary practice


Students cannot enrol in this course if they have previously successfully completed IBUS4000, IRHR4000, LEIS4000, MKTG4000, MNGT4000, or TOUR4000.

This course is only available to students enrolled in: Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) [10726] or Bachelor of Business (Honours) [11060] programs.

Assumed knowledge

Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Social Science, or equivalent

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentations 20%

Written Assignment: Written Critiques 30%

Written Assignment: Theoretical Analysis (50%)

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.