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The Career Academy Advanced Certificate in Business

Understand processes to help you become successful in business!

Learn practical accounting, management, marketing and IT skills to take your career to the next level. Stand out from the crowd with business skills that will help you build an effective team, manage projects and convert website visits to leads. With this course you will cover everything you need to run an effective business from the basics such as health and safety all the way to running your own online marketing campaign.

 

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Key benefits

  • Gain an advanced certificate in Business
  • Learn a broad range of business disciplines valuable for your professional development
  • Flexible online learning lets you chose the time and pace of your study

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Course summary

Investment: $2,450 + GST or only $25 per week with our interest free payment plan.

 

Assessments: Case studies, quizzes, written assessments and practical exercises

 

Qualification Information: On successful completion of this business training course, you will be awarded a certificate of achievement.

 

Duration:  Approximately 500 hours ideally completing one module per week

 

Access time: We allow up to 12 months access to this course.

The Career Academy Advanced Certificate in Business covers the following modules

Module 1: Certificate in Health & Safety

 

  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • First Aid and Medical Emergencies

 

Module 2: Certificate in Budgeting and Financial Management

 

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping Fundamentals
  • General Journal
  • General Ledger & the Trial Balance
  • Depreciation
  • Adjusting Entries
  • Financial Statements
  • Budgeting, Forecasting and Cashflow Management
  • Financial Statement Analysis

 

Module 3: Certificate in Leadership and Team Building

 

  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Leadership Qualities
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communication Skills
  • Team Building
  • Systematic & Lateral Thinking

 

Module 4: Certificate in Management Fundamentals

 

  • Management & Organisational Structures
  • Management Theories & Procedures
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Management Styles & External Influences
  • Employing People & Interview Skills
  • Staff Management
  • Ethics & Equity

Module 5: Certificate in Personnel Management and Human Resources

 

  • Human Behaviour
  • Workplace Communication Skills
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Controlling Operations
  • Recruitment
  • Staff Training
  • Work Teams
  • Positive Discipline
  • Grievances & Complaints
  • Monitoring & Reporting

 

Module 6: Certificate in Business Computing

 

  • Introduction to Business Computing & the Internet
  • Introduction to MS Word
  • Using MS Excel
  • Introduction to MS Powerpoint
  •  Advanced MS Excel

 

Module 7: Certificate in Digital Marketing

 

  • Scope and Nature of Internet Marketing
  • The Psychology of Internet Marketing
  • Website Strategy, Principle and Design
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
  • Social Media Applications
  • Capturing and Converting Customers
  • Content Marketing

Workplace Health and Safety

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Define the key areas that the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 aims to address.
  • Define the actions required for ergonomically setting up a computer workstation.
  • Explain how workplace hazards must be handled.
  • Outline the three myths about physical activity and explain what ‘Manual Handling’ is.
  • List the three things to look out for when identifying hazards.

First Aid and Medical Emergencies

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

 

  • Define what DRSABCD means.
  • Explain how to ensure the safety of yourself and others at the scene of an accident.
  • Give examples of questions to ask an injured person when collecting information.
  • Describe how to do chest compressions as part of CPR.
  • Explain why is it important to get medical attention when you suspect someone may be having a stroke.
  • Describe the differences between the two common types of diabetic emergency.
  • Give examples of the signs and symptoms that may be displayed by someone having a seizure.
  • List the causes, signs, symptoms and treatment for a common medical emergency.
  • Differentiate between a sprain and a strain and explain how to manage them.
  • List the 3 different types of burns, along with their common causes.
  • List signs and symptoms of a serious head injury that requires medical attention.

Accounting and Bookkeeping Fundamentals

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

 

  • Explain the function and purpose of accounting.
  • State the different forms of accounting information.
  • Identify external and internal users of accounting information and how they would use the information.
  • List the steps in the accounting cycle.
  • Explain the key concepts and assumptions underlying accounting.
  • Explain the principal qualitative characteristics and their effect on financial statements.
  • Define the basic and expanded accounting equation and explain how it is connected to the double-entry method of accounting.
  • List the different account categories and the type of accounts associated with each category.
  • Apply the accounting equation and double-entry accounting when analysing financial transactions.
  • Distinguish between accounts receivable and accounts payable.

General Journal

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Distinguish between the various source journals.
  • Define general journals and their purpose.
  • Identify the key components of a general journal entry.
  • State what the chart of accounts is and what account categories are included in the Chart of Accounts.
  • Identify which account categories have a default debit balance and which have a default credit balance.
  • Prepare journal entries applying debit and credit rules.
  • Prepare journal entries for accounts receivable, accounts payable, wages and owners’ equity accounts.

General Ledger & the Trial Balance

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Outline the steps required to post from source journals to the General Ledger.
  • Post source journals to the general ledger.
  • Calculate the closing balances of general ledger accounts.
  • Prepare general ledger accounts.
  • Explain the purpose of a trial balance.
  • Prepare a trial balance.
  • Explain errors that can occur in the trial balance.
  • Explain how reconciling accounts can verify the accuracy of a trial balance.

Depreciation

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Explain what depreciation is and why it is used.
  • State what assets can be depreciated.
  • Distinguish between the Straight-line method and Diminishing Balance method of depreciation.
  • Calculate depreciation and prepare journal entries using the Straight-line method.
  • Calculate depreciation and prepare journal entries using the Diminishing Balance method.
  • Calculate the gain/loss on the sale of a depreciable asset.
  • Demonstrate how depreciation is recorded in the financial statements.

Adjusting Entries

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Distinguish between the cash basis and accrual basis of accounting.
  • Discuss the purpose of adjusting entries.
  • Identify the key adjustments and accounts involved in adjusting entries.
  • Interpret and prepare the balance day adjustments for a range of adjusting entries.

Financial Statements

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Explain the purpose of the Profit and Loss Statement, and both calculate the totals of the accounts and categorise the accounts that are included in this statement.
  • State the common expense categories included in the Balance Sheet, and both calculate the totals of the accounts and categorise the accounts that are included in this statement.
  • Define what inventory is and distinguish between the two common inventory systems.
  • Prepare the journal entries that are required using both inventory systems.
  • Apply purchase and sales returns, and discounts allowances when preparing the financial statements.
  • Prepare journal entries for the opening and closing inventory.
  • Calculate the year-end stock adjustment.
  • Prepare the Profit & Loss Statement and Balance Sheet for a company.

Budgeting, Forecasting and Cashflow Management

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Identify what a budget and a forecast is and the difference between them.
  • Recognise the importance and advantages of budgeting.
  • Know how to prepare a budget.
  • Understand how to compare with actual results and analyse variances.
  • Identify what a cashflow budget is.
  • Explain what the cash conversion cycle is and how to manage it.

Financial Statement Analysis

Learning Outcomes

When you have completed this course, you should be able to:

 

  • Identify the purpose of financial statement analysis.
  • Recognise what horizontal analysis is.
  • Analyse financial statements using the horizontal analysis approach.
  • Identify what ratio analysis is.
  • Identify the four main categories of ratios.
  • Compare the benefits and limitations of ratio analysis.
  • Define and calculate profitability ratios.
  • Define and calculate activity ratios.
  • Define and calculate liquidity ratios.
  • Define and calculate financial ratios.
  • Analyse financial statements using ratio analysis.

Introduction to Leadership

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • State the area you would like to become an effective leader.
  • Describe the type of leader you would like to become.
  • Describe leadership goals important for the development of leadership skills.
  • List attributes you will need to help you accomplish these goals.

Leadership Qualities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • State the area you would like to become an effective leader.
  • Describe the type of leader you would like to become.
  • Describe leadership goals important for the development of leadership skills.
  • List attributes you will need to help you accomplish these goals.
  • Identify Cognitive barriers to successful leadership.

Interpersonal Relationships

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Identify the three basic components of behaviour.
  • Discuss the importance self-disclosure and assertiveness.
  • Identify the appropriate level of disclosure for a potential conflict.
  • Discuss the effect the level of disclosure has on interpersonal relationships.

Communication Skills

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • List the different communication skills.
  • Identify the various kinds of non-verbal communication.
  • Outline methods for improving communication skills.
  • Discuss the different listening feedback techniques.

Systematic and Lateral Thinking

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Explain how lateral and systematic thinking can be used to resolve problems.
  • Give an example to illustrate why perceptions form.
  • Explain the importance of self-assessment.
  • Discuss the role perception plays in self-assessments.
  • Apply Edward De Bono’s “Six Thinking Hats” technique to an example scenario.

Team Building

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Outline the aims, goals, purpose and the type of people needed for a project of your choice.
  • Provide examples of the types of problems that can arise from teamwork.
  • Discuss different team-leading strategies to overcome team problems.
  • Discuss decision-making strategies used in team projects.

Management & Organisational Structures

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

 

  • List and explain the key attributes effective managers in different roles should possess.
  • Prepare a formal, professionally written report.
  • Prepare how to undertake professional communication internal and external to the workplace.
  • Design a mission statement.
  • Understand the role of Managers in an organisation and the kinds of organisations in which they function.

Management Theories & Procedures

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the section, you will be able to:

 

  • Distinguish between the main schools of thought in Management studies.
  • Identify the specific types of written orders when introducing change.

Problem Solving & Decision Making

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

 

  • Apply a step-by-step problem-solving technique to potential management issues.
  • Provide an overview of the appropriate time’s workers should be involved in organisational decision-making processes.
  • Describe supervisory scenarios and which situations would be considered daily versus occasional duties.

Management Styles & External Influences

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

 

  • Explain how a supervisor can affect the attitude of an employee.
  • List potential factors that may limit management ability.

Employing People & Interview Skills

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

 

  • Identify all the necessary components of a job advert.
  • Create a job advertisement using key legislation and key concepts.
  • Develop interview questions.
  • List ways to advertise a job.
  • Discuss the when it is appropriate to develop staff training programs.

Staff Management

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

 

  • Write a workplace procedure.
  • List key changes that can be made to a procedure to make it more efficient and safe.
  • Outline the steps that are required to be taken to deal with a grievance.
  • Design a workplace safety checklist.
  • Identify and explain potential workplace health and safety hazards.
  • Write a detailed job description specifically for a supervisor role.

Ethics and Equity

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

 

  • List the differences between key concepts of equity, ethics, and morality.
  • Write a code of practice for an organisation.
  • Explain the importance of intellectual property rights in regards to maintaining ethical and equitable practices within an organisation.
  • Explain key legal considerations specific to workplaces.

Human Behaviour

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Explain how people can form incorrect perceptions.
  • Discuss and provide real world examples of common biases that can result in errors in decision making in the workplace.

Workplace Communication Skills

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Identify and discuss the main functions of communication.
  • Discuss the importance of listening in an organisation.

Workplace Health and Safety

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Define the key areas that the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 aims to address.
  • Define the actions required for ergonomically setting up a computer workstation.
  • Explain how workplace hazards must be handled.
  • Outline the three myths about physical activity and explain what ‘Manual Handling’ is.
  • List the three things to look out for when identifying hazards.

Controlling Operations

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Recognise the definition of Quality Assurance.
  • Identify the definition of Stock Control and Applying Standards.
  • Recognise the definition of The Labour Utilisation Index.
  • Identify what evaluating performance & projects involves.
  • Recognise the three key skills that a supervise should possess.
  • Analyse and solve potential problems in the work place using the formal problem-solving method.
  • Outline how workplace standards are established and maintained.

Recruitment

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Explain the benefits of external and internal recruitment.
  • Create a job specification.
  • Identify the interview process and create a set of interview questions.

Staff Training

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Identify non-verbal communication channels.
  • Recognise Learning Principles.
  • Identify Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”.
  • Recognise four basic ways of learning.
  • Determine appropriate skills that are relevant to particular job specifications.
  • Produce a training program for new employees.

Work Teams

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Discuss the key characteristics of an effective team.
  • Discuss the stages of team development.
  • List 10 tips for avoiding or reducing problems encountered at team meetings.
  • Describe a situation where negotiation skills would be essential in order to solve a problem in a workplace.
  • Discuss problems that a Supervisor may encounter when delegating work to an unmotivated employee.

Positive Discipline

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Identify and discuss possible barriers to successful problem-solving.
  • Identify and list discipline issues in the workplace.
  • Define suitable disciplinary procedures and explain how you would apply them.  Discuss the pros and cons of each procedure.
  • Write a formal workplace rule list.
  • Discuss the benefits of developing internal discipline and provide an example of a situation where internal discipline could be improved through reinforcement.

Grievances and Complaints

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Apply the 6 key steps of problem-solving.
  • Discuss common sources of demotivation in an organisation.
  • Discuss the key strategies to motivate an employee.
  • Discuss the potential barriers to thinking and perspective.

Monitoring and Reporting

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Distinguish between the different types of monitoring procedures.
  • Discuss a management strategy for problem-solving a workplace scenario.
  • Conduct a work study and evaluate a work process to determine where improvements may be made.
  • Produce a work-study report.

Introduction to Business Computing & the Internet

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Outline the main reasons computer skills are important in business.
  • Briefly explain what the internet is and how it is used in business.
  • Explain how web browsers work and list the key browsers.
  • Explain the importance of being able to compress files.
  • Briefly explain internet connections and how the form of connection influences the connection speed.
  • Identify the four main programs that can negatively affect computers.

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Apply formatting features to improve the look of a short document.
  • Insert content, including a table of contents, into a document.
  • Apply document-processing techniques to manage larger documents.
  • Modify content by adding tables and table styles, watermarks, and comments.

Introduction to Microsoft Powerpoint

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Add and arrange content including images, tables, illustrations and media.
  • Apply slide designs and transitions.
  • Apply animations to content with slides.
  • Professionally present your presentation.

Using Microsoft Excel

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

 

  • Access and save excel templates.
  • Demonstrate how to open an Excel file and save this using a specific name.
  • Identify and apply formulas and functions to calculate data.
  • Demonstrate how to add content, such as pictures and charts, to spreadsheets.
  • Apply filters to spreadsheet data.
  • Demonstrate how to sort and manipulate spreadsheet data.
  • Apply a range of formatting styles to spreadsheet data.

Advanced MS Excel 2016 Module

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Apply advanced functions to access multiple sheets and manipulate data.
  • Apply advanced chart features to visually represent your data.
  • Protect your spreadsheet from accidental or intentional harm.
  • Automate activities within your spreadsheet using macros.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your data using the data tools.

Scope and Nature of Internet Marketing

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Define digital marketing
  • Explain the differences between traditional method of marketing and digital marketing
  • Explain what is meant by digital marketing channels and provide examples of these channels.
  • Explain what the 4P’s of the marketing mix are, and the impact the marketing mix can have on a business.
  • List the key business aspects that should be analysed when determining the marketing strategy.
  • Identify specific digital marketing strategies and how these link to the marketing mix.
  • Identify and explain the basic principles of a multiple of marketing channels.
  • Outline a number of risks that are associated with online marketing.

The Psychology of Internet Marketing

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Explain what is meant by internet psychology.
  • List three common psychological triggers that encourage website engagement.
  • Explain how internet marketers overcome resistance from customers in relation to making the wrong decision.
  • Outline the psychology behind interacting with customers.
  • Briefly explain how colour, pricing and consistency are used in website creation.

Website Strategy, Principle and Design

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Develop a business website using Wix or Weebly and highlights the steps in how to create a website.
  • Describe the purpose of having website designs and content.
  • Analyse the concepts of website strategy on a business website.
  • Apply the principles of website design on a selected business website.
  • Describe the components and structure the website created.
  • Discuss the concepts of accessibility, usability and website features.

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Define search engine optimisation.
  • Describe the purpose and functions of search engine optimisation
  • Explain the three areas that need to be addressed to ensure effective search engine optimisation.
  • Analyse how a business can improve visibility, traffic and popularity in search engines.
  • Design keyword strategies.

Social Media Applications

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Explain how social media is used in everyday activities.
  • Explain the purpose of social media.
  • Outline how social media can be used for a purpose.
  • Explain how to develop a social media strategy and principles of that strategy.
  • List four tips for developing social media advertising.

Capturing and Converting Customers

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Outline what the marketing process means.
  • Explain how connections with potential customers can be encouraged.
  • List a range of methods to improve internet sales.
  • Explain how to set up an online store.
  • Explain how demographics and promotions can influence internet advertising.
  • Briefly explain what a business plan is and the benefits of such a plan.

Content Marketing

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

 

  • Explain the elements of content marketing.
  • Outline the components of a content strategy.
  • Explain what a content calendar is.
  • List techniques that assist in getting content seen.
  • Briefly explain the difference between an article and a blog.
  • Outline the factors for a successful blog.

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