BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration

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BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration


Duration: One semester

70 Stage 2 credits with a maximum of 90

Course Description

*Accelerated learning option of 10 weeks for people with prior knowledge, skills or qualifications (this course can also be studied one day per week for one year by negotiation).

In this course students work in an office environment called a Simulated Business. This provides preparation for work in jobs such as a clerical assistant, receptionist, office administrator or personal assistant.

Activities are hands-on with development of skills and knowledge reinforced through written and oral presentations. Skills are acquired in dedicated training sessions in Advanced Word Processing, Desktop Publishing, PowerPoint and Databases.

Software used includes:

  • MS Office - Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Access
  • Adobe InDesign CS6
  • MYOB (Mind Your Own Business)


Course Content

The subjects studied include:

Simulated Business
A simulated business run by students with help from the teacher and a real business partner. It offers a training environment to enhance the development of business, technical and interpersonal skills. The products and services are traded as in a real business although no actual transfer of money or goods takes place. Students process payroll, organise schedules, design and produce business documents and develop skills in decision-making, group dynamics and working with others.

Word Processing Advanced
Keyboard speed and accuracy is further developed. Documents are keyed, retrieved, edited, formatted, saved and printed. File management including storage and location of data and log-on procedures is included. Documentation includes displays, tables, mail merges and reports using multi-level numbering.

An introduction to using the database application, Microsoft Access, to design, create and set table attributes, customise basic settings, retrieve information, use queries, create reports for printing and create forms for data entry.

Desktop Publishing
Students use Desktop Publishing software (Adobe InDesign CS6) to apply the principles of design and layout in completing tasks including brochures, posters, leaflets, newsletters, letterheads and business cards.

Using Microsoft PowerPoint students learn to create a slideshow; add, select, copy, delete and move text images and graphics; customise basic settings; sequence a slideshow; use various effects such as animation, transition and on screen navigation tools, save and print presentations in various forms.


(Nominal hours shown in brackets)


BSBITU307 Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy (50)
BSBWHS201 Contribute to the health and safety of self and others (20)

Elective Units

BSBITU302 Create electronic presentations (20)
BSBITU303 Design and produce text documents (90)
BSBITU306 Design and produce business documents (80)
BSBITU309 Produce desktop published documents (50)
BSBADM307 Organise schedules (15)
BSBFIA302 Process payroll (30)
BSBWRT301 Write simple documents (30)
BSBITU213 Use digital technologies to communicate remotely (20)
BSBITU311 Use simple rational databases (30)
BSBCUS301 Deliver and monitor a service to customers (35)
BSBINM301 Organise workplace information (30)


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  • Degree in Business at Flinders University