The ‘Business Communication and Negotiation Skills’ program taught at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte is essential for anyone who wishes to expand their leadership and business communication skills.
Leaders often set the stage for how well a team develops and works together and great communication skills can go a long way towards achieving this. As part of the program you will undertake interactive workshops and team building activities that will give you a chance to develop your negotiations skills and provide with you great insights on how to deal with conflicts in the workplace. Over the course of 3 weeks, you will learn about leadership styles and have the opportunity to work on your presentation skills to become adept at producing informative and persuasive presentations.
Another exciting aspect of the program is the section on business communication for meetings and negotiations. In this part of the course, not only will you learn the theory about how to conduct meetings, interviews and negotiations in a US context, but you’ll learn and practice real-world skills. You will also study how to enhance creativity and brainstorm effectively. To top it all off, you’ll be visiting a range of businesses to put your new skills to the test. This is genuinely stepping out of the classroom and into the ‘Real World’.
** Details to the program are still subject to final change **
Additional Course Information
Leadership Core Course:
This seminar series will provide participants the opportunity to discuss and experience Leadership as it applies to American business. Faculty will address the current themes, listed below, utilising various methods of delivery. Participants will depart the course able to appreciate the complexity of communicating well in an organisational environment.
Leadership Core Course themes:
- Leadership Styles
- Team Building
- Presentational Skills
- Conflict Management
- Time Management
- Meeting Management
- Cross-cultural Leadership
Business Core course:
Participants will engage in the custom-designed seminar which addresses specific themes pertinent to the topic of U.S. and global business. A final, creative application project will ensure that participants demonstrate understanding of how to apply the knowledge gained throughout the seminar. Participants will depart this course with the ability to apply business theory to tangible business outcomes.
Business Core Course Themes:
- Global Marketing
- The Future of Business
- Creativity and Innovation in Business
- The Changing Customer
- Impacts for Tomorrow’s Business Leaders
- Negotiation Skills
University and Faculty
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System. A large public university with a small college feel, more than 27,200 students consider UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus their home away from home.
Sandy H. Hanson
Sandy has been teaching communication skills for over thirty years and currently enjoys the position of Senior Lecturer in the department of Communication Studies at UNC Charlotte. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Speech Education, went on to Florida State University to receive a Master’s degree in Interpersonal Communication, and finally attended Purdue University to work on a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication. With all but her dissertation completed, she left Purdue and began teaching at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1983. She has taught courses including Organizational Communication, Small Group Communication, Team Building, Public Speaking, Communication and Conflict, Time Management, Career Exploration, Health Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Persuasion, and more. One of the highlights of her career is the many workshops per year she provides for the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte. These include Fulbright scholars from worldwide, teachers from Japan, Korea and Brazil, Japanese Business Leaders, the Australian AIM Overseas program, Korean undergraduates in education, etc.
Sandy Hanson likes to focus on the skills portion of communication. She believes that communication knowledge must be delivered in a useful format that blends experience with concepts and her students enjoy her ability to take theory and apply it to daily life. Her great success working with Fire and Rescue Management as well as Emergency Medical Services personnel exemplifies her ability to reach different audiences (from firefighters to administration) and she is proud of her work in helping build more successful teams for emergency scenarios.
Site Visits and Cultural Activities
The program includes a range of professional visits to businesses. Visits will be to a range of both large and small, locally based companies that have both local and international focuses. During these visits, you will be given extensive opportunities to interact with professionals, managers and executives to apply the new skills and knowledge you’ve acquired during the academic classes.
To give students an appreciation for US culture and attitudes, the program also includes a range of activities, e.g. NBA professional basketball game, professional hockey game, motor speedway tour.
Students will be accommodated in a comfortable hotel adjacent to the university campus. Accommodation is on a twin-share basis and will include breakfast and afternoon snack. Free WiFi access is available at the hotel, along with an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness centre.
North Carolina is located in the South East of the United States and has a diverse landscape ranging from the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains. The edge of North Carolina owns some of the most beautiful beaches and stunning islands that acts as an attraction to people all around the country. North Carolina is home to 1, 500 lakes of 10 acres or more in size as well as almost 60 000 kilometres of fresh water streams. The state also houses the Whitewater Falls, which is the highest waterfall in the Eastern United States and a popular sight to visit.
Charlotte, known as the ‘Queen City’ is the largest in North Carolina and is a commercial hub. As much as it is known for being the business town - Home to several Fortune 500 companies, it also has incredible museums, stately old neighbourhoods and lots of fine food to feast on. It holds the Levine Museum of the New South, which explores post-civil war history of the South and the NASCAR hall of fame that celebrates the sport of auto-racing. Because of the states many rivers, in Charlotte there are fun activities like kayaking, canoeing, river rafting and tubing to do, as well as many walking, food and shopping tours.
Credit and Funding
All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.
Course convenors will not be able approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus, so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive this in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.
You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.
Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.
We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.
Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.
We’ve included for your convenience below the initial stages of the application process.
1. Apply online
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
3. We’ll review your results and application and if you are eligible, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
4. You’ll pay our $40 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
7. Your acceptance pack will contain the course syllabus, steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program deposit. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your deposit.
Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.
Students who wish to apply after the official application closing date (15th September) are required to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us directly on (02) 9975 7792. Please note, that late applications are subject to a $100 late fee (inclusive of the $40 phone consultation fee). For more information, please refer to the AIM Overseas Late Application Fee Document.
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