Unit description and aim
The world of business is highly complex and functions are undertaken within a rapidly changing global and technological environment. To be a skilled business professional you will need to think critically and reflectively about the discipline specific theory acquired. In this unit, you will obtain "real world" experience in your chosen field of study. Working directly with a variety of corporate, government, and not-for-profit organizations, the program creates opportunities in fields such as accounting, marketing, management, human resources, event management, information technology, finance and OH&S. You will develop professional skills in project management, communication, research, teamwork in order to deliver information which will assist the organisation to be successful. You will complete up to 105 hours of approved placement within the semester. An approved placement may be undertaken via a work placement (internship) which may be undertaken in an organisation of any size, including a start-up, and within any industry or sector ie not-for-profit, commercial or government.
The aim of this unit is to enhance your professional knowledge, apply theory and practices and to develop your understanding of organisational and business culture and processes, as well as the impact of organisational practices on society, the environment and individual well-being. Students will gain the confidence, knowledge and skills necessary to effectively prepare for the future in their field of discipline or chosen profession.
On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
LO1- demonstrate professional skills – communication, organisational, presentation (GA1, GA5, GA8)
LO2 - apply relevant business theories of their chosen major in the workplace (GA8)
LO3 - reflect on their professional placement, the impact of their work on society, the environment and other people, identify areas of professional skill gaps and develop strategies to address in the future (GA4)
LO4 - apply basic workplace occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations as per the requirements of the professional placement and specific workplace (GA2)
LO5 - work autonomously and collaboratively with peers within the business context (GA7, GA9)
GA1 - demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual and for human diversity
GA2 - recognise their responsibility to the common good, the environment and society
GA4 - think critically and reflectively
GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession
GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively
GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information
GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media
Topics will include:
- introduction to the unit and assessment requirements
- future challenges in the world of work, professions, organisations
- e-portfolio and resume writing for effect
- identifying individual strengths, personality traits
- reflective practices, annotated reflective journal
- professionalism, ethical conduct and confidentiality
- identifying the work (project) brief and what is to be delivered
- stakeholders consultation, networking
- project and time management
- presentation and communication skills.
Learning and teaching strategy and rationale
This unit takes an active learning approach to guide students in the development of knowledge associated with acquiring professional skills and work integrated learning. Students are able to explore the knowledge base underpinning work integrated learning, professional development and project management in a series of online interactive modules. Students have the opportunity to take part in facilitated synchronous online classes designed to support them to actively participate in the construction of this knowledge. By undertaking the individual activities and participating in these online classes, students will systematically develop the analytical, critical and reflective practices necessary to become effective reflective professionals. This unit takes an experiential approach to support students in developing the skills required to effectively manage a professional placement or work integrated project by sharing stories and insights and reflecting on experiences. This approach provides flexibility and facilitates the participation of students who are unable to attend classes while building in expert support for skills development.
Assessment strategy and rationale
In order to pass this unit, you are required to complete and submit three graded assessment tasks and achieve an aggregate mark of at least 50%. Marking will be in accordance with a rubric specifically developed to measure your level of achievement of the learning outcomes for each item of assessment. You will also be awarded a final grade which signifies your overall achievement in the Unit. The assessment strategy for this unit allows you to sequentially develop your knowledge and skills in managing your profession within the current context of a real project or organisation.
The reflective assessment will help you develop self-awareness of your strengths and weaknesses and enhance your employability skills. Students will demonstrate their understanding of issues in their specific placement via a strategic analysis of, and proposed solution to, a problem facing the organisation within which they undertake the internship.
Overview of assessments
|Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment Tasks||Weighting||Learning Outcomes||Graduate Attributes|
Annotated Reflective Journal: Requires students to reflect upon new knowledge, insights, skills, in order to gain new meanings and understandings of their placement, work integrated learning and of self.
LO1, LO2, LO5
GA1, GA4, GA5, GA8, GA9
Strategic analysis and implementation plan. Requires student to reflectively analyse an aspect of their professional work integrated learning, placement or project work and to develop or design a plan of action with a timeline and consideration should be given to resourcing. Requires students to apply critical thinking skills to a change problem and present solutions.
LO3, LO4, LO5,
GA2, GA4, GA7, GA9
Representative texts and references
King, Mary A. & H. Frederick Sweitzer 2014 The Successful Internship: personal, professional, and civic development in experiential learning, University of Hartford, Fitchburg State University Fourth edition. Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning Belmont, Calif.