BLAR12053 - Professional Practice
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit introduces the student to the roles and responsibilities of being a professional practitioner in the building and construction sector through consideration of: professional ethics; personal actions and liabilities; stakeholder collaboration and involvement. This unit also provides an understanding and application of: organisational psychology - theory and practice, project management and control; financial management; construction business planning; trust and general accounts; office management; establishing quality management systems and computer usage.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BLAR11049 Built Environment Communication and Skills Or COMM11003 Professional and Technical Communication (before 2012 term 1)

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
4. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
I liked the study of human behavior and how that relates to management. I also enjoyed the insight into financial management. Course evaluations The core learning resources will retain these elements.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. explain how organisational behaviour - theory and practice and your personal traits influence your professional development
  2. describe the application of professionalism within the building industry
  3. show problem solving, creativity and communication techniques for dealing with clients and projects
  4. use computer hardware, software and the Internet to solve workplace practice problems and scenarios
  5. apply financial management principles to start, grow and maintain a practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)      
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Online Quiz(zes)  
4 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)      
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)      
4 - Written Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

Organisational Behavior
Author/s: Mustafa, A. Year: 2013
Edition: 2nd Publisher: Global Professional Publishing
City: London
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
How To Win Friends And Influence People
Author/s: Carnegie , Dale Year: 1936
Edition: Publisher: Random House Australia
Country: Australia
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library. Note:

Note to students:

The prescribed textbook Organisational Behaviour is available in eBook format from the CQUniversity library: https://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/library

Carnegie text is available from the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au

Australian Taxation Office guides can be viewed online at www.ato.gov.au .

Australian Standards AS9001-2008 can be viewed online at the CQU Library website: https://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/library

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent software
  • Web camera (webcam)
  • Computer headset (microphone speaker combo)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorDarryl O'Brien (d.obrien@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

1. Personal Traits.

Please read Topic 1 on the unit Moodle home page: Week 1- Personal Traits: Scope of topic and Social Complexity of the Building Industry.


Week 2 13-03-2017

1. Personal Traits

Please read Topic 1 on the unit Moodle home page: Week 2- Personal Traits: Change and Persuasion.

Week 3 20-03-2017

1. Personal Traits

Please read Topic 1 on the unit Moodle home page: Week 3- Personal Traits: Motivation and Professional Reflection.

Assessment 1 Due Wednesday (22 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 4 27-03-2017

1. Personal Traits

Please read Topic 1 on the unit Moodle home page: Week 4 - Leadership, Power and Conflict.

Week 5 03-04-2017

1. Personal Traits

Please read Topic 1 on the unit Moodle home page: Week 5 - Issues of Conflict.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

No set tasks or readings for vacation week.

Assessment 2 Due Monday (10 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 6 17-04-2017

2. Professionalism

Please read Topic 2 on the unit Moodle home page: Week 6- Professionalism: Professional Conscience - Ethics.

Week 7 24-04-2017

2. Professionalism

Please read Topic 2 of the unit Moodle home page: Week 7- Professionalism: Profession and Industry Associations

Week 8 01-05-2017

3. Office Management

Please read Topic 3 of the unit Moodle home page: Week 8-Buisness Management: Clients and Stakeholders.

Week 9 08-05-2017

3. Office Management

Please read Topic 3 of the unit Moodle home page: Week 9-Business Management: People, Project and Quality.

Week 10 15-05-2017

3. Office Management

Please read Topic 3 of the unit Moodle home page: Week 10-Business Management: OHS and ICT usage.

Assessment 3 Due Wednesday (17 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

4. Financial Management

Please read Topic 4 of the unit Moodle home page: Week 11- Financial Management: Financial Viability.

Week 12 29-05-2017

4. Financial Management

Please read Topic 4 of the unit Moodle home page: Week 12- Financial Management: Business Planning.

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Assessment 4 Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Assessment 1
Task Description

Assessment 1 relates to course learning outcomes 1 and 4 and will require you to answer a series of online quiz questions that explore issues related to personal traits and ethics.

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Week 3 Wednesday (22-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Please complete the online quiz on the Moodle site
Return Date to Students Week 4 Wednesday (29-Mar-2017)
Results will be available on Moodle site
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

The following are general instructions related to your assessment submission. Some forms of assessment (such as forum posts, online quizzes) may have additional or specific instructions. Please refer to the Moodle site for specific assessment instructions that may be relevant to the assessment task.

Your assessment submission should be produced in an electronic format.

Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions. Your submission will be processed through the similarity detection software, Turnitin. You may amend your work based on the detection report. You must ensure that the work is your own or has been correctly referenced to the appropriate author(s), according to the CQU requirements.

You will find further support material for this assessment on the course Moodle site.

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Show clarity and succinctness of expression.
  • Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
  • Use and reference correctly supporting information.
  • Present original thoughts and opinions.
  • Communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Use graphs, illustrations and other graphics to visually support your submission.
  • Explain the core knowledge associated with this course and show appropriate application of this knowledge.
Submission Online

Students are required to complete the online quiz on the course Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. explain how organisational behaviour - theory and practice and your personal traits influence your professional development

4. use computer hardware, software and the Internet to solve workplace practice problems and scenarios

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 2
Task Description

Assessment task 2 relates to course learning outcomes 1 to 4 and will require you to research and answer questions that explore industry professionalism and financial management principles.

Assessment Due Date Vacation Week Monday (10-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Please submit via the course Moodle site
Return Date to Students Week 7 Tuesday (25-Apr-2017)
Results available via the course Moodle site
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Your assessment submission should be produced in an electronic format.

Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions. Your submission will be processed through the similarity detection software, Turnitin. You may amend your work based on the detection report. You must ensure that the work is your own or has been correctly referenced to the appropriate author(s), according to the CQU requirements.

You will find further support material for this assessment on the course Moodle site.

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Show clarity and succinctness of expression.
  • Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
  • Use and reference correctly supporting information.
  • Present original thoughts and opinions.
  • Communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Use graphs, illustrations and other graphics to visually support your submission.
  • Explain the core knowledge associated with this course and show appropriate application of this knowledge.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit as a PDF file into the Moodle Assessment portal.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. explain how organisational behaviour - theory and practice and your personal traits influence your professional development

2. describe the application of professionalism within the building industry

3. show problem solving, creativity and communication techniques for dealing with clients and projects

4. use computer hardware, software and the Internet to solve workplace practice problems and scenarios

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Assessment 3
Task Description

Assessment 3 relates to course learning outcomes 4 and 5 and will require you to answer a series of online quiz questions that explore issues related to professional development and practice management.

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Week 10 Wednesday (17-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Please complete the online quiz on the Moodle site
Return Date to Students Week 11 Wednesday (24-May-2017)
Results will be available on Moodle site
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

The following are general instructions related to your assessment submission. Some forms of assessment (such as forum posts, online quizzes) may have additional or specific instructions. Please refer to the Moodle site for specific assessment instructions that may be relevant to the assessment task.

Your assessment submission should be produced in an electronic format.

Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions. Your submission will be processed through the similarity detection software, Turnitin. You may amend your work based on the detection report. You must ensure that the work is your own or has been correctly referenced to the appropriate author(s), according to the CQU requirements.

You will find further support material for this assessment on the course Moodle site.

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Show clarity and succinctness of expression.
  • Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
  • Use and reference correctly supporting information.
  • Present original thoughts and opinions.
  • Communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Use graphs, illustrations and other graphics to visually support your submission.
  • Explain the core knowledge associated with this course and show appropriate application of this knowledge.
Submission Online

Students are required to complete the online quiz on the course Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. describe the application of professionalism within the building industry

3. show problem solving, creativity and communication techniques for dealing with clients and projects

4. use computer hardware, software and the Internet to solve workplace practice problems and scenarios

5. apply financial management principles to start, grow and maintain a practice

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 4
Task Description

Assessment 3 relates to course learning outcomes 2 to 5 and will require you to research and answer questions that explore professional development and practice management.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Please submit via the course Moodle site
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Results will be available on Moodle site
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Your assessment submission should be produced in an electronic format.

Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions. Your submission will be processed through the similarity detection software, Turnitin. You may amend your work based on the detection report. You must ensure that the work is your own or has been correctly referenced to the appropriate author(s), according to the CQU requirements.

You will find further support material for this assessment on the course Moodle site.

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Show clarity and succinctness of expression.
  • Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
  • Use and reference correctly supporting information.
  • Present original thoughts and opinions.
  • Communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Use graphs, illustrations and other graphics to visually support your submission.
  • Explain the core knowledge associated with this course and show appropriate application of this knowledge

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit as a PDF file into the Moodle Assessment portal.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. explain how organisational behaviour - theory and practice and your personal traits influence your professional development

2. describe the application of professionalism within the building industry

3. show problem solving, creativity and communication techniques for dealing with clients and projects

4. use computer hardware, software and the Internet to solve workplace practice problems and scenarios

5. apply financial management principles to start, grow and maintain a practice

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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