BUSN20020 - Business Internship
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

A professional internship or work placement provides you with experience in a professional environment relevant to your chosen discipline. The process of combining theoretical knowledge with practical experience will assist you in understanding the relevance of material presented during discipline studies and further expand your professional knowledge and work-readiness with practical experience. Following a detailed application and selection process in the Term prior to BUSN20020, once you are placed with a host organisation, you will be engaged in work-integrated learning (WIL) while being supported by the School. You will be required to document and reflect on your work placement experiences to assess professional growth, recognise and evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and develop an action plan for future professional development. You will also undertake an applied research project focusing on a particular workplace issue from your internship host organisation. This unit involves a company placement organised and coordinated by Australian Internships Pty. Ltd., an external company contracted by CQU to manage this aspect of the Internship course for postgraduate Business students. Because of the involvement of the external company, this unit is only available to full-time on-campus international students based on the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane campuses. This unit involves some on-campus classes as well as an intensive placement in a host organisation. The unit assessment centres upon an applied research project on a particular aspect of your host organisation’s operations.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

  • Successful completion of BUSN20017 Effective Business Communications and BUSN20016 Research in Business; and
  • No Failures on the student’s Academic Record*, and
  • Must be on track to complete all units (other than BUSN20020) of their course prior to final Term of enrolment. BUSN20020 must be the only unit undertaken in the final Term of enrolment.

*Note: Students who have only 1 or 2 Fail results, but have maintained a GPA of 5.0 or above, can apply to the School for an exemption from this pre-requisite.

Enrolment in this unit is subject to your successful application through the Postgraduate Business Internship Moodle site early in the term prior to your final term of enrolment. This process will involve lodging a formal application on the Postgraduate Business Internship Moodle site, an examination of your academic record, then interviews with external organisations including possible host organisations. A placement is not guaranteed, but students will be notified of their success or otherwise in plenty of time to enrol in other electives in their final term.

Once accepted for placement in a host organisation, students will follow normal office hours for four days per week over 10 consecutive weeks for the work placement component of BUSN20020.

In addition to being successfully placed in a host organisation through the Internship Application process (see the Postgraduate Business Internship Moodle site), consent from the School is required for enrolment in this unit.

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 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

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 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

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
Discussion forum for the Applied research project topics for students to discuss common or overlapping issues regarding their project topic. Individual discussions with Sydney campus students in BUSN20020. Will be incorporated in T1 2017.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply conceptual and discipline-based knowledge to a professional work role context.
  2. Analyse a workplace problem and apply research skills to generate solutions to the problem.
  3. Develop communication and interpersonal skills in the workplace.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work professionally and ethically with colleagues in the organisation, clients and other stakeholders.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Knowledge    
2. Communication    
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills  
4. Research      
5. Self-management  
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility  
7. Leadership    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Practical and Written Assessment  
3 - Written Assessment      

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRoss Chapman (r.chapman@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 10-07-2017

Friday: On-campus timetabled class - Meet with the BUSN20020 campus advisor regarding your applied research and other assessments required for this unit. This meeting is very important as it describes the assessment requirements for the unit and how you need to integrate your assessments into your workplace activities in your host organisation.

No textbook for this unit.

Week 2 17-07-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Week 3 24-07-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Week 4 31-07-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Friday: On-campus timetabled class - Meet with your campus advisor regarding your applied research project proposal and other assessments.

Week 5 07-08-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Assessment 1 - Project proposal (20% weighting) - due on Friday

Project Proposal Due Friday (11 Aug 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 14-08-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Week 6 21-08-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Week 7 28-08-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Friday: On-campus timetabled class - Meet with project adviser regarding your applied research project, your reflective essay on the internship, and other assessments.

Week 8 04-09-2017

Monday - Thursday:At your host organisation.

Assessment 2 - Progress Review, Reflective Learning and Poster (30%weighting) - due on Friday

Progress Review, Reflective Learning and Poster Due Friday (08 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 9 11-09-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Week 10 18-09-2017

Working on Final Project report.

Friday: On-campus timetabled class - Meet with project adviser regarding your final report and presentation for your applied research project.

Week 11 25-09-2017

Working on Final Project report.

Week 12 02-10-2017

Working on Final Project report.

Assessment 3 - Major Report (50%weighting) due on Friday.

Final Project Report and Presentation Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

For Term 2 2017, attendance at your host organisation will begin on the Monday of Week 2 (ie Monday, July 17). You should make sure any other work commitments you have had, cease prior to Week 1 of Term. In the first week of term, you should attend the timetabled on-campus class on the Friday of Week 1, and prepare for beginning work with your host organisation at the start of Week 2. That is, ensure you have transportation arrangements in place, know who you are meeting on Day 1, how to find them, etc. etc.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Project Proposal
Task Description

Assignment 1 - Project Proposal - 20%

Due Date: 5.00pm Friday Week 5 of Term

While your day-to-day work in your host company might be mainly task-related this is your chance to show your company the benefits of bringing in a university postgraduate. Your project should focus on the discipline of your enrolled program and should look at a problem or issue of relevance to your host company. The purpose of this proposal is to integrate the academic content of your program into a practical problem/issue in your host company and "sell” it to your supervisors/advisors- both in the company and in the University. As such, the proposal should convince both audiences of the importance and relevance of the project, while also assuring them that you can successfully complete the project with suitable outcomes and within the given timeframe.

The proposal should therefore outline the following: background to and rationale for the project (i.e., why is it important to the host organisation?); the objectives of the project; the proposed underlying academic theory/literature to be used to inform the project (should involve a minimum of 10 academic references); a time plan for completion of the project; and an indication of the information you will have to gather from the organisation to complete the project (this should include appreciation of potential ethical and access issues, depending on what kind of information you may need to gather). Note that your understanding of relevant literature sources is very important. Ten relevant literature sources, properly referenced and cited will allow a Pass mark. For higher grades, you will need more extensive referencing to relevant literature.

This proposal should have a focus on an issue of some value/importance to your host organisation. This might include, but is not limited to, the following issues:

    • Competitor analysis with understanding of relative positioning
    • Customer segmentation and needs analysis
    • Analysis of the strategic environment
    • Analysis of production facilities for possible layout improvement;
    • Selected process investigations with a view to possible improvement recommendations

(You are encouraged to select other topics if these are of value to your host organisation. Please discuss your ideas with your internship and University supervisors/advisors.)

The proposal is typically written a few weeks into the placement, where you can reflect on your activities in light of the theoretical aspects of your program covered in previous courses. You should meet with your academic advisor around Week 3 or 4 to get feedback on your proposal ideas, which will depend on the nature of your work placement.

Required Words/ Word Limit: 1000-1500 words

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (11-Aug-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Friday August 11 at 5.00pm.
Return Date to Students Assessment feedback and marks will be returned to students within 2 weeks of submission.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

See the Moodle site for individual rubrics for the three assessment pieces.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please submit via the BUSN20020 Moodle site.

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

1. Apply conceptual and discipline-based knowledge to a professional work role context.

2. Analyse a workplace problem and apply research skills to generate solutions to the problem.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Progress Review, Reflective Learning and Poster
Task Description

Assignment 2 – Progress Review, Reflective Learning and Poster (30%)

Due Date: 5.00pm Friday Week 8 of Term

This assignment will require submission of three separate documents:

1. The weekly journal statement that is signed by the employer and submitted to AI each week will form this component of the assessment - to ensure compliance by the student and the company (as per AI requirements). Each student must have a workplace mentor or supervisor and that person is responsible for their weekly work and their weekly sign-off. Comments by the AI supervisor and the workplace supervisor will form part of the assessment for this component. Students should check with their host company supervisor to ensure the progress reports are completed on time - the unit coordinator will receive these progress reports directly from Australian Internships staff. (5%)

2. A Reflective Essay on your Learning from the Internship to date (1,000 - 1,500 words) - this will be an essay in the student's own words outlining their personal learning and professional development from the internship to date (15%). Referencing is not required but can be used if you wish. Please ensure you know what is required in a reflective essay (see resources on the Moodle site and discussed in your on-campus workshop).

3. A poster providing an overview of the student's placement and portraying the benefits of the internship. Students should produce an A3 sized poster with an attractive layout including at least the following (10%):

  • A picture of the student in their internship role
  • An explanation of the student's background and what s/he has been doing on the internship placement
  • At least four bullet points outlining the best things about the internship to date.


Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Friday September 8 at 5.00pm.
Return Date to Students Assessment feedback and marks will be returned to students within 2 weeks of submission.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

See the BUSN20020 Moodle site for Marking Rubrics for all Assignments

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit via the Moodle Assignment submission site. Ensure submissions are submitted via Turnitin where relevant.

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

1. Apply conceptual and discipline-based knowledge to a professional work role context.

2. Analyse a workplace problem and apply research skills to generate solutions to the problem.

3. Develop communication and interpersonal skills in the workplace.

4. Demonstrate the ability to work professionally and ethically with colleagues in the organisation, clients and other stakeholders.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Final Project Report and Presentation
Task Description

Assignment 3 - Major Report (50%)

Due Date: 5.00pm Friday of Week 12

All students are required to complete a 3,000 - 4,000 word report (or equivalent) that connects academic theory to the activities undertaken in the internship. This will focus on the applied project that was the subject of the proposal in Assignment 1. It is the intention of the project report, that the student reviews the information collected regarding the company problem or issue, considers this information in light of relevant academic theory, and provides recommendations to the organisation based on this review. It is the aim of this process that the student can demonstrate to the host organisation, how their academic knowledge can add value to the organisation.

The experience of each student will be different because of the variety of organisations Australian Internships work with, the variety of roles undertaken by the student, and the range of different Business programs involved in the internship activity. It is important, therefore, that the project is discussed and clearly scoped in conjunction with your Academic Advisor.

It is expected that a range of academic references will be used to provide a theoretical underpinning to activities that are conducted in the Placement.

Below are the components that will be used to assess the project report:

  • Relevance to your CQU studies to date - you will need to apply relevant academic theory to your internship project. Identify and critique the organisation's activities in terms of the academic theory and make recommendations where relevant.
  • Closing the Loop on the Proposal - Given the objectives you set in the proposal, how well did you achieve what you set out to do? If you had to take a different direction from that covered in the proposal, why, and did you still manage to deliver value?
  • Academic Research, Referencing and Report Layout - You will need to undertake appropriate research that includes the identification of the problem or issue, outlining the research questions to examine, review of relevant literature, and use of appropriate research method(s). Use this 'new' knowledge you have gained to show how the organisation could improve its operations. Make reference to relevant theory in the report, and ensure the report includes correct citation and referencing using the APA method.
  • Recommendations for Management - You will need to describe the industry in which your placement firm operates and think strategically to make recommendations on how the organisation can improve, using the knowledge you have gained in both your time there AND from your Literature Review. Make sure your research problem or questions, your research findings and conclusions, and your recommendations are all logically linked so the reader can understand the connections between these sections. For example, your research findings must be related to your research problem or question; and your recommendations must be related to your research findings.
  • Oral Presentation of the Results - The results of the report will be presented by the student to a group of relevant academics, industry personnel and fellow students as part of a Presentation Day organised in Week 13 of the Term. In the presentation, you will need to provide the background to your project and your host organisation as well as a quick summary of your underpinning literature, your research questions and your research methodologies. The most important aspects of the presentation are your research findings, your conclusions and your recommendations. You should treat the presentation as though it was a proposal for a board of independent directors making decisions about funding allocation for your recommendations. 20mins presentation plus 5-10mins Q&A. Maximum 10-15 slides.

Required Words/ Word Limit: (3000 - 4000 words in total)

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Friday October 6 at 5.00pm.
Return Date to Students Assessment feedback and marks will be returned to students within 3 weeks of submission, unless delayed by School grading requirements.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

See the BUSN20020 Moodle site for full Marking Rubrics for all Assignments.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit via the Moodle Assignment submission site. Ensure submissions are submitted via Turnitin where relevant.

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

1. Apply conceptual and discipline-based knowledge to a professional work role context.

2. Analyse a workplace problem and apply research skills to generate solutions to the problem.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research




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