BUSN20020 - Business Internship
Term 1 - 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 1 - 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 06-03-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Friday: On-campus - Meet with project adviser regarding your applied research and other assessments.

No textbook for this unit.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Friday: On-campus - Meet with project adviser regarding your applied research and other assessments.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

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

Project Proposal Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Week 6 17-04-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Friday: On-campus - Meet with project adviser regarding your applied research and other assessments.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Monday - Thursday:At your host organisation.

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

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

Monday - Thursday: At your host organisation.

Week 10 15-05-2017

Working on Final Project report.

Friday: On-campus - Meet with project adviser regarding your applied research and other assessments.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Working on Final Project report.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Working on Final Project report.

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

Final Project Report and Presentation Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

For Term 1 2017, all students will be attending their host organisation Monday through Thursday each week, from the first day of T1, through to Week 9 (including the vacation week - April 10 to 13).

ALL students must attend an on-campus workshop from 10.00am to 12noon on Friday of Week 1 (March 10) and also the Fridays of Week 4 (March 31), Week 7 (April 28) and Week 10 (May 19). These two hour workshops will be used to provide advice and feedback regarding the assessment items required for this unit.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Project Proposal
Task Description

BUSN20020 Business Internship - Assessment Structure

BUSN20020 Business Internship is a 12 credit point unit that will primarily involve the industry placement as organised by Australian Internships (AI). Thus feedback from the relevant AI course supervisor, and the workplace supervisor will form part of the assessment for this unit. However, this will be part of a portfolio of work you will need to submit throughout your internship. There are three main components to the assessment portfolio: 1) an applied research project proposal; 2) your progress assessments from your host company and Australian Internships, plus your own reflective learning from the internship and a poster; and 3) your final report from the applied research project looking at an important aspect of your host company’s operation.

Assignment 1 – Project Proposal – 20%
Due Date: 5.00pm Friday Week 5 of Term (1000 - 1500 words)

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 course 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 course 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).

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 course covered in previous units. 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.


Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Friday April 7 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 (Reflective Essay: 1000 - 1500 words)

This assessment component will require submission of three separate documents:

i. 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 ensure their company supervisor is completing the progress reports as required by Australian Internships. The BUSN20020 Unit Coordinator will receive these reports directly from Australian Internships.(5%)

ii. A Reflective Report on the 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%).

iii. 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 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
  • Up to three bullet points outlining the best things about the internship to date.
Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Friday May 5 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 (3000 - 4000 words in total)

All students are required to complete a 3 – 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 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 courses 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. Thus, the report will include and build on much of the literature review incorporated in Assignment 1, and a minimum of 15 academic references (including those from Assignment 1) are expected in your final report.

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 which 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.
  • Oral Presentation of the Results – The results of the report will be presented by the student to relevant academics, industry supervisors and fellow students as part of a Presentation Day organised in Week 13 of the Term.
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Friday June 2 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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