BUSN19024 - Professional Practice Preparation
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

Professional Practice Preparation equips students with the necessary skills and understanding of professional behaviour in the workplace and further develops a range of CQUniversity Graduate skills and attributes. Self reflection is emphasised as an important element of self management for career planning and future success in a professional career. This unit will provide students with an understanding of contemporary industry employer requirements and future employment trends within the industry. Students will learn skills required to competently market themselves to potential employers and to participate in the selection process for graduate positions in their chosen discipline. Material relating to employment application preparation and processes reflect contemporary Australian recruiting procedures.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite of successful completion of 8 units (48 credit points) at an undergraduate level.

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
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • 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 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. Written Assessment 50%
2. 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.

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  • 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

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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
Need for a single document outlining all assessment and marking criteria Student feedback Provide a single document that amalgamates both assessment requirements and marking criteria
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Understand their personal profile of interests/abilities and career variations provided by different choices of speciality, major study areas or post graduate study options.
  2. Understand the processes used in graduate and professional and recruitment practices for both private and public employment, including on-line application and graduate programs.
  3. Develop attributes and skills in workplace behaviour that ensures compliance with Codes of Conduct and Codes of ethics and recognise the relevant workplace legislation and organisations that provide advice and assistance to both employers and employees.
  4. Prepare a quality resume to professional standard and write effective and professional covering letters to accompany their application for vacant positions or graduate programs
  5. Explain the importance of selection criteria to the recruitment process and construct effective responses to graduate selection criteria by including CQU generic skills and graduate attributes
  6. Describe professional recruitment processes; including the role of psychometric testing in the selection process.
  7. Confidently participate in graduate recruitment interview; including telephone videoconferences, face-to-face panel interview and graduate selection centres.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

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 Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorCheryl Bookallil (c.bookallil@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

Introduction to career planning and management

Study guide module 1

'Your career and you' pp. 1-14

Download a free copy of 'Your career and you' from Graduatecareers.com.au

Week 2 17-07-2017

Self awareness - understanding your career aspirations, interests, and competencies

Study guide module 2

'Your career and you' pp. 15-46

Prepare summary of your self awareness exercises completed in the 'Your career and you' booklet

Week 3 24-07-2017

Career opportunity awareness - exploring, planning and managing your career pathway

Study guide module 3

Conduct a face-to-face informational interview with someone working in the career or industry you are targeting

Prepare a report on your informational interview

Week 4 31-07-2017

Professional resumes - preparation of self-marketing tools

Study guide module 4

Identify an advertised position in your discipline to use in preparing your application documents

Prepare your professional resume

Week 5 07-08-2017

Selection criteria - the purpose of selection criteria in the recruitment process

Study guide module 5

Prepare a statement addressing the selection criteria for the position you identified in week 4

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Written communication skills - writing employment application covering letters

Study guide module 6

Write a covering letter to accompany your application for the position you identified in week 4

Week 7 28-08-2017

Interview types and processes - panel, telephone, videoconference, assessment centres, psychometric testing

Study guide module 7

Online research

Portfolio 1: ‘Planning for my professional career’ Due Wednesday (30 Aug 17) 10:00 PM AEST
Week 8 04-09-2017

Interview techniques for success - predicting questions and public speaking

Study guide module 8

Online research

Prepare a critique of the recruitment processes used to screen job applicants in your discipline area (Interview types, assessment centres, skills testing, Psychometric testing)

Week 9 11-09-2017

Practice interview skills

Interview report template on moodle

Internal students - panel interviews as organised by your tutor

Distance students - interview by Course Coordinator (Telephone, Skype or by videoconference as advised)

All students - Prepare a reflective report on your interview using the template provided on moodle

Week 10 18-09-2017

Transition from study to work - professional work environment, ethics, EBAs, EEO, Anti-discrimination and OHS.

Study guide module 9

MBTI online site listed on Moodle

Online research

Undertake an online MBTI test

Prepare a critique of your MBTI personality type and working style

Week 11 25-09-2017

Graduate employment and beyond - graduate programs, postgraduate study, international experience

Study guide module 10

Online research

Prepare an appraisal of 'The value of Post Graduate study and international experience to your discipline area'

Week 12 02-10-2017 Career changes - understanding the world of work and networking techniques

Study guide module 11

Online research

Prepare an analysis of 'Why ethics are important for professionals' and relate this to your discipline area
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Portfolio 2: ‘Preparing for professional employment’ Due Friday (13 Oct 17) 06:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Portfolio 1: ‘Planning for my professional career’
Task Description

Portfolio one covers the course learning tasks for weeks one to six as listed in the course schedule. The compilation of your ‘Planning for my professional career’ portfolio is progressive in nature and enables you to engage in an ongoing basis with the set learning activities. Preparing your assessment items each week will ensure your portfolio is ready for submission by the due date. Portfolio one should include all of the following items: (1) summary of Self awareness exercises, (2) report on informational interview, (3) professional resume, (4) statement addressing selection criteria, and (5) a covering letter for your application. Your portfolio will be assessed against set marking criteria which expects significant effort in self-reflection and in preparation of employment application documents. Further details on marking criteria are listed on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Wednesday (30-Aug-2017) 10:00 PM AEST
Submit portfolio electronically through the course moodle site
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (15-Sep-2017)
Marked portfolios will be returned electronically through the course Moodle site. Only on-time submissions can expect to receive their marked portfolio back in week 9.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Portfolio one will be marked against set criteria. You can use these criteria to guide you in assessing the quality of your work before submission. Meeting these marking criteria will ensure a good grade for your efforts. Criteria include: that all assessment pieces are contained in the portfolio, evidence of engagement with all learning activities is presented, significant effort in self reflection is demonstrated, employment application documents (resume, cover letter, selection criteria statement) are developed according to the course standards set out in the course study guide. Specific marking elements for each document are set out more fully in the assessment section of the moodle site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit your portfolio documents through the link provided on the course Moodle site.

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

1. Understand their personal profile of interests/abilities and career variations provided by different choices of speciality, major study areas or post graduate study options.

2. Understand the processes used in graduate and professional and recruitment practices for both private and public employment, including on-line application and graduate programs.

3. Develop attributes and skills in workplace behaviour that ensures compliance with Codes of Conduct and Codes of ethics and recognise the relevant workplace legislation and organisations that provide advice and assistance to both employers and employees.

4. Prepare a quality resume to professional standard and write effective and professional covering letters to accompany their application for vacant positions or graduate programs

5. Explain the importance of selection criteria to the recruitment process and construct effective responses to graduate selection criteria by including CQU generic skills and graduate attributes

6. Describe professional recruitment processes; including the role of psychometric testing in the selection process.

7. Confidently participate in graduate recruitment interview; including telephone videoconferences, face-to-face panel interview and graduate selection centres.

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

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Portfolio 2: ‘Preparing for professional employment’
Task Description

The aim of these assessment tasks is to continue building your knowledge of professional recruitment procedures and further refine your skills for successful participation in graduate recruitment processes. Portfolio two requires you to gain at least 20/40 and to submit a revision of your application documents (resume, selection criteria statement and cover letter) according to assessment feedback from portfolio one in order to gain a passing grade for the course.

The compilation of your 'Preparing for professional employment' portfolio is progressive in nature and enables you to engage with the set weekly learning activities on an ongoing basis. Preparing your assessment items each week will ensure your portfolio is ready for submission by the due date. Portfolio two should include all of the following: (1) revised resume, cover letter and selection criteria statement, (2) critique of recruitment processes, (3) reflective report on your course interview experience, (4) critique of your MBTI type, (5) appraisal of the value of Post graduate study and international experience in your discipline area, and (6) Analysis of 'Why ethics are important for professionals in your discipline area'. Items 2-6 will require you to provide evidence of significant self-reflection and online research. Appropriate referencing of all sources must be provided.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017) 06:00 PM AEST
Submit portfolio electronically through the course moodle site
Return Date to Students Marked portfolios will be returned electronically via the Moodle site after the release of grades for the term.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Portfolio two will be marked against set criteria to guide you in assessing the quality of your work before submission. Meeting these criteria will ensure a good grade for your efforts. Marking criteria include: that all assessment pieces are contained in the portfolio, application documents are revised according to previous feedback, evidence of engagement with all learning activities is presented, understanding of all types of interview structures and how to prepare for each is demonstrated, significant effort in self reflection is evidenced including suggestions for professional development, critical analysis skills are demonstrated in critiquing interview performances and recruitment processes. Further details concerning the marking criteria for each portfolio element is located is the assessment section of the course moodle site.

Note: Students must achieve a passing grade of at least 20/40 and include their revised application documents in this assessment item to pass the course.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 20
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit your portfolio through the link provided on the course Moodle site.

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

1. Understand their personal profile of interests/abilities and career variations provided by different choices of speciality, major study areas or post graduate study options.

2. Understand the processes used in graduate and professional and recruitment practices for both private and public employment, including on-line application and graduate programs.

3. Develop attributes and skills in workplace behaviour that ensures compliance with Codes of Conduct and Codes of ethics and recognise the relevant workplace legislation and organisations that provide advice and assistance to both employers and employees.

4. Prepare a quality resume to professional standard and write effective and professional covering letters to accompany their application for vacant positions or graduate programs

5. Explain the importance of selection criteria to the recruitment process and construct effective responses to graduate selection criteria by including CQU generic skills and graduate attributes

6. Describe professional recruitment processes; including the role of psychometric testing in the selection process.

7. Confidently participate in graduate recruitment interview; including telephone videoconferences, face-to-face panel interview and graduate selection centres.

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

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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