BUSN12001 - Professional Experience
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

Work placements provide you with experience in a professional environment relevant to your study discipline. Your work readiness is enhanced as you apply the knowledge and skills acquired through study to the work environment. You will reflect and report upon a range of factors related to your placement experience and the skills you develop or enhance by the practical application of your university learning. You will secure and undertake an approved work placement of at least 20 hours per week for a duration of 12 weeks.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:

BUSN19024 Professional Practice Preparation

Successful completion of 48 credit points in the course for which the placement is being studied PLUS Grade Point Average of 5 or more and instructor consent.

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
  • Mixed Mode

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 Undergraduate 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 10%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 60%

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
Weekly report topics were a struggle some weeks. Student feedback on course evaluation survey. Alter assessment weightings to provide 10% of marks for weekly reports.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop a project proposal collaboratively in the work placement context
  2. Apply discipline related theoretical knowledge and technical skills within the work placement context
  3. Analyse factors, including professionalism, relevant to the work placement context
  4. Assess personal work performance and formulate strategies to address professional development needs
  5. Report, reflectively and with justification, upon factors relevant to the work placement.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Meet with your industry mentor to discuss and agree upon final placement proposal (If not already completed).
















Submit final placement proposal to the unit Moodle site for review and approval by the Unit Coordinator.







Week 2 17-07-2017

Career episode report one



















Orientation activities undertaken. Adjustment issues (personal and professional) and how you dealt with them. Upload to unit Moodle site by 9:00 pm Sunday.





Week 3 24-07-2017

Career episode report two


















Summary of company policies (eg: EBA, Code of conduct, OH&S). Team work tasks or meetings. Upload to unit Moodle site by 9:00 pm Sunday.






Week 4 31-07-2017

Career episode report three



















Outline the workplace environment and Interpersonal skills observed and/or used this week. Upload to unit Moodle site by 9:00 pm Sunday.





Week 5 07-08-2017

Career episode report four


















Tasks/projects assigned and/or undertaken. Time and self-management management strategies used in completing tasks. Upload to unit Moodle site by 9:00 pm Sunday.





Week 6 21-08-2017

Career episode report five


















Discuss problems encountered – professional and personal together with problem solving skills you used. Upload to unit Moodle site by 9:00 pm Sunday.






Week 7 28-08-2017

Career episode report six


















Project and/or task progress. Explain organisation and planning skills you used. Upload to unit Moodle site by 9:00 pm Sunday.






Placement progress report Due Monday (28 Aug 17) 10:00 PM AEST
Week 8 04-09-2017

Career episode report seven


















Discuss ICT use in this company. What technology have you used for completion of your work tasks. Upload to unit Moodle site by 9:00 pm Sunday.






Week 9 11-09-2017

Career episode report eight


















Discuss the professional assistance you have provided to the company and/or any Innovative suggestions or changes you proposed for consideration. Upload to unit Moodle site by 9:00 pm Sunday.


Week 10 18-09-2017

Career episode report nine


















Discussion of the relationship between theory learned at university and practices you have observed in workplace. Upload to unit Moodle site by 9:00 pm Sunday.




Week 11 25-09-2017

Career episode report ten









Provide mentor with ‘Mentor evaluation form’ downloadable from unit web site








Outline any new skills you
developed during placement.
Explain any strengths or
weaknesses identified.
Upload to unit Moodle site
by 9:00 pm Sunday.


Week 12 02-10-2017

End of placement and future planning











Write letter of appreciation to your industry mentor (one page – example on unit web site).

Prepare an action plan for future development to address areas of weakness and/or to further improve upon strengths (~ one page).

Write summary report on your placement synthesising weekly reports and showing how the objectives of your placement proposal were met.

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Mentor evaluation Due Friday (13 Oct 17) 06:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017





























Placement final report Due Friday (20 Oct 17) 11:00 PM AEST

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Placement progress report
Task Description

Prepare a progress report on the first five weeks of your placement outlining objectives already met and/or progress toward meeting objectives using appropriate progress reporting structure. Synthesise your weekly career episode reports to summarise your learning to date. Document and explain any issues with meeting set targets.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Monday (28-Aug-2017) 10:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Within two weeks of submission
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria
  1. Follows formal progress reporting structure
  2. Demonstrates progress against objectives of placement
  3. Summarises learning with respect to weekly report topics
  4. Explains any delays in meeting targets
  5. Outlines actions to address any issues or delays

Further guidance concerning the format, structure and content of this report are listed in the marking criteria document on the Unit Moodle site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Develop a project proposal collaboratively in the work placement context

2. Apply discipline related theoretical knowledge and technical skills within the work placement context

5. Report, reflectively and with justification, upon factors relevant to the work placement.

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



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Mentor evaluation
Task Description

Provide a copy of the evaluation template to your industry mentor or supervisor. Note: mentors may choose to send the completed evaluation form direct to the university. If given back to you then upload a copy to the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017) 06:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After official term grading completed.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

As evaluated by industry mentor.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

2. Apply discipline related theoretical knowledge and technical skills within the work placement context

3. Analyse factors, including professionalism, relevant to the work placement context

4. Assess personal work performance and formulate strategies to address professional development needs

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 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Placement final report
Task Description

Final placement report demonstrating how objectives of industry experience placement proposal were met and identifying future professional development needs and/or aspirations. Provide a synthesis of your weekly career episode reports to summarise your skill development during placement.

Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
One week after end of placement
Return Date to Students After official term grading completed.
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria
  1. Demonstrates clearly how objectives of proposal were met and/or any difficulties in meeting them
  2. Outlines any new skills developed during placement
  3. Synthesises weekly career episode reports to demonstrate how graduate attributes were identified or improved
  4. Explains any strengths or weaknesses identified with brief examples
  5. Includes an action plan for future professional development
  6. Includes a copy of the letter of appreciation to your mentor
  7. Provides self-reflection upon mentor's evaluation of your performance during placement
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

2. Apply discipline related theoretical knowledge and technical skills within the work placement context

4. Assess personal work performance and formulate strategies to address professional development needs

5. Report, reflectively and with justification, upon factors relevant to the work placement.

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



Work Related Learning

Work integrated learning as a placement in industry.


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