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Industry and community projects

4000 level projects

Overview

4000 level Industry and Community Project Units (ICPUs) are available for students enrolled in a Bachelor of Advanced Studies. These are 12 credit point projects that students will need to access through two co-requisite 6 credit point faculty-based shell units (Projects A and B).

The projects will run across two consecutive teaching sessions - the February intensive period (Project A) followed by semester 1 (Project B), or the July intensive period (Project A) followed by semester 2 (Project B) students must commit to and be able to attend the two consecutive teaching session.

These projects will be designed around broad themes and students will interact with multiple industry and community partners who will set the project scope, as well as provide students with advice and resources. Within the context of the project, students will develop a range of personal and professional skills and strategies for effective collaboration and complex problem solving.

How it works

2023 projects will be delivered in-person on campus, with online learning options for offshore students only. If you have any questions about a specific project please email the relevant project supervisor, for any other questions please contact pvceducation.enquiries@sydney.edu.au.

Project teams, comprised of around five 4000 level students from multiple disciplines, will develop and submit a full research proposal at the end of Project A identifying the problem or opportunity they wish to explore, aims, objectives, approach and expected outcomes.

The teams will then complete their research projects in Project B and the outcome will be presented in a final report to a panel of external partners.

These outputs will be assessed and contribute to a total group-based mark of 60%. The remaining 40% of the mark will be based on individual performance, participation in project teams and communities of practice and two individual statements. This collaborative framework is designed to allow students to graduate from the University with a personal and professional network.

The intensive portion (part A) of these projects will run for four weeks over the intensive period with classes scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:30am - 1 pm with optional consultation sessions from 2pm - 4pm on each of the days as required. The semester portion (part B) of these projects will run for 3 hours a week as timetabled. Students will be expected to complete additional work outside of scheduled class times.

 

Project registration opens

Project registration closes

Project dates

Attendance

Delivery Mode*
Project part A: February intensive

5 December 2022

15 January 2023

23 January - 17 February 2023

Monday – Wednesday
9:30 am – 1 pm

CC
RE
Project part B: Semester one

9 January 2023

19 February 2023

20 February – 28 May 2023

3 hours of class a week

CC
RE
Project part A: July intensive

8 May 2023

18 June 2023

19 June – 14 July 2023

Monday - Wednesday
9.30 am – 1 pm

CC
Project part B: Semester Two

19 June 2023

30 July 2023

31 July – 5 November 2023

3 hours of class a week

CC

* CC is Camperdown/Darlington campus, the project will be delivered in-person. RE is remote for offshore students only.

2023 project and timetables

There will only be one class per project. Please consider the project timetable before registering for a project and make sure that you are available for the allocated class times. Projects will be delivered in hybrid mode: face-to-face on campus, with online options for offshore students only. 

It will take 7-9 days for your personal timetable to reflect your project registration. If you are an offshore student attending online, you will be emailed the zoom link by your Project Supervisor when the project starts via Canvas. 

February intensives timetable

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week 1 9:30 am - 1 pm 9:30 am - 1 pm 9:30 am - 1 pm    
Week 2 9:30 am - 1 pm 9:30 am - 1 pm 9:30 am - 1 pm    
Week 3 9:30 am - 1 pm 9:30 am - 1 pm 9:30 am - 1 pm    
Week 4 9:30 am - 1 pm 9:30 am - 1 pm 9:30 am - 1 pm    

Students are expected to contribute a total of 120 – 150 hours of effort towards the intensive unit which includes 42 hours of scheduled classes plus an additional 78 – 108 hours (19.5 – 27 hours/week) outside of class times. This may include group meetings scheduled outside class hours and independent research.

Semester 1 timetable

Industry partner Industry project Timetable Delivery mode*
Harris Farm Markets and NABERS  Building a Zero Waste Future Today Thursday 9 am – 12:00 pm CC
RE
CBHS Health Fund, Start Beyond and The Matilda Centre Building the Mental Health of Adolescents and Young Adults Tuesday 9 am – 12:00 pm CC
RE

* CC is Camperdown/Darlington campus, the project will be delivered in-person. RE is remote for offshore students only.

Harris Farm and NABERS - Building a Zero Waste Future Today  

The imperative to reduce waste has emerged as an urgent global and national call to action. Internationally, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 compels all countries to ‘ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns’ to combat worrying waste trends. Nationally, Australia has made ambitious commitments to reduce the production and even export of waste by 2030, to curb the phenomenon of literally burying our garbage (‘landfill’) and sending it overseas. More broadly, environmental action has become a key political priority at all levels of government, as climate science reveals the urgency of tackling key issues like waste to ensure a sustainable future. In turn, a multitude of vested stakeholders (government, industry, scientists, educators and beyond) and disciplinary perspectives (think engineering, medicine, psychology, business and so many more), reveal the scope for building and implementing innovative solutions for a zero-waste future today. In this project, interdisciplinary teams collaborate with multiple stakeholders to develop targeted solutions for Australia’s waste problem, with the opportunity to build focussed strategies for a specific residential or business waste stream of their choice.  

Project Supervisor: Elisabeth Valiente-Riedl, elisabeth.Valiente-Riedl@sydney.edu.au      

CBHS Health Fund, Start Beyond and The Matilda Centre - Building the Mental Health of Adolescents and Young Adults 

Australian adolescents and youth of today face great opportunities including access to low-cost education, high quality medical care, diverse job opportunities and on average, will live well into their 80s! These younger years are critical for the development of good life-long mental health. However, adolescence and young adulthood have been transformed over the last decades by drastic changes in an increasingly digitised world, and changing career opportunities, family structures and gender identities. There is a growing prevalence of multiple forms of addiction spanning alcohol, tobacco, vaping, a range of illegal drugs, gaming and technology. Crucially, over 75% of mental health issues occur before the age of 25, while suicide continues to cause the largest life of young people in Australian, and 1 in 4 young people feel lonely all or most of the time. Recent years have posed the additional challenges of increased dependence on digitisation and isolation through the pandemic. In this project, interdisciplinary teams collaborate with multiple stakeholders to develop targeted solutions for Australia’s youth, with the opportunity to build focussed strategies for a specific mental health concern of their choice.   

Project Supervisor: Jennifer Fletcher, jennifer.fletcher@sydney.edu.au  

Details on these projects will be available here in May 2023.

How to enrol

1

Select a shell unit in Sydney Student

This project is accessed through two co-requisite 6 credit point faculty-based shell units. You will need to select the two shell units for the project through Sydney Student. If you've already enrolled you can do this by changing your units of study (go to ‘My studies’, ‘Units of study’, then ‘Change your units of study’)

Shell units for BUSI, SCIE, FASS and ADP are available in Table A and/or Table S. Units as follows:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - FASS4901, FASS4902
  • Faculty of Science - SCPU4001, SCPU4002
  • Sydney Business School - BUSS4905, BUSS4906
  • Sydney School of Architecture - ARCH4108, ARCH4109
2

Register for a project

Once you've successfully enrolled in both shell units, you will receive an email with instructions on how to register for a project.

Before registering for a semester-long project, check the timetable and make sure you're available for the allocated class times. It will take 7-9 days for your personal timetable to reflect your project registration.

You will finalise your enrolment in the unit and select your project in Sydney Student (go to 'My studies', 'Enrolment', then 'Project registration'. Places in each project are limited so we encourage you to register early to avoid missing out. You will only see projects that are available for your enrolled shell unit and still have places available. If you cannot see a project when you register, you will need to select a different project. Project availability is subject to change.

Once you enrolled into the two shell units, you will need to upload a signed and witnessed Deed Poll to Canvas. This is a compulsory requirement of your enrolment in this unit. Make sure you consider the acknowledgments in the deed carefully before submission. You will be granted access to Canvas the week before teaching starts for your enrolled session and you will need to submit your Deed Poll before the first day of class for Part A of your chosen project.

If you have any questions about the projects, you can email pvceducation.enquiries@sydney.edu.au.

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Last updated: 20 December 2022

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