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Industry and community projects

4000 level projects

COVID-19 update: 2021 projects will be delivered online

Student safety is our priority and due to the impacts of COVID-19, our intensives and semester-long ICPUs will be delivered in an online format, primarily through Zoom video conferencing.

As with face-to-face, you will still work collaboratively in interdisciplinary groups to solve a complex problem set by an industry partner. The partner will virtually engage and provide guidance throughout the project.

There will be some face-to-face learning options for Semester 1 and 2 projects for those students able to attend campus.


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

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.


Session project is held

Delivery Mode 

Project registration opens

Project registration closes

Project dates


Project part A: February intensive

Intensive February (S1CIFE)


16 December 2020

17 January 2021

25 January – 19 February 2021

Full time Monday – Friday

Project part B: Semester one

Semester 1 (S1C)

Online, with some optional face-to-face sessions

 18 January 2021

 28 February 2021

1 March – 4 June 2021

3 hours of class a week

Project part A: July intensive Intensive July (S2CIJL)

10 May 2021

20 June 2021

 28 June – 23 July 2021

 Full time, Monday - Friday

Project part B: Semester Two 

Semester 2 (S2C)

Online, with some optional face-to-face sessions

 28 June 2021

 8 August 2021

 9 August – 13 November 2021

3 hours of class a week

2021 project and partners

KPMG, GS1 Australia and Harris Farm Markets - Rethinking food systems for better health and sustainability

Food is central to family, cultural and community identity. It is essential to sustain life and food-related activities provide income and livelihoods for billions of people on earth. With the continuing rise in global food production and manufacturing to meet increasing demand, there is a pressing need to rethink food systems. In this project, student teams representing unique mixes of disciplines will explore questions such as, how can we influence mass consumer food behaviours? What will be the role of growers, manufacturers, retailers and regulators? Which technologies and innovations (eg. smart foods, alternative proteins, and personalised nutrition) will be required to transform the food industry? What role can the health and allied professions play? Through research into these areas students will provide solutions on how we can rethink food for better health and sustainability. Students will be exposed to the Australian food industry through visits to farms, food processors and manufacturers and markets.

DXC Technology, BUPA Insurance Australia and Westmead Health Precinct - Democratising healthcare through technology

Access to healthcare is a basic human requirement, however, truly affordable and universal healthcare is yet to emerge.  Democratisation of healthcare will be driven through innovative adaptation of disruptive technologies, data sharing and consumerism.  If prevention is the best medicine, healthcare systems need to evolve to become more predictive and personalised. In this project, students will explore topics such as, what opportunities are there for big data, AI, machine learning, IoT, wearable devices and robotics to allow predictive, preventive and personalised healthcare. How can digital technologies help to prepare and respond to health crises, such as pandemics and chronic non-communicable diseases? Can digital technologies improve accessibility to high quality healthcare in regional and remote communities or in developing countries? Is there scope for business models of the sharing economy to redistribute excess capacity in healthcare systems?

How to enrol

1. Select a shell unit in Sydney Student

This project is accessed through two co-requisite 6 credit point facility 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, we will email you 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. For intensive projects, you need to be available Monday to Friday on a full-time basis.

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

Semester 1, 2021 4000 level project timetable

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Intensive project sample timetable

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Last updated: 21 January 2021

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