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Industry and community projects

3000 level - types of project units

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.

For Semester 1 and 2, some optional face-to-face learning options will be available. For students unable to attend face-to-face sessions, remote learning options will be provided as an alternative.

How it works

The industry partners set a brief about a real business problem faced by their organisation. You'll work in mixed disciplinary groups to research, analyse and work collaboratively to find solutions to the set business problem. Project supervisors will allocate the groups to ensure an interdisciplinary mix of students. Throughout the project, you will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from industry experts who will provide helpful information, guidance and feedback on your project.

You'll be led by an academic supervisor who'll help you achieve the learning outcomes of the unit including, developing your skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, cultural competency, presentation skills and developing your own integrated professional, ethical and personal identity.

The assessments will be based on a combination of group and individual presentations and reports. Assessment tasks include a group project plan, an individual statement, a group presentation to industry partners and a group report. Full details of assessment criteria can be found on the unit of study outline for the shell unit you enrol in.

If you have any questions about the projects, you can email

Semester-long projects

Projects take place over the course of the semester. You are expected to attend class at a scheduled time for 3 hours once a week over this period.

You'll engage with industry partners, who will attend lectures at least twice throughout the semester to provide insights into their company and business problems and give feedback on your progress. At the end of the semester, you will have the opportunity to present your final solutions in front of industry professionals.

To enrol in a semester-long industry project see the how to apply page.


Intensive projects are run in both February and July through a mix of independent and structured learning. You'll need to be available on a full-time basis, Monday to Friday (exact timing of each day will be determined by your project supervisor). See our intensive sample schedule for an example of how intensive ICPUs run.

For these projects, you will work intensively over a four-week period in interdisciplinary groups undertaking relevant research and presenting solutions to a real-world challenge. Throughout the project, you will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from industry experts who will provide helpful information, guidance and feedback when working on your project.

To enrol in a intensive industry project see the how to apply page.

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Last updated: 04 May 2021

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