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Industry and community projects

3000 level - types of project units

How it works

All projects are delivered face-to-face on campus unless otherwise stated, please check project descriptions for details.

The industry partners set a brief about a real business problem or challenge faced by their organisation. You'll work in mixed disciplinary groups to research, analyse and work collaboratively to find solutions to this brief. 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 writing tasks. These include a group project plan, two individual statements, a group presentation to industry partners with an executive summary and a final 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 pvceducation.enquiries@sydney.edu.au

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 a week over this period, for at least 90% of the semester.

You'll engage with industry partners, who will attend your sessions 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.

Domestic Intensives

Intensive projects are run in February, July, August and October through a mix of independent and structured learning. Intensives are full-time equivalent offerings, and the exact timing of each day is outlined in the Intensive section of the website. For these projects, you will work intensively over a four (February and July intensive) or six (August and October intensive) 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 an intensive industry project see the how to apply page.

Global Intensives

Global Intensives are run during the July Intensive session. If you take part in a global intensive, you will spend two weeks overseas.

  • Week 1 - You'll be based at the University for the first week, where you'll work through the project brief and conduct background research on the project and organisation.
  • Week 2 and 3 - These two weeks will be spent 'in-country'. You'll be working in a collaborative learning space where you'll engage directly with our industry partners or travel to their offices.
  • Week 4 - Independent study where you'll write up the final assessments  through self-directed learning as advised by your project supervisor.

There will be an additional merit-based application process for these units that includes an application submission and a group interview. You will need to be successful in this application before you can register for the project. Applications details and further information on the global ICPU projects can be found on the Globality Mobility Database Terradotta.

Applications for our 2023 Global ICPUs have now closed. Information about our 2024 Global ICPUs will be available from November 2023.

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Last updated: 03 May 2023

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