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BUSS6102: Special Topics in Business A

Intensive April, 2021 [Block mode] - Remote

This unit features an employability bootcamp jointly delivered by careers and employability practitioners and educators. The unit focuses on preparing students to successfully undertake industry-focused problem-solving work in diverse teams. The learning journey includes a 2-week virtual group project with post-project employability workshops to provide students with the skills and tools to allow them to navigate and secure further employability-focused experiences during uncertainty.

Unit details and rules

Unit code BUSS6102
Academic unit Work Integrated Learning Hub
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Gaia Grant,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Assessment 1A: Project milestone 1 - Identifying project challenges & goals
Written paper
15% Week -02
Due date: 02 Apr 2021 at 11:59

Closing date: 09 Apr 2021
750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Assessment 1B: Project milestone 2 - Client draft report
PPT presentation summary + written paper
35% Week -03
Due date: 08 Apr 2021 at 11:59

Closing date: 15 Apr 2021
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Presentation Assessment 2A: Client project follow-up 1 - e-portfolio
Peer Reviewed Presentation
20% Week 06
Due date: 26 Apr 2021 at 11:59

Closing date: 03 May 2021
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4
Assignment Assessment 2B: Client project follow up 2 - 5Rs reflection
Written paper
30% Week 06
Due date: 30 Apr 2021 at 11:59

Closing date: 07 May 2021
1750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

(1) Project milestone assessment

Project milestone 1: Identifying project challenges & goals - In this assessment students identify the core client challenge that will need to be addressed in the Digital Industry Project and set personal and team goals for the project.

Project milestone 2: Client draft report – This assessment involves students preparing the draft report for their client as part of the Digital Industry Project.

(2) Client project follow-up assessment

Client project follow-up 1: e-portfolio - Students are required to build an employability e-portfolio and present it to their peers.

Client project follow-up 2: 5Rs reflection - In the final assessment students write a personal reflection paper evaluating their skills development during the course using the 5Rs framework.

Assessment criteria

Please see Canvas for the assignment rubric.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

The Assessment Procedures 2011 state that any written work submitted after 11:59pm on the due date will be penalised by 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date. If the assessment is submitted more than ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded. However, a unit of study may prohibit late submission or waive late penalties only if expressly stated below.

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week -01 1. PLANNING A PROJECT: Introduction to the course, the experiential & reflective project-based approach, the assessments, the project team, and to project planning skills. Models, skills & tools for framing a challenge and planning accordingly. NOTE: Each week includes - Seminar (1hr, online) + Workshop (2hrs - online and face-to-face options available) Online class (3 hr) LO1
Week 02 2. LAUNCHING A PROJECT: Models, skills and tools for identifying original, well-structured & strategic approaches. Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 3. PROJECT ENGAGEMENT: Models, skills and tools for involving individuals & teams in collaborative & objectively effective processes. Digital Industry Project (WK1) Online class (14 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 4. WRAPPING UP A PROJECT: Models, skills and tools for highlighting & testing unique & practical solutions for implementation and evaluating success. Digital Industry Project (WK2) Online class (14 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 05 5. COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY: Skills for presenting yourself and your ideas. Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 06 6. FINAL PRESENTATIONS Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Attendance and class requirements


  • Note that the 1-hour seminars each week will be delivered wholly online and recordings will be made available on Canvas, but these sessions are designed to be interactive so attendance is highly recommended.



  • Real-time attendance at the 2-hour weekly workshops is essential as they involve project-based work. You are required to attend 90% of these workshop sessions. Keep in mind you must watch the seminar before you attend the workshop (tutorial).


Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Identify and develop innovative problem-solving capabilities and skills that will enhance employability.
  • LO2. Cultivate the ability to work effectively with others from diverse cultural and disciplinary backgrounds.
  • LO3. Develop oral and written communication skills through interactions with industry stakeholders, using a range of communication and presentation modes.
  • LO4. Evaluate issues related to employability and professional development by reflecting on experiential learning opportunities in the light of research.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

The content and assessments in this unit have been updated in response to student feedback to focus more closely on maximising the experience and learning opportunities from the Digital Industry Project.

Students will be expected to complete weekly workshops, actively engage in the Job Smart Edge program, work collaboratively, respectfully, and with their group members, peers, and industry clients. Student contact hours (including preparing and undertaking the learning experience) for set and formative tasks may differ from week to week.

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