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BUSS6104: Business Practicum

The Business Practicum offers students an opportunity to interact with a sponsor organisation (e.g., corporate, SME, NFP, government) while working on a project provided by it that requires a specific outcome by the end of the semester. The project examines the sponsor's current activities, challenges and future aspirations. While undertaking the unit, participants research the issues presented by the project and determine its scope and key deliverables in consultation with the sponsor. This process enables students to apply theoretical knowledge learned in class, where it is useful, and critically analyse data found during research to provide possible solutions to the problems identified. The final stage is communicating the key outcomes via a written report to the sponsor at the end of the project. Additionally, for the duration of the project, students are expected to reflect on how they have developed as an individual and as part of a team as a means of developing a professional identity that highlights their distinctive self and to consider their own personal employment strategies while building professional networks.


Academic unit Business School
Unit code BUSS6104
Unit name Business Practicum
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Completion of at least 48 credit points
Assumed knowledge

A sound understanding of business and strong written and oral communication skills.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Geoffrey Harrison,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment hurdle task Project proposal
15% Week 03
Due date: 05 Apr 2020 at 23:00

Closing date: 19 Apr 2020
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment hurdle task Mid-way reflection
Reflective essay
25% Week 08
Due date: 03 May 2020 at 15:11

Closing date: 17 May 2020
1200 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment hurdle task group assignment Report- key findings
30% Week 12
Due date: 07 Jun 2020 at 23:00

Closing date: 21 Jun 2020
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment hurdle task Digital presentation
Digital presentation
30% Week 13
Due date: 10 Jun 2020 at 23:00

Closing date: 10 Jun 2020
5 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Project proposal: This assessment serves 2 purposes. First, the creation of a performance objectives document which will include a Situation, Task, Action, Result (STAR) statement. You should reflect on your past experience to inform possible future expectations about this experience. This will be used in later assessments. Second, to determine the scope and deliverables of the project, negotiated between yourself and your colleagues, based on the scope negotiated with the sponsor.
  • Mid-way reflection: This assessment builds on assessment 1 and is an individual reflection on the progress of the project so far. You will reflect on: how your role within the group was allocated, whether the group members are delivering their contribution on time and with quality, and if the project progressing as you anticipated, and if not, why. You will critically reflect on how you have used your academic learning (models etc) during the project. Which models? If you haven't drawn on your academic learning for this project what is the reason?
  • Digital presentation: You will deliver a digital presentation focussing on what you consider to be your most valuable individual contribution to the project; the group dynamic, including whether the team is functioning professionally, and the usefulness of your academic training to this project so far from your perspective. You will provide examples.
  • Report - key findings: The report should focus on the research methodology used by your group, explain how the findings were determined, the conclusions drawn and the recommendations to the sponsor. Each member of the group must contribute equally to the document. The report is to be written as a business document - this process will be reviewed in class. There will be a presentation of the findings to the sponsor in week 13.

All assessments are listed as HURDLE TASK which means you must complete the assessments in order to pass the unit. Students who fail to complete any of these assessments, even when their aggregate mark for the entire unit of study is above 50%, will be given a Fail grade for this unit. As a result, a student's academic transcript will show a Fail grade and the actual mark achieved if the final mark of the unit is between 0-49 and a Fail grade and a capped moderated mark of 49 for all other final marks.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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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.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

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

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction; project proposal assessment review; research methods (utilising the library data bases) Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 02 Conduct initial research on projects accessing public information; understand the context of the questions being asked by the sponsor - who are they, what do they need, how do we approach it? Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 03 Problem identification and solution generation methods; continue industry research looking at international and domestic data prior to sponsor meeting in week 4 Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 04 Sponsor briefing on campus; assess sponsor needs (analyse the brief); project design - create preliminary timeline for deliverables Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 05 Review data collected to date and with reference to sponsor briefing; reflect on decision making process for retention or disposal of data (this can relate to the mid-way report); examine data and analyse information, using appropriate business models inappropriate Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 06 Review information received to retain and discard; reflect on decision making process for retention; analyse information, using appropriate business models Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 07 Midway reflection assessment review (feed forward); continue data analysis and begin collation to answer the questions set by the sponsor Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 08 Review research, data collection and analysis progress; identify any trends or preliminary findings Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 09 Review research, data collection and analysis progress; identify any trends or preliminary findings Block teaching (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 10 Review research, data collection and analysis progress; identify any trends or preliminary findings; create written and oral narratives for final assessment (report and presentation) Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 11 Digital presentation assessment review (feed forward); finalise results, findings and recommendations drawn from research; create draft report and key points for presentation of findings to sponsor Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 12 Final report assessment review including business writing tips Workshop (2 hr) LO2
Week 13 Deliver final report and presentation Workshop (2 hr) LO2

Attendance and class requirements

  • Lecture recordings: All lectures and seminars are recorded and will be available on Canvas for student use. Please note the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that the system will operate or that every class will be recorded. Students should ensure they attend and participate in all classes.
  • Attendance: 90% attendance required per Business School policy.

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. apply and illustrate the knowledge and skills developed in business studies within a specific organisational setting
  • LO2. demonstrate contextually relevant written and oral communication skills
  • LO3. identify, research, analyse and evaluate issues facing modern organisations operating in a business environment; apply appropriate models and propose practicable recommendations.

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
The unit will have a higher digital component this semester.

More information can be found on Canvas.


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