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BUSS6104: Business Practicum

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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.

Unit details and rules

Unit code BUSS6104
Academic unit Work Integrated Learning Hub
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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Completion of at least 48 credit points
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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A sound understanding of business and strong written and oral communication skills.

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff

Coordinator Gaia Grant, gaia.grant@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment ASSSESSMENT 1: Project proposal
Proposal
15% Week 02
Due date: 17 Mar 2021 at 11:59

Closing date: 24 Mar 2021
1250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment ASSESSMENT 2: Individual report (mid-way reflection)
Reflective essay
25% Week 06
Due date: 14 Apr 2021 at 11:59

Closing date: 21 Apr 2021
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Presentation group assignment ASSESSMENT 3: Group final presentation
Presentation
30% Week 12
Due date: 30 May 2021 at 11:59

Closing date: 06 Jun 2021
15-20 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment ASSESSMENT 4: Final Individual Report
Report
30% Week 13
Due date: 03 Jun 2021 at 11:59

Closing date: 10 Jun 2021
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • ASSESSMENT 1: Project proposal – This assessment serves to help students layout (a) the ideas they would like to contribute to the project and (b) the skills that they will draw on to contribute to the team. At least one of the contributions a student makes must be clearly connected with their major. This document is thus how the student will propose to contribute to the project in terms of ideas and in practice. 
  • ASSESSMENT 2: Mid-way reflection - This task requires that students critically reflect on their experience working on the client project to date. In the paper the student is to compare their initial thoughts as expressed in the project proposal with what they have learnt to date about themself, including assessing how well they are contributing to the team and project. As a part of this reflection process, the student must engage critically with an academic framework  that informs their analysis.
  • ASSESSMENT 3: Final Group Presentation – At the end of the semester each group will be required to create a digital long-form presentation based upon their final report to the client. Each member of the team must have their own section and present for equal time as each other. While this is a group presentation, students are graded individually for their presentation skills (audio and visual).
  • ASSESSMENT 4: Final Report –  This assessment is designed to help students analyse and apply what they have learned from the project experience. The report needs to cover a brief overview of the project, along with personal reflections on what the student learnt from the experience and can apply in their career. The report should prepare students for job interviews by ensuring they can identify and communicate about their professional development.

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

Description

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. 

Distinction

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.

Credit

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.

Pass

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. 

Fail

0 - 49

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

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

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:

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date: (1) Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date. (2) After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded. https://business.sydney.edu.au/students/policy

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity 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 integrity breaches seriously.  

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 A. TEAM PREPARATION FOR THE PROJECT - Project overview & teamwork strategies. (Note: Each week includes an interactive seminar (1 hr) + team workshop (2 hr) – online and face-to-face options are available for the workshop) Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 B. CLIENT PREPARATION FOR THE PROJECT - Meeting the client, understanding the brief, and initial insights. Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 03 C. RESEARCH PREPARATION FOR THE PROJECT - The philosophy of research, meta-theory, and data collection. Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 04 MODE 1. IDENTIFY CHALLENGES (DISCOVER): Collecting data - Following, forgetting, and improvising. Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 05 MODE 2. CLARIFY CHALLENGES (DEFINE): Managing the client journey - understanding a client brief, storyboarding, and ideation. Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 06 MODE 3. DESIGN SOLUTIONS (DEVELOP): (a) PLAN APPROACH - Planning, modelling, and mapping. First round of project progress 'check ins'. Each project group is expected to have a skeleton draft ready using their Gantt chart (allocation of resources, project timings etc) Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 MODE 3. (b) TESTING - Protoyping, feedback, and swallowing frogs. Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 08 MODE 3. (c) REFINING - Revising, reviewing, and killing your darlings. Sponsor briefing (Q&A about the project's progress, obstacles, clarifications) Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 09 MODE 4. PRESENT SOLUTIONS (DELIVER): (a) PREPARING TO PRESENT: Presentation master class - learning to pitch and perform. Second round of project progress 'check ins'. Each project group is expected to have a working draft demonstrating research progress and potential findings. Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 10 MODE 4. (b) FINALISING PRESENTATION - Developing, designing, and making final decisions. Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 11 MODE 4. (c) PRACTISING THE PITCH - Final pitch revision, practice, and refinement. Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 12 MODE 4. (d) PRESENTING THE PITCH - The final pitch presentations to the client sponsor Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2

Attendance and class requirements

  • Seminar: 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.
  • Workshops: 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).

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

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

The unit will have a higher digital component this semester to cater for off-site students.

More information can be found on Canvas.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this unit.

Site visit guidelines

There are no site visit guidelines for this unit.

Work, health and safety

There are no specific WHS requirements for this unit.

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