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BUSS6500: Industry Placement

This unit is available to outstanding students completing the Master of Commerce, Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Professional Accounting programs. It involves a professional placement with a business, government, or non-government organisation. It includes preparatory coursework in reflective, professional practice and report writing. Assessment includes a reflective journal and professional report and presentation based on the internship placement. Permission is required to enrol in this unit. Further information and application process is outlined at


Academic unit Work Integrated Learning Hub
Unit code BUSS6500
Unit name Industry Placement
Session, year
Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Completion of at least 48 credit points with a minimum average of 60% (WAM)
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Meraiah Foley,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment hurdle task Performance objectives
Written task
0% Week 03
Due date: 19 Mar 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 29 Mar 2021
500-750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Report 1
Written task
35% Week 03
Due date: 19 Mar 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 29 Mar 2021
750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3
Assignment Digital presentation
Digital presentation
30% Week 08
Due date: 23 Apr 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 03 May 2021
10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO3 LO2
Assignment Report 2
Written task
35% Week 13
Due date: 06 Jun 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 16 Jun 2021
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
  • Performance objectives: Your performance objectives are intended to help you identify clear goals for your internship that can be assessed both by you and your supervisor at the end of your placement. You will develop a draft contract to take to your placement supervisor in the first week of your placement. Once signed off by your placement supervisor, you will need to upload the final, signed PDF version to Canvas. You must also complete and submit a WHS checklist. This assessment is listed as a HURDLE TASK which means you must complete the assessment in order to pass the unit. Students who fail to complete this assessment, 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.
  • Presentation: You will deliver a digital presentation based on interviews with workplace supervisors and colleagues. Further instructions available on Canvas.
  • Report 1: You will prepare a critical reflection on the process of identifying and setting your Performance Objectives and negotiating those objectives with your placement supervisor. Further instructions available on Canvas. 
  • Report 2: Your will prepare a research and reflection report identifying key employment trends in your chosen occupation and industry, and evaluating the implications of those trends for your future employability. Using specific examples drawn from your workplace experience, you will illustrate how you have developed the core competencies required in your chosen occupation or industry. Further information and instructions availabe 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.

For more information see

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 line with university policy.

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 This is compulsory pre-placement workshop that will be held on Monday 1 March at 2pm. Further details will be published on Canvas. Workshop (2 hr)  
Week 02 Placement Placement (20 hr)  
Week 03 Placement Placement (20 hr)  
Week 04 Placement Placement (20 hr)  
Week 05 Placement Placement (20 hr)  
Week 06 Placement Placement (20 hr)  
Mid-session catch-up on Wednesday 14 April at 6pm. Attendance is compulsory. Further information will be posted on Canvas. Workshop (1 hr)  
Week 07 Placement Placement (20 hr)  
Week 08 Placement Placement (20 hr)  
Week 09 Placement Placement (20 hr)  
Week 10 Placement Placement (20 hr)  
Week 13 Debrief workshop on Monday 31 May at 2pm. Attendance is compulsory. Further details will be published on Canvas Workshop (1 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

It is compulsory to attend and participate in all sessions (pre-placement, mid-semester and debrief sessions).

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

Any readings for this unit can be accessed through 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. Create business presentations that use verbal and nonverbal communication techniques effectively.
  • LO2. Exercise workplace professionalism, confidentiality, responsibility for decision-making and organisational, cultural and social awareness.
  • LO3. Apply prior learning and knowledge of business and cultural context in your placement organisation.
  • LO4. Contribute to maximise team effectiveness
  • LO5. Articulate issues in the ethical environment and their potential effect on personal, managerial and corporate decisions.
  • LO6. Evaluate the importance of staying connected digitally with colleagues, academics and other professionals in the new online environment.

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
In accordance with student feedback, the pattern of assessments has been varied to include a wider range of activities more directly linked to the placement and future employability skills.

More information on teacher-student consultation can be found on Canvas.

Work, health and safety

All students must complete WHS Checklist as it is mandatory to complete this unit. The WHS Checklist template will be made available on Canvas.


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