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BUSS6500: Industry Placement

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

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

Unit details and rules

Unit code BUSS6500
Academic unit Work Integrated Learning Hub
Credit points 6
Completion of at least 24 credit points with a minimum average of 60% (WAM)
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Steven Hitchcock,
Lecturer(s) Janine Coupe,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Report 1
Entry interview report
30% Week 04
Due date: 26 Aug 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 09 Sep 2022
1250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3
Assignment Presentation
Guidance for new interns
35% Week 08
Due date: 23 Sep 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 07 Oct 2022
10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Report 2
Exit interview report
35% Week 13
Due date: 04 Nov 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 18 Nov 2022
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3

Assessment summary

  • Report 1: For this assignment you will first need to have a meeting with your supervisor, or mentor, to discuss your goals and key performance indicators for the semester. Then you will need to provide a written summary of this meeting as well as demonstrate the ability to write a ‘closing the loop’ confirmation email to said supervisor.
  • Presentation: For this assignment, you will need to draw on your own experience, as well as the perspectives of your colleagues to understand what new interns need to know upon joining the organization. Then you will need to create a recorded presentation that your organization could hypothetically use as an induction video for new interns.
  • Report 2: For this assignment, you will need to have another meeting with your supervisor, or mentor, at the end of your placement to discuss whether you achieved your goals and met your KPIs. Then you will need to provide a written summary of this meeting as well as demonstrate the ability to write a ‘closing the loop’ confirmation email to said supervisor.

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

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:

Standard business school policies apply.

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
Mid-semester break Placement Placement (20 hr)  
Week 01 Welcome and overview Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
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)  
Week 07 Placement + Mid-semester discussion Placement (22 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Placement + Makeup Mid-Semester discussion Workshop (22 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Placement Placement (20 hr)  
Week 10 Placement Placement (20 hr)  
Week 11 Debrief and discussion Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance is compulsory for all scheduled 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.

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

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

In accordance with student feedback, the assessments have been adapted since the last time the unit was delivered to include activities more directly linked to the placement and future employability skills.


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