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BUSS6506: China Industry Placement

Intensive July, 2021 [Block mode] - Remote

This unit is available to students accepted into the China Industry Placement Program while they undertake a professional placement with a business or a government organisation that has a particular focus on business interests. It includes preparatory coursework in reflective, professional practice and concurrent coursework on research methods, report and other professional writing skills. Assessment includes a reflective journal, a research report related to their work placement, and an oral presentation on the internship placement and international work and study experience. Further information and application process is outlined at

Unit details and rules

Unit code BUSS6506
Academic unit Work Integrated Learning Hub
Credit points 6
Completion of at least 48 credit points with a minimum average of 60% (WAM)
Assumed knowledge

To enrol in this unit students must be Mandarin speakers and have the right to work in China.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Rachael Hains-Wesson,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Performance & Employability skills objective setting
Written task
25% Week 02
Due date: 02 Jul 2021 at 23:00

Closing date: 09 Jul 2021
750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Placement Reflective Workbook
30% Week 05
Due date: 13 Jul 2021 at 23:00

Closing date: 20 Jul 2021
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4
Assignment Report
Written report
45% Week 09
Due date: 06 Aug 2021 at 23:00

Closing date: 13 Aug 2021
1750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3

Assessment summary

  • Performance and Employability Objectives: Your performance and employability objectives are intended to help you and your supervisor identify clear goals for your placement, which can then be assessed at the beginning and reflected upon at the end of your placement. 
  • Reflective Workbook: Twice a week (which equates to a minimum of 10 separate reflective writing pieces in your Workbook, which align to the 5Rs model of no more than 350words each) is required during your placement and/or learning experience. You are required to articulate your work experience in detail using the 5Rs model for reflection.  To achieve this, you are to focus on key incidents that have occurred during your placement that have employability, professional or personal learning meaning to you. You will then choose two of your best 'incidents' from your completed reflective Workbook to undertake the reflective Workbook final assignment submission. You will need to show evidence that you have completed the reflective Workbook during your placement experience, and how you decided upon the two selections for this assignment, backing your claims made with the literature.
  • Report: You will need to review and reflect on your first two assessments, and decide on one employability skill you would like to explore in detail. Your critical reflective report will need to show your perspective that is backed up with reputable research for your choice. It will also be important that you include relevant labour market data and analysis. Your report should clearly articulate how you have and will further developed your specific employability skill, strengths and weaknesses, providing an evidence-based approach to your report writing. The report can not repeat detail from previous assessments, but can build upon these points. This report is an opportunity for you to focus on one key employability skill development process that is linked to your placement experience.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas and via the rubrics for each assignment.

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:

Assessments which are submitted after the assessment deadline will incur a late penalty of 5% per day after the due date for up to 10 calendar days, after which a mark of zero is applied.

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
Pre-semester Pre-placement workshop Workshop (2 hr) LO4
Week 01 Placement Placement (7.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 02 Placement Placement (7.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Placement Placement (7.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Placement and mid-way placement workshop Workshop (9.5 hr) LO4
Week 05 Placement Placement (7.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Placement & end of placement debriefing Placement (9.5 hr) LO4

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.

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

Please see Canvas for the set readings for pre-, during, and post-placement learning requirements.

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. Develop written and oral communication by engaging directly with industry stakeholders.
  • LO2. Identify different perspectives on their placement experience in order to improve practice.
  • LO3. Synthesize personal experience and research to build an evidence-based argument.
  • LO4. Identify and appraise ethical issues in relation to business, government and society and the capacity to deal with and reflect upon these issues in working life.

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.

Assessment types, due dates and workshop content have been re-designed since the last delivery and based on student feedback.

Students are offered and matched to appropriate industry placement opportunities in China that meet the following criteria:

  1. Meets appropriate OH&S standards;
  2. Students will undertake meaningful work experience that is most aligned to the student’s degree where/when available;
  3. Students will receive adequate supervision.

Industry work placements may occur at small to medium or large organizations.

Additional costs

This unit requires students to pay a program fee, which is separate to the unit of study tuition fee. The program fee covers students' accommodation in Shanghai, in-country support, risk, administration, some events and the securing and facilitation of students' placements with host organisations though Austcham China. Austcham China is the unit of study's industry engagement partner.

Site visit guidelines

Students are expected to understand, and observe the Student Charter 2020 at all times. Please ensure you are familiar with this document, and what is required of you:

Work, health and safety

You are required to complete several pieces of paperwork in order to complete this unit. At times, this paperwork will be unweighted
but required in order for you to pass the unit. Please ensure you complete each of the required items, by the required dates and when requested to do so.


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