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BWIL6300: Business Consulting Practicum

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The Business Practicum offers students an opportunity to interact with a sponsor organisation (eg 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 BWIL6300
Academic unit Work Integrated Learning Hub
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

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

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Gaia Grant,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Assignment 1: Individual Performance Report
Reflection & review of individual performance
30% Week 04
Due date: 19 Mar 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 29 Mar 2023
1250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Assignment 2: Project Proposal for Industry Partner
Group research report with individual presentation component
40% Week 11
Due date: 14 May 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 17 May 2023
20 mins PPT pres / 3,000 word script
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Participation Assignment 3: Participation and In-class Activities
Participation, regular log entries & meeting reports from class exercises
30% Week 13
Due date: 28 May 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 02 Jun 2023
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

ASSIGNMENT 1: Individual Performance Report
In this assessment you are required to critically reflect on your experience working on the task to date, which is designed to simulate a standard work performance review. You will compare initial expectations and goals with what you have learnt about yourself in the process of the project work, evaluating how well you are contributing to the team and project. As a part of this reflection, you must engage critically with an academic framework to inform your analysis.

ASSIGNMENT 2: Industry Partner Project Report & Presentation
At the end of the semester your group will be required to create a professional business report outlining the process and findings of the research project. Each group member will be responsible for contributing to the production of a specific section of the report then for presenting this sectiont. Note that while this is a group presentation with a group grade for the report overall, you will also be graded individually for your specific contributions and your individual presentation skills.

ASSIGNMENT 3: Participation & In-class Activities
As this unit is designed as an interactive learning experience, active attendance and participation in at least 80% of seminars and workshops is required. This involves camera-on participation for online sessions, along with participating in group discussions and responding to questions asked in regular log entries. It also involves active contributions to the group project processes such as coordinating meetings and producing meeting reports. This approach is based on standard business practices. Full participation will help to ensure you have all the information you need to complete the project successfully, that you have the opportunity to practice using the models and tools introduced with adequate guidance, and that you contribute to the team effort appropriately.

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.

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 INTRODUCTION TO THE UNIT & to the 4 mode model 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 (3 hr) LO1
Week 02 B. CLIENT PREPARATION FOR THE PROJECT - Meeting the client, understanding the brief, and initial insights. Workshop (3 hr) LO1
Week 03 C. RESEARCH PREPARATION FOR THE PROJECT - The philosophy of research and data collection. Workshop (3 hr) LO1
Week 04 MODE 1. IDENTIFY CHALLENGES (DISCOVER): Collecting data to identify core challenges. Workshop (3 hr) LO1
Week 05 MODE 2. CLARIFY CHALLENGES (DEFINE): Managing the client journey - client brief, storyboarding, & ideation. Client Project Progress Check-in 1 - skeleton draft & Gantt chart must be ready (allocation of resources, project timings etc) Workshop (3 hr) LO1
Week 06 MODE 3. DESIGN SOLUTIONS (DEVELOP): (a) PLAN APPROACH - Planning, modelling, and mapping. Workshop (3 hr) LO1
Week 07 MODE 3. (b) TESTING - Prototyping & feedback. Workshop (3 hr) LO1
Week 08 MODE 3. (c) REFINING - Revising & reviewing. Workshop (3 hr) LO1
Week 09 MODE 4. PRESENT SOLUTIONS (DELIVER): (a) PREPARING TO PRESENT: Presentation master class - learning to pitch and perform. Client Sponsor Project Check-in 2 (Q&A on progress, obstacles, clarifications). Workshop (3 hr) LO1
Week 10 MODE 4. (b) FINALISING PRESENTATION - Developing, designing, & making final decisions. Workshop (3 hr) LO1
Week 11 MODE 4. (c) PRACTISING THE PITCH - Final pitch revision, practice, and refinement. Workshop (3 hr) LO1
Week 12 WRAP UP & EVALUATION Workshop (3 hr) LO4

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance and participation in at least 80% of seminars (lectures) and workshops (tutorial) classes is required. Students will be asked to complete a make-up exercise where there is an unavoidable clash with a class or a valid reason for non-attendance. This alternative arrangement can only be granted by the Unit Coordinator.

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 the Reading List provided in 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. Contextualize your academic disciplinary learning within real-world industry settings.
  • LO2. Identify, research, analyse, and critique issues facing modern organisations operating in a business environment.
  • LO3. Collaborate effectively with peers.
  • LO4. Articulate different perspectives on their experience in order to improve practice.
  • LO5. Demonstrate contextually relevant written and oral communication skills.

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.

A new unit code and title is being used for the first time. Updates to assessments are based on student feedback to support learning and include: a consolidated Individual Performance Report assignment, a 'pitch' presentation based on the Executive Summary section of the Project Report, and new online participation log check-ins.

It is recommended you check the Learning Activities and Assessment requirements carefully before the unit commences to ensure you are able to commit to the specific unit requirements.

Additional costs


Site visit guidelines

Some site visits to the industry partner office for briefing and/or final pitch sessions may be required.

Work, health and safety



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