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OLET2119: Professionalism in the Workplace

This OLE unit teaches the skills required to be a productive member of the workforce and will provide you with resources for cultivating your professional, ethical and personal identity. It will prepare you to become a valuable contributor to a globally competitive workplace by exhibiting a sound work ethic, integrity, reliability, flexibility and cultural competency. Topics covered include professional boundaries, social mores, operating procedures and values, and intercultural communication. These modules will teach you to network effectively, hone your interpersonal skills, and develop an online presence for professional use.


Academic unit English
Unit code OLET2119
Unit name Professionalism in the Workplace
Session, year
Intensive October, 2022
Attendance mode Online
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 2

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Lucas Thompson,
Tutor(s) Jessica Ru-shih Sun ,
Lucas Thompson,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Workplace Ethics
Long answer/Online Submission
40% Week 03
Due date: 17 Oct 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 13 Nov 2022
700 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Skills-based evaluation Assignment
Multiple Choice Quizzes 9 x multiple choice quizzes
25% Week 04
Due date: 21 Oct 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 28 Oct 2022
500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
Assignment Networking site profile
Long answer/Essay/Online submission
35% Week 06
Due date: 31 Oct 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 13 Nov 2022
600 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO7

Multiple Choice Quizzes x 9 25% due 22/10/2021

Workplace Ethics Assignment x 1 40% due 15/10/2021

Networking Site Profile x 1 35% due 29/10/2021

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

To be awarded to students who, in their performance in assessment tasks, demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars established by the faculty.


75 - 84

To be awarded to students who, in their performance in assessment tasks, demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars established by the faculty.


65 - 74

To be awarded to students who, in their performance in assessment tasks, demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars established by the faculty.


50 - 64

To be awarded to students who, in their performance in assessment tasks, demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars established by the faculty.


0 - 49

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

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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:

2% per day without simple extension, special consideration or academic plan

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 02 1. Professional you; 2. Career strategies; 3. Career tools Online class (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 03 4. Interviews Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 04 Networking Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 05 Online presence Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. When this OLE is fully online, attendance is measured by completion of all online modules and activities, and attendance at and participation in all Seminars via Zoom. If you complete less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: All lectures will be pre-recorded and made available to students on the Canvas site for this unit.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spending approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

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 2 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 40-50 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings are linked to the online Modules.

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. able to identify your strengths and achievements and showcase them
  • LO2. develop an ethical personal brand that will earn respect
  • LO3. develop an integrated professional, ethical and personal identity
  • LO4. showcase your abilities as a dependable colleague, role model and mentor
  • LO5. write clearly and concisely for business environments
  • LO6. communicate effectively with clients and colleagues in live settings, virtual and online environments
  • LO7. tailor business writing for diverse audiences.

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
No changes have been made since this unit was last offered.

Additional costs

No additional costs.


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