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BU3060 - Professional Experience

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Business

This subject is designed to integrate knowledge and skills developed throughout the degree in a practical workplace setting. The subject is suitable for students who are not already employed. Classroom learning is linked to a 250 hour professional placement that facilitates the development of generic workplace skills and application of course specific knowledge. A discrete and manageable placement project is negotiated between the student, workplace supervisor, and academic supervisor. Professional experience is usually undertaken individually, but there is provision for collaborative tasks where appropriate. Students may also begin identifying and collecting data for suitable areas of study should they decide to enrol in an honours year.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate a range of technical and social skills and progressively becoming aware of and involved in the wider implications of management functions;
  • appreciate the complexity of formal and informal relationships in the workplace;
  • observe the management process in terms of economic, socio-cultural, marketing and human resource aspects and develop and understanding of the relationship between various sectors of the business environment;
  • demonstrate personal and social skills within the environment of a professional organisation.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to a given discipline or discourse;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.
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JCU Brisbane, Internal, Study Period 22
Census Date 11-Aug-2011
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Laurie Murphy
Workload expectations:
  • 6 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 200 hours professional experience
Assessment: other exams (50% - 90%); (10% - 50%).

JCU Brisbane, Internal, Study Period 23
Census Date 08-Dec-2011
Coordinator: Dr Janelle Rose
Workload expectations:
  • 6 hours workshops/Seminars - Preparation for placement and related activities.
  • 100 hours professional experience
Assessment: placement plan (15% - 20%); assignments (35%); diary and reflective journal (30%); employer appraisal report (15% - 20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.