CQUniversity Unit Profile
BLAR12053 Professional Practice
Professional Practice
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General Information

Overview

This unit introduces you to the roles and responsibilities of being a professional practitioner in the building and construction sector through consideration of professional ethics; personal actions and liabilities; and stakeholder collaboration and involvement. In this unit you will also gain an understanding and be taught the application of organisational psychology - theory and practice; project management and control; financial management; construction business planning; trust and general accounts; contemporary office management practices; establishing quality management systems and identifying opportunities to implement social innovation practice.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BLAR11049 Built Environment Communication and Skills Or COMM11003 Professional and Technical Communication (before 2012 term 1)

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 10%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 10%
4. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit evaluations

Feedback

Content was informative and supported written assessments

Recommendation

The use of authentic assessments has formed part of the assessment strategy for this unit. The effectiveness of this form of assessment is supported by research and enjoys broad student support so it will be continued.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain how organisational behaviour - theory and practice and your personal traits influence your professional development
  2. Identify and apply strategies to implement effective professional and social innovation practice within the building industry
  3. Show problem solving, creativity and communication techniques for dealing with clients and projects
  4. Use computer hardware, software and the Internet to solve workplace practice problems and scenarios
  5. Apply financial management principles to start, grow and maintain a practice.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
4 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
4 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Organizational Behaviour 2nd (2013)

Authors: Mustafa, A.
Global Professional Publishing
Kent , UK
ISBN: 9781909170056 E-ISBN 9781908287366
Binding: Other
Supplementary

How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936)

Authors: Carnegie, D.
Random House
Australia
ISBN: 0091906814
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

Copies can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Computer headset (microphone speaker combo)
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent software
  • Web camera (webcam)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Ronald Webber Unit Coordinator
r.webber@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

1. Personal Traits.

Chapter

Please read Topic 1 on the unit Moodle home page: Week 1- Personal Traits: Scope of topic and Social Complexity of the Building Industry.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

1. Personal Traits

Chapter

Please read Topic 1 on the unit Moodle home page: Week 2- Personal Traits: Change and Persuasion.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

1. Personal Traits

Chapter

Please read Topic 1 on the unit Moodle home page: Week 3- Personal Traits: Motivation and Professional Reflection.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

1. Personal Traits

Chapter

Please read Topic 1 on the unit Moodle home page: Week 4 - Leadership, Power and Conflict.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 Due: Week 4 Monday (30 Mar 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

1. Personal Traits

Chapter

Please read Topic 1 on the unit Moodle home page: Week 5 - Issues of Conflict.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

No set tasks or readings for vacation week.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

2. Professionalism

Chapter

Please read Topic 2 on the unit Moodle home page: Week 6- Professionalism: Professional Conscience - Ethics.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 Due: Week 6 Monday (20 Apr 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

2. Professionalism

Chapter

Please read Topic 2 of the unit Moodle home page: Week 7- Professionalism: Profession and Industry Associations

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

3. Office Management

Chapter

Please read Topic 3 of the unit Moodle home page: Week 8-Buisness Management: Clients and Stakeholders.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

3. Office Management

Chapter

Please read Topic 3 of the unit Moodle home page: Week 9-Business Management: People, Project and Quality.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3 Due: Week 9 Monday (11 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

3. Office Management

Chapter

Please read Topic 3 of the unit Moodle home page: Week 10-Business Management: OHS and ICT usage.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

4. Financial Management

Chapter

Please read Topic 4 of the unit Moodle home page: Week 11- Financial Management: Financial Viability.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

4. Financial Management

Chapter

Please read Topic 4 of the unit Moodle home page: Week 12- Financial Management: Business Planning.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

There are no prescribed topics for this week.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 4 Due: Review/Exam Week Monday (8 June 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

There are no prescribed topics for this week.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Assessment 1

Task Description

Assessment 1 will require you to answer a series of online quiz questions that explore issues related to personal traits.

 Please note that to pass the quiz and the unit overall you must achieve a minimum mark of 50% of the total allowable marks for this task. You will have 2 hours to complete the quiz and will be allowed 2 attempts - your final mark for the quiz will be the highest grade achieved on any of the 2 attempts.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Monday (30 Mar 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Please complete the online quiz on the Moodle site


Return Date to Students

Results will be available on Moodle site


Weighting
10%

Minimum mark or grade
Students must achieve a minimum of 50% of the total allowable marks for this assessment task in order to pass this unit.

Assessment Criteria

The following are general instructions related to your assessment submission. Some forms of assessment (such as forum posts, online quizzes) may have additional or specific instructions. Please refer to the Moodle site for specific assessment instructions that may be relevant to the assessment task.

Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions.

You will find further support material for this assessment on the course Moodle site.



Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Students are required to complete the online quiz on the course Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain how organisational behaviour - theory and practice and your personal traits influence your professional development
  • Use computer hardware, software and the Internet to solve workplace practice problems and scenarios


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 2

Task Description

Assessment task 2 will require you to research and answer questions that explore industry professionalism and financial management principles.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (20 Apr 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Please submit via the unit Moodle site


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Monday (4 May 2020)

Results and feedback available via the unit Moodle site


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Your assessment submission should be produced in an electronic format.

Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions. Your submission will be processed through the similarity detection software, Turnitin. You may amend your work based on the detection report. You must ensure that the work is your own or has been correctly referenced to the appropriate author(s), according to the CQU requirements.

You will find further support material for this assessment on the course Moodle site.

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Show clarity and succinctness of expression.
  • Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
  • Use and reference correctly supporting information.
  • Present original thoughts and opinions.
  • Communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Use graphs, illustrations and other graphics to visually support your submission.
  • Explain the core knowledge associated with this course and show appropriate application of this knowledge.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit as a PDF or Word file via the Moodle Assessment portal.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain how organisational behaviour - theory and practice and your personal traits influence your professional development
  • Identify and apply strategies to implement effective professional and social innovation practice within the building industry
  • Show problem solving, creativity and communication techniques for dealing with clients and projects


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice
  • Social Innovation

3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Assessment 3

Task Description

Assessment 3 will require you to answer a series of online quiz questions that explore issues related to professional development and practice management.

 Please note that to pass the quiz and the unit overall you must achieve a minimum mark of 50% of the total allowable marks for this task. You will have 2 hour to complete the quiz and will be allowed 2 attempts - your final mark for the quiz will be the highest grade achieved on any of the 2 attempts.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Monday (11 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Please complete the online quiz on the Moodle site


Return Date to Students

Results will be available on Moodle site


Weighting
10%

Minimum mark or grade
Students must achieve a minimum of 50% of the total allowable marks for this assessment task in order to pass this unit.

Assessment Criteria

The following are general instructions related to your assessment submission. Some forms of assessment (such as forum posts, online quizzes) may have additional or specific instructions. Please refer to the Moodle site for specific assessment instructions that may be relevant to the assessment task.


Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions.

You will find further support material for this assessment on the course Moodle site.



Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Students are required to complete the online quiz on the course Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use computer hardware, software and the Internet to solve workplace practice problems and scenarios


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 4

Task Description

Assessment 4 will require you to research and answer questions that explore professional development and practice management.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Monday (8 June 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Please submit via the unit Moodle site


Return Date to Students

Results will be available on the unit Moodle site - 29/6/2020


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Your assessment submission should be produced in an electronic format.

Before or on the nominated due date, upload your work following the on-screen instructions. Your submission will be processed through the similarity detection software, Turnitin. You may amend your work based on the detection report. You must ensure that the work is your own or has been correctly referenced to the appropriate author(s), according to the CQU requirements.

You will find further support material for this assessment on the course Moodle site.

The assessment will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Show clarity and succinctness of expression.
  • Adequate coverage of topics discussed.
  • Use and reference correctly supporting information.
  • Present original thoughts and opinions.
  • Communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Use graphs, illustrations and other graphics to visually support your submission.
  • Explain the core knowledge associated with this course and show appropriate application of this knowledge


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit as a PDF file into the Moodle Assessment portal.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Show problem solving, creativity and communication techniques for dealing with clients and projects
  • Apply financial management principles to start, grow and maintain a practice.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?