CQUniversity Unit Profile
BUSN19024 Graduate Employability Skills
Graduate Employability Skills
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General Information

Overview

Businesses, industries, and professions are evolving rapidly with new trends emerging on key capabilities required for graduate positions. The rapid change requires graduates with the skills, knowledge and attributes to meet the changing demand of employers. This unit aims to equip students with employability skills focussing on work readiness and career planning by actively engaging in self-awareness exercises and examining employer expectations of graduates in your discipline. You will prepare professional employment applications, practice job interview skills, and develop a personal portfolio that can support your career aspirations. Intelligent use of web based technology will be practiced to search and apply for professional employment. You will also learn about the key requirements, ethical responsibilities, and expectations of both employees and employers.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite is successful completion of 8 units (48 credit points) at an undergraduate level.

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 2 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney

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. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Oral Examination
Weighting: 20%
3. Portfolio
Weighting: 50%

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 Student evaluations

Feedback

Request for video of weekly presentations to be uploaded to the Moodle site for distance students

Recommendation

Unit Coordinator will record weekly presentations and upload them to the Moodle site

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify and articulate your skills, abilities, and achievements in relation to your career choice to a potential employer
  2. Evaluate employer expectations of graduates in your discipline and the career options and pathways available
  3. Develop skills for intelligent use of web based technology to search and apply for graduate and other professional employment opportunities
  4. Prepare professional employment applications and confidently participate in recruitment processes including: job interviews, graduate assessment centres, psychometric and other skills testing
  5. Identify appropriate workplace behaviour, rights and responsibilities in the workplace, and various ethical and legal requirements of employers and employees.


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 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Oral Examination - 20%
3 - Portfolio - 50%

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 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Oral Examination - 20%
3 - Portfolio - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information


IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Cheryl Bookallil Unit Coordinator
c.bookallil@cqu.edu.au
David Hamilton Unit Coordinator
david.hamilton@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Introduction to career planning and management

Self awareness - understanding your career aspirations, interests, and competencies

Chapter

Study guide modules 1 and 2

Self-reflective exercises from 'Your career and you'

Events and Submissions/Topic

  1. Download a free copy of 'Your career and you' from Graduatecareers.com.au
  2. Complete all self-awareness  exercises 'Your career and you'
  3. Prepare a summary of your self-awareness exercises
Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Career opportunity awareness - exploring, planning and managing your career pathway

Chapter

Study guide module 3

http://www.graduatecareers.com.au/

http://joboutlook.gov.au/

https://myfuture.edu.au/

https://www.seek.com.au/

Events and Submissions/Topic

  1. Conduct online job search
  2. Review the future for your industry
  3. Research different recruitment strategies used by organisations both large and small


Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Professional resumes - preparation of self-marketing tools

Chapter

Study guide module 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

  1. Prepare your professional resume
  2. Target resume contents toward the position you will use for portfolio 1 
Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Selection criteria - the purpose of selection criteria in the recruitment process

Chapter

Study guide module 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

  1. Review online job descriptions and identify the selection criteria
  2. Prepare a statement addressing the selection criteria for the position you will use for Portfolio 1
Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Written communication skills - writing employment application covering letters

Chapter

Study guide module 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

  1. Write a covering letter to accompany your application for the position you applied for in Portfolio 1
  2. Start networking for professionals to interview as part of Portfolio 2
Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Aug 2018

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Finalise Portfolio 1 for submission next Monday

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Interview types and processes - panel, telephone, videoconference, assessment centres, Skype, psychometric testing

Chapter

Online research

Study guide module 7

Interview scheduling (Oral exam)


Events and Submissions/Topic

  1. Conduct at least two face-to-face informational interviews with people working in the career or industry you are targeting
  2. Prepare a report on your informational interviews

Portfolio 1: Career planning and recruitment documents Due: Week 6 Friday (24 Aug 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Interview techniques for success - predicting questions and public speaking

Chapter

Study guide module 8

Online research

Internal students - commencement of panel interviews (Oral exam) during class time as organised by your class tutor in class time over the next five weeks.

Distance students - Commencement of Skype interviews (Oral exam) as organised by the Unit Coordinator


Events and Submissions/Topic

  1. Prepare a critique of the recruitment processes used to screen job applicants specific to your discipline area (eg. Interview types, assessment centres, skills testing, Psychometric testing)
  2. Internal students - panel interviews (Oral exam) during class
  3. Internal students to participate on interview panels for other students
  4. Distance students - interviews (Oral exam) by Skype
Week 8 Begin Date: 03 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Practice interview skills

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

  1. Internal students- panel interviews (Oral exam) during class time
  2. Internal students to participate on interview panels for other students
  3. Distance students - interviews (Oral exam) by Skype
Week 9 Begin Date: 10 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Transition from study to work - professional work environment, ethics, EBAs, EEO, Anti-discrimination and OHS.

Chapter

Online research

MBTI online sites as listed on Moodle

Study guide module 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

  1. Undertake an online MBTI test and prepare a critique of your MBTI personality type and working style

Internal students- panel interviews (Oral exam) during class time

Internal students to participate on interview panels for other students

Distance students - interviews (Oral exam) by Skype

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Graduate employment and beyond - graduate programs, postgraduate study, international experience

Chapter

Study guide module 10

Online research

Events and Submissions/Topic

  1. Prepare an evaluation of postgraduate study and international experience in your discipline area
  2. In-class and distance students interviews (Oral exam) continuing [Only if enrolment numbers require]

Employment interview Due: Week 10 Friday (21 Sept 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 24 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Career changes - understanding the world of work and networking techniques

Chapter

Study guide module 11

Online research

Events and Submissions/Topic

  1. Write an analysis of 'Why ethics are important for professionals in your discipline area'
  2. Prepare a career action plan for your porfessional development
  3. In-class and distance students interviews (Oral exam) continuing [Only if enrolment numbers require]
Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Oct 2018

Module/Topic

Review week

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Finalise Portfolio 2 for submission


Preparing for professional employment Due: Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Oct 2018

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Oct 2018

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Term Specific Information


Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Portfolio 1: Career planning and recruitment documents

Task Description

Portfolio one covers the course learning tasks for weeks one to five as listed in the course schedule. The compilation of the portfolio is progressive in nature and enables you to engage in an ongoing basis with the set learning activities. Preparing your assessment items each week will ensure your portfolio is ready for submission by the due date.

Portfolio one should include all of the following items:

  1. A summary of Self awareness exercises completed from 'Your career and you' booklet
  2. Professional resume
  3. Statement addressing selection criteria
  4. A covering letter for your application
  5. A copy of the position description that you based the application documents on.

Portfolio contents should be uploaded to the Unit Moodle site as separate word documents.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (24 Aug 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Monday (3 Sept 2018)

On time assessments will be marked first. Assignments not submitted on time may not be returned by this date.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Portfolios will be assessed against set marking criteria which expects significant effort in self-reflection and in preparation of employment application documents. You can use the marking criteria file on Moodle to guide you in assessing the quality of your work before submission. Meeting these marking criteria will ensure a good grade for your efforts. Criteria include: that all assessment pieces are contained in the portfolio, evidence of engagement with all learning activities is presented, significant effort in self reflection is demonstrated, employment application documents (resume, cover letter, selection criteria statement) are developed according to the unit standards set out in the unit study guide and the examples provided on Moodle. Further details on marking criteria for specific items in your portfolio are listed in the assessment criteria sheet on the unit Moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit your portfolio documents through the link provided on the course Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify and articulate your skills, abilities, and achievements in relation to your career choice to a potential employer
  • Evaluate employer expectations of graduates in your discipline and the career options and pathways available
  • Develop skills for intelligent use of web based technology to search and apply for graduate and other professional employment opportunities


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Oral Examination

Assessment Title
Employment interview

Task Description

Participate in an employment interview process for the position you based your application documents upon for Portfolio 1. These interviews will be conducted during class for internal students who will also be expected to participate on interview panels for the other students. Distance students will participate in an interview with the Unit Coordinator by Skype.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (21 Sept 2018) 11:45 pm AEST

Interviews will be held over weeks seven to ten as arranged by your Class Tutor (internal students) or Unit Coordinator (Distance Students). Internal students who do not attend classes cannot expect special arrangements to be made for them.


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Monday (24 Sept 2018)

Students will be provided oral feedback directly following their interview. Marking rubrics will be available on Moodle within one week of participation in this assessment activity.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed upon your preparation for the interview including responding to, and acting upon, contact from your Class Tutor or Unit Coordinator concerning the arrangements for your interview. Other areas for assessment include presentation, performance, general impressions of your attitude, and your suitability for the position. Further details of how interviews will be assessed is contained in the Marking Rubric on the unit Moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Response to contact from your Class Tutor or Unit Coordinator concerning the arrangements for your interview is expected within 48 hours of notification.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify and articulate your skills, abilities, and achievements in relation to your career choice to a potential employer
  • Prepare professional employment applications and confidently participate in recruitment processes including: job interviews, graduate assessment centres, psychometric and other skills testing


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Preparing for professional employment

Task Description

The aim of the portfolio tasks is to continue building your knowledge of professional employment in your discipline and the recruitment processes you may face in establishing your professional career. Portfolio two requires you to submit a refined version of your application documents (resume, selection criteria statement and cover letter) taking into account feedback from Portfolio 1.

The compilation of your 'Preparing for professional employment' portfolio is progressive in nature and enables you to engage with the set weekly learning activities on an ongoing basis. Working upon your assessment items each week will ensure your portfolio is ready for submission by the due date.

Portfolio two should contain all of the following:

  1. Revised resume, cover letter and selection criteria statement
  2. Report on your informational interviews with a people currently employed as professionals in your discipline
  3. Reflective paper on your readiness to undertake professional employment that includes the following sections:
  • Recruitment processes used in your discipline area
  • Critique of your MBTI type
  • Appraisal of the value of Post graduate study and international experience in your discipline area
  • Analysis of 'Why ethics are important for professionals in your discipline area'
  • An action plan for your career advancement

Portfolio contents should be uploaded to the Unit Moodle site as separate word documents.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 Oct 2018)

On time assessments will be marked first. Assignments not submitted on time may not be returned by this date.


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

Portfolio two will be marked against set criteria listed on the assessment criteria sheet provided on the unit Moodle site. You may use these criteria to guide you in assessing the quality of your work before submission. Meeting these criteria will ensure a good grade for your efforts.

Marking criteria include: that all portfolio items are submitted, that application documents are revised according to previous feedback and reference to study materials, evidence of engagement with all learning activities is presented, understanding of all types of interview structures and how to prepare for each is demonstrated, significant effort in self reflection is evidenced including an action plan with suggestions for professional development.

The reflective paper on your readiness to undertake professional employment will require you to provide evidence of significant self-reflection and online research. Appropriate referencing of all sources must be provided.

Further details concerning the marking criteria for each portfolio element is located is the assessment section of the course moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Upload your portfolio as seperate word documents.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Prepare professional employment applications and confidently participate in recruitment processes including: job interviews, graduate assessment centres, psychometric and other skills testing
  • Identify appropriate workplace behaviour, rights and responsibilities in the workplace, and various ethical and legal requirements of employers and employees.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • 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?