BUSN11016 - Introduction to Study and Professional Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit supports you to identify and develop core professional practices and skills required by all graduates to succeed in the future world of work. You will learn about core foundation disciplines; develop study, organisational and planning skills; and learn about your strengths and weaknesses. You will develop your understanding of how these are connected to future career choices. You will learn about your chosen profession and career options and plan your course and overall study path to build the knowledge and skills to reach your desired career outcomes. Throughout this unit, your academic, critical and creative thinking skills will be enhanced so that you can effectively engage in future studies. You will commence an e-portfolio in this unit, that you will build upon throughout your course. The e-portfolio will record discipline-based contextual practice that will prepare you well for study, work, and engagement as a globally-aware citizen who makes a contribution to communities and industry.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 25%
2. Report 50%
3. Portfolio 25%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 59.09% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 21.26% response rate.

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.

Source: Student comments in the end-of-term survey and in informal feedback during the term through Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and email.
Request for better alignment between assessment instructions and assessment requirements.
The request for better alignment between assessment instructions and assessment requirements has been implemented.
Action Taken
These alterations have been made and evidence from T2 suggests the changes have been positively received.
Source: Student comments in end-of-term survey and during unit workshops.
For some students, the early learning elements were unnecessary revision of prior learning.
Quizzes and workbooks to be introduced to ascertain prior learning and allow students to accelerate through early elements if already familiar with key modules.
Action Taken
We have given students 'skip' options now to enable them to check their prior learning, and if that prior learning is evident, moving past the prior learning material.
Source: DDLT SBL
The current 3-assessment-item structure of this unit needs to be altered to a 2-assessment-item structure as part of broader shift to 2-assessment-item structures.
Assignment 1 will be incorporated with Assignment 3 to meet unit learning objectives.
Action Taken
Source: Head of Course
This unit needs a clearer focus of purpose in structure and learning outcomes.
This unit will be redeveloped for 2023.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and report on the personal and professional capabilities and attributes necessary for career success, and how you can attain them with your chosen study plan
  2. Apply multi-modal communication skills for effect.
  3. Collect and interpret evidence from a range of quality sources to inform responses to routine problems
  4. Construct a professional e-Portfolio that showcases your skills, capabilities, attributes and achievements.

Not applicable

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation
2 - Report
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10