BUSN13004 - Professional Practice and Experience

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Employers are seeking work-ready graduates who can apply their university-developed knowledge, skills and attributes in diverse work environments and new contexts. This unit will provide you with the opportunity to consolidate knowledge of your chosen profession/discipline and demonstrate graduate attributes through an authentic learning experience of your choice: work integrated learning, global experience or project. The work integrated learning creates an opportunity for you to gain practical work experience. You will apply discipline knowledge and critical thinking skills to propose creative, ethical and innovative solutions within the workplace. The global experience creates an opportunity for you to engage in a 2-6 week international program. You will apply cross-cultural knowledge and critical thinking skills to propose creative, ethical and innovative solutions in response to global challenges. The project option creates an opportunity for you to complete a scaffolded investigation (supervised project) at an advanced level. You will apply discipline knowledge and critical thinking skills to propose creative, ethical and innovative solutions to a workplace or community issue related to your discipline area. We encourage you to enrol early to receive further information about each experience and begin the selection process. The work integrated learning and global experience options are subject to availability and you are required to enrol three months prior to the start of Term to participate in these options.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: 72 credit points

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 3 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Written Assessment 0%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
3. Portfolio 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 15.79% 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: As part of CQURenew, this unit is the focus of multiple layers of input, and this feedback came from internal staff sources, including the unit coordinator.
Streamlining of the 'three-in-one' nature of the unit. Currently the unit can be taken with a WIL-focus, a research project focus, or a global experience focus. This makes the unit Moodle site unique in terms of how it needs to be designed so that students are not exposed to material that is confusing or irrelevant to the option they have chosen.
The Moodle site has been redesigned so that students are offered a choice early on re the three options, and are guided into appropriate materials.
Action Taken
These reforms have been undertaken to some degree, but have been unnecessary for pragmatic reasons, as only a single option of the 'three-in-one' is currently active.
Source: Unit coordinator
The three-in-one-nature of the unit is complex for a single unit coordinator to oversee.
The unit is being redesigned so that all students are taken through a guided project that contains elements of the initial three offerings; all students for example will have some WIL characteristics to their project. This also aligns better with the original intent of the unit and CQURenew. The developers are removing the 'research project' focus of the unit and instead refocusing that option into a more clearly report focus, based on independent student research. The three options are being more closely aligned.
Action Taken
Note response to the above.
Source: Unit co-ordinator and student feedback
This unit could use further development to scaffold the research project for students, who often enter the unit with relatively little formal research training before launching into independent project work.
Continue to add scaffolding and content to the research project option to shape student progress.
Action Taken
Source: Discipline leaders, HOC
The unit would benefit from a review of ULOs, to ensure a streamlined list of ULOs that potentially are applicable to all three streams, should SBL decide to persist with all three streams going forward.
Hold a meeting within SBL to review the ULOs, perhaps with a learning design team member to ensure the outcomes are aligned with all three streams, and to review the three-in-one nature of the unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Justify and communicate a project plan for an work integrated learning, global experience or project to investigate and analyse a specific issue
  2. Critically analyse the relevance of the knowledge, skills and attributes developed through university studies to workplace or community contexts and future careers
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking and judgement when investigating a workplace or community issue and developing creative solutions appropriate to the specific context
  4. Critically reflect on work integrated learning, global experience or project experience to identify further areas of learning and professional development
  5. Synthesise university and practical discipline experience to demonstrate an understanding of self, careers, and the needs of workplaces or communities now and into the future.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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