BUSN19024 - Graduate Employability Skills

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
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.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile

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 30%
2. Oral Examination 20%
3. Portfolio 50%

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 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 32.76% 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 feedback.
Provide more opportunity for practicing interview skills.
Increase the focus on interview skills by (1) including more opportunity for students to practice oral communication skills during class time and (2) spreading the assessment interviews over more weeks allowing an increase in time for each student.
Action Taken
An impromptu speaking session was added to the lesson guide. Interviews were spread across 3 - 6 weeks depending upon the number of students enrolled in each campus and by distance.
Source: Unit Cooridinator's reflection.
Students need more time to organise the informational interview with a professional in their discipline area.
Include the informational interview report in portfolio two.
Action Taken
Informational interviews are now included in Portfolio 2.
Source: Student feedback.
Earlier feedback on portfolio one required.
Reduce the number of items included in portfolio one and set the submission date earlier.
Action Taken
Informational interviews moved from Portfolio 1 into Portfolio 2. The submission date for Portfolio 1 was set for week six.
Source: Student evaluations
Request for video of weekly presentations to be uploaded to the Moodle site for distance students
Unit Coordinator will record weekly presentations and upload them to the Moodle site
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Oral Examination
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
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Oral Examination
3 - Portfolio