PERF20039 - Applied Creative and Professional Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with the opportunity to extend your specialised, discipline-specific or interdisciplinary creative and/or professional practice and project management skills and knowledge (developed and delivered in Creative and Professional Project 1 and Creative and Professional Project 2) through the applied implementation of that project. In strategically embedding the outcomes of your project in an industry context, you will extend your expertise. This may be through an advanced engagement with the creative or professional practice of your project or a greater integration of practice within industry (such as applying for grant funding, or securing publication, exhibition or other dissemination of the work). You will also consider, evaluate and appraise the outcomes of your creative and professional project within the context of the wider policy and funding landscape of your discipline and employment opportunities, appraising the project in industry terms.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Anti-Requisite courses: PERF20028, PERF20029 and PERF20030 (each is an 8 cp 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 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 Postgraduate 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 40%
2. Portfolio 60%

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

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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: self-reflection; student feedback
Maintain the teaching support for distance students provided through regular zoom sessions
Continue to informally schedule fortnightly zoom sessions to provide structured support for students without relying on only individual communication.
Action Taken
Continued to informally schedule zoom sessions for students to great success.
Source: student feedback
Consider shifting the due date for the first assessment task to provide more time.
Provide clarity in the assessment task information as to the reasoning for the due date, and also seek feedback from students in Term 2, 2018 about assessment 1.
Action Taken
Provided clarity on Moodle and in the assessment task to justify the due date.
Source: self-reflection; staff feedback
Some uncertainty with the assessment because of its self-directed nature.
Consider providing more specific requirements for the assessment tasks for clarity; however, it is important to not lose the individual and bespoke nature of the unit's project focus. Observe and consider throughout 2018.
Action Taken
Considered and consulted students about the bespoke assessment tasks in this unit, and have decided to maintain the current assessment task.
Source: self-reflection
There is not as much scaffolding of discipline content in this unit.
Investigate whether more scaffolding is required in the unit, or if this will interfere with the flexibility of the project work.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Investigate and analyse the processes involved and skills acquired in the strategic application of an advanced level practice-based creative or professional project
  2. Strategically embed the outcomes of a advanced level practice-based creative or professional project in an industry context
  3. Evidence and evaluate effective project management skills, such as time management, and project timeliness in this strategic application
  4. Appraise the outcomes of the project in industry terms.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation
2 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation
2 - Portfolio