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Global Business Practicum (BUSA90485)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBUSA90485
Campus
Parkville
Availability
January
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November
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students will be assigned in small groups to a Practicum Organisation. Working in teams, they will undertake a structured business planning or business development exercise. This will be supported by online modules and seminar work equipping the students with knowledge of approaches, tools and techniques for completing the task and an understanding of report formats appropriate for conveying the results. During the practicum, in-depth work will be undertaken in identifying the scope, opportunities constraints and recommendations of the exercise. Students will learn to work with unstructured and incomplete information in real business settings, to develop research and networks to support their enquiry, to work successfully in teams, to present their findings and seek and receive constructive feedback in a range of settings. Students will also be encouraged to plan, reflect and modify their approaches to improve the outcomes of their efforts in managing the business project.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Apply theory and practice of graduate level studies in commerce to resolving real-world business issues;
  • Research, analyse, evaluate and propose practical business solutions within the bounds of the exercise;
  • Identify key strategic questions, assess options related to the exercise, communicate progress and check direction with team members, academic mentor and the practicum organisation;
  • Demonstrate key attributes sought by employers including cross-cultural communication skills, interpersonal skills, time management, commercial acumen, initiative, independent learning and team skills.

Generic skills

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Verbal and written communication skills through discussion and assigned tasks;
  • Project management, including accurate scoping of project, development of approaches, timelines, execution and timely completion;
  • Team work demonstrated by good communication within the group, understanding of skills brought by individual members, organising for achievement and presenting group report;
  • Communication skills in an international business context;
  • Research, problem solving and critical thinking;
  • Documentation preparation and presentation skills through assigned tasks and the practicum exercise;
  • Interpersonal skills through the practicum exercise and assigned tasks.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

Entry is via a competitive selection process and places are limited.

In order to be considered, students must:

  • have completed a minimum of 50 points at time of subject application if admitted to a 200-point program;
  • have completed a minimum of 50 points at time of subject commencement if admitted to a 150-point program;
  • have a minimum GPA of 65% or higher;
  • submit an application; and
  • attend a group interview.

Please note:

  • Students are not able to self-enrol in this subject. University staff will enrol successful applicants on conclusion of the selection process.
  • Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) students who have already completed one practicum subject, may apply to take another but will be placed on a waiting list and only offered a place based on availability. Non-FBE students are not eligible to apply for any FBE practicum subjects.

For information on how to apply, see the MBS website.

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

Students cannot enrol in another intensive subject whilst enrolled in the Global Business Practicum.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Description

  • Task #1: 1-hour group presentation to host company, including a slide deck (normally 4-5 students per group). Due at the end of two weeks in-company placement (30%)
  • Task #1: Individual participation in group presentation, including delivery of presentation and responses in Q&A session. Due at the end of two weeks in-company placement (10%)
  • Task #2: 5000 word full group report on project (with accompanying file of resources) (normally 4-5 students per group). Due 3 weeks after return from in-company placement (40%).
  • Task #3: Peer review assessment (500 words equivalent). Due in the final week of the subject (Week 6) (10%).
  • Task #4: 1,000 word individual reflective essay. Due in the final week of the subject (Week 6) (10% individual assessment)
  • This subject also has hurdle requirements consisting of the completion of online training modules and a compulsory pre-departure training workshop. The online modules must be completed prior to the workshop.

Dates & times

  • January
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursFull-day attendance for 10 days at the host company (70 hours) and a 2-hour de-briefing session.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date17 November 2018
    Pre teaching requirements16 hours of seminars pre-departure (2 x days of 9am-5pm).
    Teaching period10 January 2019 to 23 January 2019
    Last self-enrol date27 November 2018
    Census date25 January 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail 1 February 2019
    Assessment period ends25 February 2019

    January contact information

    Sharon Soltys ssoltys@unimelb.edu.au 8344 5735

  • July
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursFull-day attendance for 10 days at the host company (70 hours) and a 2-hour de-briefing session.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date15 April 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsA 6 hour pre-departure seminar (1 x day) and completion of (12 hours) of online training modules.
    Teaching period 4 July 2019 to 17 July 2019
    Last self-enrol date 1 May 2019
    Census date 5 July 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail12 July 2019
    Assessment period ends14 August 2019

    July contact information

    Sharon Soltys ssoltys@unimelb.edu.au 8344 5735
  • November
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursFull-day attendance for 10 days at the host company (70 hours) and a 2-hour de-briefing session.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Pre teaching start date18 November 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsA 6 hour pre-departure seminar (1 x day) and completion of (12 hours) of online training modules.
    Teaching period28 November 2019 to 11 December 2019
    Last self-enrol date20 November 2019
    Census date 6 December 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail20 December 2019
    Assessment period ends 8 January 2020

    November contact information

    Sharon Soltys ssoltys@unimelb.edu.au 8344 5735

Time commitment details

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours per semester

Additional delivery details

In addition to the standard tuition fee this subject incurs extra costs which cover 2 weeks accommodation overseas, flights and other international travel associated costs.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes

    Students will apply for a place in the subject through the Melbourne Business School (MBS). Selection is based on a grade average for all subjects taken in MBS available at the selection date as well as performance in an interview process, and is contingent on permission from the Subject Coordinator.

    Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) students who have already completed one practicum subject, may apply to take another but will be placed on a waiting list and only offered a place based on availability. Non-FBE students are not eligible to apply for any FBE practicum subject.

    Please note that this subject has special entry requirements including stricy application deadlines. This subject also has hurdle requirements consisting of the completion of online modules and a compulsory pre-departure training workshop. The online modules must be complete prior to the workshop.

    In addition to the standard tuition fee this subject incurs extra costs which cover 2 weeks accommodation overseas, flights and other international travel associated costs.

    Students must be eligible to obtain visitor visas in the country where the business practicum is conducted.

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019