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BUSS 5382: Professional Development for Graduates

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Professional Development for Graduates (BUSS 5382) is an exciting new course, offered for the first time at UniSA in SP5, 2012. BUSS 5382 is a university-wide elective, open to students from all disciplines who wish to gain valuable experience in their chosen field, with extensive support offered by the Course Coordinator and Workplace Supervisor.

The aim of this course is to develop students' professional networks, communication, career skills and strategies through a supported placement in a business or community setting. Students will have the opportunity to plan, implement, reflect and report on the placement experience, with a particular focus on the development of intercultural workplace communication skills.

Businesses where work placements are being offered in SP5, 2012:

Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI)
Formulation
Austraining International
Banksia Park International High School
Sol Results
Austalk Promotions
Cavill Power Products Pty Ltd
2XE
The Adelaide Crows
Morton Phillips

Examples of established placement projects offered in SP5 2012 include:

Department of Communities and Social Inclusion:

  • Developing a discussion paper for improving accessibility of information
  • Developing promotional online resources regarding copyright and intellectual property issues
  • Developing a discussion paper examining information booths
  • Developing a discussion paper identifying opportunities relating to easy to read translations

These projects would suit students who are enrolled/experienced in the disciplines of Social Sciences, Law or Information Technology.

Formulation:

  • Developing a discussion paper examining best practice for working to improve other organisations forms.

This project would suit students who are enrolled/experienced in the disciplines of Management/ Business Administration.

Austraining International:

  • Analysing reports on a pilot volunteer program
  • Evaluating long-term outcomes of volunteer engagement with host organisations
  • Developing a research proposal regarding all aspects of the volunteering journey

These projects would suit students who are enrolled/experienced in the disciplines of Education/ Management/ Social Sciences/ International Studies.

Banksia Park International High School:

  • Analyse internationalisation of education at BPIHS and develop promotional material
  • Developing a model of best practice regarding supporting international students

These projects would suit students who are enrolled/experienced in the disciplines of Education/ Social Sciences/ International Studies.

Austalk Promotions:

  • Developing a marketing plan for a series of seminars.
  • Developing a speaking program in Malaysia

The first project would suit a student who is enrolled/experienced in the Marketing. The second project would suit students from a range of disciplines including Event Management/ Communications/ Management/ Marketing or those with connections and/or interested in working with Malaysian companies.

2XE:

  • A research and industry engagement project assessing opportunities for the South Australian foundry industry to convert their waste streams into useful products
  • A research project to create a 'Do it Yourself' Guide on Energy Efficiency for the national Foundry Industry
  • A research project to create a 'Do it Yourself' Guide on Energy Efficiency for the SA wine industry

These projects would suit students who are enrolled/experienced in Science/ Engineering.

Adelaide Football Club:

  • Developing a discussion paper regarding communication with members. "How much communication is enough"
  • Developing a discussion paper on corporate partnerships and sponsorships "What's in it for us"
  • Benchmarking strategic plans "Strategy across all Sports"
  • Developing a discussion paper on digital properties "Engage then Transact"
  • Developing a discussion paper on membership "What does a Member want from their Club"

These projects would suit students enrolled in Management/ Communications/ Marketing who have a background in or knowledge of sport and in particular AFL.

Cavill Power:

  • Analysing employee retention
  • Investigating the use of social media for recruitment
  • Developing a discussion paper regarding how to integrate employees from overseas

These projects suit students specialising in Human Resource Management.

Morton Philips:

  • Analysing remuneration levels in the mining sector
  • Investigating the skills shortages in the Australian economy
  • Investigating Best Practice Performance Reviews.

These projects suit students specialising in Human Resource Management.

Acceptance into the course is based on three prerequisites:

1. Successful completion of 9 units of postgraduate study at UniSA (not including credit) OR completion of an     undergraduate degree at any Australian university; AND
2. A GPA of greater than or equal to 5.00.
3. Competitive application to be submitted to the Course Coordinator, amanda.daly@unisa.edu.au due 5.00pm Friday 6th July 2012.

Students must apply for a work placement with one of the organisations arranged by the course coordinator. Placements will be problem-based where the student works on a particular project for an organisation. Students must contact Amanda Daly by 25th June 2012 to discuss the preferred placement, before submitting a written application responding to selection criteria for the chosen organisation and project. Note: support will available through the Learning & Teaching Unit with writing applications.

The proposed placement should not comprise clinical practice (e.g. it cannot be a clinical placement as required in some disciplines such as Health Science). Students may also source their own work placement if they prefer (see Note 1 below).

How to Apply:

Students must apply for a work placement with one of the organisations arranged by the course coordinator. Placements will be problem-based where the student works on a particular project for an organisation.

Before applying, students must contact the course coordinator by Mon 25 June.

Students must submit via email to the course coordinator Amanda Daly:

  • An application responding to specific selection criteria for the chosen organisation and project. (The application must be no longer than 2 pages.)
  • A one-page cover letter which outlines the expected benefits of undertaking the course BUSS 5382 (and specifically the placement).
  • Evidence of Program Director's support for the proposed placement as an appendix to the application (e.g. email or letter).
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) which includes personal details, including name and student ID, email address, contact telephone, name of program, units successfully completed. The CV should be no longer than 2 pages.

    All documents should be 1.5 line spacing and Arial size 10 font.

    Applications are due by 5pm Friday 6th July, and you will be notified by Monday 9 July.

    Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:


    1. Points above are addressed.

    2. Goals carefully thought through with achievable outcomes identified.

    3. Evidence provided that the proposed project has the support of a workplace supervisor.

    4. Clearly and succinctly written, with evidence of careful editing.

    5. Appropriate register/tone.


    Note 1:
    Students may elect to undergo the work placement as part of their current employment. In this case, it is expected that the student would undertake additional responsibilities, manage a particular project, or work to resolve a specific problem or issue. This would need to be carefully detailed in the application.

    Note 2: There are only 20 places in the course. The Course Coordinator reserves the right not to accept any applications if the criteria has not been met.

    Note 3: Students must meet the prerequisites for the course. Please see above.

    Note 4: Depending on the nature of the work placement, students may need to undergo a police check.


    There are only 20 places available in this exciting new course. Applications will be assessed, notified and enrolled as they are received, so don't leave your application until the last minute!

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