BUS3000 Work Integrated Learning

Subject Cat-nbr Term Mode Description Units Campus
BUS 3000 2, 2010 ONC Work Integrated Learning 1 Springfield

Academic group: FOBUS
Academic org: FOBUSN
Student contribution band: 3A
ASCED code: 080399



Examiner: Ray Hingst
Moderator: Joseph Mula


Be enrolled in a USQ Faculty of Business Bachelor program, have completed at least 4 courses in the major of their work experience and be in the final year of their bachelor studies. Students are required to have organised industry experience involving practice in the area of their major study and received the written permission of their sponsor for the period of their WIL to use their placement as the basis of their learning. If the student intends to base their project on their current place of work, they must also have received the written permission of their employer. All students must then submit a proposal detailing their proposed industry experience to the course examiner for consideration. If their proposal is approved they will be enrolled in the course. Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Students will be expected to use the ePortfolio system to submit their assessment. Current details of computer requirements can be found at <http://www.usq.edu.au/ict/students/standards/default.htm>.


The purpose of this capstone course is to give students the opportunity to experience the applied aspects of working in the area of their major study. It allows students to enhance their learning by the application of the concepts, theories and graduate skills developed in their major area of study to their workplace activities. Further it will encourage a reflective approach to the development of their knowledge, skills and professional attributes. It is envisioned that the industry experience will enhance the student's post-graduation employment prospects. Students should be aware that the number of students will be restricted and acceptance will be at the discretion of the course examiner.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

develop and demonstrate an awareness of how theory is implemented in an organisation
apply the concepts and theories of their major area of study to their activities and responsibilities in organisations
develop and demonstrate transitions skills which will equip students to make a positive contribution to their organisation
develop and demonstrate workplace communication skills, in verbal and non-verbal forms
develop and demonstrate an ability to work effectively in a group in their organisation
make a positive contribution to the goals of the organisation in which they are placed
develop and demonstrate skills that allow them to be a productive, effective member of an organisation.


Description Weighting (%)
1. Expectations of a professional in the workplace
2. Other topics as negotiated between the student, employer, and course team

TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials are available for purchase from USQ BOOKSHOP (unless otherwise stated). Orders may be placed via secure internet, free fax 1800642453, phone 07 46312742 (within Australia), or mail. Overseas students should fax +61 7 46311743, or phone +61 7 46312742. For costs, further details, and internet ordering, use the 'Textbook Search' facility at http://bookshop.usq.edu.au click 'Semester', then enter your 'Course Code' (no spaces).

(UConnect Discussion List for updates, emphasis, and contribution to course discussion.)

Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.


Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.


Directed Study 165.00


Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed
WORK SKILLS 5 5 19 Jul 2010 All U1, U2, U3 2, 2, 2
PROJECT PROPOSAL 10 10 19 Jul 2010 All U1, U2, U3, U7, U8, U9 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2
REFLECTIVE DIARY 1 5 5 30 Aug 2010 All U2, U4, U7, U8, U9 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
REFLECTIVE DIARY 2A (WRITTEN) 10 10 27 Sep 2010 All U2, U4, U7, U8, U9 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
REFLECTIVE DIARY 2B (VERBAL) 5 5 27 Sep 2010 All U2, U4, U7, U8, U9 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
REFLECTIVE DIARY 3 10 10 25 Oct 2010 All U2, U4, U7, U8, U9 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
FINAL REPORT (WRITTEN) 40 40 08 Nov 2010 All U1, U2, U3, U4, U5, U7, U8, U9 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
FINAL REPORT (PRESENTATION) 10 10 08 Nov 2010 All U1, U2, U3, U4, U5, U7, U8, U9 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
REFLECTIVE DIARY 4 (EVAL) 5 5 12 Nov 2010 All U2, U4, U7, U8, U9 3, 3, 3, 3, 3


Elements of the following USQ Graduate Skills are associated with the successful completion of this course.

Ethical Research & Enquiry (Skill U1) Intermediate (Level 2 )
Ethical Research & Enquiry (Skill U1) Advanced (Level 3 )
Problem Solving (Skill U2) Intermediate (Level 2 )
Problem Solving (Skill U2) Advanced (Level 3 )
Academic, professional and digital literacy (Skill U3) Intermediate (Level 2 )
Academic, professional and digital literacy (Skill U3) Advanced (Level 3 )
Written & Oral Communication (Skill U4) Advanced (Level 3 )
Interpersonal Skills (Skill U5) Advanced (Level 3 )
Cultural Literacy (Skill U7) Intermediate (Level 2 )
Cultural Literacy (Skill U7) Advanced (Level 3 )
Managmt, Planning & Org Skills (Skill U8) Intermediate (Level 2 )
Managmt, Planning & Org Skills (Skill U8) Advanced (Level 3 )
Creatvty, Initiative & Entrprse (Skill U9) Intermediate (Level 2 )
Creatvty, Initiative & Entrprse (Skill U9) Advanced (Level 3 )


  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course. The weightings referred to here are not the percentage weightings used to indicate the relative loading on topics described on the first page of this course specification.
  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.
  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These polices can be found at the URL http://policy.usq.edu.au/portal/custom/search/category/usq_document_policy_type/Student.1.html.


1. Assignments: (i) Assignments must be uploaded electronically through UConnect in the drop box by 5.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on the due date. (ii) The examiner will normally only accept assessments that have been typed and submitted on a single file with appropriate document name. (iii) Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iv) The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. Students may apply for an assignment extension by personally contacting the examiner before the due date. Such applications should be in writing and include supporting documentary evidence. The authority for granting extensions rests with the examiner.
2. Course weightings: Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to any aspects of assignments assessing those topics.
3. Assignment format: All submitted assignment work must be in electronic format, submitted through the WebCT drop-box and the assignment document must be in WORD version format. No hard text paper assignments will be accepted.
4. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at <http://www.usq.edu.au/library/help/referencing/default.htm>.
5. Students are required to access the course intranet mail and discussion boards accessible via UConnect on a regular basis. This is the official communication site for this course.
6. All students are expected to have access to a personal computer and the Internet. Details of computer requirements can be found at <http://www.usq.edu.au/ict/students/standards/default.htm>.
7. Students who are studying via the Web are required to access the introductory book, study modules and selected readings for the course via the Study Desk in UConnect under the relevant folders.


  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at <http://www.usq.edu.au/ict/students/standards/default.htm>.

This version produced 17 May 2011.