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WBL8020 Workplace-based Project (2 units)

Semester 1, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : Faculty of Arts

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Examiner: Luke Van Der Laan
Moderator: Rhod McNeill


Co-requisite: WBL8001

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Workplace Based Learning programs are designed to enable a student to draw upon work and life experiences in developing new, higher-level knowledge that is relevant to the workplace. This core course may be taken at any time after it has been outlined in an approved WBL8000 learning profile. The workplace-based project will look at some agreed feature of the student's usual work. The most likely form of a project will analyse what actually occurs and will look at possible improvements that could take place. It is the student learning that takes place that will be evaluated. The student's experience and expertise within the workplace will provide insights into the investigation that, when supported by high level learning and appropriate literature, will produce advanced knowledge relating to professional practice.


The student will work and study at the same time, by looking at some agreed feature of the student's usual work. With the help and support of an adviser, the student will look at appropriate literature, and may additionally study other courses, to gain a higher level of understanding, while investigating processes or procedures in the workplace, with the aim of looking at possible improvements that could be of benefit to the work-place. The insights that the student will have as a result of experience and expertise will provide a much sharper, and more realistic focus than would otherwise be possible. The student may, where necessary, develop appropriate research instruments / methodology to collect appropriate data which will subsequently be analysed. Alternatively, the student may develop something that is completely new, perhaps as a product or process. It is the student learning that has taken place that will be evaluated when the student writes a report on the project, which may also summarise new, high-level knowledge relating to professional practice. The course will be a pass/fail course. It is expected that the student's work will be of the highest professional standard.


Upon the successful completion of this course students will be able to make a suitable presentation to members of the professional community demonstrating the high level professional learning that has taken place within the project by outlining:

  1. project / research objectives;
  2. literature reviews;
  3. appropriate methodology for the project;
  4. main features of the project;
  5. main findings / results / implications of the project;
  6. new knowledge that may be of benefit to the workplace.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Literature and Research Objectives 20.00
2. Appropriate methodology, validity, strategies, timelines and communications 15.00
3. Project implementation / data collection 15.00
4. Analysis and findings / implications 15.00
5. Presentation of new knowledge 15.00
6. Professional Learning 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

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.
  • The potential areas of specialisation within post graduate professional studies workplace-based learning programs are almost without limit. Workplace-based projects will be under the general guidance of a USQ adviser. Students should consult with advisers for advice on references and existing materials relative to the area of the project.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 160.00
Consultation 10.00
Private Study 160.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT REPORT 1 100 22 Jun 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility 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. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  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.

  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:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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 policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.