COMM3030 Social Entrepreneurship Practicum - 2020

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COMM3030
Undergraduate
Term 3
6 Units of Credit
UNSW Business School

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This course outline is for the current semester. To view outlines from other years and/or semesters, visit the archives

1. Course Details

Summary of Course

COMM3030 is a practicum course designed to integrate theory with experiential practice and involve authentic engagement with partner organisations. It enables undergraduate students to develop professional skills while working in a team on a real social entrepreneurship project.

Students may work with industry, social enterprises, not-for-profits and foundations to develop and conduct a variety of applied projects in different areas of social entrepreneurship. In each semester, projects may be offered from the following fields:

  • Social entrepreneurship and social innovation
  • Philanthropy
  • Impact investing
  • Business and human rights
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Pro bono and volunteering
  • Measuring social impact
  • Collective impact
  • Social finance

 

Teaching Times and Locations

Please note that teaching times and locations are subject to change. Students are strongly advised to refer to the Class Timetable website for the most up-to-date teaching times and locations.

View course timetable

Course Policies & Support

Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses

This course is offered as a Business School Elective within any undergraduate Business School program or may be counted as an elective within the Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Information Systems, Business Law, Taxation, Management, International Business and Human Resources majors. For students outside the Business School it can be taken as a General Education course. Enrolment is restricted and only students who meet the requirements of the selection process will be able to enrol. In particular, eligible students must:

be in Good Academic Standing,

have a minimum WAM of 65 and

have completed a minimum of 48 UOC by the commencement of this course.

Have completed CA:Essentials

By completing this course students will:

Develop their work learning skills, including critical thinking, communication, teamwork, professionalism, research, leadership and many others

Develop their project management and problem-solving skills

Develop a practical understanding of social entrepreneurship and the role that social enterprises can play in addressing social and environmental challenges.

Additonal Course Details

Links to all required and optional resources are on the reading list for your course in the UNSW Library's Leganto system, which you can access via your Moodle course. Please note you will need to login and may be required to enter your UNSW zID and zPass in order to access the library site.

Required readings consist of core texts and their applications. Readings are chosen to provide both theoretical foundation and to illuminate their meaning and usage in professional contexts. The readings are not to be studied in detail but designed to initiate thinking and understanding of key themes in social systems and change. 

3. Staff Contact Details

Position Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Course ConvenerBrigitte McKenna
+61 93854745by appointment

Please note, as there are different versions of COMM3030, the LIC/Course Authority will change.

Please email careeraccelerator@unsw.edu.au for all initial enquiries

4. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

The teaching philosophy of this course is based on the concept that students learn most effectively when they are thoroughly engaged in the learning process and are supported within the learning environment to take up challenges offered. This philosophy is reflected in the Guidelines on Learning that Inform Teaching at UNSW.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

The format of the course provides students with the opportunity to develop their professionalism while putting into practice their knowledge and skills while addressing a social entrepreneurship challenge. For example, students will be expected to develop a project plan and associated timeframe and work to the plan. The course will also develop students' ability to engage professionally and work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders, while gaining experience in producing timely and professional written work that may be relied upon by other professionals. They are able develop these capacities within a supportive environment in which students are closely supervised and individualised feedback is frequently available, and in which critical reflection is encouraged and assessed. Students will be expected to take initiative and to develop the ability to become effective social change agents in their chosen career.

The class format is highly interactive to encourage peer-led learning with the opportunity for students to discuss and critically reflect on ethical and practical issues that they confront within their social entrepreneurship work.

Course Structure

For the day-to-day schedule of the course please refer to Moodle.

 

6. Course Resources

The University and the Business School provide a wide range of support services for students, including:

          Provides advice and direction on all aspects of admission, enrolment and graduation. Office: Level 1, Room 1028 in the Quadrangle Building; Phone: 9385 3189.

  • Moodle eLearning Support

For online help using Moodle, go to: https://student.unsw.edu.au/moodle-support. For technical support, email: itservicecentre@unsw.edu.au; Phone: 9385 1333.

  • UNSW Learning Centre

www.lc.unsw.edu.au

          Provides academic skills support services, including workshops and resources, for all UNSW students. See website for details.

  • Library services and facilities for students

https://www.library.unsw.edu.au/study/services-for-students

  • IT Service Centre:

https://www.it.unsw.edu.au/students/index.html

Provides technical support to troubleshoot problems with logging into websites, downloading documents, etc. Office: UNSW Library Annexe (Ground floor). Phone: 9385 1333.

  • UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services

https://student.unsw.edu.au/wellbeing

Provides support and services if you need help with your personal life, getting your academic life back on track or just want to know how to stay safe, including free, confidential counselling. Office: Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building; Phone: 9385 5418; Email: counselling@unsw.edu.au

  • Disability Support Services

https://student.unsw.edu.au/disability

Provides assistance to students who are trying to manage the demands of university as well as a health condition, learning disability or have personal circumstances that are having an impact on their studies. Office: Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building; Phone: 9385 4734; Email: disabilities@unsw.edu.au

7. Course Evaluation & Development

Continual Course Improvement

Feedback is regularly sought from students and continual improvements are made based on this feedback. At the end of this course, you will be asked to complete the myExperience survey, which provides a key source of student evaluative feedback. Your input into this quality enhancement process is extremely valuable in assisting us to meet the needs of our students and provide an effective and enriching learning experience. The results of all surveys are carefully considered and do lead to action towards enhancing educational quality.

Student Response

In this course, we will seek your feedback through end of term MyExperience online survey and through informal discussions.

    Response to Student Feedback

    To this end we have made the following changes:

    • Articulate the positive aspects of the course clearly in the course outline.
    • Consider how the positive aspects of the course can be delivered in an online context (if required).
    • Bring in Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (MCIC) as a collaborative partner to deliver the opportunity to further student projects during/after the program.
    • Amend the course schedule to give more time off between classes, although the overall timeframe cannot be amended.

     

     

    8. Course Schedule

    Week Activity Topic Detail/Engagement Assessment Task
    Week 1 Seminar and Project WorkThe role of business in social impact

    Project Work (1 day virtually with Social Impact Hub)

    Seminar participation - weekly questions are provided to assist preparation
    SMART Goals
    Project Work

    Week 2 Seminar and Project WorkDeep dive into social entrepreneurship

    Project Work (1 day virtually with Social Impact Hub)

    Seminar participation - weekly questions are provided to assist preparation

     

    Week 3 Seminar and Project WorkThe role of not-for-profits and philanthropy in social impact

    Seminar participation - weekly questions are provided to assist preparation
    Project Work (1 day virtually with Social Impact Hub)

    Week 4 Seminar and Project WorkThe role of investors in social impact

    Seminar participation - weekly questions are provided to assist preparation
    Project Work (1 day virtually with Social Impact Hub)

    Week 5 PUBLIC HOLIDAY (Labour Day) No seminarProject Work

    Project Work (1 day virtually with Social Impact Hub)

    Mid-trimester reflection

     

    Week 6 FLEXIBILITY WEEK No seminarProject Work

    Project Work (1 day virtually with Social Impact Hub)

    Week 7 Seminar and Project WorkDemonstrating impact

    Seminar participation - weekly questions are provided to assist preparation

    Peer Review

    Project Work (1 day virtually with Social Impact Hub)

    Week 8 Seminar and Project WorkBuilding a social movement

    Seminar participation - weekly questions are provided to assist preparation

    Project Work (1 day virtually with Social Impact Hub)

    Week 9 Seminar and Project WorkBecoming social change leaders

    Seminar participation - weekly questions are provided to assist preparation

    Project Work (1 day virtually with Social Impact Hub)

    Week 10 Class presentations and wrap up

    Group presentation

    Week 11 Final Assessment due

    Final Assignment: Reflection & Annotated Bibliography

    9. Policies and Support

    Information about UNSW Business School protocols, University policies, student responsibilities and education quality and support.

    Program Learning Outcomes

    The Business School places knowledge and capabilities at the core of its curriculum via seven Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). These PLOs are systematically embedded and developed across the duration of all coursework programs in the Business School.

    PLOs embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program. They articulate what you should know and be able to do upon successful completion of your degree.

    Upon graduation, you should have a high level of specialised business knowledge and capacity for responsible business thinking, underpinned by ethical professional practice. You should be able to harness, manage and communicate business information effectively and work collaboratively with others. You should be an experienced problem-solver and critical thinker, with a global perspective, cultural competence and the potential for innovative leadership.

    All UNSW programs and courses are designed to assess the attainment of program and/or course level learning outcomes, as required by the UNSW Assessment Design Procedure. It is important that you become familiar with the Business School PLOs, as they constitute the framework which informs and shapes the components and assessments of the courses within your program of study.

    PLO 1: Business knowledge

    Students will make informed and effective selection and application of knowledge in a discipline or profession, in the contexts of local and global business.

    PLO 2: Problem solving

    Students will define and address business problems, and propose effective evidence-based solutions, through the application of rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

    PLO 3: Business communication

    Students will harness, manage and communicate business information effectively using multiple forms of communication across different channels.

    PLO 4: Teamwork

    Students will interact and collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose or fulfil a common business project, and reflect critically on the process and the outcomes.

    PLO 5: Responsible business practice

    Students will develop and be committed to responsible business thinking and approaches, which are underpinned by ethical professional practice and sustainability considerations.

    PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

    Students will be aware of business systems in the wider world and actively committed to recognise and respect the cultural norms, beliefs and values of others, and will apply this knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.

    PLO 7: Leadership development

    Students will develop the capacity to take initiative, encourage forward thinking and bring about innovation, while effectively influencing others to achieve desired results.

    These PLOs relate to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.  Separate PLOs for honours and postgraduate research programs are included under 'Related Documents'.

    Business School course outlines provide detailed information for students on how the course learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment/s contribute to the development of Program Learning Outcomes.

    RELATED DOCUMENTS

     

    UNSW Graduate Capabilities

    The Business School PLOs also incorporate UNSW graduate capabilities, a set of generic abilities and skills that all students are expected to achieve by graduation. These capabilities articulate the University’s institutional values, as well as future employer expectations.

    UNSW Graduate CapabilitiesBusiness School PLOs
    Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems.
    • PLO 1: Business knowledge
    • PLO 2: Problem solving
    • PLO 3: Business communication
    • PLO 4: Teamwork
    • PLO 7: Leadership development

    Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
    • PLO 1: Business knowledge
    • PLO 2: Problem solving
    • PLO 3: Business communication
    • PLO 4: Teamwork
    • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence
    • PLO 7: Leadership development

    Professionals capable of ethical, self-directed practice and independent lifelong learning
    • PLO 1: Business knowledge
    • PLO 2: Problem solving
    • PLO 3: Business communication
    • PLO 5: Responsible business practice

    Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
    • PLO 1: Business knowledge
    • PLO 2: Problem solving
    • PLO 3: Business communication
    • PLO 4: Teamwork
    • PLO 5: Responsible business practice
    • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

    While our programs are designed to provide coverage of all PLOs and graduate capabilities, they also provide you with a great deal of choice and flexibility.  The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against the seven PLOs and four graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You can use a portfolio as evidence in employment applications as well as a reference for work or further study. For support with selecting your courses contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre.




    Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

    Academic Integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. This form of ethical scholarship is highly valued at UNSW. Terms like Academic Integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning are all considered basic concepts that successful university students understand. Learning how to communicate original ideas, refer sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that you will be able to carry beyond your studies.

    The definition of academic misconduct is broad. It covers practices such as cheating, copying and using another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement. Incidents of academic misconduct may have serious consequences for students.

    Plagiarism

    UNSW regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct. UNSW has very strict rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism at UNSW is using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. All Schools in the Business School have a Student Ethics Officer who will investigate incidents of plagiarism and may result in a student’s name being placed on the Plagiarism and Student Misconduct Registers.

    Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:

    Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement of authorship.

    Inappropriate Paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

    Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes:

    • Students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time
    • Paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own
    • Stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it
    • Offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work

    Collusion should not be confused with academic collaboration (i.e., shared contribution towards a group task).

    Inappropriate Citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

    Self-Plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

    To see if you understand plagiarism, do this short quiz: https://student.unsw.edu.au/plagiarism-quiz

    Cheating

    The University also regards cheating as a form of academic misconduct. Cheating is knowingly submitting the work of others as their own and includes contract cheating (work produced by an external agent or third party that is submitted under the pretences of being a student’s original piece of work). Cheating is not acceptable at UNSW.

    If you need to revise or clarify any terms associated with academic integrity you should explore the 'Working with Academic Integrity' self-paced lessons available at: https://student.unsw.edu.au/aim.

    For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: https://student.unsw.edu.au/plagiarism as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: http://subjectguides.library.unsw.edu.au/elise. For information on student conduct see: https://student.unsw.edu.au/conduct.

    For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: https://student.unsw.edu.au/referencing. If you are unsure what referencing style to use in this course, you should ask the lecturer in charge.


    Student Responsibilities and Conduct

    ​Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university policies in relation to class attendance and general conduct and behaviour, including maintaining a safe, respectful environment; and to understand their obligations in relation to workload, assessment and keeping informed.

    Information and policies on these topics can be found on the 'Managing your Program' website.

    Workload

    It is expected that you will spend at least ten to twelve hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of twenty to twenty four hours. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, online activities and attending classes. In periods where you need to complete assignments or prepare for examinations, the workload may be greater. Over-commitment has been a cause of failure for many students. You should take the required workload into account when planning how to balance study with employment and other activities.

    We strongly encourage you to connect with your Moodle course websites in the first week of semester. Local and international research indicates that students who engage early and often with their course website are more likely to pass their course.

    View more information on expected workload

    Attendance

    Your regular and punctual attendance at lectures and seminars or in online learning activities is expected in this course. The Business School reserves the right to refuse final assessment to those students who attend less than 80% of scheduled classes where attendance and participation is required as part of the learning process (e.g., tutorials, flipped classroom sessions, seminars, labs, etc.).

    View more information on attendance

    General Conduct and Behaviour

    You are expected to conduct yourself with consideration and respect for the needs of your fellow students and teaching staff. Conduct which unduly disrupts or interferes with a class, such as ringing or talking on mobile phones, is not acceptable and students may be asked to leave the class.

    View more information on student conduct

    Health and Safety

    UNSW Policy requires each person to work safely and responsibly, in order to avoid personal injury and to protect the safety of others.

    View more information on Health and Safety

    Keeping Informed

    You should take note of all announcements made in lectures, tutorials or on the course web site. From time to time, the University will send important announcements to your university e-mail address without providing you with a paper copy. You will be deemed to have received this information. It is also your responsibility to keep the University informed of all changes to your contact details.



    Student Support and Resources

    ​The University and the Business School provide a wide range of support services and resources for students, including:

    Business School EQS Consultation Program
    The Consultation Program offers academic writing, literacy and numeracy consultations, study skills, exam preparation for Business students. Services include workshops, online resources, individual and group consultations. 
    Level 1, Room 1035, Quadrangle Building.
    BUS.EQS.Consultations@unsw.edu.au
    02 9385 4508

    Communication Resources
    The Business School Communication and Academic Support programs provide online modules, communication workshops and additional online resources to assist you in developing your academic writing.

    Business School Student Centre
    The Business School Student Centre provides advice and direction on all aspects of admission, enrolment and graduation.
    Level 1, Room 1028 in the Quadrangle Building
    02 9385 3189

    UNSW Learning & Careers Hub
    The UNSW Learning & Careers Hub provides academic skills and careers support services—including workshops, individual consultations and a range of online resources—for all UNSW students. See their website for details.
    Lower Ground Floor, North Wing Chancellery Building.
    learningcentre@unsw.edu.au
    02 9385 2060

    Student Support Advisors
    Student Support Advisors work with all students to promote the development of skills needed to succeed at university, whilst also providing personal support throughout the process.
    John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
    advisors@unsw.edu.au
    02 9385 4734

    International Student Support
    The International Student Experience Unit (ISEU) is the first point of contact for international students. ISEU staff are always here to help with personalised advice and information about all aspects of university life and life in Australia.
    Advisors can support you with your student visa, health and wellbeing, making friends, accommodation and academic performance.
    International.student@unsw.edu.au
    02 9385 4734

    Equitable Learning Services
    Equitable Learning Services (formerly Disability Support Services) is a free and confidential service that provides practical support to ensure that your health condition doesn't adversely affect your studies. Register with the service to receive educational adjustments.
    Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
    els@unsw.edu.au
    02 9385 4734

    UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services
    Provides support and services if you need help with your personal life, getting your academic life back on track or just want to know how to stay safe, including free, confidential counselling.
    Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building.
    counselling@unsw.edu.au
    02 9385 5418

    Library services and facilities for students
    The UNSW Library offers a range of collections, services and facilities both on-campus and online.
    Main Library, F21.
    02 9385 2650

    Moodle eLearning Support
    Moodle is the University’s learning management system. You should ensure that you log into Moodle regularly.
    externalteltsupport@unsw.edu.au
    02 9385 3331

    UNSW IT
    UNSW IT provides support and services for students such as password access, email services, wireless services and technical support.
    UNSW Library Annexe (Ground floor).
    02 9385 1333



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