COMM5707 Social Impact Field Project - 2019

On-site, Kensington
Blended, India
COMM5707
Postgraduate
Term 3
6 Units of Credit
UNSW Business School

Offering Selection
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1. Course Details

Summary of Course

On-site, Kensington Stream:

This course is offered as a stream of COMM5707 Social Impact Field project, an elective in the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and the MBA (Social Impact) programs. It provides the opportunity for students to complete a Social Impact field project. If conducting a field project, this could take the form of a research report (either applied or theoretical) or an in-depth case study or a design for social innovation practical project, or something else by agreement with the Course Authority.

India Stream:

COMM5707 Social Impact Field Project provides the opportunity for students to complete a Social Impact practicum, research project, or field project either locally or overseas. In the India stream of COMM5707, students will travel to Bangalore, India for a one-week intensive practicum to learn about social enterprise start-ups in complex environments. The program will enable students to explore the opportunities and complexities of applying business models to the social and environmental challenges that exist in many societies and explore novel and traditional business solutions that have been applied in Bangalore and its rural surroundings. Working in a team, students will be challenged to develop a social enterprise model using human centred design that reflects the complexities, local nuances and insights developed through the course.

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.

On-site, Kensington Stream:

The course runs for 12 weeks from Week 1 Monday 16th September to Week 12 Friday 6th December 2019.

India Stream:

This course is taught in an intensive, blended mode of delivery with the focus of learning taking place during a one-week immersive program in Bangalore, India from Sunday, 15 September to Saturday, 21 September 2019. Students are expected to be in Bangalore by Saturday evening, 14 September. Students are required to attend a pre-departure webinar and complete an online module and their first assessment task before departing for India.

 

View course timetable

Course Policies & Support

Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses

This course aims to:

· provide students with the opportunity to apply their cumulative social impact learning to social enterprise start-ups in complex environments;

· enable students gain a broader perspective on the ways in which a social enterprise can tackle social and environmental challenges;

· provide students with the opportunity to apply a range of problem solving and strategic decision-making tools;

· facilitate students' ability to gain a deeper empathy with the people, economy and culture of one of the world's most vibrant countries.

A prerequisite for this course is the completion of the Social Impact core course, COMM5708 Social Impact: Entrepreneurs and Social Innovation.

Additonal Course Details

Student resources and support:

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

  • Centre for Social Impact (CSI)

http://www.csi.edu.au/

Provides advice and direction on all aspects of admission, enrolment and graduation for Graduate Certificate in Social Impact students. Email: csistudents@unsw.edu.au Phone: 02 8936 0990.

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

3. Staff Contact Details

Position Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Course AuthorityAdam McCurdie
by appointment
CSI National Education ManagerLeanne Piggott
Course Facilitator: Kristy Bartlett k.bartlett@unsw.edu.au

On-site, Kensington stream

Adam McCurdie is the Co-founder and CEO of Humanitix, a world leading social enterprise disrupting the multi-billion dollar events ticketing industry to fund education for disadvantaged students through distributing 100% of profits from booking fees. Adam was a founding director and board member of Ripple Capital, providing refugees and asylum seekers with access to capital and other services to help them realise their business aspirations. Previously, Adam lectured and tutored at the University of Sydney Business School for their social enterprise program and core business subjects. Adam also worked in the communications, media and technology consulting arm of Accenture, leading business transformation projects in the Asia-Pacific region. Adam is the winner of the Third Sector 2018 Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Westpac Top 20 Business of Tomorrow, iAwards Start up of the Year and NSW Premier's Medal for Business Excellence in Social Impact. Adam holds Bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics from UNSW and a Masters of Agriculture and Environmental Economics from the University of Sydney.

India stream:

Kristy Bartlett is currently Interim CEO of Access Sydney Community Transport.  After graduating with a double Bachelor of Commerce and Arts, Kristy worked in the United Kingdom for Lloyds Banking Group, Standard Life Group, and local small enterprises in communication advisory, strategy and business development roles. Upon returning to Australia, Kristy completed an MBA at the University of Sydney and is now applying her commercial experience within the for-purpose sector, working within the health, community services and social enterprise sector.

 

4. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

On-site, Kensington Stream:

This is an applied course providing students with the opportunity to develop their personal and professional social impact skills. As the subject matter is one of (negotiated) personal choice, building on previous learning, this is very much a self- directed course. There will be regular supervision sessions throughout the session. There is also an expectation that students will be in regular contact with the Course Authority with any questions of clarification and to report progress.

India Stream:

This course is taught in an intensive, blended mode of delivery with the focus of learning taking place during a one-week immersive program in Bangalore, India with accompanying formal and informal online learning.

The teaching methodology combined with the immersive nature of this course is intended to inspire, challenge and inform students in how any organisation can have a social or environmental impact. The insights learned can be applied in any organisation from instigating shared value initiatives to analysing public policy.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

On-site, Kensington Stream:

Students will work independently under the supervision of the Course Authority.

India Stream:

Students are required to complete a number of online tasks before arriving in India.

Course Structure

India Stream:

Prior to O Week students will participate in a pre-departure webinar on Monday 2nd or Tuesday 3rd September. The webinar will be recorded. Student will also complete an online learning module in the week preceding departure, which is aimed at preparing students for travel and their first assessment. Please note that the first assignment will be due at the beginning of O Week on Wednesday 11 September. The in-country schedule is as follows:

Saturday 14.09.19:       Travel and hotel check-in.

Sunday 15.09.19:         The environment, process and people - Familiarisation with the human centred design process, Bangalore and your teams.

Monday 16.09.19:         Social enterprise in Action - Introduction to a range of social enterprises around Bangalore.

Tuesday 17.09.19:        Gathering Perspectives - Build empathy with a diversity of social enterprise players from customers to funders and analyse the ecosystem in which they connect.

Wednesday 18.09.19: Funding and Success - Focus on models of financing and measuring social and environmental outcomes in India.

Thursday 19.09.19:       Design - Immerse yourself in designing a social enterprise model around a selected social challenge, before testing with stakeholders. 

Friday 20.09.19:            Design continued- Focus on testing and iteration of your social enterprise design. 

Saturday 21.09.19:       Pitch - present your social enterprise concept.

Upon return, students will participate in a follow up webinar in the week beginning 30 September, on a date and time that best suits the majority of students. The aim of the webinar is to discuss how the insights gained in India are applied more broadly in different countries and through different organisational structures in order to prepare students for the final assessment. The webinar will be recorded.

6. Course Resources

The website for this course is on Moodle at:

http://moodle.telt.unsw.edu.au

Login to Moodle with your student zID (username) and zPass (password).

If you encounter a technical problem while using Moodle, please contact the UNSW IT Service Desk via the following channels:

Website: https://www.it.unsw.edu.au/students/

Email: ITServiceCentre@unsw.edu.au

Telephone: +61 (2) 9385 1333

Phone and email support is available Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 2pm. Online service requests can be made via their website.

 

Readings
There are no prescribed textbooks for this course. You will find the list of required and other recommended readings on Moodle along with the link to the UNSW Library's Leganto system. 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.

If you experience any problems in accessing the readings, please try the following:

  • Search directly for the article on the UNSW Library home page (https://library.unsw.edu.au/) by placing the name of the article in the Search box.
  • Search directly for the book excerpt on the UNSW Library home page (https://library.unsw.edu.au/) by placing your course code into the Search box. When you do this all the course readings that are excerpts from books will appear.

7. Course Evaluation & Development

Continual Course Improvement

Each year feedback is sought from students and other stakeholders about the courses offered in the Business School and continual improvements are made based on this feedback. UNSW's myExperience process is one of the ways in which student evaluative feedback is gathered. In this course we will seek your feedback through end of semester myExperience evaluations.

Student Response

 

 

Response to Student Feedback

India Stream:

In response to feedback from the 2018 cohort, the program has been extended by one day to enable more time for students to engage with stakeholders in relation to their respective start-up social business cases.

8. Course Schedule

Week Activity Topic Detail/Engagement Assessment Task
Week 1 Week beginning 2nd September Pre-departure webinar On-line module
Week beginning 9th SeptemberOn-line module, Assessment 1 due

Literature review (30%),

Wednesday 11 September 2019 by 11.59pm (AEST)

Assessment 1 : Literature Review
Week beginning 16th SeptemberIn country program, Assessment 2a due

Project Pitch (15%) Saturday 21 September 2019 9.00am (IST)

Assessment 2 : Project Presentation
Week 2 -
Week 3 Week beginning 30th SeptemberProgram follow-up webinar, Assessment 2b due

Project Report (15%) Sunday 6 October 2019 by 11.59pm (AEST)

Assessment 2 : Project Report
Week 4 Week beginning 7th OctoberAssessment 3 due

Reflection (40%) Sunday 13 October 2019 11.59pm (AEST)

Assessment 3 : Reflection

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

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 Centre
The UNSW Learning Centre provides academic skills support services, including workshops and resources, for all UNSW students. See their website for details.
Lower Ground Floor, North Wing Chancellery Building.
learningcentre@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 2060

Educational Support Service
Educational 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. Check their website to request an appointment or to register in the Academic Success Program.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
advisors@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 4734

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).
itservicecentre@unsw.edu.au
02 9385 1333

Disability Support Services
UNSW Disability Support Services provides assistance to students who are trying to manage the demands of university as well as a health condition, learning disability or who have personal circumstances that are having an impact on their studies. Disability Advisers can arrange to put in place services and educational adjustments to make things more manageable so that students are able to complete their course requirements. To receive educational adjustments for disability support, students must first register with Disability Services.
Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
disabilities@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


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