COMM2222 Industry Experience Program - 2018

Semester 1
6 Units of Credit
UNSW Business School

1. Course Details

Summary of Course

​COMM2222 is a for-credit course based on actual work experience that involves working within a business combined with online learning modules and formal assessment pieces.

Students will be required to successfully complete a minimum of 140 practical hours within a company, employability modules, reflective journals, and a final report. They must also receive a satisfactory Placement Appraisal from their supervisor/mentor.

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 aims to offer students the opportunity to apply their university learning to their real world practice, and validates students’ efforts with industry endorsed reports on their performance and progress whilst on placement.

The student must have completed 72 UOC with the Business School, and declared a major to be eligible to enrol (or by permission).

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Title Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Course ConvenorMsBrigitte McKennaQuadrangle Building 02 9385 4745upon request

3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course


Students can apply for positions sourced by the UNSW Business School or self-source a placement position (provided the employer meets minimum requirements).

For UNSW Business School sourced placements:

To apply for entry into the program, students need to have 72UOC within the Business School prior to commencement, a 65WAM or above, a declared major, and current resume and LinkedIn profile. Once the basic criteria have been met, students must attend a compulsory workshop, where upon the student will be granted access to the Industry Placement Portal or specialist offering.

For the Placement Portal, the student applies for no more than five opportunities advertised within the portal, and the usual interview process with the employer ensues (phone, face to face). Once the placement is secured, the student then enrols into COMM2222, and is enrolled into the learning delivery component of the Industry Placement Portal (Practera).

For specialist opportunities, entry into the program is at the discretion of the Employer and UNSW.

For self-sourced placements:

The student must have completed 72UOC within the Business School prior to commencement, a 65WAM or above, and a declared major.

The employer must meet minimum requirements and be able to offer at least 140 hours of work experience.

Once all criteria have been met, the student can enrol into COMM2222 and will be enrolled into the Industry Placement Portal.

Course Structure:

The course runs within the standard 12-week session, with an additional week provided for the final report. The course schedule gives a brief outline of weekly requirements, including tasks and activities that need to be undertaken in order to successfully complete the course.  

The course will be delivered on two online platforms. The Industry Placement Portal will be used to deliver the first four employability modules, submission of the reflective pieces, and submission of the Placement Appraisal. Moodle will be used for the submission of the final report. Students will be provided with details on how to log in to the Industry Placement Portal (Practera) upon enrolment into the course.

Alongside the academic requirements, students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 140 hours of practical work experience and must receive a satisfactory evaluation (Placement Appraisal) from their employer.

The course is designed to take thirteen weeks but delivery is flexible based on placement time frames. The course will involve four modules based on employability skills, four reflective pieces, one final report and a Placement Appraisal.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

​This course is based on the concept of  experiential learning, i.e. the best way to learn employability skills is to participate in a real workplace. For this reason, the course will be run using a different model from other courses in the degree program.

Recognising that the relevant work experience does not often comply with the university timetable, this course is offered entirely online and self-paced to offer students as much flexibility as possible to suit individual needs. Students prepare for the work placement through the completion of employability modules that include videos, articles and lectures which offer guidance to the student on professional expectations.

Students are asked to complete reflective tasks throughout the placement, and link their university learning to their real-world experience.

Students’ performance will be monitored and reviewed throughout the placement, and feedback and advice provided.  

5. Course Resources

​The website for this course is on Moodle at:

This course will make extensive use of a dedicated online platform called Practera that has been specifically designed to guide you through the Industry Experience. Accessible through Moodle, the Practera platform contains all the learning Modules and resources in the form of short videos, PowerPoints and assessment exercises. You will need to submit most of your assessment pieces (except the final report) through Practera.

The following websites are also useful sources:

  • BusinessThink is the UNSW’s free, online business publication. It is a platform for business research, analysis and opinion. If you would like to subscribe to BusinessThink, and receive the free monthly e-newsletter with the latest in research, opinion and business then go to  
  • helps UNSW students learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. UNSW students have unlimited access to a vast library (3,278 courses and 109,000 tutorials) of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by professional teachers. To log in go to  


To access Moodle, go to

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

Moodle eLearning Support

Should you have any difficulties accessing your course online, please contact the eLearning support below:

For login issues:

UNSW IT Service Centre

Hours: Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm

Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 2pm


Phone: Internal: x51333

External: 02 9385 1333

International: +61 2 9385 1333

For help with technical problems:

External TELT Support

Hours: Monday to Friday: 7:30am – 9:30pm

Saturdays and Sundays: 8:30am – 4:30pm


Phone: Internal: x53331

External: 02 9385 3331

International: +61 2 9385 3331

Additional student resources and support

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

The EDU provides academic writing, study skills and maths support specifically for    Business students. Services include workshops, online resources, and individual consultations.

EDU Office: Level 1, Room 1033, Quadrangle Building.

Phone: + 61 2 9385 5584


The Learning Centre provides academic skills support services, including workshops and resources, for all UNSW students.

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: + 61 2 9385 5418

Provides advice regarding equity and diversity issues, and support for students who have a disability or disadvantage that interferes with their learning.

Office: Ground floor, John Goodsell building

Phone: +61 9385 4734


6. Course Evaluation & Development

​Feedback surveys will be sent to both students and employers at the end of each experience. Changes to the course will be made in response to student demand and employer feedback.

7. Course Schedule

Week 1: 26 Feb



Welcome to Moodle/Course received

On the Placement Portal, register and familiarise yourself with its functionality.

  • Employability Skills Plan
  • Teamwork & Leadership


Complete your profile and in your own time complete Modules 1 & 2 Quiz

Week 2: 05 Mar



  • Workplace Communication
  • Networking & Relationship Building


Complete Modules 3 & 4 Quiz

Week 3: 12 Mar

Note to Self 1


Question 1:

Describe the application process that led to your placement. From your point of view, what worked and what would you have done differently? What advice would you give to your organisation for future students?


500 words or 2 minute video

Week 4: 19 Mar
Week 5: 26 Mar
Mid Semester Break: 02 Apr
Week 6: 09 Apr

Note to Self 2


Question 2:

Briefly describe your organisation and the induction process (if any) that you received. What worked well and what recommendations would you make to the organisation? How did you feel on your first day? How do you feel now?


500 words or 2 minute video

Week 7: 16 Apr
Week 8: 23 Apr
Week 9: 30 Apr

Note to Self 3


Question 3:

Think about the skills you have learnt so far. Are they specific to your workplace or are they transferrable to other positions? If you had the opportunity to interview for your dream graduate position how would you describe what you have learnt from this experience?


500 words or 2 minute video

Week 10: 07 May
Week 11: 14 May
Week 12: 21 May

Note to Self 4


Question 4:

Referring to the three SMART goals you set at the beginning, how close have you come to achieving these? Were they SMART? (if yes, how? If no, why?)

Building on your experience, develop three new SMART goals for the future.


500 words or 2 minute video

Week 13: 28 May



Supervisor/Mentor will complete a report covering the students time within the workplace. The report will address:

  • Professionalism
  • Communication
  • Motivation and attitude
  • Independence
  • Successful completion of minimum hours




3 page report


Final report


Each experience will be different, and as such there are two options to choose from for the final assessment piece. If the Industry Experience was spread across a semester and immersive within the organisation, Option A is best suited.

If the Industry Experience was project focussed, within definitive deadlines and outcomes, Option B is best suited.

Option A: (if involved with all aspects of the business in the day to day)

The owners of the company where you worked have decided they would like to sell it. A potential buyer has approached you to put together a report based on your experience. Complete your recommendation to the buyer based on:

  • The business objectives, and strategies in place to meet these objectives
  • The internal training programs offered, and any specific leadership programs
  • The stakeholder management plan (identifying who the stakeholders are, and how they fit)
  • Look at the leadership team, would you recommend keeping them? Why? Why not?
  • What do you believe the outlook is for the future of the company?

Option B: (if you had a specific project you worked on)

Prepare a report for the owners of your organisation that includes the following:

  • Project outline
  • Purpose and goals
  • Actions taken
  • Outcomes
  • Recommendations

**you can include a PowerPoint presentation if you wish, and request the opportunity to present your findings to your company


2500 words

8. Policies

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

Program Learning Goals and Outcomes

The Business School Program Learning Goals reflect what we want all students to BE or HAVE by the time they successfully complete their degree, regardless of their individual majors or specialisations. For example, we want all our graduates to HAVE a high level of business knowledge and a sound awareness of ethical, social, cultural and environmental implications of business. As well, we want all our graduates to BE effective problem-solvers, communicators and team participants.

You can demonstrate your achievement of these goals by the specific outcomes you achieve by the end of your degree (i.e. Program Learning Outcomes—henceforth PLOs). These PLOs articulate what you need to know and be able to do as a result of engaging in learning. They embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are identified, mapped, taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program.

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

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate Coursework
Knowledge You should be able to identify and apply disciplinary knowledge to business situations in a local and global environment.
Critical thinking and problem solving You should be able to identify and research issues in business situations, analyse the issues, and propose appropriate and well-justified solutions.
Written communication You should be able to prepare written documents that are clear, concise and coherent, using appropriate style and presentation for the intended audience, purpose and context.
Oral communication You should be able to prepare and deliver oral presentations that are clear, focussed, well-structured, and delivered in a professional manner.
Teamwork You should be able to participate collaboratively and responsibly in teams, and reflect on your own teamwork, and on the team’s processes and ability to achieve outcomes.
Ethical, social and environmental responsibility
  1. You should be able to identify and assess ethical, environmental and/or sustainability considerations in business decision-making and practice.
  2. You should be able to identify social and cultural implications of business.
Workplace skills (Co-op programs only) You should be able to conduct yourself in a professional manner in the work environment, communicate effectively in diverse workplace situations and be able to apply discipline knowledge and understanding to real business problems with initiative and self-direction.
Related PLO Documents View the Undergraduate Honours PLOs (pdf)
Knowledge You should be able to identify and apply current knowledge of disciplinary or interdisciplinary theory and professional practice to business in local and global environments.
Critical thinking and problem solving You should be able to identify, research and analyse complex issues and problems in business and/or management, and propose appropriate and well-justified solutions.
Written communication You should be able to produce written documents that communicate complex disciplinary ideas and information effectively for the intended audience and purpose.
Oral communication You should be able to produce oral presentations that communicate complex disciplinary ideas and information effectively for the intended audience and purpose.
Teamwork You should be able to participate collaboratively and responsibly in teams, and reflect on your own teamwork, and on the team’s processes and ability to achieve outcomes.
Ethical, social and environmental responsibility
  1. You should be able to identify and assess ethical, environmental and/or sustainability considerations in business decision-making and practice.
  2. You should be able to identify social and cultural implications of business.
Related PLO Documents View the Master of Philosophy PLOs (pdf)
View the Doctor of Philosophy PLOs (pdf)

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.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Knowledge
  • Oral communication
  • Research capability
  • Teamwork
  • Workplace skills
  • Written communication
Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Knowledge
  • Oral communication
  • Workplace skills
  • Written communication
Professionals capable of ethical, self- directed practice and independent lifelong learning
  • Ethical, social and environmental responsibility
  • Workplace skills
Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
  • Ethical, social and environmental responsibility
  • Oral communication
  • Written communication

The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against these PLOs and graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You could use these records 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.


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:


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:

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: For information on student conduct see:

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: 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


It is expected that you will spend at least nine to ten hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of eighteen to twenty 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


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.

Special Consideration

You must submit all assignments and attend all examinations scheduled for your course. You can apply for special consideration when illness or other circumstances beyond your control, interfere with your performance in a specific assessment task or tasks. Special Consideration is primarily intended to provide you with an extra opportunity to demonstrate the level of performance of which you are capable.

General information on special consideration for undergraduate and postgraduate courses can be found in the Assessment Implementation Procedure and the Current Students page.

Please note the following:

  1. Applications will not be accepted by teaching staff. The lecturer-in-charge will be automatically notified when you lodge an online application for special consideration
  2. Decisions and recommendations are only made by lecturers-in-charge (or by the Faculty Panel in the case of final exam special considerations), not by tutors
  3. Applying for special consideration does not automatically mean that you will be granted a supplementary exam or other concession
  4. Special consideration requests do not allow lecturers-in-charge to award students additional marks

Business School Protocol on requests for Special Consideration

The lecturer-in-charge will need to be satisfied on each of the following before supporting a request for special consideration:

  1. Does the medical certificate contain all relevant information? For a medical certificate to be accepted, the degree of illness and its impact on the student must be stated by the medical practitioner (severe, moderate, mild). A certificate without this will not be valid. Students should also note that only medical certificates issued after physically visiting a registered medical practitioner will be accepted. Medical certificates submitted for Special Consideration should always be requested from a registered medical practitioner that you have seen at a medical practice. Certificates obtained online or via social media may be fraudulent and if relied upon could result in a breach of the UNSW Student Code.
  2. Has the student performed satisfactorily in the other assessment items? To understand what Satisfactory Performance means in this course, please refer to the 'Formal Requirements' section in Part A of your Course Outline

Special Consideration and the Final Exam in undergraduate and postgraduate courses

Applications for special consideration in relation to the final exam are considered by a Business School Faculty panel to which lecturers-in-charge provide their recommendations for each request. If the Faculty panel grants a special consideration request, this will entitle the student to sit a supplementary examination. No other form of consideration will be granted. The following procedures will apply:

  1. Supplementary exams will be scheduled centrally and will be held approximately two weeks after the formal examination period.

    Supplementary exams for Semester 1, 2018 will be held during the period 14 - 21 July, 2018. Students wishing to sit a supplementary exam will need to be available during this period.

    The date for all Business School supplementary exams for Summer Term 2017/2018 is Wednesday, 21 February, 2018. If a student lodges a special consideration for the final exam, they are stating they will be available on this date. Supplementary exams will not be held at any other time.

  2. Where a student is granted a supplementary examination as a result of a request for special consideration, the student’s original exam (if completed) will be ignored and only the mark achieved in the supplementary examination will count towards the final grade. Absence from a supplementary exam without prior notification does not entitle the student to have the original exam paper marked, and may result in a zero mark for the final exam.

The Supplementary Exam Protocol for Business School students is available at:

For special consideration for assessments other than the final exam refer to the ‘Assessment Section’ in your course outline.

Protocol for Viewing Final Exam Scripts

The UNSW Business School has set a protocol under which students may view their final exam script. Please check the protocol here.

Given individual schools within the Faculty may set up a local process for viewing final exam scripts, it is important that you check with your School whether they have any additional information on this process. Please note that this information might also be included in your course outline.

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.
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.
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.
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.
02 9385 3331

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

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.
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.
02 9385 5418

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