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Professional Internship in International Business (BUS300)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 9
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit gives you the opportunity to consolidate your theoretical knowledge and develop your professional competence in the workplace. Learning experience takes place outside the classroom where you will have the opportunity to participate in real world business experiences related to your studies in international business, while still being supported by a business school academic supervisor and a workplace supervisor. Students are supported to undertake this internship either while abroad or at an international-facing organisation in the city of their campus.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
1. Effectively integrate and appropriately apply the knowledge and skills of international business to make and justify decisions made in a real world context of a workplace project
2. Reflect upon project decisions, personal choices and actions when engaging with industry professionals, critically appraise their appropriateness
3. Demonstrate a high level of understanding of the real world challenges and opportunities faced when undertaking a workplace project
4. Demonstrate workplace competencies: professionalism, confidentiality, communication, responsibility for decision-making, and organisational, cultural & social awareness
5. Communicate articulately and persuasively, especially when preparing and delivering written reports and oral presentations to a professional standard
Timetabled Learning Activities Up to 5 seminars at various points throughout the semester.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is unlike most coursework units. There are up to 5 skills development seminars with most of the students' time spent completing a project for an organisation under the supervision of an academic. Students gain real-world experience in applying their business skills and knowledge to problems facing an organisation through the lens of a workplace project. In doing so the unit provides invaluable opportunities for 'learning by doing'. Students share their placement experiences and project outcomes through a report and formal presentations to their peers, academic and placement staff. These presentations prompt reflection discussion and debate providing further opportunities for collaborative learning. Throughout this process guidance and coaching is given by academic and workplace supervisors.
Other Learning Experiences Regular meetings are required with the academic supervisors. Presentation sessions where students share their placement experiences with their peers and academic staff. Non-timetabled learning experiences are particularly important in this unit. The unit reading, preparation of assessment items and other out of class tasks involve independent guided scholarship and application of skills and knowledge with a relatively high level of personal autonomy and accountability.
Assessment Weekly reflective Journal - 20 %
Project proposal/Business report - 35%
Cultural Report - 20%
Presentation - 25%
Prerequisites Must be in final year of degree; GPA 2 or higher
Exclusions BUS345
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Mrs Jean Wootton
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: Silent
e: J.Wootton@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.003 - Murdoch Business School, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Mrs Jean Wootton
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: Silent
e: J.Wootton@murdoch.edu.au
o: 512.2.003 - Murdoch Business School, Murdoch Campus
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