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Business Professional Placement (MBS654)

School School of Business and Governance
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S1-placement, S2-placement
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides an opportunity for Masters students who are well-advanced in their studies to enhance their expertise by undertaking a professional business placement within a business, government agency or non-government organisation. Placements provide opportunities to apply business knowledge and skills within diverse organisational settings, while being guided by academic supervisors. Professional placements require self-motivation and professionalism. They can also be very rewarding, providing career-relevant skills, experiences and contacts.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Integrate and apply previous university learning and knowledge to justify decisions made in the real world context of the workplace.
2. Display professionalism in the workplace, including personal autonomy and accountability, collaboration, professionalism, confidentiality, organisational cultural and social awareness, project and time management.
3. Prepare written reports and present orally to a professional standard.
4. Reflect upon the ethical implications of professional practice and appraise decisions, personal choices and actions in the workplace;
5. Give and receive constructive critical feedback in a workplace setting.
6. Demonstrate a critical understanding of real world Business Challenges and opportunities.
7. Critically apply creative approaches and perspectives to those business problems.

Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is unlike most coursework units. There are up to 5 skills development seminars supported by a range of resources. Most of a student's time is spent within an organisation completing a project as part of a professional placement. Students gain 'real world' experience in applying their business administration skills and knowledge to the difficult problems facing organisations. The unit thus provides invaluable opportunities for 'learning by doing'. Students share their placement experiences and project outcomes through 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, academic and workplace supervisors provide guidance and coaching.
Other Learning Experiences Placement within the host organisation is for approximately 220 hours over the teaching period. Regular meetings with both academic and workplace 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 the application of knowledge and skills with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.
Assessment Weekly reflective Journal 25 %
Project proposal/Business report 50 %
Presentation 25 %
Program Evaluation No Mark
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Business Master's Program and completion of at least 24 points of Masters units, with a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher. Completing MBS520 Research Preparation for Business is recommended prior to enrolling in this unit.
Exclusions MBS643/MBS644/MBS649 Management and Governance Research Practicum
Notes Acceptance into the unit depends upon a demonstrated continuous high standard of academic performance and availability of academic and industry supervisors. Students intending to undertake an internship should first make an appointment to see the Unit Coordinator by emailing or logging into https://myplacement.murdoch.edu.au/soniaonline/
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Business Administration (Global) (MBA(Global))
Master of Human Resources Management (MHRM)
Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) (MPA(Adv))
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.

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Unit Coordinator
MBS654
Mrs Jean Wootton
Associate Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: Silent
e: J.Wootton@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.016 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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