Students will reflect on their capacity for effective collaboration within a five month multi-disciplinary full-time professional work experience. This critical reflection will focus upon their professional identity and how they participate in effective resolution of contemporary workplace-based professional challenges. The dynamic of personal as well as professional dimensions will be appraised in specific contexts. Through the compilation of a career portfolio, students will structure corroborating evidence of the maturation of their skills and capabilities for contemporary, ethical professional practice. This maturation of situation-appropriate professional practice will be located within a helicopter view of networks and professional contacts for sustaining professional capacity and develop careers within their industry sector.

All activities for this Unit must be pre-approved and authorised by the respective Work Integrated Learning - Workplace - Co-ordinator. Credit will not be approved retrospectively for unauthorised activities.

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Prior approval/authorisation from the Work Integrated Learning Department must be received before students can enrol in this unit. Students should refer to staff in the Centre for Work Integrated Learning, College of Business, by email to (or at G302 @ FP, or FS 1047 @ CF) for further information relating to registration and preparation for the WIL Program as well as details on the established criteria and procedures for enrolment and successful completion.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Negotiate their own professional role in a multi-disciplinary team/workplace exemplifying the values inherent in their professional identity, and reflecting on the role that culture, values and individual dispositions have in achieving the team's goals;  
  2. Resolve professional and interprofessional conflicts, through negotiated, collaborative, development of acceptable solutions;  
  3. Evidence the maturation of personal and professional skills advocated for an ethical, contemporary professional in their chosen sector;  
  4. Network strategically selecting professional contacts within their chosen industry sector; and  
  5. Integrate critical thinking, effective decision-making and professional judgement in the recommendation of context-specific resolutions to contemporary work-based challenges.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Career Plan Report 20%
Journal Reflective E-journal 40%
Portfolio Evidence-based Career Portfolio 40%
Students are required to undertake workplace-based activities of a minimum of 5 months full time approved discipline related industry experience, evidenced by documentation from the employer.

Required reading

Becoming a Master Manager: A Competing Values Approach 6th ed.
Quinn, R., Bright, D., Faerman, S., Thompson, M., & McGrath, M. (2015).
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

A compendium of readings available online via VU Collaborate.

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