Unit code: BBB7000 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Online Self-Paced
VU Sydney
Must have successfully completed at least 4 units. Prior approval/authorisation for activities from the Manager, Work Integrated Learning must be received before students enrol in this unit.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit provides students the opportunity to participate in an extended period of work-integrated learning through an industry project for, or a placement in, a professional organisation relevant to the student's field of study. These activities totalling at least one day per week during the Trimester or approximately 90 contact hours may be either short-term workplace assignments, projects, internships or "practicums", part-time or casual employment or voluntary work.

It is expected that students undertake tasks, under broad supervision, that reflect a range of work undertaken by employees with similar areas of expertise in that organisation or a single project requiring deep analysis investigation and reporting. Students have the benefit of developing their research and interpersonal skills and their application of key theoretical developments in the professional field of communication while learning in the workplace.

All activities for this unit must be pre-approved and authorised by the respective Work Integrated Learning and Business School staff. Credit will not be approved retrospectively for unauthorised activities.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate their own employability skills as required by their chosen profession or employer;
  2. Advocate effective strategies to address the skills gaps identified;
  3. Evaluate and debrief a clear, coherent and independent exposition of their professional experiences and skills as well as a broad and coherent body of knowledge in the form of career portfolio;
  4. Implement the development of networks and professional contacts within their chosen industry sector; and
  5. Critically reflect on the integration of their academic and workplace learning.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 35%
Goal plan (5%), Career Plan and Self-Appraisal Report (30%)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 30%
Situational Analysis Report
Assessment type: Performance
Grade: 35%
Workplace Performance Evaluation

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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