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BUSN71-701: Professional Portfolio January 2018 [Intensive - Jan Week 1 to May Week 3]

General information

Professional Portfolio is a 20 week, 45 credit point subject available to Masters (Professional) students in the Bond Business School. This subject is strongly experientially oriented and encourages students to develop their professional skills in a real world environment. The subject will ensure that students combine self-analysis and reflective learning skills with professional methodologies, so as to expand analytic and strategic thinking capabilities. It will provide practical experience for students to develop their skills in a profession relevant to their Master specialisation.

All students will complete a 2,000 word scoping document, and either undertake a work placement in Australia for 210 hours (which includes an employer’s report) and reflective journal (up to 5,000 words) OR complete a collaborative research project totalling up to 15,000 words. All students will submit a final professional portfolio collection of documents, highlighting their practical and theoretical expertise in their profession of choice. The Professional Portfolio subject cannot be commenced until the student has successfully completed all 12 subjects of the Masters component of the degree.

Changes due to Commonwealth Games: The University has marginally altered the timetable for the January semester of 2018 (181) to ensure that students have the opportunity to engage with the Commonwealth Games to be held in April 2018. The modified timetable has been designed to not impact on overall subject or program learning outcomes. Some subjects may be delivered in a slightly modified mode to accommodate the change. Specific arrangements will be included on the iLearn site for each subject. All changes to the class schedule have the full approval of University and Academic Unit administration and will not adversely affect student learning or assessment.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:BUSN71-701
Subject title:Professional Portfolio
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2018
Credit points:45

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
    Attendance and learning activities: The classes are intentionally conducted as workshop sessions in which I encourage (and have an expectation of) a high level of interaction and discussion. Students are expected to provide written justification for any absence, eg. Doctor's certificate.


    Prescribed resources:
    • Jim Bright,Karen Bright (2005). Land that Job in Australia. Tribus Lingua , 207.
    After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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    Enrolment requirements

    Requisites: ?


    Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
    • Study Abroad Students

    This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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    At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

    Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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    Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

    On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
    1. Integrate classroom learning with professional experience
    2. Examine the structure and functions of a company in their chosen profession
    3. Gain practical experience and develop professional skills that enhance job opportunities
    4. Discover professional strengths and weaknesses, evaluate career opportunities and develop a sense of greater professional responsibility
    5. Further develop drafting and writing skills
    6. Further develop communication and interpersonal skills
    7. Further develop research proficiency.


    Assessment details


    Assessment criteria

    High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
    Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
    Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
    Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
    Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

    Quality assurance

    For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

    Study information

    Submission procedures

    Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

    Policy on late submission and extensions

    A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

    Policy on plagiarism

    University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

    Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

    Feedback on assessment

    Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

    Disability support

    If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

    Subject curriculum

    Overview of the subject and introduction to the Australia business environment. The class will also review the critical importance of communication skills in a business environment and introduce themselves. The presentations will video and critiqued. Readings: Networking skills - go to https::// and follow instructions. Read networking and schmoozing articles.

    Australian history and the unique Australian culture. Importance of networking and developing an elevator pitch on "so tell me a bit about yourself". Readings : Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, About Australia A Snapshot + Ten Good Reasons - A Summary, Austrade + Australia, CIA - The World Factbook + Ten Good Reasons - A summary, retrieved 21 January, 2009

    Review of Australian culture and differences from the students own culture. Psychometric personality test and the skills in handling difficult interview questions. Readings: Knightley - chapters 1-3

    This session will allow the students an opportunity for a face to face mentoring session with the lecturer to discuss their career and industry strategy, feedback on their presentations and preparations for the course assignments.

    Brief overview of Australian demographics and key current and future issues impacting the Australian business environment. Students will also be required to present their Cultural Differences report. Readings: Knightley - chapters 7-9 + chapter: Thought and Religion

    Overview of Australia. Video for homework: Making Australia Great Again, Part 1. The series focuses on modern Australian politics and economy. Readings: Knightley - chapters 10-12 + Davie. M., Anglo- Australian Attitudes, Chapter 9: Australian Accent, Secker & Warburg, London, 2000, pp 183-200 + Gare, D. & Ritters, D., Making Australian History, Perspectives on the Past Since 1788, Anzac by Bill

    Lecture will incorporate an overview of the Australian political system and its impact of the business environment. Video for homework: Making Australia Great Again Part 2. Readings: Terrill, R., The Australian: Political ways at home and abroad, Doubleday, Sydney, pp 281-300.

    Business Leaders Presentation by each of the students. This topic will also allow students an opportunity for a face to face mentoring session with the lecturer to discuss their career and industry strategy, feedback on their presentations and preparations for the course assignments.Readings: handouts to be provided

    Overview of Australian workplace plus CDC presentation. Video for home viewing: Making Australia Great Again Part 3. Readings: handouts to be provided

    Professional business image is critical for career success and class will visit a leading tailor and image consultant for projecting the right image/dress in a business environment

    CDC will present a report on managing an effective interview is essential to get to the next step in the selection process. Readings: chapter - Coping in a new country

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

    Provide students with an opportunity to further develop their LinkedIn profiles and how to manage them on an ongoing basis. Readings: Nicholas, P., Winning the battle for talent, The Australian, 30-31 October, 2010. The topic will provide a case study for students to review the challenge of working in a new culture and environment. Readings: Hand outs to be provided

    Final project preparation during the semester break or ongoing work experience.

    Final project preparation during the semester break or ongoing work experience.

    Final project preparation during the semester break or ongoing work experience.

    Practical group experience in undergoing a group employment experience. Face to face mentoring session re an update on each student's final project preparation.

    Each student will undergo a practical interview role play for a specific job in the industry and/or company they aspire to join.

    Each student will present their findings on their Industry study presentations.

    Final review of career opportunities with an inspiring guest speaker

    Approved on: Jan 24, 2018. Edition: 2.2