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BUSN71-705: Professional Development September 2019 [Standard]

General information

Professional Development is a 20 week, 45 credit point subject available to Masters (Professional) students in the Bond Business School. The subject blends both practical and theoretical components to complement the program of study by enhancing employability and professional skills. This includes providing a variety of tools to develop a flexible career strategy and ultimately communicate the students’ professional brand to potential employers. Students will also complete an individual research project exploring an industry and/or organisation that is the target of their professional aspirations.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:BUSN71-705
Subject title:Professional Development
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2019
Credit points:45

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x20 (Total hours: 60) - Weekly Lecture
  • Research Activity: x20 (Total hours: 60) - Self-directed research activity
  • Personal Study Hours: x20 (Total hours: 80) - Recommended study time & reviewing materials
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at all class sessions is expected. Students are expected to notify the instructor of any absences with as much advance notice as possible.


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

Students must have successfully completed all 12 subjects and be in the final semester of a Master (Professional) program. This subject cannot be taken in conjunction with any other subject.

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

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

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)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Investigate, plan and complete a professional experience placement within a work environment relevant to student career interests.
  2. Develop an oral presentation to articulate ideas, decisions, recommendations and other information relevant to personal career planning procedures and pathways.
  3. Apply professional and personal techniques to assist with gaining entry to the workplace (through seminars and workshops), and also to function successfully within the workplace once employed.
  4. Critically evaluate personal progress and performance within a self-reflection report.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Preparation of two assignments including Business Leader and Comparing and Contrasting Australian Business Culture with the student’s home culture 40% Ongoing 2, 3, 4.
Presentation Present a succinct and professional presentation of your industry and employer report. (WEEK 19) 5% Week 2 2, 3, 4.
Project Report Prepare a written report summarising employment related information regarding your targeted industry/profession/organisation. Your research should include a variety of appropriate sources including analysis of position descriptions, industry trends and interviews with at least two different practioners in your field to identify the attributes of successful professionals. (Due Week 20) 35% Week 2 1, 2, 3, 4.
Skills Assignment Submit a job application letter and resume for an actual job posting in your field. This information should be consistent with your LinkedIn profile that should also be submitted for review you’re your other materials. 10% Week 5 2, 3, 4.
*Interview Mock Interview #1. Select an appropriate graduate level employment position in line with your career strategy and submit a professional application before participating in a mock interview. 5% Week 8 2, 4.
*Interview Mock Interview #2. Reflect on your performance in the mock interview and key learnings. 5% Week 10 2, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

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

The 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.

Additional subject information

The course is designed to provide students with an in-depth insight into Australia (demographics, economy, population, politics and history) and the Australian business environment.

Subject curriculum

Overview of subject learning outcomes and internship assessment.

Provides an overview of Australian history and culture relevant to employment in Australia and an understanding of the Australian workplace. Encourages students to explore differences between their own culture and Australian culture to as a framework to understand cross-cultural interactions.

Preparing for employment and achieving a successful transition into industry employment. Exploring your career plan and what you need to know about yourself and your intended industry before you begin applying for employment.

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. Explores tools and best practice for establishing your personal brand, why you need one and how best to create consistency across communication platforms.

Explores the importance of networking to develop industry knowledge and develop personal relationships that can assist you in your employment journey.

An overview of the employment application process and tips for developing and submitting an effective job application. Considers the importance of your resume/CV and cover letter in an increasingly digital an automated recruiting process.

Provides guidelines and practice in both preparing for an interview and developing interview skills to enable an effective and professional interview to increase your chances of a job offer.

Approved on: Jul 22, 2019. Edition: 1.1