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FIT2032 Industry-based learning - Semester 1, 2011

Students on placement work full time in a defined, graduate level role during a 22 week placement period at established partners of the industry based learning program (major global companies, leading Australian companies and worldwide consultancies). The students on placement are able to apply the knowledge and skills developed in their academic units, develop their communication, time management and customer service skills in business situations, experience the corporate environment and obtain feedback from experienced supervisors on their performance.

Mode of Delivery

Clayton (Day)

Contact Hours

Students on placement are employed full-time for 22 weeks by the partners of the industry based learning program in a graduate level role within the company.

Workload

  • Students are required to work full-time normal business hours for 22 weeks at the placement location at the direction of their industry supervisor.
  • Students are required to prepare placement goals before the placement, revise the goals mid-placement, keep a daily log of activities during the placement, prepare a weekly report for their placement supervisor, and complete a major tasks list.
  • Students are required a prepare and make an oral presentation about their placement, write a placement report, a placement company report and update their resume towards the end of the placement.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

BUS2000

Prerequisites

Available to local students accepted into the Bachelor of Business Information Systems industry based learning stream at Clayton campus and local students in all undergraduate degrees of the Faculty of IT who have been accepted into the Industry-based learning Placement program with at least 72 credit points of study accumulated towards a Faculty of Information Technology undergraduate degree. Prerequisite units for BBIS students: FIT1002, FIT1013 and one of FIT2035 or FIT2003.
Prerequisite units for BSE, BCS and BITS students: FIT1002 and one of FIT2035 or FIT2003.

Chief Examiner

Sue Bedingfield

Campus Lecturer

Clayton

Sue Bedingfield

Yen Cheung

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will have -
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • the application of information technology in meeting business needs in terms of effective communication, measurable deliverables, meeting target dates and producing quality output.
Developed the ability to:
  • set achievable and measurable goals;
  • apply what was learnt in prior classroom studies in real work situations;
  • develop initiative, communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills in a business environment;
  • develop solutions to business problems using information technology and other techniques;
  • prepare documentation and written reports of a professional standard;
  • address performance improvement opportunities identified by industry supervisors particularly in the mid-placement evaluation;
  • complete business tasks, participate in work teams, comply with the norms and rules of the industry partner, recognise personal strengths and weaknesses particularly after feedback from industry supervisors, cooperate within groups, and adopt and practise professional ethics that influence work behaviour; and
  • Practice information technology, oral and written skills in a complex, corporate business environment including local and international business phone calls, business emails, business process modelling, operating software applications quickly and accurately, performance enhancement of installed software, updating current software and the development of new software.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

    Assessment Summary

    Mid placement performance: 20%; End placement performance: 30%; Oral presentation: 20%; Written reports: 25%; Evaluation meeting preparation and participation: 5%.

    Assessment Task Value Due Date
    Mid-placement evaluation 20% This is due at the time of the mid-placement meeting, May/April
    End-placement evaluation 30% This is due on the day of the final presentation - late May/early June
    Oral Presentation 20% late May/early June
    Written reports 25% On the day of the presentation
    Visit preparation 5% This is assessed at the time of each meeting.

    Teaching Approach

    Work-integrated learning or industry-based learning
    This teaching approach is experiential learning with active learner involvement in a practical environment. Reflection is used to conceptualise the experience.

    Feedback

    Our feedback to You

    Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
    • Other: Formal evaluations from industry supervisors. Feedback for presentation and folder - these must be collected from the Chief examiner for FIT2032.

    Your feedback to Us

    Monash is committed to excellence in education and regularly seeks feedback from students, employers and staff. One of the key formal ways students have to provide feedback is through SETU, Student Evaluation of Teacher and Unit. The University's student evaluation policy requires that every unit is evaluated each year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the surveys. The feedback is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied and areas for improvement.

    For more information on Monash's educational strategy, and on student evaluations, see:
    http://www.monash.edu.au/about/monash-directions/directions.html
    http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/quality/student-evaluation-policy.html

    Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

    If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to
    https://emuapps.monash.edu.au/unitevaluations/index.jsp

    Required Resources

    Software is supplied by industry partners in the workplace.

    Unit Schedule

    Week Date* Activities Assessment
    0 21/02/11   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
    1 28/02/11 Not applicable  
    2 07/03/11 Not applicable  
    3 14/03/11 Not applicable  
    4 21/03/11 Not applicable  
    5 28/03/11 Not applicable  
    6 04/04/11 Not applicable  
    7 11/04/11 Not applicable  
    8 18/04/11 Not applicable  
    Mid semester break
    9 02/05/11 Not applicable  
    10 09/05/11 Not applicable  
    11 16/05/11 Not applicable  
    12 23/05/11 Not applicable  
      30/05/11 SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC

    *Please note that these dates may only apply to Australian campuses of Monash University. Off-shore students need to check the dates with their unit leader.

    Assessment Policy

    To pass a unit which includes an examination as part of the assessment a student must obtain:

    • 40% or more in the unit's examination, and
    • 40% or more in the unit's total non-examination assessment, and
    • an overall unit mark of 50% or more.

    If a student does not achieve 40% or more in the unit examination or the unit non-examination total assessment, and the total mark for the unit is greater than 50% then a mark of no greater than 49-N will be recorded for the unit

    Assessment Tasks

    Participation

    • Assessment task 1
      Title:
      Mid-placement evaluation
      Description:
      • A self evaluation by the student, including supporting data and performance comments, on a preformatted and scored performance evaluation.
      • A preformatted and scored performance evaluation, including performance comments, completed by the student's industry supervisor.
      Weighting:
      20%
      Criteria for assessment:
      • Interest and Energy
      • Dependability and Work Output
      • Organisation and Planning
      • Communications
      • Initiative
      • Team Work
      • Problem Solving
      Due date:
      This is due at the time of the mid-placement meeting, May/April
      Remarks:
      Each criteria is scored by the industry supervisor on a 1-5 scale
    • Assessment task 2
      Title:
      End-placement evaluation
      Description:
      • A self evaluation by the student, including supporting data and performance comments, on a preformatted and scored performance evaluation.
      • A preformatted and scored performance evaluation, including performance comments, completed by the student's industry supervisor.
      Weighting:
      30%
      Criteria for assessment:
      • Interest and Energy
      • Dependability and Work Output
      • Organisation and Planning
      • Communications
      • Initiative
      • Team Work
      • Problem Solving
      • Personal development and response to mid-placement evaluation
      Due date:
      This is due on the day of the final presentation - late May/early June
      Remarks:
      Each criteria is scored by the supervisor on a 1-5 scale
    • Assessment task 3
      Title:
      Oral Presentation
      Description:
      Students make a 15 minute presentation about the placement at Monash Clayton in front of their peers, academic and general staff, and assessors.
      Weighting:
      20%
      Criteria for assessment:
      • Voice: Projection, speed, clarity, confidence, control, variation. 
      • Body Language: Posture, movement, animation, use of hands. 
      • Eye Contact: Maintaining contact with all the audience.           
      • Content: Explanation of role in organisation, tasks undertaken, evaluation of learnings from placement.                  
      • Time: Adherence to time limit
      • Use of Visual Aids: Quality, imagination, sophistication.          
      • Reliance on Notes: As little as possible.


      Due date:
      late May/early June
    • Assessment task 4
      Title:
      Written reports
      Description:
      • Placement company report (one or more pages)
      • Placement report (five pages)
      • Resume (up to four pages)
      • Placement goals (two pages)
      • Daily log (one page per week)
      • Weekly reports (one page per week)
      • Task list (one to three pages)
      • Placement evaluation (five pages preformatted)
      Weighting:
      25%
      Criteria for assessment:
      • Content
      • Presentation
      • Structure
      • Sequence
      • Insights
      Due date:
      On the day of the presentation
    • Assessment task 5
      Title:
      Visit preparation
      Description:
      Organization and preparation for Monash visits.

      Assessed by director of IBL program or nominee.
      Weighting:
      5%
      Criteria for assessment:
      Due date:
      This is assessed at the time of each meeting.

    Examinations

    Assignment submission

    Assignment coversheets are available via "Student Forms" on the Faculty website: http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/
    You MUST submit a completed coversheet with all assignments, ensuring that the plagiarism declaration section is signed.

    Extensions and penalties

    Returning assignments

    Policies

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    http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/academic/education/index.html

    Key educational policies include:

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