Business Practicum - July 2018

BUSA90473 Business Practicum is an in-company intensive subject where students experience the unique business practices and culture of a company first-hand.

The Business Practicum is worth 12.5 credit points and is offered in February and July of each year. Program details will be updated in early 2019.

Please read on to find out what you could gain from participating in the Business Practicum.

  • Why take BUSA90473 Business Practicum

    Studies show that having a well-developed range of transferrable skills is crucial for the success of individuals, businesses and societies. Often referred to as employability or ‘soft’ skills, these are the non-technical skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and self-management which are developed through exposure to experiences outside the classroom - like work integrated learning subjects, internships and on-the-job learning.

    When these employability skills are combined with technical skills/qualifications and personal attributes, an individual becomes employable across a range of industries, increasing job prospects, becoming a more competitive job-seeker and being a more attractive potential hire.

    So what does this have to do with the Business Practicum?

    As well as being an impressive addition to any CV, the primary aim of the Business Practicum is to provide graduate students with opportunities to develop and enhance employability skills from application right through to the final assessment and beyond.

    It is expected that 2/3 jobs will be soft skill intensive by 2030, so finding opportunities to develop these skills as early as possible is becoming increasingly important.

    In the Business Practicums this is done by:

    • Working closely in a team;
    • Building resilience by being exposed to challenging and intensive working environments;
    • Communicating with a range of stakeholders;
    • Increasing networks;
    • Using critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve a real business problem;
    • Applying classroom theory to real world practice.

    Don’t just take our word for it! Read about previous Business Practicum student experiences here.

    (Source: Deloitte Soft Skills for Business Success)

  • Key dates

    To take part in the Business Practicum, there are compulsory dates you need to be aware of:

    July 2018 Intake:

    Applications OpenMonday 26 February 
    Applications CloseSunday 8 April
    Group InterviewsTuesday 17 ‐ Thursday 19 April
    $200 deposit due date (Sydney students only)Tuesday 8 May
    Balance due date (Sydney students only)Tuesday 22 May
    Induction weekMonday 25 June - Friday 29 June
    In company datesMonday 2 July ‐ Friday 13 July
    Mid Program Team Catch-up
    (Melbourne students only)
    Thursday 5 July, 6 - 7.30pm
    Final presentation to host companySydney: by Friday 13 July
    Melbourne: between 13 -18 July
    Employability Reflective WorkshopWednesday 25 July
    5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Eligibility Critera?

    The below criteria should help you determine whether you would be a strong candidate for the Business Practicum:

    You are enrolled into an MBS graduate degree

    MBS students who have already completed one practicum subject may submit an expression of interest to take another but will be placed on a waiting list and only considered should a place become available.

    Non-MBS students are not eligible to apply for BUSA90473 Business Practicum or BUSA90485 Global Business Practicum.

    Your Weighted Average Mark (WAM) is 65% or higher

    Due to limited spaces, entry into the Business Practicum is competitive. The minimum average grade requirement for MBP is 65% and the Selection Committee considers the following when allocating places:

    • Academic Performance
    • Quality of CV
    • Interview performance
    • An overall match of skills, experience and interests to the available projects

    You have completed a minimum of points

    • 200-point degree students: completion of a minimum of 50 points at time of application; or
    • 150 point degree students: completion of a minimum of 50 points at time of practicum commencement if you have a business background (e.g. studied business subjects in an undergraduate degree or relevant work experience).

    Note: All students enrolled in a 200-point degree must first have completed 50 points before applying, regardless of educational background.

    You are only applying for one Practicum subject (Global or Business Practicum) for the intake

    Please only submit an application for one of the Practicum subjects per intake. Students who apply for both the Business Practicum and Global Business Practicum during the same intake (e.g. July) will not be considered for either subject.

    You have checked that there is capacity within your study plan for an elective subject worth 12.5 points

    Students undertaking Master of Commerce (Finance) and the Master of Management (Accounting) 150pt program are generally ineligible to apply, due to limited elective options available in the course.

  • How much will it cost?

    Students allocated to Melbourne:

    Standard University subject fee, plus any local transport costs and meals.

    Students allocated to Sydney:

    Standard University subject fee, plus an additional fee of $1427. Additional fee includes a 4 person share apartment, 2 x twin rooms, 2 x bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. This fee does not include your airfare, local transport, meals or spending money.

    Funding available for Sydney

    All students are eligible for a $750 scholarship to assist with costs.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    WHAT EXPERIENCE DO I NEED TO APPLY?

    Can I apply if I don’t have any consulting experience?
    Yes, there is a full selection process including a group interview to determine your eligibility and suitability for the program. Selection is not based on existing consulting experience.

    What if I don’t have any work experience on my CV?
    We are looking at how the CV is put together, not the work experience.  We understand that many students will not have work experience.

    CONCURRENT STUDY

    I want to take an online intensive subject over the summer/winter break while also completing the BP (e.g. Ethics in Finance). Is this okay?
    No, even though the subject is online, students participating in the BP will not be permitted to enrol in any other subjects that run during the same dates as the practicums. BP is intensive and requires 100% commitment from students.

    CITIES, PROJECTS AND TEAMS

    Can I choose the BP city?
    Students can nominate their order of preferences of BP cities. Nominating only one city may reduce the likelihood of being selected into the program.

    Can I change my city preference once I’ve been accepted?
    No, preferences are not able to be negotiated once the offer has been accepted. We base substantial decision making and coordination of arrangements on the nominated preferences.

    Can I choose the company or type of project?
    No, students are allocated to teams and companies with specific projects. However, students are given the opportunity to advise their areas of interest which we endeavour to consider when allocating teams. Students would not be allocated to a project where they did not have the technical skills required. Most projects are multi-disciplinary.

    SYDNEY ACCOMMODATION

    I have family that live in Sydney. Can I stay with them during the BP or do I have to stay at the organised accommodation?
    Students must stay at the organised accommodation due to the intensive nature of the subject and because a lot of the teamwork happens during the evening and late into the night.

    Can I pay an additional cost and have my own single room?
    No, package costs have been worked out based on twin share rooms with accommodation secured up to six months in advance. Single rooms are not practical for the remaining students who may not wish to pay extra for a single room, nor can the availability of additional rooms be guaranteed.

    I have a friend of  different gender, can we request to share a room?
    No, whilst we understand there are close friendships between students, accommodation bookings and package costs are based on twin share rooms. Mixed gender twin share rooms are not practical for the remaining students who may not wish to share with a student of a different gender.

    Can my partner/friend accompany me while I am taking part in BP?
    No, this is an intensive two week for-credit subject which requires you to be available to work with your team for the duration of the program.  You can travel with your partner/friend prior to or after the completion of the program.

  • Information Sessions

    As we offer two equally exciting Practicum subjects, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you.To help you decide, come to our Choosing a Graduate Practicum Information Session which will compare each of the programs, helping you to make the best choice.

    Information sessions have now passed for the July 2018 program. Information regarding the July 2019 Business Practicum subject will be posted here in early 2019.

    Please note: Information sessions are not compulsory but we may ask to scan your student ID upon arrival so that we can collect data on numbers attending.

  • Apply Now

    Applications for the July 2019 intake will open from Monday 04 March 2019. An application form will be posted here the day applications open.

  • Contact us

    If you have any questions about Melbourne Business Practicum please send an email to: mbs-practicums@unimelb.edu.au