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 Summer and July of each year. The BP July intake is delivered in Melbourne and Sydney in July.
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 two thirds of all 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.
Read about previous Business Practicum student experiences here.
View this subject in the Handbook
Below are the key dates for the July 2020 Business Practicum.
Activity July 2020 Applications open Monday 2 March 2020 Applications close Sunday 15 March 2020 Group interviews Between Wednesday 25 March – Wednesday 1 April 2020 Online LMS training modules (12 hours) Complete by Thursday 25 June 2020 (hurdle requirement) Induction workshop Monday 29 June 2020 (hurdle requirement) Present project proposals Friday 3 July 2020 In-country dates (Sydney location) Sunday 5 July 2020 - Saturday 18 July 2020 In-company dates (Sydney & Melbourne locations) Monday 6 July 2020 - Friday 17 July 2020 Final presentation to host company (Sydney location) Friday 17 July 2020 Final presentation to host company (Melbourne location) Between Friday 17 July - Wednesday 22 July 2020
You are enrolled into an approved graduate degree
- Students enrolled in an approved MBS graduate degree are eligible to apply. Please check the University of Melbourne handbook or with Course Planners at STOP1 if unsure whether the Business Practicum can be taken as part of your current degree.
- MBS students who have already completed one Graduate Practicum subject may apply to take another but will be placed on a waiting list and only offered a place based on availability.
- Students enrolled in the Master of Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, and Software streams), Master of Information Systems , and Master of Information Technology are eligible to apply.
- Other non-FBE students are not eligible to apply for any FBE practicum subjects without the prior approval of the Subject Coordinator and the MBS Deputy Dean. Proof of approval must be emailed to email@example.com before the application close date. Late approval submissions will not be accepted and applications without the required approval will be withdrawn.
Your Weighted Average Mark (WAM) is 70% or higher
Due to limited spaces, entry into the Business Practicum is competitive. Selection is based on a University of Melbourne equivalent weighted average mark for all undergraduate and postgraduate subjects successfully completed at the selection date, as well as performance in an interview process, and is contingent on permission from the Subject Coordinator.
The minimum average mark requirement for the subject is 70% and the Selection Committee considers the following when allocating places:
- Academic Performance
- Interview performance
- An overall match of skills, experience and interests to the available projects
You have completed a minimum of 50 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 (Business or Global Business Practicum) for the intake
Students must only apply for one Graduate Practicum subject per intake. Students who apply for both the Global Business Practicum and the Business Practicum during the same intake (e.g. GPB June/ BP July) will not be considered for either subject.
You have met with a Course Planner from STOP1 and checked that there is capacity within your study plan for this elective subject worth 12.5 points
Students are required to seek guidance from a STOP1 Course Planner prior to applying to ensure there is space in their study plan for this subject. Course Advice appointments can be booked here.
Please note: students undertaking the Master of Commerce (Finance) are generally ineligible to apply, due to limited elective options available in the course.
You have prepared your CV and had it reviewed
Students who successfully make it through the selection process (including attending a group interview) and receive an official offer for the Business Practicum must submit an up-to-date CV as part of the acceptance requirements.
CVs must be reviewed by the Careers and Employability Studio at Stop 1, or by an external professional CV writing service.
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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 between $1300 - $1500. Additional fee includes a 4 person share apartment with 2 x twin rooms, 2 x bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen & laundry facilities and free WIFI. This fee does not include your airfare, local transport, meals or spending money.
Funding available for Sydney
All students who have not previously received a Faculty of Business & Economics travel grant are eligible for a $750 scholarship to assist with costs. No application is required as all selected eligible Sydney applicants will be awarded this funding.
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.
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.
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.
Come along to the Graduate Practicums information session to find out more about the July 2020 intake of the Business Practicum subject.
Bookings are essential and will be available from Monday 24 February.
An application form will be available here from Monday 2 March 2020.
If you have any questions about the Business Practicum please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org