Business Practicum - Winter 2019

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 Winter of each year. The BP Winter 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

    (Source: Deloitte Soft Skills for Business Success)

  • Key dates

    To take part in the Business Practicum, please note the following compulsory dates, activities and hurdle requirements. All students who are offered a place in the Business Practicum are required to participate in all these activities. If you know in advance that you are unable to commit to one or more of these dates, please do not apply.

     July 2019
    Applications OpenMonday 4 March 2019
    Applications CloseSunday 17 March 2019
    Group InterviewsTuesday 9 - Thursday 11 April 2019
    Offer acceptanceFriday 26 April 2019
    $200 deposit due date (Sydney students only)Friday 26 April 2019
    Balance due date (Sydney students only)Thursday 9 May 2019
    Pre-departure online LMS training modules
    (12 hours)
    Thursday 27 June 2019 (hurdle requirement)
    Induction workshopSunday 30 June 2019 (hurdle requirement)
    Present project proposalsStudents will be allocated a presentation time between 9am - 5pm on Friday 5 July
    Arrival in SydneySunday 7 July 2019
    In company datesMonday 8 July ‐ Friday 19 July 2019
    Final presentation to host companySydney: by Friday 19 July 2019
    Melbourne: between 19 -24 July 2019
  • Eligibility Critera
    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 BP 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 $1365. 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.

    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 Session

    As we offer two equally exciting Graduate Practicum subjects, the Business Practicum and the Global Business Practicum, 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. Meet the Work Integrated Learning Teaching Specialist, listen to previous Graduate Practicum students talk about their experiences and ask questions about the programs.

    The information session will be held on Tuesday 12 March 2019 at 12-1pm.

    Venue and the registration link for this session will be posted here closer to the time.

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

  • Apply Now

    Applications for the Winter 2019 intake will open on Monday 4 March 2019. An application form will be posted here the day applications open.

  • Contact us

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