Course Title: Postgraduate Business Internship (24cp)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Postgraduate Business Internship (24cp)

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


610P BUS Portfolio Office


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Colin Higgins

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5671

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides students with the opportunity to work in a partner organisation, to assist in the transition between university and their future careers. Partner organisations may be from a diverse range of industries and sectors, including private industry and not-for-profit organisations. Students are required to attend at their partner organisation for at least the equivalent of two-three days each week over 12 weeks, by arrangement between the student and the partner organisation. Students will undertake the placement under the guidance of a workplace mentor and with the support of academic and professional University staff. The range of projects in which the student will be involved will be determined according to the project priorities of the partner organisation.

Special Note regarding enrolment in this course:

Instruction and guidance in experiential leaning by a workplace mentor in relation to the project agreed and approved by a responsible academic prior to your enrolment in this course.

The process for enrolment in this course differs from most courses.  You need to read the following information carefully and complete each of the steps.

Enrolment in this course requires the prior approval of your placement.  Please indicate your interest by completing this form (you will need to be logged in with your RMIT account to access it.)  Please read the form carefully and upload all relevant materials as soon as possible (and prior to the date stipulated on the form for the semester that you are applying for).

Prior to applying for enrolment in this course you must contact Business Central and confirm that you have room in your program to undertake this elective.  A copy of an email from Business Central confirming this must be uploaded together with your CV and other materials at the time you make your application.  (Information about how to contact business central can be found here:  ).

A condition of enrolment in this course is the entry into a Workplace Integrated Learning Agreement under which the Student must agree (amongst other things):

  • to comply with the policies, procedures and rules/regulations of both the University and the organisation with which they are placed regarding workplace behaviour, discipline, occupational health and safety and equal opportunity;
  • to comply with confidentiality, privacy and other obligations applicable during and after the WIL Activity (in some cases host organisations will require additional confidentiality / non disclosure agreements as well);
  • if requested, to obtain and supply necessary licences, approvals, police checks, working with children checks or registrations necessary for the WIL Activity and provide evidence that these have been undertaken /obtained;
  • to inform both RMIT and the host organisation of any medical condition or disability that may affect the work performance and require reasonable adjustments during the WIL Activity; and
  • to return all of the host organisations property and documents at the end of the placement.

If your application is approved, you will be enrolled manually and can take some time.   Your Course Coordinator and the team at Business WIL ( can answer your questions.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Refer to learning outcomes

Students should achieve the following learning outcomes

  1. Integrate and apply discipline knowledge in a practical workplace context
    2. Communicate effectively with a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences.
    3. Demonstrate the capacity to work collaboratively in an organisation.
    4. Critically reflect on the design, implementation and evaluation of a work-based project or placement

Overview of Learning Activities

Instruction and guidance in experiential leaning by a workplace mentor in relation to the project agreed at the outset of the placement.


Overview of Learning Resources

As provided by the partner organisation.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

A final mark of 50% or above is required to pass in this course.

Assessment Alignment Matrix


Learning Outcomes

Assessment 1 – Reflective Journal : 30%

·         Reflections on Expectations 10%

·         Participation in a discussion board 20%


Assessment  2 – Portfolio of Work: 20%


Assessment 3 – Research Report: 50%

·         3.1 Research Proposal 20%

·         3.2 Research Paper 30%




A final mark of 50% or above is required to pass in this course.