PROF 3885 - Undergraduate Domestic Study Tour

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2017

This course provides the opportunity to apply theory to real world practical situations and a means by which students practice discipline related thinking in an environment in which they are not familiar. Students will develop, through this course, specialised knowledge and skill in the subject area of their discipline, building a capability to research and apply to professional practice. The detailed program and itinerary for this course will vary depending on the calendar month and academic leader. The course will be run intensively over 1-3 weeks.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROF 3885
    Course Undergraduate Domestic Study Tour
    Coordinating Unit Professions Office
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive study tour - up to 90 contact hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible Other domestic study tours
    Quota 30
    Course Description This course provides the opportunity to apply theory to real world practical situations and a means by which students practice discipline related thinking in an environment in which they are not familiar. Students will develop, through this course, specialised knowledge and skill in the subject area of their discipline, building a capability to research and apply to professional practice. The detailed program and itinerary for this course will vary depending on the calendar month and academic leader. The course will be run intensively over 1-3 weeks.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr David Pender

    David Pender
    Mobile: 0408 804 490 

    David is a management practitioner and an adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide Business School. He has had a very wide range of business experience over the past 35 years or so.

    He spent 13 years practising on his own account as a Chartered Accountant followed by senior management positions in distribution management and general management within the financial services industry (12 years). Since 2003 he has practised as principal of Knowledge Perspectives, a consulting collaborative that applies the principles of leadership, knowledge and intellectual capital management in a variety of fields: performance improvement, transition management, M&A, and strategic direction and mapping. Clients cover both private and public sectors in Australia, Asia and North America. He is a regular presenter at knowledge management conferences.

    He holds a degree in Economics and a MBA from the University of Adelaide and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

    He teaches courses in Knowledge Management, Negotiation and Fundamentals of Leadership in the Business School’s MBA program, other postgraduate knowledge management courses and is involved in the Internship programs of the Faculty of the Professions and Executive Education.

    David is a 2016 recipient of the Executive Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 Construct and monitor a plan for career preparation and early career development
    2 Recognise and put in practice behaviours for effectively engaging with others for a variety of purposes in a diverse workplace environment
    3 Reflect critically on and self-evaluate their skills, capabilities and needs in relation to career preparation and early career performance
    4 Think critically in an unfamiliar environment to evaluate and question information provided by others
    5 Communicate ideas and information to a range of audiences for a range of purposes
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Additional reference resources may be identified during workshop sessions.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    The course is taught through workshops and field visits.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The course will commence with a compulsory four hour workshop at which the relevant theoretical concepts, analytical frameworks and reference sources will be outlined and the assessable requirements identified.

    The course will then take place over 6 consecutive full days in Sydney, which will include 5 industry visits.

    On return from Sydney, there will a further half day workshop to debrief experiences in Sydney.

    In addition to the 7 days of scheduled contact, students are required to undertake sufficient research, group and individual study hours, and assessment preparation to make up the balance of the 156 hour minimum workload for this course.

    Learning Activities Summary

    Preliminary Workshop

    • Discuss the planned course outcomes
    • Discussion of instruments set for the workshop
    • Operating rules for the tour, expectations of course staff
    • Confirmation of the assessment submission content and timetable.
    • Group activity

    Sydney itinerary

    Personal Brand & Sparking the Entrepreneur Within
    Branding & Success, Personal Brand Audit, Bringing out Your Unique Values, Building your Personal Brand Reputation, First Impressions and Introducing Yourself and Others

    Communicating Your Business Aspirations
    Public Speaking, Selling Yourself, Communication Techniques and Tools, Body Language, Business Etiquette, Digital and Offline Communication Etiquette, International Protocol, Cross Cultural Richness, Face-to-Face Meetings & Negotiations

    Wellbeing, Image & Presentation
    Finding your Balance in Life, Health, Skincare & Hair Care, Grooming, Wardrobe Styling, Presenting yourself in Business and Social Settings, Essentials for Dress Codes (from smart casual to business cocktail), Creating Your Own Personal Style with a Styling Expert

    Dine Like An Executive & Industry Network Experience
    Sofitel Sydney Fine Dining Experience, Dining Etiquette, Difficult Foods, Navigating the Table, Conversing socially & for Business, Experience an Industry Networking Event with Industry Experts in collaboration with the Australia China Business Council in Sydney.

    Business Insights Speaker Series & Graduation Cocktail
    Reflection on Networking and Application of Learning, Speaker Event with Panel of Business Experts. Program concludes with a Graduation Cocktail Session applying Life Skills.

    Corporate visits (TBC)

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    #Assessment TaskTask TypeLengthWeightDue Date/WeekLearning Outcomes
    1 Active participation individual in workshops 10% See MyUni 3-5
    2 Group assessment collaborative See MyUni for details of presentation medium 20% See MyUni 2-5
    3 Discussion boards individual Substantive contribution to 3 discussion boards 10% See MyUni 2-5
    4 Journal and reflection individual 10 Pages 20% See MyUni 2-4
    5 Personal Career Development Plan individual 3,000 words + appendices 40% See MyUni 1,3,4,5
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail

    Marks allocated for active participation will be determined by the individual student’s

    • contribution to workshop class discussions
    • degree of engagement
    • preparation, timeliness

    Group assessment will be marked according to the performance of the group on the designated group tasks. Simulating the workplace, student groups will uncover the rubric for assessment during the course. Assignment details are on MyUni

    The journal and reflections will require students to individually record their visit observations after each activity and appraisal of specific aspects of the visit in a structured pro forma document. Marks will be awarded according to the level of reflection and learning which is demonstrated in the responses. Responses that only reproduce factual information will not be sufficient to achieve a pass result.

    Further instructions are on MyUni.

    Participation in discussion boards
    At least 3 discussion boards will be set. Students are expected to provide opinion, argue, criticise and develop understanding through their use. Responses like “I agree with Sally” will not earn any marks.

    Individual assignment Part 1 Personal Brand Plan
    Word limit: 3,000 words excluding data appendices

    Individual assignment Part 2
    Develop and publish a suitable personal profile on LinkedIn


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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