|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Bachelor of Commerce Course Director & MQBS3010 Unit Convenor
Contact via "Contact the Unit Convenor" link on iLearn
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Teaching Team with lecturers from across each MQBS Department
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Admission to BCom and 130cp at 1000 level or above including 10cp at 3000 level
This course-wide Capstone unit is designed to be taken by students in their final session of study within the Bachelor of Commerce. Students work collaboratively with peers and advisors to integrate the discipline-specific knowledge acquired within the course and to address practical business challenges requiring cross-disciplinary and cross-functional insights, knowledge and skills. Assessment is designed to assure student proficiency in course learning outcomes. Students work in self-managing cross-functional teams to complete a session-long project, preparing individual and group reports that are assessed by academic staff. The unit aims to prepare students for ethical and sustainable leadership in their future workplaces as team players. Learning activities may include a combination of case study/ies, business simulation and seminars/workshops.
Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
The Agility Exercise, the Capstone Report, and Capstone Presentation are all connected to the project you work on as a team from Week 03 and onwards.
You have to work on these as a team.
The Agility Exercise and Capstone Presentation will be assessed solely based on your individual submission.
The Capstone Report will be based 50% on a group component and 50% on an individual component.
Sometimes unavoidable circumstances occur that might prevent you from submitting an assignment on time and, in that case, you may be eligible to lodge a Special Consideration request.
Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, please note that no extensions to assignment deadlines will be granted.
Late Assessment Submission Penalty (written assessments)
Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, a 5% penalty (of the total possible mark) will be applied each day a written assessment is not submitted, up until the 7th day (including weekends). After the 7th day, a grade of ‘0’ will be awarded even if the assessment is submitted. Submission time for all written assessments is set at 11.55pm. A 1-hour grace period is provided to students who experience a technical concern.
For any late submissions of time-sensitive tasks, such as scheduled tests/exams, performance assessments/presentations, and/or scheduled practical assessments/labs, students need to submit an application for Special Consideration.
To request an extension on the due date/time for a timed or non-timed assessment task, you must submit a Special Consideration application. An application for Special Consideration does not guarantee approval.
The approved extension date for a student becomes the new due date for that student. The late submission penalties above then apply as of the new due date.
|Reflective Essay||20%||No||7 August|
|Agility Exercise||20%||No||4 and 8 October|
|Capstone Project Report||40%||No||6 November|
|Capstone Project Presentation||20%||No||6 November|
2,000 word reflective essay
Collaboratively analyse the impact of a commercial shock on the ongoing capstone project by utilising a teamwork framework.
Collaboratively prepare a report for a bespoke program / product / process for a chosen institution to excel in achieving (at least) one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
Collaboratively present a bespoke program / product / process for a chosen institution to excel in achieving (at least) one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:
2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
For the online streams - seminars will be conducted on Zoom.
For the in-person streams - seminars will be conducted face-to-face on campus.
You cannot mix and match seminar groups as you will be placed in teams according to your registered seminar.
You will need to commit to your timetable for the entire session (semester). 80% of your grade will depend on work done during seminars in teams. Your timetabled seminar slot is where you will be actively learning during class with your lecturer and your peers.
This unit cannot be completed asynchronously given that we are assessing the learning outcomes of Teamwork, Employability, and Global Issues.
If you are unable to commit to your weekly timetable - you are strongly advised to un-enroll from this unit.
You will be placed in teams, where scaffolded team tasks will be worked through during each week's seminar. These scaffolded tasks ultimately work towards your Capstone Project which is a highly-weighted assessment component.
In other words, non-attendance at seminars will jeopardise both your individual component and the group component of the Capstone Project.
You may have 1 or 2 absences from seminars during the session, which is fine so long as you let your team know about it, and commit to catching up with the team as soon as possible within a reasonable amount of time, and constantly communicate with your team to keep up-to-date.
Communicating and keeping up with your team during class and at least twice during the week is an expectation of this unit.
Recommended Texts and/or Materials
Resources uploaded on iLearn.
Technology Used and Required
Students will need to use online tools for collaboration with their team members.
Unit Web Page
The unit is designed as a capstone unit. A capstone unit is designed to bring all your knowledge together to solve a problem.
There is no new content in the unit - rather a presentation of frameworks to consolidate all your content learnt in your degree so far.
This is a final year unit of study which integrates the material and skills presented across the degree.
Students will be placed in mixed-major teams to solve real-world problems.
These real-world problems will revolve around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Student will address how commerce and business can play their part in achieving these goals.
Students will construct an artefact that integrates all their learning, as well as demonstrate an empathy & appreciation for other disciplines.
Students will write a reflective report about how their own major is an integral part of the puzzle in the diverse world of commerce.
Students will demonstrate agility by dealing with shocks that occur to the economy and responding to these effectively.
Students will demonstrate excellence by presenting their projects online, ready to be showcased to the job market
|Week||Activities & Resources revolving around…||Assessment||Weight|
|3||Introduction to Teams|
|4||Theory of Teams|
|5||Collaborative Problem Solving|
|Session Break||Interim Pitch||0|
|8||Agility Exercise||Agility Exercise|
|9||Focus on Your Major||Agility Exercise||20|
|10||Guidance / Work on Project / Guest Speakers / Employabiity|
|11||Guidance / Work on Project / Guest Speakers / Employabiity|
|12||Guidance / Work on Project / Guest Speakers / Employabiity|
|13||Feedback on Projects||
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Added a note:
Change from 2021: Team members will keep a record of your attendance and participation during seminars, and rate your participation during seminars. This will directly impact your own marks - as Teamwork is part of the marking rubrics used in this unit.
Unit information based on version 2022.03 of the Handbook