Course Outline

BUS306 World of Work: Your Pathway to Employment

Course Coordinator:Anthony Grace ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2022Semester 2

USC Sunshine Coast

USC Moreton Bay

USC Fraser Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course it about you and your professional brand. Throughout this course you will plan your successful transition from university student to business professional in your chosen field. Your professional brand will be enhanced through a combination of activities which will develop a deeper understanding of your key skills and attributes as well as develop a set of digital artefacts which provide a foundation for your pathway to employment. Topics of discussion will cover a range of areas which will inform your future employment pathways including; how to build a professional brand, professional LinkedIn, building a personal resume website, future work trends such as big data, artificial intelligence, big data and machine learning. After the completion of this course, you will be prepared for your future in the world of work.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Pre-recorded concept videos and associated activity 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled face to face workshops. 2hrs Week 2 10 times
Information session – Live online information sessions. 1hr Week 4 3 times
Seminar – Three live seminars introducing the course and discussing key issues. 1hr Week 1 3 times
Learning materials – Pre-recorded concept videos and associated activity 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Interactive zoom tutorial 2hrs Week 2 10 times
Information session – Live online information sessions. 1hr Week 4 3 times
Seminar – Three recorded seminars introducing the course and discussing key issues. 1hr Week 1 3 times

Course Topics

Topic 1: The employability journey

Topic 2: The current world of work

Topic 3: Your professional community

Topic 4: The digital self

Topic 5: Professional brand you

Topic 6: Professional LinkedIn

Topic 7: Future of the Field

Topic 8: Your Business, Your Enterprise

Topic 9: Next steps, Future Development

Topic 10: Course Review & Reflection


What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
1 Recognise and reflect on own professional and personal strengths which align with desired career goals. Knowledgeable
PC1.3, PC6, PC6.1
2 Identify the scope and variety of employment opportunities and career pathways available within chosen profession. Creative and critical thinker
PC3, PC6, PC6.1
3 Critically and creatively, develop strategies for professional development and future employment. Empowered
PC1.3, PC3, PC6
4 Demonstrate a developing level of effective self-management which determines career pathways based upon current program of study. Knowledgeable
PC1, PC6, PC6.1

* Competencies by Professional Body

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
PC1 Communication
PC1.3 Digital Literacy
PC3 Creative and Critical Thinking
PC6 Career-ready
PC6.1 Self-management

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

During the initial weeks of the course (Weeks 1-3), you will work on a draft copy of your Task 1 which will be peer reviewed. Throughout the remainder of the semester class activities will be aligned with the assessment tasks enabling students to explore and develop Task 2 whilst having an opportunity to be provided with feedback from the teaching team.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Portfolio Individual 50%
1,250 words
Week 8 Online Submission
All 2 Plan Individual 50%
2,000 words
Week 13 Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Professional Portfolio
Create a digital professional portfolio.
Product: Portfolio
Your digital professional portfolio will contain the following:
a) An outline of your professional strengths and weaknesses
b) Research of current booming industries and growing job clusters/job vacancies in the market
c) Showcase a professional portfolio for yourself in the appendices including an elevator pitch, evidence of a resume, a cover letter, Linkedin account and professional bodies you have joined (or plan to join) and a mock interview.
d) Discuss your strategy for managing your digital reputation

This task is being used for measuring assurance of learning towards Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. The following Program Competency will be assessed:
•	PC1.3: Demonstrate digital literacy skills for communication and information sharing in a business context.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge of digital communication tools/channels to present, share, and communicate in a business context
Identification of digital tools/channels for specific business purposes and outcomes
Communicate effectively using appropriate digital tools/channels
Demonstrate appreciation of the importance of protecting online reputation and its management
3 4
All - Assessment Task 2:Future of the Field Plan
To identify two pathways to employment and strategic outline of your goals 5 years post-graduation.
Product: Plan
Using a range of sources, your task is to create and discuss TWO employment pathways (Plan A and Plan B). Discuss how future trends will impact your profession and the way your work will be impacted in the five years after graduation. Based upon this analysis, you will provide key recommendations and strategies which will “future proof” yourself. You will also be required to submit a reflection on your learnings throughout this course focused on your perceptions of what it means to be a "job ready graduate"
This task is being used for measuring assurance of learning towards Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. The following Program Competency will be assessed:
•	PC6.1: Career Ready: Demonstrate a capacity for responsible and adaptive self-management necessary for building a successful business career.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identify career pathways based on current program of study
Demonstrate awareness of future study and professional development options to develop your career
Identify individual strengths and weaknesses in relation to particular careers
Demonstrate adaptability and effective self-management

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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