Business Practicum Program

How it works: eligibility and application process

Students would normally commence a Business Practicum in the final trimester of their degree, and must have completed six units of study at the commencement of the unit, having achieving strong grades within their MBA program.

This unit is available for students enrolled in the following courses (including some combined degrees):

  • M701 - MBA
  • M731 - MBA International

Before a student can enrol in the Business Practicum, it is necessary to apply and be selected for the program. Students meeting the relevant selection criteria will be selected for an initial interview and discussion with the Unit Chair before permission to enrol in the unit will be granted. Unlike other postgraduate units, students cannot enrol directly into MPI701 until a completed application form [407KB PDF] is submitted to the Postgraduate Student Administration office and approved.

If the application is approved, the Unit Chair will endeavour to match the student's skills and motivations with a client organisation. Students should be aware, however, that this may not be possible in every case, and should always have an alternative plan to enrol in other units if a Business Practicum placement cannot be arranged. As a two credit unit, students will be expected to spend at least two full days per week over the course of the trimester working within the client organisation on the project (192 contact hours). Many students spend considerably more time than this to ensure a high-calibre result.

If application and placement is successful, the student will them commence work on a negotiated project in consultation with the Unit Chair and the client organisation, defining objectives and agreeing on milestones and deliverables. Working within the organisation the student will conduct detailed, high level research and analysis, proposing robust and innovative solutions against the project brief. A formal report and presentation to an invited stakeholder audience provide the opportunity for the student to showcase their insights and abilities.

Timelines

Think about Business Practicum early. Ideally students should have an initial conversation with the Unit Chair one full Trimester before you intend to start. This is because the placement process can be complex and lengthy.

Arranging a Practicum

Generally, the Unit Chair will be responsible for finding a client organisation for the successful applicant. However, a student may wish to suggest their own client organisation, if an opportunity presents itself. In such cases the Unit Chair will assess the organisation and the suitability of the proposed practicum activities. Students cannot undertake a Business Practicum in their normal place of work, nor can they receive payment for their work from the client organisation over the course of the unit.

Examples of recent Business Practicum projects

Organisation Brief
Australian Retailers Association Develop a flexible and professional Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process for the Diploma of Retail Management.
Fresh Select Examine Fresh Select's current business position across the fresh vegetable industry and analyse potential business opportunities for innovation and growth with particular emphasis on environmental sustainability.
Monsanto Analyse all major competitors in the ANZ vegetable seeds market for competitor analysis project.
PMA (Produce Marketing Association) Develop a Fruit/Vegetable/Floral Index for use by the Association
Shotz Development of a fluid and energy policy for firefighters to aid optimum performance in the field.

Deakin and the PMA (Australia-New Zealand): a strong Practicum partnership

Deakin University has formed a strong strategic partnership with the PMA (Produce Marketing Association) Australia-New Zealand. This has resulted in Business Practicum students being successfully placed within diverse organisations across the produce supply chain. More information on the PMA.


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