The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Working collaboratively with a business or other organization to develop solutions for specific challenges helps to build a sense of work-readiness in students. Students will critically analyse ‘real-world’ issues and, using principles of problem-based learning (PBL), propose creative solutions. The issues for this course will be sourced from selected industry partners with global business or other interests. The industry partner will engage closely with the student group in order to outline the nature of the issue(s), provide feedback during the early stage of PBL, and evaluate the proposed solutions.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply interpersonal skills to work effectively in teams

2. Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to recognize, define, analyse, and solve complex organizational and real-world business and organizational problems

3. Develop professional networks for future career development

4. Engage in reflective practices to improve personal and business or organisastional outcomes

5. Identify and critique socially responsible organisational behaviour and ethical practice


This course relies on peer-to-peer learning, facilitated by the course co-ordinator, in order to encourage shared learning experiences and accelerate the creative element of problem-based learning (PBL). Working in pairs or groups of three, students will be assigned a unique business issue to collectively analyse, and then propose solutions for the addressing the issue. Addressing the business issue will be an iterative process, with the students in ongoing dialogue with the industry partner, their peers, and the course coordinator to arrive at an optimal final outcome.

The course will include a series of seminars which includes the following topics:

  • Developing a professional identity
  • Career development planning and reporting
  • Reflective practice
  • Conducting a personal professional skills audit
  • Developing internship learning outcomes
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Business ethics
  • Triple bottom line reporting 


To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed 30 units of GMBA courses including GMBA6001 and be active in the Master of Business Administration (Global) program (40160).

Successful completion of 30 units of GMBA courses (GMBA6001 and 20 units of other GMBA courses)

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Proposal/Plan

Presentation: Group Presentation

Portfolio: Portfolio

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Field Study: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before participating in the field study.
  • Seminar: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must complete the compulsory seminars prior to and at the conclusion of their placement.