The University of Newcastle, Australia

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) partnerships provide our University the chance to engage directly with the organisations that hire our graduates and ensure our degrees are meeting industry standards.

Through WIL we endeavour to deliver innovative teaching and learning programs that guarantee our graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in a competitive workforce.

How WIL works

To make sure our graduates are career-ready we ensure their education takes place both in and out of the classroom. To do this we help local, national and international businesses find the right students to participate in internships, work experience or practical placements.
In turn, our business partners help us shape our degrees so that we provide students with the latest industry knowledge.

A WIL program can be:

  • On campus or at your business location
  • In any of our degrees
  • Paid or unpaid
  • Hands-on or simulated

FInd out more about WIL Courses.

Placement information

Enhance your resume, increase your professional networks and graduate with the skills desired by industry through BUSN3002.

The industry placement course BUSN3002 is offered in 2020 as follows:

  • Semester 1: 24 February until 5 June 2020
  • Semester 2: 20 July until 30 October 2020

The course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to undertake workplace experience relevant to their study. Completing this course will help give students the edge in the employment market, allowing them to apply the theories learned throughout their studies, and build an understanding of contemporary business practices.

Students complete 100 hours of supervised placement which enables them to acquire new knowledge and professional networks to support their career readiness.

In addition to the placement, students are required to attend scheduled classes, complete assessment tasks, and complete weekly time/experience reports to the Course Coordinator. Students will observe and participate in a range of work practices as negotiated between the host organisation, course coordinator, and student.

On successful completion, students are awarded 10 credit points towards their degree.

If you are a student interested in undertaking this course, visit Information for Students.

The Newcastle Business School is seeking organisations to host undergraduate students for an industry placement in 2020 as part of the elective course BUSN3002 Industry Placement.

Information for Organisations details what is required of hosts that wish to engage with Industry Placement. For a list of opportunities available to students please visit the Placement Opportunities page.

Upskill through WIL

The University of Newcastle, supported by funding from StudyNSW is delivering the Upskill Through WIL project – a reciprocal upskilling program for international students and host organisations in the Hunter Region. The project is addressing the barriers that international students face in regional areas when seeking industry-based experience and employment opportunities.

The project aims to:

  • Increase the number of international students participating in industry placements embedded in UON coursework through partnership with the Faculty of Business and Law BUSN3002 Industry Placement course.
  • Broker placement opportunities with local Hunter industries
  • Provide training and support to international students in applying and preparing for a WIL placement including communication skills, cultural intelligence and introduction to Australian business culture
  • Provide support and training for hosts to upskill staff with supervisory, leadership and cross cultural communication skills
  • Demonstrating the unique value that international perspectives bring to organisations.

Student placement documents

Through COMP3850, students work in a project related to the computer science area. The work will be undertaken in an organisation (industry, research groups, labs) which require computer science skills into their practices. This direct experience will expose students to project management practices of managers and/or researchers.

Under supervision and in a group work environment, students undertake 100 hours of work placement with an appropriate organisation involved in computer science related areas.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Apply a suite of computer science skills learnt in the program in a specific project
  • Critically set objectives and evaluate outcomes
  • Develop skills required for the workplace, including both written and verbal communication and teamwork
  • Demonstrate professional knowledge by undertaking computer science tasks
  • Critically reflect on the ethical and technical issues facing computer sciences in the workplace.


This course is only available to students active in the Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Mathematics/Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Engineering (Computer)/Bachelor of Computer Science programs.

This course will be available in Semester 2, 2019.

For more information, you can contact the School of Engineering and Computing.