Project Overview (Same as Assessment 2a)
The project aims to enhance your career-focused learning experience by bringing real-world scenarios and a real business problem into the classroom, creating a safe space for you to
explore, collaborate and make changes.
The assignment is intended to promote problem-based learning (PBL), in which you learn about a subject by working in teams to solve real-life problems. It is also intended to develop your skills
in research, critical thinking and problem-solving, your data analysis and Excel skills, and your ability to present your ideas and solutions concisely and coherently.
Solving real-life problems is an inherently complex and messy process, but such a process also offers plenty of learning opportunities. You will learn about working through problems persistently, seeking creative solutions, and being comfortable changing solution paths where necessary.
In this sandboxed assignment (see Sandbox Education Program), you will have an opportunity to solve a real-world problem and receive feedback from the problem owner (i.e. our project partner). Your experience in this project will be helpful in your transition into the professional environment – you will be prepared to leverage your existing knowledge and skills while at the same time identifying and acting on knowledge and skill gaps, responding to new challenges and seizing emerging opportunities coming your way.
You are expected to conduct your research and spend 30 to 40 hours on the project (2a and 2b).
1.Background: Career Accelerator
The Career Accelerator @ UNSW Business School is a specialised team that provides a suite of opportunities and experiences designed to help UNSW Business School students build their professional skills and improve student employability and career readiness across all undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA programs.
Career Accelerator provides students with a diverse range of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings ranging from internships, global opportunities, mentoring programs,industry events and networking opportunities, PASS classes, learning consults, and a suite of technology-driven tools and resources.
2.What is the Excel Certification Program?
The Microsoft Office Excel Certification Program is a free and exclusive offering to UNSW Business School students. Since launching in 2018 as a co-curricular opportunity, the program has expanded. It is now embedded in key UNSW Business School programs (e.g.Bachelor of Commerce and its combined degrees), providing students with the opportunity to build their technical skills for data analysis, interpretation and presentation and gain an industry-recognised digital credential that can be shared on their LinkedIn profile.
There are two parts to the program:
- The Excel Training Program (ETP): This provides students access to online skills modules, resources and practice exams that are self-paced and allow students to develop their skills. For COMM1110 and ECON1203 courses, the training program is mandatory (e.g. in COMM1110, the Excel Training Program is your Assessment 1), and students are required to complete the practice exams at two levels – Associate level and Expert level.
Students are graded on their Practice Exam results for their course assessment.
- The Excel Certification Test (ECT): on completion of the course assessment, students are encouraged (but not required) to take the optional next step to complete the official certification test, to receive their digital credential and be considered fully qualified.
By completing the course assignment, students have undertaken the majority of the work required. The official certification step involves booking into a 50-minute online invigilated test and achieving a pass rate of 70% to obtain the certification.
The key difference between the official ECT and the Practice Exams (i.e. Assessment 1a and 1b students completed in their ETP in the course) is that the ECT is invigilated by a test proctor. Apart from this, the ECT has the same exam length (50 minutes), question types and difficulty levels as the Practice Exams students completed in the ETP as part of their assessment. This means that students who completed their Assessment 1a and 1b and achieved a score over 700 (out of 1,000) would pass the ECT and receive the official industry-recognised Excel Certificate if they choose to sit in the ECT. However, the student participation rates in the ECT have been very low (see section 4 below).
Students must take the ECT within the calendar year that they start the ETP in the course as their access code (i.e. the one received in Week 1 to access GMetrix for your Assessment 1) expires at the end of that year.
The ECT is available to any enrolled student who signs up for the ETP as part of their course (e.g. all students in COMM1110) or as a co-curricular activity. The ECTs are scheduled regularly throughout each term as well as during term breaks, and students are able to select their preferred timeslot through a dedicated Excel Certification Moodle
site: https://moodle.telt.unsw.edu.au/course/view.php?id=58401 (sign in using selfenrolment key: excel_student).