Transitions to Practitioner: Redesigning a Third Year Course for Undergraduate Business Student

Bailey, Janis, Oliver, Damian, & Townsend, Keith J. (2007) Transitions to Practitioner: Redesigning a Third Year Course for Undergraduate Business Student. Journal of Management & Organization, 13(1), pp. 65-80.


This paper reports the outcomes from a teaching and learning research project at an Australian University centred on improving a third year course in industrial relations. The paper addresses the cognitive and affective outcomes of the course. Cognitively, students developed a greater understanding of the processes of industrial relations and their interconnectedness; however, research and academic skills were identified as in need of further improvement. Affectively, students responded to the challenges of the course, increasing their confidence and self-efficacy and being better prepared for the transition from student to practitioner. While the course in question was a final year 'capstone' course, the findings are applicable to all who are interested in designing, or redesigning, any business course that attempts to integrate theory and practice.

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ID Code: 9126
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Teaching and Learning, Capstone Course, Pedagogy, HERN
ISSN: 1833-3672
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 eContent Management Pty Ltd
Deposited On: 23 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:56

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