University of Technology Sydney

27620 Special Learning Project

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UTS: Business: Management
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject provides students with the opportunity to develop specific project-based vocational or theoretical knowledge in an area of personal interest. It is open to students who have attained a Credit average or above and who have demonstrated a capacity to engage in self-directed work.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. develop a project or program of study addressing a research question or learning experience
2. undertake a self directed placement or research project
3. demonstrate and understanding of the relevant literature
4. produce an essay, report or journal article summarising the project or experience.

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This elective subject allows self-directed students to develop their own program of study based on a defined research project or learning experience (for example - service learning). The subject provides students the freedom to define their own study agenda and pursue this with the support of a relevant academic staff supervisor.

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject is an independent project and as such the student is assigned to a subject supervisor for the semester. At a minimum, it is expected that the student and academic supervisor will meet or communicate on a weekly basis. A combination of research literature, media and electronic resources will be provided to enhance appreciation of the theoretical concepts covered in the project.

Content (topics)

Subject content will be established prior to the commencement of semester through a 'learning contract'. This contract will be based on a formal written proposal submitted to the subject coordinator by a student wishing to undertake this subject, before the end of the semester immediately preceding that in which the subject is proposed to be undertaken.

This proposal will include: justification for undertaking the subject; project objectives; a preliminary outline of the work program; a preliminary reading and resource list.

Students should have identified an appropriate staff supervisor and discussed the project before preparing their submission. All submissions must be approved by the Deputy Head of School or nominated school representative.


Assessment task 1: Learning Contract (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):


Weight: 10%

Assessment task 2: Project/Research Proposal (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

Weight: 30%

Assessment task 3: Final Report/Research Project (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

2, 3 and 4

Weight: 60%

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

Recommended texts

There is no prescribed text for this subject.


Specific references will be determined according to the project in consultation with the student's supervisor.