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
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).
How can the Career Accelerator team increase Business School student
participation rates in the Microsoft Excel Certification?
1. Background: Career Accelerator @ UNSW Business School
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:
1. 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.
2. 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.
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