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Project Overview

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).

Project Brief

Business Problem:

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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