MA618 - Industry Based Capstone Project

Credit Points: 15 credit points

Workload: 36 hours

Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed a minimum of 10 units. Completion of the pre-project study skills workshops. Students may register for and plan for their industry project prior to completing the required credit points.

Co-requisite: N/A

Aims & Objectives

This is a Year 2, Core Unit in the Master of Professional Accounting. For Course Learning Outcomes and further information relating to the Master of Professional Accounting program please visit our website

In this unit, we will apply a flipped classroom instructional strategy to maximise the engagement of students and active learning activities. This strategy will allow instructors to understand students’ difficulties to the maximum level that will facilitate to bring different learning preferences. In this unit we will apply this approach in the following ways:

  • Before the class, instructor will provide a new set of study topics and materials to students to prepare for the upcoming class.
  • During the class, instructor will encourage and engage students to apply and analyse the Pre-assigned task with idea-exchange and feedback approach from the pre class activities stated above.
  • After the class, the instructor will make sure that students are able to practice, develop and create knowledge through the assigned tasks from the in class activities.

Finally the student is totally immersed into all activities from preparing before the class, during and after class.  The culmination of all these activities enriches the student’s overall understanding of the unit at large.

Students undertaking this unit may find their own industry based project, which must be approved by the Industry Project Coordinator, prior to commencement.  Students also have the option of an industry based project secured by MIT at an additional nominal fee.

This unit aims to provide the students with an opportunity to undertake project work for 150 hours in one trimester, and provide students with realistic industry knowledge, skills and experience so as to be ‘workready’. This unit will further equip students with the knowledge, abilities and skills of fundamentals of project management body of knowledge, and to bring together educational learning to that of work organisation new learning opportunities in the workplace. Students work with a client to execute work-based projects relevant to Accounting, and work with a project supervisor who has defined the task deliverables of the project to be undertaken. 

As part of undertaking an industry based project, formal “Pre-Commencement Workshops” are scheduled before the start of the trimester (Week 1) and attendance at theses workshops is compulsory for students enrolled in this unit.

The workshops, conducted are designed to assist the student to learn to:

  • Understand the in-depth study of project management body of knowledge and its applicability.
  • Behave professionally, including ethical practices in a workplace.
  • Research work-based project/s within their discipline.
  • Execute work-based structure proposed by client’s needs.
  • Execute time-schedules for their task deliverables as proposed by their Client/s
  • Work and perform in a team.
  • Work Health Safety and safe workplace behaviour.

This Unit requires students to:

  • Work in small teams. The number of team members will be determined by the nature of the project and must be approved by the Industry Project Supervisor.
  • Successfully deliver an industry based project in their related discipline of study.
  • Liaise with a Client.

In addition to the Pre-Commencement Workshops, there are formal weekly classes. Students are also required to meet regularly with their Industry Project Supervisor [online discussions may be offered in addition to the face-to- face meetings]. Students are required to have their industry project approved by the Industry Project Coordinator prior to commencement of the project.

Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

The Course learning outcomes applicable to this unit are listed on the Melbourne Institute of Technology’s website:  

Unit Learning Outcome

At the completion of the work based project, students should be able to:
a. With creativity and initiative, demonstrate industry research skills in delivering feasible work-based projects.
b. Work with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability to efficiently and effectively to complete project-based work integrated learning.
c. Critically apply cognitive, technical and creative skills relevant to working in the professional planning environment, including team work, to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level.
d. Understand and critically reflect on recent developments, contemporary practice and trends in a course-related industry to inform future practice.
e. Effectively communicate ideas using diverse formats and strategies to academic and professional audiences within and external to the discipline of your course.
f. Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural and social sensitivity, environmental stewardship and ethical and reflective practice to deliver a work based project.


Assessment Task Due Date A B Unit Learning Outcomes
1. Contribution and Participation Weeks 1 - 12 - 15% a-f
2. Formative Assessment Week 3 - 5% b
3. Progressive Project Report [Individual] Week 6 - 30% a-d
4. Presentation [Individual] Week 11 - 10% a-f
5. Report [Group]:Final Learning Outcome Report Week 13 - 40% a-f
TOTALS   0% 100%  

Task Type: Type A: unsupervised, Type B: supervised.

Contribution and Participation (5%)

This unit has class participation as an assessment. The assessment task and marking rubric will follow the Guidelines on Assessing Class Participation ( Further details will be provided in the assessment specification on the type of assessment tasks and the marking rubrics.

Teaching Methods

NOTE: All School of Business units 3-hour workshops Flipped Classroom Mode.

Textbook and Reference Materials

There is no prescribed text for this unit.

Students are required to read and understand the Industry Project Guidelines [available on Moodle].

Recommended Reading

Check the unit Moodle page for additional recommended readings throughout the trimester.

The Referencing style for this unit is APA: See the MIT Library Referencing webpage: and the Unit Moodle page for additional referencing support material and weblinks.

Graduate Attributes

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


Levels of attainment Extent covered
The attribute is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations.
The attribute is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations.
The attribute is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations.
The attribute is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by activities such as lectures or tutorials.
The attribute is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this attribute.