BSNS299-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

UC Employability Portfolio

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


The UC Employability Portfolio provides students with formal recognition of activities that increase their employability and their engagement with the community.

This course is offered in partnership with UC Careers.

Course purpose and overview
Too often students complete their degrees not having thought about how they can showcase their skills and talents to prospective employers. BSNS299 helps you prepare for the transition from study to work by compiling a set of resources that will make securing a job after graduation that much easier.

The employability portfolio is comprised of five assessment activities that require you to reflect on the skills and attributes you have developed, either directly through your studies or through extra-curricular activities, and how these may be of value for future employment. BSNS299 provides you with a framework to reflect on your experiences and bring these together in a way that is meaningful for both you and your future employer.

All the resources required to complete the UC Employability Portfolio are available on LEARN only and the course is completed wholly online. There are no weekly lectures for BSNS299, however, an initial face-to-face introductory session will be held to get you off to a good start and introduce you to key staff. It is important that you attend this session. In addition to the online learning resources, the UC Careers Team will run scheduled sessions to assist with various activities such as CV development etc.

BSNS299 is a self-paced course. All course materials including assessment details are available on LEARN.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students completing this course will be able to:
  • Understand how a range of personal and professional activities can contribute to future employment
  • Articulate how their skills and attributes may be applied in the workplace in both written and oral form

    Learning Objectives, BCom
  • Students have an in-depth understanding of their majoring subject and are able to critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within the discipline.
  • Students have a broad understanding of the key domains of commerce.
  • Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers which can be used in a range of applications.
  • Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
  • Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

    For quality assurance purposes the School is required to hold on record a number of assessment pieces as examples of differing standards of work. If you have any objections to the school holding your assessment for this purpose then email the course coordinator to ensure your assignment is not used for this purpose.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.


Any 180 points. Must be enrolled in the BCom.

Timetable Note

There are no formal lectures for this course. An ORIENTATION session will be held on Monday 20th February from 3 – 4pm in C1 and Live Streamed.

Drop-in sessions for BSNS299 students will be held weekly with UC Careers. Time and place will be confirmed and displayed on the LEARN page.

Course Coordinator

Russell Wordsworth


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Curriculum Vitae (CV) 24 March or 26 May (Pass/Fail)
Reflective Essay 24 March or 26 May (Pass/Fail)
Cover Letter 24 March or 26 May (Pass/Fail)
Video Presentation 24 March or 26 May (Pass/Fail)
LinkedIn Portfolio 24 March or 26 May (Pass/Fail)

In order to pass BSNS299 you must pass all five pieces of assessment. All assessment is marked as pass/fail. No letter grades are awarded for this course. As a graduating requirement for the degree you must pass BSNS299 in order to apply to graduate with a BCom. It is recommended that you enrol in BSNS299 as soon as you are eligible to do so. Ideally this would be in either Semester 4 or 5 of your studies.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)
This requires you to prepare a CV that is appropriate and of a suitable standard for applying for employment. Your CV will be assessed using UC Careers CV assessment software.

Reflective Essay
This requires you to write a 500-750 word essay in which you reflect on extra-curricular activities you have engaged in (clubs, volunteering, community groups, sports groups etc) and how the knowledge and skills gained from these might be relevant to an employer.

Cover Letter
This requires you to find an advertisement for a job that you are interested in and write a cover letter matching your academic and extra-curricular skills to those required for the role.

Video Presentation
This requires you to undertake a simulated video job interview and answer a series of commonly asked job interview questions. Your video will be assessed both on the quality of the answer you provide and your oral presentation skills.

LinkedIn Portfolio
This requires you to develop a LinkedIn profile page to showcase your knowledge, skills, abilities and any relevant work experience you might have. If you are not comfortable using LinkedIn, another suitable e-portfolio may be approved by the Course Coordinator, however this will be the exception.

Assessment In Te Reo Māori
In recognising that Te Reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand, the University provides for students who may wish to use the Te Reo Māori in their assessment. If you intend to submit your work in Te Reo Māori you are required to do the following:

Read the Assessment in Te Reo Māori Policy and ensure that you meet the conditions set out in the policy. This includes, but is not limited to, informing the Course Coordinator 1) no later than 10 working days after the commencement of the course that you wish to use Te Reo Māori and 2) at least 15 working days before each assessment due date that you wish to use Te Reo Māori.

Textbooks / Resources

The BSNS299 LEARN site contains all the material you need to be able to complete this course including readings, videos etc.


Departmental Academic Policies
A summary of Departmental academic policies on course grading, special considerations, etc. is available under: The Department assumes that you have read this document.

You should also read the following:
• UC Business School Student Handbook on the UC Business School Students Learn page
General Course and Examination Regulations

Dishonest Practice
The University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty. All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.

IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.

Citations and referencing

For further information see UC Business School Office .

All BSNS299 Occurrences