BSNS299-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

UC Employability Portfolio

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


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.

The purpose of BSNS299 UC Employability Portfolio is to help you prepare for your life outside of UC. Too many students complete their degrees not having thought about how they can use to showcase your skills and talents. The UC Employability Portfolio helps you put together a set of resources to make the transition from study to employment easier.

The Portfolio is comprised of five assessment activities that allow you to reflect on the skills and attributes that you have developed, either during your studies or extra-curricular activities, and how these may be of value for future employment. BSNS299 provides you with a framework to bring all of 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 will be available only on LEARN and you can complete all activities online. A face-to-face introductory session will be offered to get you off to a good start and it is important that you attend if you are able to. The UC Careers Team will also schedule specific 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 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 C3 Lecture Theatre
21 Feb - 27 Feb

Timetable Note

There are no formal lectures for this course. An introductory session will be held on Monday 21 February from 3pm-4pm in C3.

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

Henrieta Hamilton Skurak


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Curriculum Vitae (CV) 1 April or 27 May (Pass/Fail)
Reflective Essay 1 April or 27 May (Pass/Fail)
Cover Letter 1 April or 27 May (Pass/Fail)
Video Presentation 1 April or 27 May (Pass/Fail)
LinkedIn Portfolio 1 April or 27 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 Due Dates
Assessment items can be completed at your own pace but must be completed by one of the assessment dates.

First due date 1 April 12noon: Assessments submitted by 1 April will be assessed and at this point, you will be provided with feedback on the quality of your submission. If you pass the assessment at this point, great, you do not have to resubmit it again at the final due date. If, however, you have failed any of the individual assessments on your first submission you may reattempt the assessment and submit it by the final due date of 27 May 12noon.

You may choose not to submit any assessments at the first due date and only submit at the final. However, the downside of doing so is that these assessments will be marked but no formative feedback will be provided and there will be no opportunity to resubmit should you fail. Thus, you are encouraged to submit as many assessments as possible on the first due date.

Final due date 27 May 12noon: Assessments submitted by 27 May will be assessed as final submissions.

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 on the departments and faculties page .

All BSNS299 Occurrences