Learning by Doing in a Disruptive World

BEL’s Employability Capstone course for final year students

  • DateTwo-week intensive
    22 Nov - 3 Dec 2021

  • WhereApplications close 25 Oct

  • DateFinal-year BEL students

Cap-off your degree with a transformative learning experience that’s more like work and less like uni. Get set for the world of work with PBEL3000: Learning by Doing in a Distruptive World.

About the course

It’s time to use everything you’ve learned at university and apply it during the Faculty's two-week intensive Employability Capstone, 'Learning by Doing in a Disruptive World (PBEL3000)'.

During this course – designed exclusively for students in their final two semesters – you'll collaborate with students from other disciplines to solve real and complex problems for an industry partner such as Surf Life Saving Australia or Suncorp.

This bespoke transdisciplinary experience was designed in collaboration with students, staff, alumni, and industry to ensure participants develop employability skills desired in the industry.

By integrating your knowledge in this practical context you will:

  • work with a range of stakeholders in a professional business environment
  • develop the confidence to tackle rapidly developing challenges 
  • walk away with academic credit in the space of two weeks instead of thirteen, and
  • discover a new quality experience to add to your CV.

Read the course description or check out the program for further details.

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"I recommend this course to other students because this course has applications in real-world circumstances, which I have not encountered in other courses."

– Wang Shen (Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)/Commerce)



Six reasons to choose the BEL Employability Capstone course

1. Develop an entrepreneurial mindset

2. Gain the skills and confidence to hit the ground running in your career

3. Build employability and job-readiness

4. Make connections and build your professional network

5. Learn how to give, receive and use feedback

6. Boost course credit over the break

How to apply

The BEL Employability Capstone course is by application only. Simply complete the application form before Monday 25 October 2021. It should take roughly ten minutes to complete.

Eligibility: you must be a BEL undergraduate student graduating in 2022 with room for a general elective in your program to apply. The course is available both in-person and online if you are not in Queensland. Check out the FAQs below or contact employability@bel.uq.edu.au if you have more questions. 

Looking to boost your chances of securing a spot? Include an optional one-minute video outlining the skills and attributes you will bring to the group.

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Learning by Doing mirrors the real world in that it will challenge students like they would be in the workplace, they’ll be forced to adapt to challenges as they arise and ready to take on the rapidly-changing 21st century work environment.

 - Aimee Griffin, CreateAthon student staff partner

Course Information


This course requires you to attend in-person classes from 9am–4pm Monday to Friday (22 Nov – 3 Dec 2021).


Daily workshop


Day 1

Thinking differently about problems

Virtual site visit at industry partner HQ, team work and team feedback.

Day 2

Evaluating solutions 

Guest seminar (Finding, using and organising data), team work and individual reflection.

Day 3

Ensuring solution-problem fit


Team work and feedback.

Day 4

Independent project work

Guest seminar (Pitching), team work and feedback.

Day 5

Gathering stakeholder feedback

Team work and individual reflection.

Assessment: Pitching proposed solutions to industry partner.

Weekend break

Day 6

Understanding business interdependencies

Team work and feedback.

Day 7

Creating a transition plan

Team work and individual reflection.

Day 8

Persuading key stakeholders

Seminar, team work and feedback.

Day 9


Guest seminar (Biases), team work and feedback.

Day 10


Team work and individual feedback.

Assessment: Pitching proposed solutions to industry partner.



How the course was developed

At UQ, we strive to ensure our students are at the forefront of everything we do. We want you to feel empowered to tackle challenges of all sizes, think like entrepreneurs and learn skills that will help create long-lasting and positive change in the world. 

In June last year, we held a ‘CreateAthon’, where more than 80 students, staff, alumni, industry and partners came together to ideate and co-create a new learning experience for students, which was how the BEL Faculty Employability Capstone course was born.

It took another nine months of hard work to transform these ideas into the BEL Faculty’s first work-integrated learning capstone course, ‘Learning by Doing in a Disruptive World’. This included consultation with world-renowned experts to develop assessment modules and securing Suncorp as our corporate partner. Read the full CreateAthon story.


“What we’re most proud of from this initiative is creating a partnership where ideas, leadership and outcomes are shared among students, staff, alumni and industry.” 

Dr Angie Knaggs, Senior Educational Designer and Employability Lead for the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

Dr Angie Knaggs


In partnership with Suncorp