PROF 3500 - Undergraduate Professions Internship

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2019

The Professions Internship Program involves an Internship with an Australian business, not-for-profit organisation or government department. This provides the student with an opportunity to experience a hands-on business environment in which to observe and apply their knowledge and skills from their degree. Projects are negotiated between the Faculty and the sponsor within the host organisation, and may include a marketing plan, assistance with accounting or financial reporting, HR and organisational development plans or activities, social and economic development plans, research, business development, customer relations, events management and market entry strategies, or any other negotiated project. As well as undertaking an agreed project, students will be involved in observations, meetings, clerical work and administration, to gain a clearer insight into the day-to-day functioning of the business. Students must complete the program to the satisfaction of their host organisation as well as an academic supervisor to be eligible to pass this course. Internships will be offered to students on merit through a competitive application and interview process. Students must seek approval from the Internships Team for a formal and structured work placement, which is relevant to their studies before undertaking the placement, including participation in pre-placement activities.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROF 3500
    Course Undergraduate Professions Internship
    Coordinating Unit Professions Office
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Credit standard in at least 12 units.
    Incompatible PROF 3501, PROF 3505, PROF 3506, PROF 3507
    Quota Subject to availability of suitable sponsors. Placements will be offered to students on academic merit and work experience
    Course Description The Professions Internship Program involves an Internship with an Australian business, not-for-profit organisation or government department. This provides the student with an opportunity to experience a hands-on business environment in which to observe and apply their knowledge and skills from their degree. Projects are negotiated between the Faculty and the sponsor within the host organisation, and may include a marketing plan, assistance with accounting or financial reporting, HR and organisational development plans or activities, social and economic development plans, research, business development, customer relations, events management and market entry strategies, or any other negotiated project. As well as undertaking an agreed project, students will be involved in observations, meetings, clerical work and administration, to gain a clearer insight into the day-to-day functioning of the business.

    Students must complete the program to the satisfaction of their host organisation as well as an academic supervisor to be eligible to pass this course. Internships will be offered to students on merit through a competitive application and interview process. Students must seek approval from the Internships Team for a formal and structured work placement, which is relevant to their studies before undertaking the placement, including participation in pre-placement activities.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Miss Melissa Connor

    Name: Melissa Connor
    Location: Nexus 10, 10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide
    Telephone: 8313 3438
    Email: melissa.connor@adelaide.edu.au

    Information for students, go to the Professions Internship Program
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Students are expected to be present in the nominated workplace for a minimum of the equivalent of 20 business days. This may take place over a duration that is convenient to the organisation and the student involved (e.g. 2 days per week over 10 weeks or 4 weeks full-time).

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Identify skills and capabilities that intersect effectively with the needs of industry.
    2. Apply and practice good communication skills in a variety of professional and/or cultural contexts.
    3. Reflect and evaluate on experiences that might lead to future employment.
    4. Use communication and presentation skills to provide briefs, reports and presentations in line with current professional standards.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2,4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1-4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1,2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Any learning resources required will be provided by the organisation or recommended by the academic supervisor.

    For more information on Internships see the Professions Internship Program website.
    Online Learning
    Course resources and rubrics are available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is based on the principles of experiential learning and requires students to be placed in a business environment with workplace supervision and mentoring. Students will also be expected to meet one-on-one with an academic supervisor to discuss the nature of their academic project for assessment.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 12 hours per week for a three-unit course (156 hours per course).

    Although for this course some time will be spent in the workplace environment, there is still an expectation for the students to be completing individual study and meeting with the academic supervisor outside of this.

    Learning Activities Summary
    As well as regularly attending the workplace, students can meet with the academic supervisor to discuss assessment requirements and tasks. 1-1 Bookings can be made via Career Hub.

    The academic staff member will be available throughout the duration of the workplacement to advise or assist you with any content-related issues you face in the workplace.
    Specific Course Requirements

    Students need to working in a formal and structured industry managed work experience program, with a registered organisation. Approval must have been granted from the Faculty of Professions for this work placement to be counted as experiential learning towards their degree.

    Should the host organisation be dissatisfied with the students’ performance this will be addressed by the Host and the Faculty giving the student a chance to rectify their behaviour. Should the unsatisfactory performance continue and The Host decides to terminate the placement before the end date, then the student will fail the elective.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    # Assessment Task Task Type Due Date Weighting Length Learning Outcomes
    1 Online Modules x 3 Individual Week 1 of Internship and last week of Internship 10% 10-15 Minutes each 1,3
    2 Reflective Journal Individual 3 x Journals due at beginning, middle and end of internship. 30% Length varies on Journal, approx 500 - 800 words 1-4
    3 Reflective Report Individual End of internship 50% 2,000 words 1-4
    4 Host organisation Supervisor feedback Individual End of internship 10% N/A 1
    Total 100%

    Any modifications to assessment dates should be negotiated directly with the academic supervisor.

    All assessment materials are on the MyUni course site, ensure you have access before starting your Internship.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    • Students must complete the program to the satisfaction of their host organisation as well as an academic supervisor to be eligible to pass this course, otherwise it will result in a fail.
    • Extensions to the due date of individual assessment may be granted under special circumstances. Students applying for an extension based on medical or compassionate reasons must visit their medical practitioner, with the approved University Application for Assessment Extension, and have the medical practitioner complete it. A normal doctor's certificate will not be accepted.
    • Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process.
    • Assessment rubrics are provided in the Professions Internship Handbook and Course Guide.
    Assessment Detail

    Refer to MyUni for assessment information and rubrics

    Assignment 1 – Internship Online Modules 10%
    Due Date: Week 1 and Week 13 of semester

    You are required to complete 3 Online Modules.

    Assignment 2 –Reflective Journal 30%
    Due Date: Beginning, Middle & End of your internship

    Further information and templates are available on the MyUni course site.


    Assignment 3 – Internship Reflective Report 45%
    Due Date: Two weeks after the end of your internship (approximate length – 2,000 words in total)

    In this task you will complete a reflective report of professional standard on the actual internship experience with discussion of connections or differences between theory and practice. You should also detail the outcomes of your internship placement and evaluate the outcomes achieved against those planned at the outset of the internship.

    Assignment 4 - Host organisation Supervisor feedback 10%
    Due Date: End of internship
    Submission
    Submission of Assignments
    • Please retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    • All assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated before submission. Markers can refuse to accept assignments which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s Academic Honesty Policy
    • It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that copies of assignments have been received by the academic supervisor.

    Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details
    For Writing Resources, Referencing Guides and how to Avoid Plagiarism, make sure you take advantage of the resources of the Writing Centre

    Late Assignment Submission
    Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or compassionate reasons. All requests for extensions must be submitted before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits. A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a 5% mark reduction for each day that it is late.

    Return of Assignments
    Lecturers aim to mark and return assignments to students within two (2) weeks of the due date with written feedback. Students are responsible for collecting their marked assignments from their academic supervisor.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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