PROF 7500 - Professions Internship Program
North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PROF 7500 Course Professions Internship Program Coordinating Unit Professions Office Term Winter Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites Students must have completed the compulsory ?Job Readiness? workshop prior to applying for this course. Assumed Knowledge Minimum 4 completed courses with at least a credit average. Restrictions Subject to availability of suitable Internship sponsors. Students may only complete a maximum of 6 units from the experiential learning suite of courses throughout the duration of their program 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, 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 Coordinator: Miss Melissa Connor
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).
Course Learning Outcomes
Experiential learning provides opportunities for students to apply theoretical knowledge, develop and consolidate skills, reflect on practice, and develop an understanding of the relevant profession or related sectors. It is essential to providing real-world experiences.
The general purpose of the industry placement or internship is to apply the knowledge and theories learned in an academic environment to a business workplace.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify skills and capabilities that intersect effectively with the needs of industry.
- Apply and practice good communication skills in a variety of professional and/or cultural contexts.
- Reflect and evaluate on experiences that might lead to future employment.
- 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)
1,2 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
1,3,4 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
2,4 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
Required ResourcesAny 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.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis 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.
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 are expected to meet with the academic supervisor on at least three occasions during the placement.
- An initial meeting between the student and academic supervisor should occur to set expectations and discuss broadly the project areas applicable for the student.
- A second meeting should occur around the time of the submission of the Reflection Journal (assessment 2).
- A final meeting should occur towards the end of the placement, to discuss the learning outcomes and final project.
The academic staff member will be available throughout the duration of the work placement 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.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Due Date Weighting Length Learning Outcomes Assessment 1 – Project Proposal TBA 20% 1,000 words 1,3 Assessment 2 – Reflection Journal Weekly 30% 1,500 words 1 - 4 Assessment 3 – Report & Presentation End of Placement 50% 5,000 words 1,3,4 Total 100%
All assessment tasks are individual. Any modifications to assessment dates should be negotiated directly with the academic supervisor.
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.
- All assignments are to be lodged prior to the due date and time. Any modifications to assessment dates should be negotiated directly with the academic supervisor. A late assignment where no extension has been granted will be penalised by a reduction of 5% of the mark given for each day, or part of a day, that it is late.
- Extensions to the due date of individual assessment may be granted under special circumstances. Students applying for an extension based on medical reasons must visit their medical practitioner, with that approved University form, 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 this course profile.
Assessment 1 – Project Proposal – 20%
Due Date: TBA (approximate length – 1,000 words)
Although much of your day-to-day work might be task related this is your chance to show your company the benefits of bringing in a university graduate. The purpose of this proposal is to bring in the academic content of your program and “sell” it to your company. You get the chance to show that you can add value to the company in way far beyond what they imagined.
This proposal typically has a “big idea” and can include:
- Competitor analysis with understanding of relative positioning
- Customer segmentation and needs analysis
- Analysis of the strategic environment
- Financial modelling and recording/reporting
- Development of a final report and actionable recommendations
The proposal is typically written some time into the placement, where you can reflect on your activities in light of the theory of your program. You should meet with your academic supervisor and organise the most appropriate due date, given the nature of your work placement. A recommended timeframe is 3-4 weeks into your placement.
Assessment 2 – Reflection Journal – 30%
Due Date: Weekly (approximate length – 1,500 words in total)
You are required to make weekly submissions to a logbook or blog through the MyUni portal (if possible), or via email submission. This weekly (or more frequent) entry will document the activities you have undertaken during the week, as well as key insights and reflections that you have on the benefits and value of the Internship. Discuss critical issues or tasks that you face and how you are going about responding to those.
Content you use might include (if approved by your host organisation):
- Internal Communications from within the organisation
- Photos, videos and screenshots of your “day to day”
- Simple “diarising” of your week
- Modelling and analysis, theories or formulas you are utilising
This journal should reflect progress towards graduate attribute 1. For reference, the overarching attribute 1 that is considered the most important is: “Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised.”
Assessment 3 – Report and Presentation – 50%
Due Date: End of Placement (approximate length – 5,000 words in total)
All students are required to complete a 5000 word report (or equivalent) that connects academic theory to the activities undertaken in the Industry Placement. It is the intention of this report, that the student reviews activities undertaken within the Placement, assesses these activities with relevant academic theory, and provides recommendations to the organisation based on this review. It is the aim of this process that the student can demonstrate to the host organisation, how their academic knowledge can add value to the organisation.
The experience of each student will be different because of the variety of organisations we work with and the variety of roles undertaken by the student. It is important, therefore, that the project is discussed and clearly scoped in conjunction with your Academic Supervisor.
It is expected that a range of academic references will be used to provide a theoretical underpinning to activities that are conducted in the Placement.
Below are the components that will be used to assess the project.
Task Components & Value Address Academic Outcomes Ensure you meet the academic outcomes, as discussed and approved by your academic supervisor. Relevance to your Studies Apply relevant academic theory to your internship project / organisation. Identify and critique the organisation’s activities in terms of the academic theory and make recommendations where relevant. Closing the Loop on Proposal, or Alternative Deliverables Given the objectives you set in the proposal, how well did you achieve what you set out to do? If you had to take a different direction, how well did you still manage to deliver value? Academic Research and Referencing Undertake appropriate research, and develop a Literature Review on your topic of interest. Use this ‘new’ knowledge you have gained to show how the organisation could improve its operations. Make reference to relevant theory in the report. Management Recommendations Given your understanding of the industry in which your organisation operates, think strategically to make recommendations on how the organisation can improve, using the knowledge you have gained in both your time there AND from your Literature Review. Professional Report Writing Write the report in an appropriate business style. Personal Presentation of the Content Whether in a sit down chat or a stand up presentation, how well did you get the content presented?
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 by all group members before submission. Markers can refuse to accept assignments which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s Policy on Plagiarism: www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/230/.
- It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that copies of assignments have been received by the academic supervisor.
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 other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the lecturer in charge of the course 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.
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.
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