ARCH 7036 - Architecture Internship (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

This course provides an opportunity for students to experience a working environment in an architecture firm in which to observe and apply their knowledge and skills for the degree. Projects will be negotiated between the School and the host organisation, involving students in a variety of design stages from preliminary design, design development, documentation, and presentation to a client. Students may also be involved in meetings, clerical work and administration in order to gain insight into the day-to-day functioning of a business. The course will be offered to students based on academic merit through a competitive application and interview process. Students must complete the course to the satisfaction of the host organisation and academic supervisor.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARCH 7036
    Course Architecture Internship (M)
    Coordinating Unit School of Architecture and Built Environment
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to M.Arch (Cswk) students only
    Assessment Typically 40% reflective diary, 40% samples of work, 20% final report
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Sam Ridgway

    Course Timetable

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

    Please disregard the timetable on Access Adelaide as this is required to enrol only; it does not represent your commitment. Beyond the Orientation Seminar there is no scheduled coursework.

    These times and dates agreed form part of the Internship Agreement. Any changes should be notified to the Internship Course Coordinator, or Internship Student Adviser, who may need to vary the Internship  Agreement.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Ability to translate skills and knowledge of architecture acquired at university into a professional setting.
    2. Knowledge of the professional practice of architecture.
    3. Increased skills in performing tasks in a professional office
    4. Increased ability to communicate in a professional setting
    5. Increased understanding of the social and ethical role of the architect
    6. Advanced skills in using software applications in a professional context
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Online Learning
    Course information will be made available on MyUni.                                    

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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is based on the principles of experiential learning and requires students to be placed in an Organisation with workplace supervision and mentoring. Students will also be expected to speak one-on-one with the academic supervisor or internship student adviser (minimum) two times during their internship to discuss the nature of their engagement  and their assessment.


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

    Internships take place 2 days per week in an organisation over 12 weeks. This is usually during university Semester 2 (24/7/17- 27/10/17 although some students have negotiated to work through the 2-week mid-semester break of semester 2). Internships can be offered more intensively (for example 3-5 days over 4-6 weeks, or intensively 5 days per week for 5 weeks during the mid-Year Break June – July or for 5 weeks after) depending on the requirements of the organisation and the availability of the student. This will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

    There is an expectation that extra time will be required to complete the assignments for this course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    In addition to regularly attending the Organisation’s workplace, students are expected to speak with the academic supervisor/internship student adviser on at least two occasions during the internship, and once beforehand.
    An initial discussion between the student and academic supervisor should occur to set expectations and discuss broadly the reflective journal and the record of work undertaken applicable for the student. This will be combined with the professional induction session

    A follow up discussion between the student and academic supervisor/internship student adviser at the beginning of the internship to ensure that the student has settled in, and feels comfortable.
    A final discussion should occur towards the end of the placement, to discuss the learning outcomes and final submission of the reflective journal and statement of practical experience.

    The Course Coordinator / Student Adviser 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, and to advise on liaison with your internship mentor about workplace issues.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Students need to gain experience in the formal and structured industry-managed Internship course, with a registered Organisation. Approval must have been granted from the School of Architecture and Built Environment to be enrolled in Internship ARCH 7036, LARCH 7030
  • 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
    In addition to assessment based on the assignments detailed below this course contains an assessment hurdle. Students must complete the Internship placement to the satisfaction of their host Organisation to be eligible to pass this course. Academic supervisor will check student’s progress with the Organisation shortly after commencement, and before the conclusion of the Internship, and immediately report any concerns raised to the student. Employers will be asked to complete a feedback sheet regarding the intern’s performance while with their Organisation.
    Assignments Task
    Due Weight Task Type Learning Outcomes
    Assignment 1
    Goal Setting
    Submit to myuni by the end of Week 1 (Friday 5pm) 10% formative
    Assignment 2A
    Reflective Journal
    Submit to myuni by the end of week 3 for the intensive and at the end of week 6 for the semester-long internship 10% formative
    Assignment 2B
    Reflective Journal
    Submit to myuni by 5pm one week after the completion of the internship 60% summative
    Assignment 3
    Submit to myuni with assignment 2B 20% summative
    Assessment Detail
    All assessment details are available on myuni under assignments.
    Details of submission requirements are available on myuni
    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.

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