LARCH 7030 - Landscape Architecture Internship (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

This course provides an opportunity for students to experience a working environment in a landscape 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 LARCH 7030
    Course Landscape 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.LArch students only
    Assessment Assessment will include a reflective journal
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jo Russell-Clarke

    ph: 83134589
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    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. List the range of activities typical of a professional practice office whether in private practice or government.
    2. Describe the features and values of these activities to a particular office and speculate on their general value to the profession, various clients, the public and the individual practitioner through their career.
    3. Compare and contrast articulated expectations of work in practice with the work experience.
    4. Reflect and report on the specific activities and issues they raise for the future practice of the student intern and of the profession.
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    None - as supplied by the practice.
    Recommended Resources
    Online Learning
    Course information will be made available on MyUni.
    University Email:The school uses the University email system to contact students. It is imperative that you check your email regularly and keep up to date with any new announcements.

    Noticeboard / Handbook: General information about the activities at the School is available online from the Student Noticeboard which can be accessed at then go to SABE Noticeboard.

    Students can also access a copy of the Student Handbook at the following link:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Initial introductory lecture.
    Practice embedment.

    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 (28/7/14- 31/10/14 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 03 November 2014) 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
    Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes
    Personal reflection and goal settings 1,2
    Practice/firm background research 1,2,3
    Undertake practice/firm tasks 3,4
    Keep journal record 1-4

    A variety of hands-on practice activities that can include: 
    - site visits - research (site, client, products and materials, policy and regulation, etc) 
    - draft concept design / design development / contract administration assistance, etc

    along with a variety of daily office procedures: 
    - attend staff and client meetings and briefings 
    - filing 
    - office supply review 
    - library and equipment management - product review
    Specific Course Requirements
    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.
  • 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 Due Date/ Week Weighting Length Learning Outcomes
    Assessment 1 - Goal Setting (individual work) By the end of Week 1 (Friday 5pm) 10% TBA 1,2
    Assessment 2A - Reflective Journal (individual work) By the end of week 3 for the intensive, and at the end of week 6 for the semester-long internship 30% TBA 1-4
    Assessment 2B - Reflective Journal (individual work) By 5pm, one week after the completion of the internship 60% Approx. 20 pages 3,4
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail
    ASSIGNMENT 1 Goal Setting
    Anticipating the Personal and Professional Value of the Internship.
    The aim of this first assignment is to help interns focus on how to make the most of the internship experience from a personal and professional standpoint. By the end of the first week submit an annotated list of 3 personal and 3 professional goals you would like to achieve by the end of the internship.

    Assessment: 10% (formative); Due: Submit to myuni by the end of Week 1 (Friday 5pm)

    ASSIGNMENT 2 Reflective Journal
    Write a comprehensive reflective journal that documents and comments on your internship experience. This should be in the form of a daily or weekly diary that list the activities and tasks you have engaged with for this period. This document should be written in a succinct, polished and grammatically correct way. It should be illustrated with relevant photographs or other graphic material. The journal should not only list activities but provide a reflective commentary on them. For example: did you find the activities interesting; did you feel that you learned something by being involved; did you achieve goals set for you by your supervisor; did you become more aware of the nature of professional practice; did you feel you achieved a personal or professional goal? The style of the journal is up to individual interns and may include a narrative describing and then reflecting on activities and tasks. The journal could also be in dot point style. It is recommended that a format or template is developed for each page and that this is consistent throughout the journal.

    At mid-point of your internship submit a sample of your reflective journal that covers at least five days of your experience. This should be a close as possible in style and content to the final journal. Include a reflection on your personal and professional goals. For example do you think you will be able to achieve your goals? Would you like to modify or change your goals?

    Assessment: 30% (formative); Due: Submit to myuni by the end of week 3 for the intensive and at the end of week 6 for the semester-long internship.

    Submit the entire journal by 5pm within one week of the completion of your internship. The number of pages for the journal is up to each individual intern but a length of approximately 20 pages is recommended. The journal must include a short summary of your internship experience including: a description of the nature of the internship (what you did) and a reflection on is value from a personal and professional perspective.

    Assessment: 60% (summative); Due: Submit to myuni by 5pm one week after the completion of the internship.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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