GEOG 3025 - Environmental Policy and Management Internship

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This course allows students to spend up to two days per week during the semester or, undertake a two week block of concentrated interaction, working as an intern with a community, business/industry or government agency engaged in environmental policy, planning and management activities, or with an individual or group engaged in environmental research. During their internships students can choose or will be assigned specific projects by their 'sponsors' and will prepare reports on the methodology and results of their projects. The course coordinator will assist students to identify suitable sponsors and projects and will monitor student progress in weekly seminars. Students are expected to choose their sponsors and projects in consultation with the course coordinator before the beginning of the semester, as admission to the course will depend on approval of the sponsor and project by the course coordinator.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 3025
    Course Environmental Policy and Management Internship
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites 24 units of Geography, Environment and Population courses at an average of credit level or above.
    Restrictions Available to BEnvPolicyMgt or Geography, Environment & Population Major/Minor students only
    Quota A quota of 20 applies
    Course Description This course allows students to spend up to two days per week during the semester or, undertake a two week block of concentrated interaction, working as an intern with a community, business/industry or government agency engaged in environmental policy, planning and management activities, or with an individual or group engaged in environmental research. During their internships students can choose or will be assigned specific projects by their 'sponsors' and will prepare reports on the methodology and results of their projects. The course coordinator will assist students to identify suitable sponsors and projects and will monitor student progress in weekly seminars. Students are expected to choose their sponsors and projects in consultation with the course coordinator before the beginning of the semester, as admission to the course will depend on approval of the sponsor and project by the course coordinator.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Yan Tan

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate interdisciplinary problem-solving skills
    2. Demonstrate high quality written and verbal communication skills
    3. Have first-hand working experience of an environmental government, industry or non-government organisation
    4. Undertake independent research leading to production of a substantial research report





    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, 2, 3, 4
    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
    1, 2, 3, 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, 2, 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
    3, 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
    3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    None
    Recommended Resources
    Reference and example materials will be provided on MyUni

    Online Learning
    Seminar slides, assessment requirements and example reports will be posted on MyUni.  Note that seminars (which are highly interactive) will not be recorded.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The seminar-based learning and teaching approach allows for an interactive, flexible, problem-based approach to the course.  While many students have similar experiences in their placement organisations, a number of the issues that arise are experienced by only a small number of students. In the seminar situation students benefit from the insights of their peers and the course coordinator in
    developing solutions to problems and in discovering the best means to gain maximum benefit from their experience.



    Workload

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

    Workload Hours
    Seminars 36
    Work
    placement
    80
    Preparation
    for seminars
    36
    Preparation
    of final report
    160
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introductory seminar- organisation of
    internships and project briefs
    Week 2




    Insurance,
    liability, completing project briefs - group discussion




    Week 3 Group discussion
    Week 4 Group discussion and finalisation of projects
    Week 5 Job applications lecture & group discussion
    on project progress
    Week 6 Finding the literature related to your project
    Week 7 Report preparation approaches
    Week 8 Group discussion, organisation of seminars and
    final reports
    Week 9 Student seminar
    presentations
    Week 10 Student seminar
    presentations
    Week 11 Student seminar
    presentations
    Week 12 Student seminar
    presentations
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students are required to spend up to two days per week during the semester or, undertake a two week block of concentrated interaction, working as an intern with a community, business/industry or government agency engaged in environmental policy, planning and management activities, or with an individual or group engaged in environmental research



    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The nature of this course is entirely SGDE in that the course group size is made intentionally small to permit interaction within the group.  The majority of the course is led by the course coordinator, although guest seminars may be provided by staff from the careers service, former students in the course and host organisations.
  • 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

    No information currently available.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    This course requires students to undertake a placement of approximately 2 days per week (commitment will vary for individual projects) as an intern at an external organisation. Before commencing your placement you need to complete an insurance form (form on MyUni) and a project brief (an example is available on MyUni).

    Assessment Detail


    1           SEMINAR PRESENTATION (20%)

     
    This presentation will last 20 minutes with 15 minutes for the presentation itself and 5 minutes for questions.  The seminar can include comment on the student’s personal experience and critical evaluation.

     

    2          FINAL REPORT (80%)

    The final report will vary according to the particular internship but should contain the following:

    ·     Introduction to the organisation including the structure, the aims/vision/role, place of your
    supervisor and your project within the institution

    ·        Aims of the project

    ·        Methodology for the project

    ·        
    Findings of the project (this may include much of what is presented to the organisation)

    ·        Describe the outputs provided to the organisation

    ·        Personalcomments and a critical evaluation on the internship experience (good or bad)
    and what was gained from the experience. 


    ·        A reflection on the seminar program.

    Submission
    The report should be submitted to the School of Social Sciences Office (Napier G18)
    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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