GEOG 3025 - Environmental Policy and Management Internship
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
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 Prerequisites 24 units of Geography, Environment and Population courses at an average of credit level or above. Restrictions Course only available to Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management students. Quota 20 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 Coordinator: Associate Professor John Tibby
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate interdisciplinary problem-solving skills
- Demonstrate high quality written and verbal communication skills
- Have first-hand working experience of an environmental government, industry or non-government organisation
- 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
Recommended ResourcesReference and example materials will be provided on MyUni
Online LearningSeminar 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
developing solutions to problems and in discovering the best means to gain maximum benefit from their experience.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Workload Hours Seminars 36 Work
of final report
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Introductory seminar- organisation of
internships and project briefs
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
Week 9 Student seminar
Week 10 Student seminar
Week 11 Student seminar
Week 12 Student seminar
Specific Course RequirementsStudents 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 ExperienceThe 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.
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.
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Assessment Related RequirementsThis 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).
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.
SubmissionThe report should be submitted to the School of Social Sciences Office (Napier G18)
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.
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