SOCI 3012 - Taking it to the Streets: Applied Social Sciences
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code SOCI 3012 Course Taking it to the Streets: Applied Social Sciences Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis 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 At least 15 units of undergraduate study, including SOCI 2010 and SOCI 2012 Course Description The aim of Talking it to the Streets: Applied Social Sciences is to prepare students for the workplace. During the semester students will be asked to consider what type of job will suit their personality; their rights and responsibilities in the workplace; and the importance of reflexivity and teamwork during their careers. They will also develop skills in writing briefs, tenders and business plans; making recommendations based on research findings; and considering the financial and other implications of recommendations. Students will also develop an understanding of the different levels of governance in any organisation, the decision making process, and dispute resolutions. There is an emphasis on `hands on? learning during the semester with students working together in small groups to simulate workplace teamwork practices.
Course Coordinator: Dr Dee Michell
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Determine the types of workplaces students will be suited for and have an understanding of different personalities in the workplace. 2 Demonstrate an understanding of rights and responsibilities at work, the importance of ethics and sustainability, and of the need for reflective practice 3 Show a working knowledge of a variety of workplace writing requirements from procurement plans, briefs, ethics proposals, business plans and tenders 4 Determine different styles of governance, the importance of stakeholders, decision making processes and dispute resolution. 5 Work in teams, write in teams, communicate effectively and use feedback productively
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)
3,4 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, 4, 5 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
5 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, 5 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
1, 2, 5
Required ResourcesA reader will be made available online and for students to purchase as a hardcopy
Recommended ResourcesAdditional resources will be made available online
Online LearningAdditional resources will be made available online.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesOne hour lectures will be followed by 2 hour workshops during which students will work in teams to gather information, debate issues, and solve problems.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 1 x 2-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week 3 hours reading per week 7 hours assignment preparation per week
Learning Activities Summary
Week 1 Introduction Week 2 Finding the right fit Week 3 Rights and responsibilities Week 4 Governance - Part 1 Week 5 Governance - Part 2 Week 6 Tender Writing - Part 1 Week 7 Tender Writing - Part 2 Week 8 Project Management Week 9 Working in Teams Week 10 Ethis & Sustainability Week 11 Reflective practice in the workplace Week 12 Student Presentations
Specific Course RequirementsNIL
Small Group Discovery ExperienceDuring each workshop students will work in groups of up to 6 students to complete small group discussion exercises that require gathering information, analysing problems, debating issues, making recommendations, and considering the implications of recommendation (financial, ethical, social). Students will share the results of their discussion with the rest of the class.
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.
750 word business brief Formative & Summative 10% weighting Workshop activities Formative & Summative 15% weighting Weekly quizzes based on lectures & readings Formative & Summative 20% weighting Group presentation Summative 15% weighting 3000 word group tender writing project Summative 40% weighting
Assessment Related RequirementsNIL
Assessment DetailBusiness brief: Students will be required to write a 750 word business brief – 10% weighting
Workshop activities: Students will be required to participate in a range of small group activities each week some of which will be assessed, those small assessments contributing to the overall weighting – 15% weighting
Weekly Quizzes: Students will be required to complete a weekly quiz prior to the weekly workshop – 20% weighting
Group Presentation: Students will be required to work in small groups and present their work to the class in the final week.
Group Tender Writing Project: Students will be required to work in a group in order to produce a written tender – 40% weighting.
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
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