PROF 3505 - Undergraduate Professions Virtual Internship

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

The Virtual Internship partners students with an overseas company to work on a range of projects in the digital marketing and business development fields. Students are provided with a mentor and work in small teams and through an online platform. The internship runs for 7 weeks and gives students an opportunity to apply their discipline knowledge to real projects. The Virtual Internship will give students an insight into what it is like to work on projects regardless of geographical location.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROF 3505
    Course Undergraduate Professions Virtual Internship
    Coordinating Unit Professions Office
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 150 hours with the Host organisation and meeting with Academic supervisor
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Credit standard in at least 12 units
    Quota Subject to availability of suitable sponsors. Placements will be offered to students on academic merit and work experience
    Course Description The Virtual Internship partners students with an overseas company to work on a range of projects in the digital marketing and business development fields. Students are provided with a mentor and work in small teams and through an online platform. The internship runs for 7 weeks and gives students an opportunity to apply their discipline knowledge to real projects. The Virtual Internship will give students an insight into what it is like to work on projects regardless of geographical location.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Miss Melissa Connor

    Name: Melissa Connor
    Location: Nexus 10, 10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide
    Telephone: 8313 3438
    Course Timetable

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

    Information for students, go to the Professions Internship Program

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1. Plan, coordinate and undertake a range of professional activities and engage in reflective practices to facilitate personal and professional growth.
    2. Apply and practice good communication skills in a variety of professional and/or cultural contexts, including the online context.
    3. Demonstrate effective group work skills in order to contribute appropriately to the production of a group output.
    4. Evaluate the internship experience in relation to your career goals.
    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
    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
    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
    Learning Resources for this course are available on the MyUni course site. These include; academic readings, assignment how-to guides, video modules and rubrics. Additional resources are also available via the Virtual Internship provider, featuring modules that assist with developing skills in remote working practices. Students will also have access to 3 coaching sessions throughout the virtual internship.

    For more information on Internships see the Professions Internship Program website.
    Online Learning
    Course resources and rubrics are available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is based on the principles of experiential learning and requires students to be placed with a business and participate in completing set internship tasks and online coaching and mentoring sessions. Students will work as part of a small group and be assigned a virtual internship host.

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

    Students will spend a minimum of 20 days on the internship.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 12 hours per week for a three-unit course (156 hours per course).

    Although for this course some time will be spent in the virtual workplace environment, there is still an expectation for students to complete individual study and meet with the academic supervisor outside of this.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Students can meet with the academic supervisor to discuss assessment requirements and tasks.

    The academic staff member will be available throughout the duration of the placement to advise or assist you with any content-related issues you face in the workplace.
  • 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 Task Type Due Date Weighting Length Learning Outcomes
    1 Reflective Journal Individual 3 x Journals, due at beginning, middle and end of internship 30% Length varies, approx. 500-800 words each Journal. 1,3,4,5
    2 Portfolio Individual During
    30% Length
    varies (approx 1,000 words total)
    3 Reflective report Individual End of internship (due 2 weeks after last day of internship) 40% 1,000 words 2-5
    Total 100%
    Any modifications to assessment dates should be negotiated directly with the academic supervisor.

    All assessment materials are on MyUni course site, ensure you have access before starting your Internship.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    • Students must complete the program to the satisfaction of their host organisation as well as an academic supervisor to be eligible to pass this course, otherwise it will result in a fail.
    • Extensions to the due date of individual assessment may be granted under special circumstances. Students applying for an extension based on medical or compassionate reasons must visit their medical practitioner, with the approved University Application for Assessment Extension, and have the medical practitioner complete it. A normal doctor's certificate will not be accepted.
    • Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process.
    • Assessment rubrics are provided in the Professions Internship Handbook and Course Guide.
    Assessment Detail
    Three (3) Journal templates are to be completed at the Beginning, Middle and Conclusion of the Internship. The templates are located on MyUni.

    The first Journal asks you to reflect on and describe your expectations of the internship and to set goals.
    In the second Journal there is the opportunity to reflect back on the goals you set for yourself in Journal 1 and to write a reflection on a particular incident on the internship.
    Journal 3 is completed at the end of your internship and requires reflection on the whole experience of the internship and the preparation of an ‘elevator pitch’ describing how you would articulate the skills you developed on the internship at an interview.

    The Portfolio consists of a range of tasks to complete on MyUni to assist you in the development of your career-readiness skills over the course of the internship. Assessment tasks include; preparatory modules, cultural blog, submission of a resume and host organisation feedback.

    Reflective Report
    The Reflective Report is a reflection on your internship. In this Report you cover the following; the host organisation, tasks undertaken on the internship, connections between your university studies and tasks performed and how the internship developed your employability skills. The Reflective Report is written in business-style format and must include a minimum of 3 references.
    Submission of Assignments
    • Please retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    • All assignments must be attached to an Assignment Cover Sheet which must be signed and dated before submission. Markers can refuse to accept assignments which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s Academic Honesty Policy
    • It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that copies of assignments have been received by the academic supervisor.

    Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details
    For Writing Resources, Referencing Guides and how to Avoid Plagiarism, make sure you take advantage of the resources of the Writing Centre

    Late Assignment Submission
    Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or compassionate reasons. All requests for extensions must be submitted before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits. A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a 5% mark reduction for each day that it is late.

    Return of Assignments
    Lecturers aim to mark and return assignments to students within two (2) weeks of the due date with written feedback. Students are responsible for collecting their marked assignments from their academic supervisor.

    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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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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