PROF 4500 - Honours Professions Internship

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2019

The purpose of the Honours Internship is to give students the opportunity to gain an insight into the operation of their field of study and develop an understanding of their profession in a professional context. As well as undertaking an agreed project, students will be involved in observations, meetings, clerical work and administration, to gain a clearer insight into the day-to-day functioning of the business. 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. Internships will be offered to students on merit through a competitive application and interview process. Students must seek approval before undertaking the placement, including participation in pre-placement activities.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROF 4500
    Course Honours Professions Internship
    Coordinating Unit Faculty of Professions
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge Successful completion of at least 6 units of Honours study
    Quota Subject to availability of suitable sponsors. Placements will be offered to students on academic merit and work experience
    Course Description The purpose of the Honours Internship is to give students the opportunity to gain an insight into the operation of their field of study and develop an understanding of their profession in a professional context. As well as undertaking an agreed project, students will be involved in observations, meetings, clerical work and administration, to gain a clearer insight into the day-to-day functioning of the business. 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. Internships will be offered to students on merit through a competitive application and interview process. Students must seek approval before undertaking the placement, including participation in pre-placement activities.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Miss Melissa Connor

    Name: Melissa Connor
    Location: Nexus 10, 10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide
    Telephone: 8313 3438
    Email: melissa.connor@adelaide.edu.au

    Information for students, go to the Professions Internship Program
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1. Identify skills and capabilities that intersect effectively with the needs of industry.
    2. Apply and practice good communication skills in a variety of professional and/or cultural contexts.
    3. Reflect and evaluate on experiences that might lead to future employment.
    4. Use communication and presentation skills to provide briefs, reports and presentations in line with current professional standards.
    5. Demonstrate the application of research skills to critically evaluate information and communicate to others.
    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, 2, 5
    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
    1-5
    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
    2, 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
    1-4
    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
    1, 3, 5
    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, 3, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Any learning resources required will be provided by the organisation or recommended by the academic supervisor.

    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 in a business environment with workplace supervision and mentoring. Students will also be expected to meet one-on-one with an academic supervisor to discuss the nature of their academic project for assessment.
    Workload

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

    The academic staff member will be available throughout the duration of the work placement to advise or assist you with any content-related issues you face in the workplace. There are also online video modules to complete.

    In addition to the scheduled contact, students are required to undertake sufficient research, group and individual study hours, and assessment preparation to make up the balance of the 156 hour minimum workload for this course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course follows the principles of Work Integrated Learning, with a majority of the learning activities occuring in the workplace and in collaboration with the host organisation project supervisor.
  • 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 Weighting Length Learning Outcomes
    1 Online Modules x 3 Individual 10% 10-15 Minutes each 1,3
    2 Journals x 3 Individual 30% 500 words each journal 2-4
    3 Reflective Report Individual 50% 3,000 words 1, 3
    4 Host organisation Supervisor feedback Individual 10% N/A 1, 3, 4, 5
    Total 100%

    Any modifications to assessment dates should be negotiated directly with the academic supervisor.

    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

    Refer to MyUni for assessment information and rubrics


    Assignment 1 – Internship Online Modules 10%
    Due Date: Week 1 and Week 13 of semester

    You are required to complete 3 Online Modules.

    Assignment 2 – Journal x 3 30%
    Length: 500 words each Journal

    This will document the activities you have undertaken, as well as key insights and reflections that you have on the benefits and value of the Internship. Discuss critical issues or tasks that you face and how you are going about responding to those.

    Content you use might include (if approved by your host organisation):
    • Internal Communications from within the organisation
    • Photos, videos and screenshots of your “day to day”
    • Simple “diarising” of your week
    • Modelling and analysis, theories or formulas you are utilising
    This journal should demonstrate that you are reflecting on your internship experience, comparing theory to practice and measuring your own progress towards objectives.

    Assignment 3 – Internship Reflective Report 50%
    Due Date: Week 13 of semester (approximate length – 3,000 words in total)

    In this task you will complete a reflective report of professional standard on the actual internship experience with discussion of connections or differences between theory and practice. You should also detail the outcomes of your internship placement and evaluate the outcomes achieved against those planned at the outset of the internship.

    Assignment 4 - Host organisation Supervisor feedback 10%
    Due Date: Week 13
    Submission
    • Cover Sheet: Please submit, separate to your assignment, the completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work. Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration.
    • Backup Copy of Assignments: You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing. Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Teaching Staff prior to submission.
    • Extensions on Assessments:  An application for Assessment Extension should be made at least 5 days before the due date of the assignment to the Course Coordinator.  Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date.  Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances.
    • Failure to submit: Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade. Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late. Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.
    • 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
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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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