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Students are responsible for identifying a suitable work placement themselves prior to the start of semester in consultation with the subject coordinator.
Students enrolled in this subject will complete a minimum 10 day or equivalent (paid/unpaid) placement with an external organisation that is related to the student’s chosen major within the Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Environments. The placement should draw on specific discipline skills associated with the course of enrolment and give students opportunity to interact with professionals in different areas of work that they might be interested in. Students will be supervised by a member of staff at the university in collaboration with a designated party at the host organisation. They will work across a range of tasks relevant to the organisation's objectives and will develop and complete a specific project in discussion with the host organisation and the Subject Coordinator.
The placement is supplemented by compulsory pre- and post-placement seminars designed to introduce skills for developing, identifying and articulating employability skills and attributes and linking them to employer requirements. Seminars may also include consideration of career planning and professional skills while integrating academic learning, employability skills and attributes and an improved knowledge of organisations, workplace culture and career pathways.
On completion of the subject, students will have completed and reported on an industry-related project in a workplace and reflected on the working lives of different professional disciplines. They will have enhanced employability skills including communication, interpersonal, analytical and problem-solving, organisational and time-management, and an understanding of career planning and professional development.
NOTE: Students may provisionally enrol via the Student Portal. Provisional enrolment does not guarantee your space in this subject. Students may be asked to choose another subject if they have NOT been able to secure a suitable placement before the start of semester.
Intended learning outcomes
At the conclusion of this subject it is expected that the student be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the roles of different professions in a particular organisation/project.
- Describe their position in the organisation and also the roles and responsibilities of other staff in the organisation.
- Review and reflect on the process and output of a work project/placement to articulate their academic and career development learning from the experience;
- Understand the value of industry and professional networks and their importance to self-reliance, lifelong learning and career progression.
- Show that they understand the history of the organisation that they are working for and their position in the overall marketplace.
- • Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability, time management and organisational skills as a result of their participation in the workplace; • Ability to communicate effectively in a professional workplace and to work with and interact with a wide range of people inside and outside their host organisations, including working in teams; • Understanding of organisational culture and ethics, work practices, and the diversity of workplaces; • Demonstrate analytical, problem-solving research, and report-writing skills; • Ability to manage and plan work; • Capacity for initiative and enterprise; • Capacity for lifelong learning, self-reliance and professional development.
Last updated: 31 January 2024