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Students enrolled in this subject will be assisted to find a placement in a professional working environment where they will gain direct exposure to professional practice in their chosen field. They will work under the guidance of a senior staff member, with additional support from the subject coordinator. As well as taking part in the host organisation's day-to-day work, students will undertake a research project of concrete and practical benefit to the host organisation or the broader industry. The research topic will be negotiated between the student, the organisation's management and the subject coordinator. The subject is to be completed over two consecutive semesters and students must enrol in the subject in each semester to ensure they are meeting the full 25 point requirement for the year-long subject. Students seeking to undertake the research internship in their current place of employment must consult the subject coordinator.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject students should have:
- acquired an extensive knowledge of the conditions, cultures and practices of a range of workplaces;
- developed skills in conducting effective and timely research, analysis and report-writing;
- gained practical vocational experience in an industry setting;
- applied professional concepts, frameworks and techniques in a vocational setting;
- gained significant insight into the complexities of professional decision making and management; and
- developed a capacity to critically evaluate their experience and to share their findings through written and oral reports.
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- advanced their communication skills through contributions to seminar discussions and presentations, and participation in workplace-based discussions and reporting sessions;
- developed their research, analytical and writing skills;
- expanded their conceptual skills and creative thinking;
- increased their capacity for effective teamwork through group discussions and collaboration with the workplace mentor and other staff; and
- developed their time management and planning skills through managing subject workload requirements and work placement commitments.
Last updated: 2 December 2019