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MA5891 - Professional Placement/Internship 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject gives students an authentic industry work experience to facilitate the connection between theory and practice, and to heighten awareness of issues associated with professional practice in their chosen field. Immersion in a professional work environment will also support reflection on, and further development of, the graduate attributes that contribute to success transition to work after graduation. These placements will be allocated by the university on a selective basis. Students will undertake a minimum of 100 hours of supervised work in an approved industry workplace related to their field of study, with a focus on tasks and activities that are relevant to their specialisation and skill level.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify critical aspects of professional behaviour within the professional context and conduct themselves accordingly;
  • engage in a professional project with a degree of independence and professional accountability, in accordance with relevant code of ethics;
  • demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving skills and professional judgement by finding solutions to complex industry problems;
  • professionally communicate, in both written and oral forms, to multi-disciplinary teams and target audiences;
  • engage and negotiate with team members and stakeholders on a project in a workplace setting;
  • critically reflect on skills, knowledge and attitudes to develop and manage professional learning and employability and prepare for future employment.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Project plan - (15%) - Group & Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (25%) - Individual
  • Industry Report and Project Presentation - (35%) - Group
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Professional placement performance - (15%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: MA5890


Cairns, Study Period 84, Placement/fieldwork
Census Date 15-Jul-2021
Lecturers: Ms Leona Norris, Mrs Katea Gidley, Ms Lindie Frier, Mrs Michelle Hill, Mrs Candice Murray-Beckman, Mrs Priscilla Trahar.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 16 hours workshops - Job Search Bootcamp: contributes to placement assignment
  • 4 hours - Meetings with Academic Placement Coordinators
  • 100 hours professional Experience

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.