Faculty of Arts

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Dr Jonathan McIntosh



  • First semester 2016 (Flexible)
  • Second semester 2016 (Flexible)
  • Summer semester A 2016 (Flexible)
  • Summer semester B 2016 (Flexible)
  • Term 3 2016 (Flexible)
  • Winter semester 2016 (Flexible)



Students are placed as interns with a host partner organisation and complete either a unique research project or work experience-based project jointly defined by the host partner organisation and the unit coordinator. The host partner organisations are from a diverse range of industries and sectors, including government departments, private industry and not-for-profit organisations. Students communicate the research or work experience in a final project in the format specified by the host partner organisation, such as a research report, consultation paper, manual or submission. The host partner organisation provides field supervision and the faculty provides academic supervision.
The main component of the unit involves students undertaking a minimum of 144 hours equivalent of placement in order to complete a final project agreed upon between the host partner organisation and the faculty. The host partner organisation will appoint a field supervisor for the project although the Chief Examiner remains the principal assessor for the unit.


Upon completing this unit students will be able to:

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to design a proposal for a final project relating to an internship.
  2. Exercise critical thinking and professional judgement by developing a plan for a final project relating to an internship.
  3. Demonstrate critical reflective practice skills as a result of completing an internship.
  4. Demonstrate advanced communication skills by reporting on an aspect of the work undertaken for an internship.
  5. Execute a final project with a degree of independence and accountability relating to an internship.


The fieldwork component requires a minimum of 144 hours equivalent of placement with a partner organisation.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

This unit requires a minimum of 144 hours equivalent of placement with a host partner organisation. Prior to undertaking the internship, students must attend an on-campus 2-hour seminar. It is anticipated that the remaining hours to complete a total of 288 hours will be spent on relevant readings, reflection and maintenance of assessment.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Students who have attained a distinction average and who have completed 96 points of study with a minimum of 48 points in Arts