Students approved for this unit complete a placement of approximately twelve weeks at a government or non-government organisation concerned with international policy issues.
At the completion of the unit, students are expected to have developed skills in relation to the application of theory in the real world, work-readiness skills, cross-cultural understanding and a better appreciation of their discipline and future profession.
Any administrative enquiries regarding the unit should be directed to the Internship Administrator:
Mrs Kelli-Lee Drake
Faculty of Arts
The Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University, NSW, 2109
Phone: 9850 8869
All students will be appointed a Workplace Supervisor, as per the Internship Project Form. Any work related concerns must first be addressed to the Workplace Supervisor. If an acceptable solution cannot be reached, students must contact the Unit Convenor.
TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITIES
The primary teaching and learning activity is the completion of the internship hours in the workplace.
Students are expected to have access to the internet and email. Submission of assignments will be required through the unit’s ilearn site.
Students can log in to ilearn using the following link: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/
To pass the unit students are required to complete both the required number of internship hours and the academic assessments to an acceptable standard. Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be awarded:
· 4 Macquarie University credit points
· A grade on their Macquarie University academic transcript
· Workplace Supervisor reference
On completion of internship hours, students are required to request their own reference from their Workplace Supervisor. Reference guidelines can be requested from the Unit Convenor if required by the supervisor.
All assessments must be submitted to the ilearn site for the unit by 5 pm on the due date. All assessments will be processed automatically through turnitin (anti-plagiarism software).
Please make sure you submit an assignment cover sheet along with your paper. This can be done online in the turnitin submission process.
ILLNESS & EMERGENCY
If students cannot attend your internship on any day due to illness, they are required to contact their Workplace Supervisor verbally by phone. If the Supervisor cannot be reached by phone, please contact via email.
In the case of serious illness or medical emergency, students are advised to:
Ring 000 (the emergency services number in Australia)
For Medical Insurance, contact OSHC on 1800 814 781
Where possible, advise the Unit Convenor of your current situation OR have your Workplace Supervisor contact them.
Student Emergency Number outside of office hours (9am-5pm): 1800 CAREMQ (227 367)
Students must complete 130 workplace hours, as confirmed by their workplace supervisor.
Students must begin their internship hours at or before the commencement of semester 2, unless otherwise arranged with the Workplace Advisor and Unit Convenor.
Days and hours of work will be decided in agreement with the student’s Workplace Supervisor.
Hours must be completed by 24 November 2017 unless another date is agreed.
Students are not required to work over the mid-semester break but can if they wish with the agreement of their Workplace Supervisor. Students are responsible for discussing their mid-semester break plans with their Supervisor a few weeks prior.
INTERNSHIP HOURS LOG
Students are required to complete the Internship Hours Log (see the Unit Schedule) where they will record their hours on a weekly basis. This form must be submitted on completion of internship hours to the Department Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org). Failure to submit the completed form, signed by the host supervisor will result in failure of the unit. The form will be uploaded onto ilearn.
Students have until 24 November 2017 to submit their signed Internship Hours Log to the Department. If you have completed your workplace hours before this date it is advisable to submit the signed Internship Hours Log before the 24th of November to avoid possible delays in receiving your final results for the course.
Interns are required to:
Complete their internship tasks to a high standard.
Dress appropriately for work and meet the standards set for regular employees
Meet any human resources requirements established by the host organisation for interns.
Abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the host organisation and the department to which the intern is assigned, including confidentiality, access to information, safety and security.
Treat all information gained in the course of the internship with the utmost confidentiality. This includes, but is not limited to office conversations, files and documents, meeting content, intellectual property and all office communications including email, memorandums and notices.
Adhere to organisational policies on email and internet usage, use of phones and facsimiles and use of office resources (e.g. computers, stationery, mail and courier services, printers and photocopiers) which should be strictly related to internship tasks, unless alternative arrangements have been made.
Refrain from using their mobile phone, personal email account and social networking technology except for lunch breaks and after-work hours.
Act in a professional manner at all times, be courteous, sensitive to the needs of others, and provide appropriate assistance.
Be aware of cultural, religious and professional sensitivities of colleagues and to behave in an appropriate manner.
Refrain from bringing personal visitors into the workplace without prior permission from the Workplace Supervisor.
Additionally, all intellectual property existing in the host organisation or produced as part of an internship remains the property of the host organisation.
If a student is found to be performing at a sub-standard level or behaving inappropriately, the Unit Convenor will work with both parties to find a solution. If a solution cannot be reached, the student may be removed from the internship placement.
If students are offered an extended contract with the host organisation, they must make alternative insurance arrangements. Macquarie students are only covered under university insurance policies within the semester period. Therefore, if students elect to work after the end of the teaching period, this is a private arrangement between the student and host organisation.
Students are reminded that they are required to abide by the confidentiality policies of their workplace, including academic assessments, discussions in workshops, and reference to their host organisation in their private lives.
It is the student’s responsibility to check with their supervisor about the confidentiality of any organisational information included in their academic submissions.
Only the Unit Convener will have access to academic submissions.
The nature of scholarly endeavour, dependent as it is on the work of others, binds all members of the University community to abide by the principles of academic honesty. Its fundamental principle is that all staff and students act with integrity in the creation, development, application and use of ideas and information. This means that:
all academic work claimed as original is the work of the author making the claim
all academic collaborations are acknowledged
academic work is not falsified in any way
when the ideas of others are used, these ideas are acknowledged appropriately.
Further information on the academic honesty can be found in the Macquarie University Academic Honesty Policy at http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html
This is a graded unit in which students will be awarded one of the following on their academic transcript:
- High Distinction (HD), 85-100 - denotes performance which meets all unit objectives in such an exceptional way and with such marked excellence that it deserves the highest level of recognition.
- Distinction, 75-84 - denotes performance which clearly deserves a very high level of recognition as an excellent achievement in the unit.
- Credit, 65-74 - denotes performance which is substantially better than would normally be expected of competent students in the unit.
- Pass, 50-64 - denotes performance which satisfies unit objectives.
- Fail, 0-49 - denotes that a candidate has failed to complete a unit satisfactorily.
Information concerning grading is contained in the Macquarie University Grading Policy which is available at: http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/grading/policy.html
EXTENSIONS and LATE SUBMISSION
Any student seeking an extension of time to submit assignments must, except in extraordinary circumstances, submit to the Convenor (or have submitted on their behalf) a request in writing and supportive documentary evidence. Extensions will not be given other than in exceptional cases of illness. In such cases, a certificate signed by a medical practitioner must be submitted as supportive documentary evidence. In extraordinary circumstances where a written request for an extension cannot be submitted, an application for an extension can be sought verbally. However, in such cases, any extension granted will be subject to the student subsequently submitting such documentary evidence as is deemed appropriate by the Convenor.
Extensions will not be granted because a student is unable to manage their time or workload.
PENALTIES FOR LATE SUBMISSION
Any paper that is submitted after the due date and without having obtained an extension will be penalized at a rate of a 3% deduction of the final mark per day. For example:
- Up to and including the 3rd day after the due date: 9%
- Up to and including the 7th day after the due date: 21%
Any paper that is submitted 7 days after the due date will not be marked unless an extension has been granted by the Convenor. The student submitting such a paper will be deemed not to have completed and submitted the paper.
A failure to submit the research paper may, irrespective of marks gained in other assessment items, result in the student being awarded a “Fail” grade for the subject.
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
Macquarie University provides a range of Academic Student Support Services. Details of these services can accessed at www.student.mq.edu.au.
All interns are strongly encouraged to make use of the academic and professional development workshops offered at Macquarie University. Workshops are available through the following services and programs: