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GEOP3800 – Practicing Geography

2020 – Session 2, Fully online/virtual

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group learning activities on campus for the second half-year, while keeping an online version available for those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

To check the availability of face to face activities for your unit, please go to timetable viewer. To check detailed information on unit assessments visit your unit's iLearn space or consult your unit convenor.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Sandie Suchet-Pearson
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
40cp at 2000 level and permission by special approval
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit gives students an opportunity to apply their learning through work with a partner in either Sydney, regional Australia or internationally. The unit develops students' professional ethics, ability to address complex issues, and practical, analytical and interpretative skills in ways directly relevant to their future employment. This unit allows students to draw on previous learning to strengthen their portfolio of demonstrated skills relevant to the wide range of employment destinations available to human geographers and other social scientists. The unit is required for students enrolled in the Human Geography, Geography, Urban Studies, Environment, Society and Law and Refugee Studies majors in the BA and for students enrolled in the Geography Studies and Human Geography Studies Specialisations in the BSc. It is also suitable for students enrolled in the Global Health, Anthropology, Sociology and Indigenous Studies majors in the BA. Students wishing to enrol in this unit should lodge an online enquiry via ask.mq.edu.au to request further information prior to submission of a waiver application.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Apply skills and knowledge from the classroom to a placement/internship/research experience.
  • ULO2: Address complex issues in a work and/or community environment.
  • ULO3: Effectively interact and collaborate with others from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and cultures to achieve personal or common objectives.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct when applying knowledge in social science.
  • ULO5: Effectively communicate and self-reflect on work processes through relevant media.

General Assessment Information

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Preparation Report 40% No 5pm Friday 21 August
Reflective writing task 40% No 5pm Friday 6 November
Blog 20% No 5pm Friday 6 November

Preparation Report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: 5pm Friday 21 August
Weighting: 40%

 

1500 word report to demonstrate preparedness for your work placement

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply skills and knowledge from the classroom to a placement/internship/research experience.
  • Address complex issues in a work and/or community environment.
  • Demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct when applying knowledge in social science.
  • Effectively communicate and self-reflect on work processes through relevant media.

Reflective writing task

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 28 hours
Due: 5pm Friday 6 November
Weighting: 40%

 

2000 word reflective writing task to reflect on your placement and personal learning.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply skills and knowledge from the classroom to a placement/internship/research experience.
  • Address complex issues in a work and/or community environment.
  • Effectively interact and collaborate with others from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and cultures to achieve personal or common objectives.
  • Demonstrate high standards of ethical conduct when applying knowledge in social science.
  • Effectively communicate and self-reflect on work processes through relevant media.

Blog

Assessment Type 1: Non-academic writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: 5pm Friday 6 November
Weighting: 20%

 

Blog to share your learning journeys with fellow students.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Effectively communicate and self-reflect on work processes through relevant media.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

This unit consists of 3x 2-hour workshops (in weeks 1, 2 and 13) plus your internship/placement/research experience and attendant assessment tasks.

Unit Schedule

GEOP3800 Unit Schedule

Workshop

Assessment tasks

Workshop 1: Practicing geography

Week 1: Friday 31 July (9am-11am)

 

Workshop 2: Professional practice, value and ethics

Week 2: Friday 7 August (9am-11am)

Workshop preparation activities (included in Preparation report)

Ass 1: Preparation report (40%) due 5pm Friday 21 August

Workshop 3: Sharing and debriefing

Week 13: Friday 30 October (9am-11am)

Ass 2: Reflective writing task (40%) and Ass 3 Blog (20%) due 5pm Friday November 6

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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