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PROF3000 – Professional Practice Placement 2

2021 – Session 1, Infrequent attendance, North Ryde

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor
Jennifer Ruskin
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4 Eastern Rd, level 2
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Placement administration
Marianne Ching
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4 Eastern Rd, level 2
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Credit points Credit points
30
Prerequisites Prerequisites
20cp at 2000 level or above including PROF2000
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit provides support for students to scaffold their learning during an extended placement. Students will extend their skills in reflective practice and professional self-management. Unit topics include professional skills, such as problem solving, leadership, resilience and working in teams. Students will have opportunities to explore workplace behaviour, particularly in the face of complex challenges. The unit encourages students to reflect on experiences in the workplace, seminars and learning through online modules. This unit is a designated PACE unit. For background on PACE and making the most of placement experiences, visit PACEWISE on iLearn.

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 reflection skills to learn from practice.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate ability to behave professionally in a workplace context.
  • ULO3: Critically reflect on strategies for working with diverse teams.
  • ULO4: Practice leadership skills relevant to junior professionals in the workplace.
  • ULO5: Analyse personal, environmental, social and financial sustainability practices in professional environments.

General Assessment Information

In order to complete this unit, students are required to complete the placement hours as agreed with their host organisation as well as the assessment tasks for the unit. Detailed instructions for  each assessment task are available on iLearn. The instructions include information about content, submission methods, due dates and marking guides or rubrics. All assessment tasks must be submitted via links on iLearn. No extensions will be granted. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded marks for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, 25 hours late in submission -20% penalty). This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for special consideration is made and approved.

At the end of the placement, some students' host organisations may require them to present to their team, a broader team or a leadership group. The unit content is designed to prepare students for this possibility. This unit is a Professional Practice/Co-op unit with Fitness to Practice requirements. For more information about the performance expectations, see the policies and procedures section below.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Learning objectives and plan 20% No 31 Jan 2021
Online module certification 30% No 14 Mar 2021
Performance evaluation and reflection 20% No 25 Apr 2021
ePortfolio 30% No 30 May 2021

Learning objectives and plan

Assessment Type 1: Learning plan
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3 hours
Due: 31 Jan 2021
Weighting: 20%

Students consult with their placement supervisors (guided by a template) to develop learning objectives and activities for their placement. Learning objectives should build on earlier learning and be relevant to the tasks, responsibilities and expected outcomes of the placement.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate ability to behave professionally in a workplace context.
  • Practice leadership skills relevant to junior professionals in the workplace.

Online module certification

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 9 hours
Due: 14 Mar 2021
Weighting: 30%

Students review three online modules and reflect on how the module content applies in practice and/or in their studies.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply reflection skills to learn from practice.
  • Critically reflect on strategies for working with diverse teams.
  • Analyse personal, environmental, social and financial sustainability practices in professional environments.

Performance evaluation and reflection

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3 hours
Due: 25 Apr 2021
Weighting: 20%

Workplace supervisors evaluate student performance on placement using a rubric. Students reflect on their supervisor feedback and their own performance evaluation.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply reflection skills to learn from practice.
  • Demonstrate ability to behave professionally in a workplace context.
  • Critically reflect on strategies for working with diverse teams.
  • Practice leadership skills relevant to junior professionals in the workplace.
  • Analyse personal, environmental, social and financial sustainability practices in professional environments.

ePortfolio

Assessment Type 1: Portfolio
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: 30 May 2021
Weighting: 30%

Starting from the ePortfolio initiated for PROF2000, students add or revise a personal introduction and update or add three areas (skills, attributes, etc.) they have developed while on placement and include both an artefact and description of their development in each area in their ePortfolio.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply reflection skills to learn from practice.
  • Demonstrate ability to behave professionally in a workplace context.

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

Textbook

There is no prescribed textbook for this unit.

Other recommended reading

Students should be familiar with accessing academic sources from the library. Useful reading includes both recommended journals in the relevant discipline area and research on experiential learning in the work place. 

Technology Used and Required

Microsoft Office suite (or equivalent), including in particular word processing and presentation software. Email (student email address) and iLearn (https://www.mq.edu.au/iLearn/) are both required for the unit. Students should be able to access research databases through the library. They may find referencing software helpful.

Unit Schedule

Week Day and time Activity and location Topic
-- Tuesday, 19 Jan, 6-9pm Seminar, 12 Second Way 435 Leadership
-- Sunday, 31 Jan, 11:55pm Assessment 1, iLearn LOs and plan
1 Tuesday, 23 Feb, 6:30-8pm Seminar, 12 Second Way 435 Check-in
3 Sunday, 14 Mar, 11:55pm Assessment 2, iLearn Online modules
5 Tuesday, 23 Mar, 6:30-8pm Seminar, 12 Second Way 435 Check-in
7 Sunday, 25 April, 11:55pm Assessment 3, iLearn Performance evaluation
8 Tuesday, 27 April, 6:30-8pm Seminar, 12 Second Way 435 Check-in
12 Tuesday, 25 May, 6-9pm Seminar, 12 Second Way 435 Becoming a professional
12 Sunday, 30 May, 11:55pm Assessment 4, iLearn ePortfolio

 

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/admin/other-resources/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

Fitness to Practice Requirements

This unit is a Professional Practice unit and is part of a professional course with Fitness to Practice requirements. Please see FTP requirements in the handbook listing for the relevant course:

Actuarial Studies Co-op

Bachelor of Professional Practice

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.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.