The objective of the unit
This unit provides students with the opportunity for an industry-based internship for observing real-world innovation in practice or a research internship for the first-hand experience of world-leading research. The internship integrates practical experience and learning for postgraduate students within a business or organization. All students will be required to engage in at least one substantial piece of self-reflective evaluation and one major analytical project. The placement will allow students to explore relevant issues internal to the organization such as its goals, target identification, project management, to take cutting-edge ideas in scientific disciplines from conception through development to realisation. Students will be considered for enrolment into this unit after the successful completion of the other core units.
Students are encouraged to choose and make contact with their own preferred internship provider. Once contact has been made, a referral letter can be requested to be sent to the host organization.
Students are requested to discuss the details and nature of the activity with the host organisation and compete and activity PROPOSAL form. This proposal will be assessed by the convener and sent for amendment or approval. If approved, the host organisation will be sent an ACTIVITY STATEMENT to sign and approve.
Once the activity statement is approved by the host organisation, a CONFIRMATION letter will be sent to both the student and the host organisation and the activity can proceed.
Students are required to:
- Complete any appropriate health checks, vaccinations and any other clearances deemed necessary by the partner organisation;
- Take all necessary precautions to ensure their own health, safety and welfare, as well as the health, safety and welfare of others;
- Abide by and cooperate with the partner organisation with respect to all rules, requirements, and procedures of the partner, including those dealing with Work, Health and Safety requirements; emergency procedures; harassment, bullying and anti-discrimination policies; child protection policies and laws; dress standards; confidentiality and privacy requirements; internet policies and ethical guidelines;
- Complete the required time commitment, assessment tasks and all other requirements of the activity and unit;
- Treat all staff and peers with courtesy and respect and treat everyone equitably, irrespective of gender, race, disability, cultural background, religion, age, political conviction, age, sexual orientation or medical condition;
- Behave in a way that protects the reputation and good name of the University;
- Ask for and accept feedback and advice about their work;
- Advise the host supervisor and the Unit Convenor if they cannot attend work or participate in the activity due to sickness or other personal circumstances at the earliest possible time;
- Negotiate in good faith with the partner organisation and enter into a separate agreement with them relating to Intellectual Property rights ownership;
- Keep private any information learnt about the workplace, its clients or employees in accordance with the partner organisation’s confidentiality policy.
- Acknowledge that any personal information that may be collected in the course of the activity is protected by the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW), the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW).
- Not present themselves as a representative of the partner organisation in any form of media or communication without prior written permission from the partner organisation. The student must also seek approval from the partner organisation about message content in all such communications.
Unit Web Page
The web page for this unit is at Macquarie's new learning management system website: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au
Login and follow prompts to FOSE8110
You are expected to access the unit website frequently (i.e., almost daily). This site contains important information including submissions (that you will be expected to access in class) and assignments.
Logging In: Type in the URL http://ilearn.mq.edu.au and find FOSE8110. Your username is your Macquarie Student ID Number (MQID), which is an 8 digit number found on your student card. The password is your myMQ Student Portal password. This will be the original MQID password (2 random characters followed by your date of birth in DDMMYY format) that was sent to you on enrolment unless you have already changed your password in the myMQ Student Portal. If you experience difficulties in getting your reprint or your password, please contact the StudentIT Desk (ph: 9850 6500).
Teaching and Learning Strategy
FOSE8110 is a 40-credit point Full Semester unit
The internship program runs from session two, from July to December. The placement requirements are for an absolute minimum of two days a week for 17 weeks (270 hours), full-time equivalent, however, the ideal would be 3 days a week over 12 weeks.