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PROF4000 – PACE: Advanced Professional Practice and Reflection

2022 – Session 2, In person-scheduled-infrequent, North Ryde

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor, academic queries
Jennifer Ruskin
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Work-integrated Learning Officer, placement queries
David Chen
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Credit points Credit points
30
Prerequisites Prerequisites
60cp at 2000 level or above including PROF3000
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This placement-based capstone unit provides support for students to continue scaffolding their professional skill development during a final extended vocational placement. Students will explore and develop strategies for addressing challenging, ambiguous and complex professional situations. Students will be encouraged to integrate and reflect on workplace and classroom experiences throughout their degree. The unit is designed to support students’ transitions to the next phase of their career, career self-management and ongoing learning journey. This unit is a designated PACE unit and all enquiries regarding enrolment should be made to coopandinternships@mq.edu.au no later than 4 weeks before commencement of the study period. 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://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Critique your experiences and observations of ethical practice.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate communication skills appropriate for diverse professional audiences.
  • ULO3: Critically reflect on strategies for working with diverse teams.
  • ULO4: Develop strategies for action when complexity, ambiguity and/or conflict are encountered in the workplace.

General Assessment Information

To complete this unit, students are required to complete the placement hours as agreed with their host organisation and the assessment tasks for the unit. Detailed instructions for each assessment task are available on iLearn. Unless an application for Special Consideration has been submitted and approved, a 5% penalty (of the total possible mark) will be applied each day a written assessment is not submitted, up until the 7th day (including weekends). After the 7th day, a grade of '0' will be awareded even if the assessment is submitted. Submission time for all written assessments is set at 11:55pm. A 1-hour grace period is provided to students who experience a technical concern.

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 plan 20% No 24/07/2022
Performance evaluation and reflection 40% No 2/10/2022
ePortfolio 40% No 30/10/2022

Learning plan

Assessment Type 1: Learning plan
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3 hours
Due: 24/07/2022
Weighting: 20%

 

Students develop learning objectives 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 communication skills appropriate for diverse professional audiences.
  • Critically reflect on strategies for working with diverse teams.

Performance evaluation and reflection

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3 hours
Due: 2/10/2022
Weighting: 40%

 

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

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critique your experiences and observations of ethical practice.
  • Demonstrate communication skills appropriate for diverse professional audiences.
  • Critically reflect on strategies for working with diverse teams.
  • Develop strategies for action when complexity, ambiguity and/or conflict are encountered in the workplace.

ePortfolio

Assessment Type 1: Portfolio
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: 30/10/2022
Weighting: 40%

 

Students submit an ePortfolio in which they add or refine material to showcase their learning throughout the course.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critique your experiences and observations of ethical practice.
  • Demonstrate communication skills appropriate for diverse professional audiences.
  • Develop strategies for action when complexity, ambiguity and/or conflict are encountered in the workplace.

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 Writing Centre 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
   -- 12 July, 6-9pm Seminar 1, Zoom Entrepreneurship, adaptability
   -- 24 July Assessment 1 due Learning plan
week 3 8-14 Aug Module 1 available Interdisciplinary teams
week 3 9 Aug, 6-9pm Seminar 2, 1CC 207 TBC
week 5 22-28 Aug Module 2 available Conflict management
week 7 6 Sept, 6-9pm Seminar 3, 1CC 207 TBC
week 7 5-11 Sept Module 3 available Global citizenship
week 8 2 Oct Assessment 2 due Performance eval & reflection
week 10 11 Oct Seminar 4, Zoom TBC
week 12 30 Oct Assessment 3 due ePortfolio
week 13 1 Nov Seminar 5, 1CC 207 TBC

 

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

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

To find other policies relating to Teaching and Learning, visit Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au) and use the search tool.

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

Academic Integrity

At Macquarie, we believe academic integrity – honesty, respect, trust, responsibility, fairness and courage – is at the core of learning, teaching and research. We recognise that meeting the expectations required to complete your assessments can be challenging. So, we offer you a range of resources and services to help you reach your potential, including free online writing and maths support, academic skills development and wellbeing consultations.

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

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The Writing Centre

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

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