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PROF3000 – PACE: Professional Practice Placement 2

2022 – Session 1, In person/Online-scheduled-infrequent, North Ryde

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor
Jennifer Ruskin
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level 2, 4 Eastern Rd
by appointment
for placement queries
Co-op and Internships team
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level 2, 4 Eastern Rd
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Credit points Credit points
30
Prerequisites Prerequisites
20cp at 2000 level or above including PROF2000 or PACE2001
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://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates

Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Apply reflection skills to learn from workplace practice.
  • ULO2: Critically reflect on strategies for working with diverse teams.
  • ULO3: Practice leadership skills relevant to junior professionals in the workplace.
  • ULO4: Analyse organisational practices that address contemporary challenges in modern societies.

General Assessment Information

To complete the 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.

Late assessment submissions must be submitted through the appropriate submission link in iLearn. No extensions will be granted unless an application for Special Consideration is made and approved. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late. Late submissions will not be accepted after solutions have been discussed and/or made available.

At the end of the placement/internship, 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 30/01/2022
Online module certification 30% No 13/03/2022
Performance evaluation and reflection 20% No 01/05/2022
ePortfolio 30% No 29/05/2022

Learning objectives and plan

Assessment Type 1: Learning plan
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3 hours
Due: 30/01/2022
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:
  • 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: 13/03/2022
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 workplace practice.
  • Critically reflect on strategies for working with diverse teams.
  • Analyse organisational practices that address contemporary challenges in modern societies.

Performance evaluation and reflection

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3 hours
Due: 01/05/2022
Weighting: 20%

 

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

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply reflection skills to learn from workplace practice.
  • Critically reflect on strategies for working with diverse teams.
  • Practice leadership skills relevant to junior professionals in the workplace.
  • Analyse organisational practices that address contemporary challenges in modern societies.

ePortfolio

Assessment Type 1: Portfolio
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: 29/05/2022
Weighting: 30%

 

Students submit an ePortfolio with a personal introduction and three areas (skills, attributes, etc.) they have developed while on placement. They include artefacts, descriptions and reflections for each area of development.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Apply reflection skills to learn from workplace practice.

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
  -- 18 Jan, 6-9pm Seminar 1, location TBC leadership, mindfulness
  -- 30 Jan Assessment 1 learning plan
  -- 13 Feb Assessment 2, module 1 due problem solving
week 1 27 Feb Assessment 2, module 2 due teamwork
week 2 1 Mar, 6-9pm Seminar 2 via Zoom check in
week 3 13 Mar Assessment 2, module 3 and certification due sustainability
week 5 22 Mar, 6-9pm Seminar 3, location TBC placement experience
week 8 26 April, 6-9pm Seminar 4 via Zoom check in
week 8 1 May Assessment 3 performance evaluation
week 12 24 May, 6-9pm Seminar 5, location TBC placement experience
week 12 29 May Assessment 4 ePortfolio

 

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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