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MQBS3000 – PACE: Student Leadership in Community Engagement

2022 – Session 1, Online-scheduled-weekday

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Lisa Rohanek
Monday and Wednesday
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp at 1000 level or above and permission by special approval
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit provides an opportunity to develop leadership capabilities in the context of professional and community engagement with a local or international internship or project in a not-for-profit organisation, government agency, company, or other industry partner. At the completion of the unit, students are expected to have developed and critically reflected on their capabilities with reference to professional standards. Subject to demand, the unit includes a separate research internship stream for students who meet GPA requirements. This unit is a designated PACE unit. Applications are open to undergraduate students in any course who meet eligibility requirements. Applications are competitive and places are limited.

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: Develop professional capabilities and demonstrate commitment to learning from your internship or project experience with reference to relevant organisational, ethical and professional standards.
  • ULO2: Analyse and interpret information while observing and participating in ethical practice in the context of your internship or project.
  • ULO3: Critically assess your developing capabilities as relevant to your discipline or industry.
  • ULO4: Identify and assess strategies to develop communication skills through active participation in learning, internship or project activities and assessment tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Learning contract 30% No Week 4 Fri 18 March 11:59pm
Online discussion and statement 30% No Week 6 and 8 Fri 1 April and Fri 22 April 11:59pm
Placement evaluation 40% No Week 12 27 May 11:59pm

Learning contract

Assessment Type 1: Work-integrated task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 4 Fri 18 March 11:59pm
Weighting: 30%

 

You will create a learning contract for your internship or project, identifying appropriate learning objectives in consultation with your supervisor. Objectives should be linked to graduate capabilities and developed with reference to assigned readings and relevant organisational and professional standards. A template for this task, a reading list, and links to a range of professional standards are provided on iLearn.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop professional capabilities and demonstrate commitment to learning from your internship or project experience with reference to relevant organisational, ethical and professional standards.
  • Analyse and interpret information while observing and participating in ethical practice in the context of your internship or project.

Online discussion and statement

Assessment Type 1: Project
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 6 and 8 Fri 1 April and Fri 22 April 11:59pm
Weighting: 30%

 

You will contribute posts to two online discussions held in weeks 6-7 and 8-9. The discussions are related to graduate capabilities. Discussion questions, word length along with tips for participating in online discussion will be provided.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Analyse and interpret information while observing and participating in ethical practice in the context of your internship or project.
  • Identify and assess strategies to develop communication skills through active participation in learning, internship or project activities and assessment tasks.

Placement evaluation

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Week 12 27 May 11:59pm
Weighting: 40%

 

This task includes your supervisor’s evaluation (10%) and a 1500-1800 word critical reflection (30%). In order to complete the unit, you will need to submit the placement evaluation form which includes the supervisor’s placement evaluation marking guide. Your supervisor has agreed to complete this evaluation as part of their agreement to host your internship or project. You will need to provide your supervisor with a copy of the placement evaluation form, giving your supervisor enough time to complete their evaluation. During your internship or project your supervisor will assess your performance using the supervisor’s placement evaluation marking guide included in the placement evaluation form. If your performance is rated unsatisfactory at any time during your internship or project, you will be invited to a meeting to discuss your performance. You may be given an opportunity to improve your performance or the internship or project may be discontinued. In this case, you may be required to complete the remainder of your placement hours within the Macquarie Business School or PACE. In these cases, the PACE team will identify a project, an appropriate supervisor and specify the number of hours required to meet the learning outcomes of this unit. If your supervisor gives a fail for your placement evaluation at the end of session, penalties may be applied to Task 3. In the critical reflection you will critically reflect on your progress towards achieving learning objectives identified in Task 1, with reference to your internship or project experience and assigned readings, incorporating any feedback from your supervisor and/or feedback on Task 1.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop professional capabilities and demonstrate commitment to learning from your internship or project experience with reference to relevant organisational, ethical and professional standards.
  • Analyse and interpret information while observing and participating in ethical practice in the context of your internship or project.
  • Critically assess your developing capabilities as relevant to your discipline or industry.

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

This unit is workplace based. You are to focus on your internship experience. The assessments are designed to integrate your internship experience and embed the graduate capabilities. 

Consultation is readily available along with some scheduled workshops outlined on iLearn. While attendance is encouraged it is not compulsory. Any session will be recorded and made available to students after the session. Consultation is not recorded as it allows you the opportunity to discuss things critical to your experience and assessments. 

No resources are provided for this unit. Any readings will be available on iLearn and the assessment tasks will be explained and outlined for you. Your internship placement is the priority for this unit and you are expected to put your effort into the internship experience. 

Resources will be available online to support you in a number of skills to improve your employability. You can work through this resources at your own time. 

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.

Grading

 

This unit is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. This means that you will not receive a numerical mark for the unit but you are still required to pass the assessment components. The grade descriptors applicable to a Pass/Fail unit are outlined below.

 

Grade

Status

Description

S

Pass

To be awarded in units of study where the student achievement is measured as a pass or fail only without a mark. To pass, students must, in their performance in assessment tasks, demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard.

F

Fail

The student has not met the defined standards at an appropriate level within a specified time.

Student Support

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

The Writing Centre

The Writing Centre provides resources to develop your English language proficiency, academic writing, and communication skills.

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

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