COIT13238 - Industry Work Placement
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In your industry placement, you will have a paid, supervised experience of work in the Information Technology. You will apply knowledge and skill developed in your academic units to this work environment. In addition to the work undertaken during placement, you are required to maintain a diary of the experiences, and to reflect upon those experiences to identify strengths and weaknesses for improvement and new learning. Your industry supervisors will also provide you with feedback to assist this reflective process.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Completion of 72 credit points, or special approval by the Dean or nominee

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Mixed Mode
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 100%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
To find placements is becoming difficult. Self reflection Students are encouraged to find their own placements. Students should contact the course coordinator and the Head of Program proactively for the course.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in the workplace the application of academic knowledge and skills.
  2. Demonstrate in the workplace good communication skills and an understanding of the relevance of legal and ethical issues.
  3. Demonstrate in the workplace an understanding of workplace learning.
  4. Demonstrate your skills in working in teams in the workplace.
  5. Evaluate the areas of strength and weakness in your knowledge base and outline how any gaps will be addressed.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.

ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • IT Operations (ITOP)
  • Problem Management (PBMG)
  • Technical Specialism (TECH)
  • Methods and Tools ((METL)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMarilyn Wells (m.wells@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Submit Placement Diary Entry 1

Week 2 17-07-2017
Week 3 24-07-2017

Submit Placement Diary Entry 2

Week 4 31-07-2017
Week 5 07-08-2017

Submit Reflective Report 1

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017
Week 7 28-08-2017

Submit Placement Diary Entry 3

Week 8 04-09-2017
Week 9 11-09-2017
Week 10 18-09-2017

Submit Reflective Report 2

Week 11 25-09-2017
Week 12 02-10-2017

Submit Placement Diary Entry 4

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

Submit Placement Report

Unit Coordinator: Dr Marilyn Wells

Location: Rockhampton, Building 30/Room 2.09

Phone: +617 4923 2758 (Internal x52758)

Email: m.wells@cqu.edu.au

Skype: marilyn.wells_cqu

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Placement Portfolio
Task Description

Details
The Placement Portfolio consists of three main elements:

  • a daily diary entry
  • two reflective reports
  • one placement report

Diary

The Diary is a document consisting of daily entries - templates will be provided on the unit web site. The Diary entries must be submitted according to the following schedule:

  • end of Placement Week 1
  • end of Placement Week 3
  • end of Placement Week 7
  • end of Placement Week 12

Feedback will be provided on all submissions. The completed Placement Diary will form an attachment to the Placement Report

Daily entries are to consist of notes capturing significant activities and events that occurred during the day, and any reflections on those activities and events that demonstrate personal development identified as unit objectives. They will take the following form:

  • date
  • notes on significant activities and events
  • reflections

Reflective reports

Reflective reports will be completed at the end of Placement Week 5 and Placement Week 10. Reflective Reports are designed to consolidate and summarise reflections that demonstrate personal development that has occurred in preceding weeks - a template will be provided.

Reflective Reports should consist of between 1000 to 2000 words. The document will consist of two parts:

  1. significant activities and events
  2. personal reflections on the activities and events

The reflective part of the document should consist of a minimum of 500 words, and should report on any insights gained into:

  • the relevance of academic knowledge in the workplace
  • the value of skills developed through academic study
  • the importance of good communication skills in the workplace
  • the relevance of legal and ethical issues
  • the role of teams in the workplace
  • learning styles that work for me
  • areas of strength and weakness in my knowledge base
  • areas of IT about which you would like to learn more
  • aspects of IT work that have particular appeal to me
  • aspects of IT work that do not appeal to me

Placement Report

The Placement Report is a document that provides an overview of the whole industry placement experience. The report is designed to provide

  • an instrument of reflection for you,
  • an instrument of assessment for the Academic Supervisor, and
  • a document for a prospective employer to quickly assess the placement undertaken by the applicant.

A template is provided on the unit web site for the Placement Report. Major sections within the report are listed below:

  • Overview
  • Placement Procurement and Orientation:
  • Significant Activities and Events
  • Summary Reflections
  • Attachments
  • Placement Artefacts.

The Overview section provides a brief summary of the placement undertaken by you and describes the following sections of the report. The Placement Procurement and Orientation section provides a brief description of the process that led up to you securing the placement. It also describes the orientation undertaken by you on starting the placement. You will be asked to provide reflections on all processes involved. Feedback gained will be used for continual improvement of the Industry Placement unit. The Significant Activities and Events section will summarise activities and events reported in the two Reflective Reports and report on additional activities and events from the last weeks of the placement. The Summary Reflections section will provide additional insights based on your reports and diaries, combined with insights gained in the last weeks of the placement. The Attachments section will include a collection of items that serve to illustrate the tasks undertaken throughout the placement. Placement Artifacts should be numbered, and explanatory references provided in the section Significant Activities and Events

Students are entitled to submit a draft copy of their Placement Report. The timing of this submission would normally occur in Placement Week 10 or Placement Week 11, or at a time that is mutually convenient for the student and the Academic Supervisor.

Assessment Due Date As per Schedule
Return Date to Students Placement Diary Entries: Weeks 2,4,8, and 13. Reflective Reports: Weeks 7 & 12. Placement Report: on Certification Day
Weighting 100%
Assessment Criteria

This is a Pass/Fail assessment item. Pass grades will be awarded to students who are judged to have made a reasonable attempt to comply with all requirements of the assessment item.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Refer to unit web site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate in the workplace the application of academic knowledge and skills.

2. Demonstrate in the workplace good communication skills and an understanding of the relevance of legal and ethical issues.

3. Demonstrate in the workplace an understanding of workplace learning.

4. Demonstrate your skills in working in teams in the workplace.

5. Evaluate the areas of strength and weakness in your knowledge base and outline how any gaps will be addressed.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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