Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Testing your knowledge, application of skills and improving graduate employability, Work Integrated Learning allows students to integrate real world skills and experience with theoretical concepts and knowledge obtained during studies in the Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management, Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science, or Bachelor of Development Studies. Students will undertake a work-integrated placement in the private sector or similar placement in a university, government, NGO or community organisation in a role relevant to the practice of environmental science and management, or development studies, in a professional context.

It is the student's responsibility to organise this placement or similar external activity for this course. Prior to approaching companies or organisations, students must consult the relevant Program Convenor or Course Coordinator, who will ensure that the placement does not adversely affect other existing placement activities or courses of the University and is appropriate. Further details appear under Course Content below. Each student will require a nominated placement supervisor within the placement organisation.

Admission to this course is based on merit and the number of places available may be restricted. Students should enquire through the Course Coordinator or Program Convenor before enrolling.



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Communicate effectively with others, including managers, and work effectively as a team member within the workplace;

2. Demonstrate through practice the capacity to reflect on, and apply practically, what has been learnt theoretically within their program;

3. Describe the array of skills required and opportunities available within their chosen career;

4. Describe and articulate the breadth of career and professional pathways available in the environmental and development sectors;

5. Demonstrate and articulate to others an awareness and understanding of contemporary opportunities and constraints to environmental management and development practice;

6. Demonstrate an understanding of workplace health and safety and environmental risks associated with environmental projects and development practice, and prepare written risk assessments taking into account specific workplace contexts.


On commencing this course but before starting the placement, students will need to:

1. complete a compulsory workshop on professional practice prior to the commencement of the semester of enrolment and/or prior to approaching potential placement organisations.

2. complete a compulsory workplace induction and Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Full information on this compulsory component will be provided in the course outline. 

In order to apply for approval to proceed with placement in this course, students are required to present to the course coordinator:

  • an up-to-date CV;
  • a final draft of the letter of application to the host organisation;
  • contact details of the workplace supervisor at the host organisation;
  • a 'Program of Activity Agreement' signed by the student and workplace supervisor, which will also be signed by the Course Coordinator;
  • Risk assessment, safety documentation and quiz.

Students must complete the orientation workshop prior to the commencement of the semester of enrolment and/or prior to approaching potential placement organisations to cover course requirements, assessment processes, and workplace issues including appropriate ways to approach potential host organisations, professional standards of conduct, Equity and Diversity and WH&S requirements.


This course replaces EMGT3130. If you have successfully completed EMGT3130 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

For students to derive maximum value from this course and to ensure that the host organisations derive substantive benefits as well, it is essential that students have a satisfactory knowledge and skills base prior to placement. Students therefore should have successfully completed at least 140 units of their program prior to enrolment in the course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: CV and Letter of Application

Written Assignment: Reflective Diary

Presentation: Seminar

Report: Placement Supervisor's Report

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Practical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must complete the minimum number hours with their host organisation.
  • Practical: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements of the relevant placement organisation before attending these sessions. Undertaken at the workplace, the date and time of which is arranged by the workplace.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • WHS Requirement - Students must complete a Workplace Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. - Failure to attend/complete the WHS-Safety Induction and Risk Assessment of the relevant placement organisation will constitute a fail in this course. The organisation MAY offer an alternate time at their discretion though there is no obligation from them to do so. In the case that an alternate time is not available, the students are advised to withdraw from this course prior to recording a fail grade.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 80 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Students will be expected to attend 80 hours placement per term.


Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Seminar: Assessment of placement – at completion of placement and after submission of reflective diary.


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Workshop: 4 hours of professional preparation workshop prior to placement.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.