The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

ENVS3010

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

Experience in a professional environment is highly regarded by potential employers. ENVS3010 provides students with the opportunity to further develop and enhance their professional skill set through extension of a previous ENVS3008 environmental sector placement, within either the same, or with a different, organisation. Learning activities are specifically designed that require students to appropriately apply previous learning and knowledge to make and justify decisions in a work-related context. In addition, students are taught and encouraged to reflect upon their own decision and actions in those work-related activities to critically appraise themselves.

Depending on your enrolment pattern, students can either a) complete a 160 hour placement in a single organisation, when enrolled in the same semester as ENVS3008, or b) complete a second 80 hour unit placement if completed after completing ENVS3008.

It is the student's responsibility to organise the placement or similar external activity for this course. Prior to approaching companies or organisations students should 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. Further details appear under 'Content' below. Each student will require a nominated placement supervisor within the placement organisation.


Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply skills and knowledge from previous studies to an authentic workplace environment

2. Display broader professional skills such as communication, teamwork and self-management

3. Demonstrate professional and effective written and oral communication skills

4. Contextualise academic learning of an environmental science discipline with its application in the workplace


Content

On commencing this course, students will complete a workshop on professional practice. This workshop will extend concepts of professional practice introduced in ENVS3008 & will be associated with a Professional Task assessment. Content will include: 1. Developing 'soft' skills such as communication, team working, professional email & report-writing skills, leadership and career development. 2. Developing an awareness of work-place culture and expectations. 3. Problem solving to practical, workplace related issues. 4. Critical self-appraisal to develop employability skills & capabilities.

In order to apply for approval to proceed with placement in  this course students will be required to present to the course coordinator (unless the placement is conducted in the same organisation as in ENVS3008, and is an extension of that placement):

  •         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 and is to be resubmitted by the student with their final report.

Students must complete a compulsory workplace induction and Workplace Health and Safety requirement to be approved for placement. This induction is conducted by the workplace and will be scheduled at a time and place to be determined by the host organisation.There will be a seminar presentation to report on the placement experience. This presentation may be in conjunction with that for ENVS3008 if enrolment is concurrent.


Requisite

Students must have successfully completed ENVS3008 or be concurrently enrolled to enrol in this course


Assumed knowledge

ENVS3008 Organisational Placement in the Environmental Sector


Assessment items

Journal: Reflective Placement Journal

Professional Task: Professional Skills Workshop Task

Written Assignment: End of Placement Report

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:

  • Placement: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must complete a compulsory workplace induction and Workplace Health and Safety requirement to be approved for placement. This induction is conducted by the workplace and will be scheduled at a time and place to be determined by the host organisation.
  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.
  • Placement: 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

Placement

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

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

Seminar

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

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

Workshop

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

4 hours of professional preparation workshop prior to placement.