Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course requires students to integrate real world skills and experience with theoretical concepts and knowledge obtained during their program. Students will undertake work-integrated placement or similar community learning and/or leadership activities to position themselves for a career upon graduation. This is achieved through integrating real world skills and experience with work-integrated, experiential learning supported by appropriate readings and career guidance. High achieving students are able to expand the theoretical knowledge and skills developed in their undergraduate program, and apply knowledge and skills in an external context.

Students will be able to undertake their work integrated learning placement in a broad spectrum of work environments (within or outside the University) such as business, community/voluntary organisations, industry, research labs etc. It is the student's responsibility to organise this placement or similar external activity before commencing this course, and to obtain written approval from the relevant Course Coordinator, who will ensure that the placement does not adversely affect other existing placement courses of the University. Further details appear under 'Content' below. Direction will be provided on-site by a placement supervisor.

Admission to this course is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Development Studies, the major in Geography in the Bachelor of Science degree, the major in Human Geography and the Environment in the Bachelor of Arts and the major in Human Geography and the Environment in the Bachelor of Social Science. Admission is also based on merit and the number of places available may be restricted. Students should enquire through the Course Coordinator.

Students will only be able to complete one Work Integrated Learning course as part of each major of their degree program. This means that students cannot take this course if a placement course already exists as a core or directed course within the major of their degree program.



    Learning outcomes

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

    1. Develop a career plan, incorporating their academic program and work interests;

    2. Apply skills and knowledge from their studies to an authentic workplace environment;

    3. Communicate and collaborate with coworkers and clients;

    4. Reflect on the application of their theoretical knowledge to the practical requirements of a workplace;

    5. Describe and reflect upon the array of skills required and opportunities available within their chosen career.


    Course Content. In order to complete the course students will need to complete the following compulsory course requirements:

    Submission of a pre-placement portfolio comprising:

    1. an up-to-date CV;
    2. a final draft of the letter of application to the host organisation;
    3. contact details of the workplace supervisor at the host organisation;
    4. 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.
    5. evidence of completion of WHS documentation, including risk assessment and insurance documents.

    Before commencing the placement students must view a short on-line lecture series to cover course requirements, assessment processes, career development and planning, and workplace issues including professional standards of conduct, Equity and Diversity and WH&S requirements.

    Assumed knowledge

    For students undertaking the Bachelor of Development Studies you must have successfully completed 140 units at 1000/2000 level.

    For students undertaking the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science or the Bachelor of Science you must have successfully completed of at least 140 units at 1000/2000 level and at least 50 units in the Human Geography and the Environment or Geography major (BA or BSocSc) or Geography major (BSc).

    Assessment items

    Portfolio: Pre-Placement Portfolio *

    Journal: Reflective Journal

    Report: Placement Supervisor's Report

    Report: End of Placement Report and/or Seminar

    * This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

    Compulsory Requirements

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

    Course Assessment Requirements:

    • Portfolio: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Must be submitted before placement commences

    Contact hours



    Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term

    One hour lecture for week one and three hour lecture for week 13

    Online Activity

    Online 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term

    Online lecture for two hours to be viewed prior to week one of semester - work integrated learning orientation. Please see link in course materials


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

    Practical: 80 hours per term or equivalent.

    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.