Individual Learning Plans

An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is your opportunity to take control of your study program. You can build in additional training to help complete your thesis, as well as gain valuable knowledge and transferable skills.

What is an ILP?

An ILP is an online tool that allows you to plan, document and demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills you acquire during your candidature.

Working with your supervisor, you will develop a learning plan that includes training components of specific value to you, in terms of your research or intended career pathway.

Once implemented, your ILP can be monitored and modified as required throughout your candidature as your research or career aspirations become more sharply focused.

Why have an ILP?

The purpose of an ILP is to assist you to get the most out of your candidature at Deakin. 

ILPs are specifically designed to include opportunities to deepen and broaden your discipline knowledge base. Your plan will help you build a solid foundation for real expertise so that you'll be better equipped to identify learning objectives and pursue your chosen career.

Your ILP will help to establish a close working relationship with your supervisor from the outset. With their assistance, you'll be encouraged to design a plan that promotes effective time management and records your achievements throughout your candidature. This will also ensure that Deakin will be able to formally acknowledge them.

Your ILP will also give you direct access to a list of training components, plus the ability to incorporate external training opportunities. Successfully completed training components may be recorded in your Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement (AHEGS) and/or the documentation contained in a portfolio of assets, which can be used as an employability tool.

How to use an ILP

Your learning plan can be developed to suit your personal preferences and goals. There are two main steps to develop an ILP:

  1. Add a learning plan entry – allows training components to be added individually or in groups

  2. Add a training component – allows individual training activities to be added from a catalogue

There are three ways to build on your ILP:

  1. You can create a new learning plan entry for every training component.
  2. You can group training components into one learning plan entry.
  3. You can combine the two options.

Learning plan entries may be grouped by related training components to reach a common goal or objective. Or you may group training components by years or stage of candidature (e.g. Year 1, Year 2016, early candidature, etc). 

You determine which method works best for you in structuring and managing your learning plan. You can also change your grouping choices at any time.

Training components

Training components encompass all training activities that you may undertake during your candidature. A catalogue of Deakin training components can be found through your ILP by adding a learning plan entry or browsing the catalogue. You may also add external training activities and record placements.

Some examples of training components include:

  • research skills workshops
  • advanced training in methods
  • equipment training certification
  • laboratory inductions
  • OH&S training.

You can access your ILP through DeakinSync (requires login)

Optional vs mandatory training components

Every ILP has a minimum of two pre-populated mandatory training components: research induction and integrity training. These should be completed early in your candidature and definitely by your confirmation.

Completion of the research induction program, provided by Deakin Research, is a mandatory requirement for all students commencing their candidature on or after 31 October 2016.

Your ILP may also include additional mandatory training components that have been set by your academic unit.

All other training components are classified as optional. These can be added to or removed from your plan at any time as deemed appropriate by you and your supervisor.

AHEGS worthy vs Non-AHEGS worthy

The AHEGS is a standardised format for Australian qualifications, which enables them to be recognised and renowned throughout the world. It provides information on your qualification, the institution and the Australian Higher Education system.

ILP training components are classified as either ‘AHEGS worthy’ or ‘Non-AHEGS worthy’.

To qualify for inclusion in a student’s AHEG Statement, the activity or training component should satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Reflect one or more of the three categories specified within the Australian Qualifications Framework for Level 10, i.e. knowledge, skills and application.
  • Be equivalent in volume to at least ¼ of an accredited unit of study – 20 hours of contact time and task completion time.
  • Be capable of verification as to the student’s completion and demonstration of mastery.

You may be required to seek approval for classifying an external training component as AHEGS worthy if you believe it meets the criteria. You should contact your supervisor or School HDR Coordinator for advice.