Preparing for your placement

The aim of the work placement component of the Professional Practice Units is to give you (the student) a taste of what a career in a chosen field or organisation would look and feel like, and an idea of whether you are suited to that type of work and work environment. It is an opportunity for you to learn about and to gain specific experience in your field of choice and develop networks. It is an opportunity to try out a potential career/organisation that you think you might like to work in once graduated.

The placement is to provide students with hands on experience of what it would be like to work in that organisation (within reason and conforming to legal and safety obligations). The type of work is entirely up to the host supervisor and student to negotiate.

You are required to organise your own placement with a course related organisation that interests you.

Notes when organising a placement

  1. There is a minimum requirement of 80 hours for your placement (or two x 40 hour placements)
  2. The organisation is to nominate a supervisor for your placement
  3. The hours and days that you participate in the placement are to be negotiated between you and the organisation
  4. You need to check with the organisation of any special requirements for your placement, e.g. Police Check or Working with Children Check
  5. You must have passed STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (PDF, 99.6 KB) and met the other pre-requisite requirements for the relevant unit
  6. The placement must be voluntary
  7. The placement must not be observational only

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to pass the placement to pass the unit?

Yes. The placement is a hurdle requirement for the units. To be eligible to obtain a pass in the unit students must complete a minimum of 80 hours voluntary work and receive a satisfactory evaluation from the organisation.  This is irrespective of the marks received for the other assessment tasks, i.e. you must complete the 80 hours with a satisfactory mark to pass the unit.

Are there any assessment requirements for the placement?

Yes. There are assessment requirements associated with the placement:

Further assessment details will be provided on the unit teaching site through DeakinSync for the trimester the unit is offered.

Is there an examination for the unit?

No. The units do not have an examination.

When do I have to complete my placement by?

SLE301 - You must complete your placement by the end of Week 10 of Trimester 1.
SLE390 - You must complete your placement by the end of Week 10 of Trimester 2.

There is an assessment item related to your placement, therefore your placement must be completed in order for you to submit your assignment by the due date.

Please refer to the unit teaching site through DeakinSync for submission dates for your unit.

When are the assessment items due?

Assessment items are due during the trimester in which the unit is offered.  Please refer to the unit teaching site through DeakinSync for submission dates for your unit.

How many hours must I complete for my placement?

Students must complete a minimum of 80 hours for their placement.

Can I undertake a placement if I am not enrolled in a Professional Practice unit?

No.  You must be enrolled in a Professional Practice Unit to be eligible to undertake a placement.

Can I undertake a placement if I intermit or discontinue my course?

No.  You must be an enrolled student of the University.  If you intermit or discontinue your course, you are not an enrolled student of the University.

Are they any specific requirements or objectives I must complete whilst on placement?

No.  There are no specific requirements or objectives other than to obtain experience of what it would be like to work in a particular organisation (within reason and conforming to legal and safety obligations) and for the organisation to ensure students are supervised. Your actual duties while on placement should be negotiated between you and the supervisor.  The placement must not be observational only.

What are the pre-requisite requirements for placement?

Students must be enrolled in a professional practice unit to be eligible to undertake a placement.

SLE225 – students must have completed a minimum of 8 credit points, passed STP010 and have a minimum WAM of 65.
SLE301 – students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit points and passed STP010.
SLE390 – students must have completed a minimum of 14 credit points and passed STP010.

Do I have to pass the unit STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before I commence my placement?

Yes. You must pass STP010 before your placement can be approved and before you can commence a placement.

Can days be counted retrospectively?

No.  Days cannot be counted retrospectively.  Previous work experience cannot be counted.

Can I undertake the placement part time or does it have to be completed full time?

Students may be able to negotiate with their supervisor at the organisation how they wish to complete the hours required for placement. You must complete a minimum of 80 hours for your placement. Full-time block placements during trimester will not be approved. Placements must not interfere with University classes.

Can I undertake more than one placement?

 You can do 1 x 80 hour placement or 2 x 40 hour placements.

When can I undertake my placement?

We recommend you undertake your placement for SLE301 and SLE390 prior to the trimester in which the unit is offered. SLE301 is a Trimester 1 unit, SLE390 is a Trimester 2 unit. Placements for SLE225 must be completed during Trimester 3.

It is not recommended that you wait until the trimester commences to organise your placement. You must be enrolled in the unit and have the placement approved before you can commence.

Can I undertake a block placement during the trimester in which it is offered while classes are scheduled?

No. You are required to negotiate and arrange your work placement hours so that they do not clash with your university commitments. You will not be given special consideration for missing essential classes/practical classes/tests or for late assignments etc. due to work placement commitments. NB: SLE225 placements are undertaken during Trimester 3

It is your responsibility to ensure that your other university commitments are not affected due to you undertaking placement.

Should your placement be scheduled during trimester, on a part time basis, you must provide information with your application outlining how you will complete the placement hours around your classes.

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