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ACC320 - Communication Internship A: Placement


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of trimester.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Placement / WIL

Trimester 2: Placement / WIL

Trimester 3: Placement / WIL

*CBD option

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Bronwyn Kirby
Trimester 2: Bronwyn Kirby
Trimester 3: Deirdre Quinn-Allan

You must have completed at least 12 credit points of study including 1 of the following groups:

Public Relations - ACC100, ALR103, ALR104, ALR207 or ALR210 

Journalism - ACC100, ALJ111, ALJ112, ALJ216

Digital Media - ACC100, ALM101, ALM102, ALC215

Advertising - ACC100, ALA101, ALA102 and one of ALA201 ALA202, ALA203

Please see note below for further special requirements needed for this unit



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Internship Placement: 100-hours minimum


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


You will be given access to enrol in the unit once you complete the steps outlined below. Placements must be registered with the ArtsEd Work Integrated Learning team at least two weeks before commencing any placement hours.

Prior to commencing your placement you MUST have:

  • completed the online ArtsEd Pre-internship Program in CloudDeakin
  • submitted an online internship application; and
  • received approval by the ArtsEd Work Integrated Learning team and Unit Chair

For information see: https://www.deakin.edu.au/students/faculties/artsed/work-integrated-learning/internships/process

It is strongly recommended that ACC320 be completed in the trimester prior to ACC321


You will gain firsthand experience in a professional workplace related to your chosen field of study. An internship is a bridge between university and the professional world; it provides an invaluable opportunity to develop the discipline-specific and transferable skills valued by employers. Your internship will be the foundation for career direction learning in ACC321 Communication Internship B: Career Development.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Evaluate and adapt to workplace culture in order to develop as an effective communications professional

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management


Apply industry/professional protocols, standards and formats for interacting and communicating with workplace supervisors, peers and audiences

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Critically reflect on the development of behaviours, skills and knowledge that contribute towards becoming a professional practitioner

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Articulate and evidence transferable skills

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 1:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 - Report

1600 words or equivalent 40% Week 6

Assessment 2 - Exercise

2400 words or equivalent 60% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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