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.

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 the ILP. 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.