Industry Based Learning

What is Industry Based Learning (IBL)?

This unit provides students with an opportunity to engage in a three-month paid full-time work placement within one of our partner organisations. Industry Based Learning (IBL) allows students to utilise key skills and knowledge from their degree, while building professional networks and refining transferrable skills. IBL experiences are designed to explore the graduate environment and refine attributes that will enhance future employment. As part of this experience, students will need to demonstrate self-management, ethical behaviour, effective communication skills and the ability to apply their discipline knowledge in a professional setting. This unit can be ‘stacked’ to create longer-term paid placements (up to 12 months).

Examples: AusCham program (Hong Kong), or placements with companies like Bosch, Opteon, Reece, and Victoria Police.

Unit Code

From T1 2020, MWL315

This was previously known as MWL311 (3 months) or MWL312 (6 months)

Key features

  • The placement must be full-time for three months
  • Pre-requisite of 12 credit points
  • IBL placements can only be applied to new employment opportunities and cannot be applied to current positions of employment, nor retrospectively applied after you have already commenced in a position
  • Students are only permitted to enrol in one off-campus unit concurrent with IBL

Who can apply?

These units are available to most undergraduate students. Unfortunately, international students are not able to take these units due to the work restrictions of your student visas.

It is your responsibility to ensure that taking a WIL unit contributes towards your course requirements, and will not prevent you from meeting your course rules. Please speak with a Student Adviser if you are unsure; you can contact them on buslaw@deakin.edu.au or (03) 9244 6555.

How to apply

Please note that all applications are subject to the approval of the WIL Team.If you feel ready to submit an application for a self-sourced placement, please click the button below to view the step-by-step guide and download the necessary documents.

This unit will not be available in T2 2020. Applications will re-open in T3 2020.

Don’t forget that all IBL applications require you to upload a copy of your employment agreement and position description.

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