SEBE Faculty Placement Information

There are discipline-specific and non-discipline industry internships/placements available to all Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE) students with the opportunity for you to develop good work practices, develop networks and gain credit towards your degree. For students from all other faculties, please consider STP341 as a non-discipline specific placement elective opportunity..

If you are on a Deakin Access Plan for a disability or a health condition which may affect your capacity to attend your placement on-site with your host organisation, please contact the WIL team to discuss via email at sebe-wil@deakin.edu.au

STP301 Industry Based Learning

STP301 Industry Based Learning (IBL)

Pre-requisites

Discipline-specific, full time, paid placement:

  • 1 ½ months (30 working days)
  • 3 months (60 working days)
  • 6 months (120 working days)
  • 12 months (240 working days)

Opportunities are available in a range of organisations, such as the government and non-government sector, small or large companies and local or international companies.

Hurdle requirement
To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must demonstrate that they are working to the satisfaction of the host organisation (including skill competency levels, professional code of conduct and project output requirements) at both the mid and end of placement phases.

Enrolment rule for long term placements
Students who undertake a paid industry placement that exceeds 12 weeks, can enrol up to 3 times in STP301 (IBL).  
To be eligible to enrol in the second and third version of STP301, students must:

  • Obtain a pass grade in the unit within 4 months from placement start date
  • Demonstrate that they are working to the satisfaction of the host organisation (including skill competency levels, professional code of conduct and project output requirements) at the end of placement 1 phase.

Students who have not met the requirements above and wish to continue in their long term placement or who fail the placement (STP301) should contact the Unit Chair to discuss the possible options available.

  • Open to all undergraduate students enrolled in all Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment courses.
  • You must have completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability prior to the placement trimester
  • You must have completed the Ready: WIL Placement Unit Induction prior to the placement.
  • You must have completed at least 12 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65% and;
  • You must have at least 1 free elective;
    • ½ and 3 month placements require one free   elective
    • 6 month placements require two free electives
    • 12 month placements require three free   electives

Academic queries

STP301 Unit Chair: Please refer to the University Handbook for unit chair and assessment details.

Apply

Please refer to Preparing and sourcing your WIL Placement for useful information.

Before you send the Placement Agreement to the organisation, please contact the WIL Team to determine if the faculty has an existing agreement with the organisation

To apply, visit InPlace where you will complete an application and attach the agreement and relevant Industry & Student Application Form for your placement. See Self-Placement Student Instructions (PDF, 476.7KB) for assistance on how to complete this step.

If you have sourced your own placement, please submit your InPlace application 3 - 4 weeks before your proposed placement start date. This allows sufficient time for the WIL Team to process your application and organise your placement.

Note: When submitting your attachments in InPlace, please make sure you click ‘Upload’ and then 'Save'.

STP341 Career Placement

STP341 Career Placement

Pre-requisites

Generalist & non discipline/course-specific, internship role, short term, 112-160 hours, unpaid placement.

Must be taken over a minimum of a 4 week period (on average 28-40 hours per week) and a maximum of a 16 week period (on average 10 hours per week).

The focus is on enhancing broad employability skills with or without a need to apply discipline/course-specific knowledge and skills. Approved placements must involve the sum of parts of projects and other duties, and must be undertaken in a workplace so as to experience working within organisational cultures. Examples of suitable placements:

See examples

  • A science student who wants to pursue veterinary and gets a job at a vet clinic in reception or an assistant – this student will be doing all kind of tasks – e.g. attending to customers, making appointments, cleaning, observing vets, etc.;
  • A student who currently works at Bunnings Warehouse (or another retail organisation in the garden section and wants to do some work (placement) at the paint section. – i.e. different products, customers and knowledge required;  
  • A student who works in hospitality – e.g. serving clients in a café, but wants to become a barista – i.e. student would spend time (placement) with the current barista to learn.
  • An IT student who doesn’t have a job and decides to get a part time role in e.g. an architect’s office as a receptionist or admin person.
  • A Faculty of Health student who undertakes placement within local government to support the Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. The student not only needs a basic understanding of public health approaches but is also required to demonstrate competency in use of IT systems, interpersonal engagement skills, communication skills, and an ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • A Faculty of Business and Law student who joins a multidisciplinary team with students spanning several faculties. The team works with a small Community House to develop a digital literacy program to address the barrier of low digital literacy within the local community.
  • Open to all undergraduate Deakin students who have a free elective.
  • You must have completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability prior to the placement trimester. If you are non-SEBE student, you do not have to complete this unit.
  • You must have completed the Ready: WIL Placement Unit Induction prior to the placement.
  • You must have completed 6 credit points of study prior to the commencement of the placement with a minimum average of 50% and have one free elective in the degree.

Academic queries

STP341 Unit Chair: Please refer to the University Handbook for unit chair and assessment details.

Apply

Please refer to Preparing and sourcing your WIL Placement for useful information.

Before you send the Placement Agreement to the organisation, please contact the WIL Team to determine if the faculty has an existing agreement with the organisation

To apply, visit InPlace where you will complete an application and attach the agreement and relevant Industry & Student Application Form for your placement. See Self-Placement Student Instructions (PDF, 476.7KB) for assistance on how to complete this step.

If you have sourced your own placement, please submit your InPlace application 3 - 4 weeks before your proposed placement start date. This allows sufficient time for the WIL Team to process your application and organise your placement.

Note: When submitting your attachments in InPlace, please make sure you click ‘Upload’ and then 'Save'.

Assessment information

Successful completion of a placement unit

To successfully complete any of the placement units in SEBE, the student must successfully complete, as a hurdle requirement, an industry-based placement. The successful completion of the placement component of the placement unit is determined by two key factors:

  1. That the student attends the placement for the required duration;
  2. That the student meets the performance standards required by the host organisation (the minimum standard is set as a score of 10+/20 in both the Mid Placement Industry Supervisor Evaluation and the End of Placement Industry Supervisor Evaluation).

If items 1 and 2 above have been satisfactorily met, the student must then achieve a minimum academic standard of 40+/80 for the academic assessment tasks relating to the placement unit, for the student to be eligible to pass the unit.

Assessment

The assessment documentation is sent to students by the WIL Unit Chair. Due to the fact that placement units are credited to the course of study they must be assessed. The industry supervisor is required to carry out a performance evaluation during the placement. The student must also meet continuous assessment requirements by managing their own workload. The student must submit all pieces of assessment in the form of one portfolio 4 weeks after the completion of the placement.

At the completion of a placement, a student is assigned a mark that reflects their overall performance, both during their placement and for their portfolio. If a student’s performance is found to be unsatisfactory during the placement, the placement may be terminated and a student is likely to be awarded a fail grade.

This placement unit is designed for students to have an opportunity to integrate their course learning in an authentic real-world setting.  At the commencement of the placement, learning contracts are developed to ensure that both industry and the student have a means for meeting goals and intended outcomes from the placement.  The student must demonstrate that they are working to the satisfaction of the host organisation. If the student’s skill competency levels, their professional code of conduct, and/or project and other work-task outputs are not being met to the satisfaction of the industry supervisor at both the mid and end of placement phases, then the university will intervene and decide on the best course of action for all parties. If a student does not meet the requirements of the industry host during the placement, then the placement may be terminated. If the placement is terminated, the remainder of the unit cannot be completed, and depending on the circumstances, a new placement opportunity will need to be undertaken in order for a student to continue and pass the unit.  

Should you wish for more information about the assessment for this unit please contact stpacademicmatters@deakin.edu.au

Contact us

For more information regarding the WIL Program, or if you have any questions, please contact:

SEBE WIL Team
Email: sebe-wil@deakin.edu.au

Start Anytime

At SEBE we understand juggling work, life and study can be complicated. With Start Anytime you can begin a WIL unit at any time of the year. This means that you can start an Internship or an IBL placement anytime. Start Anytime units are not linked to a trimester but instead a Study Period (SP).

What is ‘Start Anytime’?

Deakin’s Start Anytime units are designed to help you learn in a way that suits your lifestyle. Start Anytime means that you can start a placement anytime in the year* giving you more flexibility, as long as you can fit it in your course. For example, if you are offered a placement in the middle of a trimester, you will still be able to start the placement and be enrolled in the placement unit, so you won’t need to wait until the next trimester.

*Please note that you will have to meet the unit requirements.

What’s the benefit of ‘Start Anytime’?

A work placement opportunity can present itself at any time – before, during and at the end of a Trimester. We’ve recognised this and now you’ll be able to accept the offer for your placement to start anytime that suits both you and the host organisation.

How do I enrol?

The SEBE WIL units (STP301, STP381 and STP341) are locked units. This means that you cannot self-enrol until the Faculty WIL Team opens the unit for you to enrol. This only happens after your placement has been approved. All SEBE students must complete the Career Tools for Employability unit (STP010) prior to your placement, you enrol in this 0 credit point unit via StudentConnect

What if I am an international student?

The procedures are the same for both international and domestic students. As long as you can fit the placement unit in your course and meet the unit requirements, you will be able to enrol in a Start Anytime placement unit.

What support and resources are available?

Each unit has a full suite of Unit Chair videos, tips and instructions in unit teaching site to help you navigate your way through the placement unit. You will access the unit once you are enrolled in the unit.

What does it cost?

As Start Anytime changes only the time you can commence your placement from a ‘trimester’ to a ‘study period’, the fee for the WIL units does not alter. Therefore there isn’t a change to the fees incurred for WIL units due to the Start Anytime availability.

Please refer to the Handbook for the most up to date fees.

Can I do both ‘Start Anytime’ units and timetabled study units at the same time?

Yes, provided they fit into your course structure and study load.

What will appear on my transcript?

The unit code, your mark and grade - exactly the same as all of your other units.

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