Forest Internship Project

Subject FRST90035 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Year Long, Creswick - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-May-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Up to 200 hours of project work (including time within an industry setting) and report writing/preparation.
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours


Undertaking an internship is conditional upon obtaining approval from a supervisor.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. This course requires all students to enrol in subjects where they must actively and safely contribute to field excursions and laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Subject Coordinator and Disability Liaison students email:


Prof Gerd Bossinger


Graduate School of Science


Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


Gerd Bossinger

Subject Overview:

This subject involves definition and development of an industry-related project, and develops skills in project management, problem solving and planning and reporting investigations. The subject aims to provide students with a high-level employment experience with government, industry or non-governmental organization (NGO). Students will develop a good understanding of employer expectations of forest science graduates in the work environment and the skills required to function with excellence in the workplace.

Students will be required; with assistance from the subject coordinator, to source both a host-industry and academic supervisor (within the Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science) in their area of interest and define a project in consultation with them. This project may relate to an applied scientific, economic or sociological or managerial topic. Each student will prepare a Project Plan which includes the relevant information regarding the projects aims, context in relation to industry, approaches to be used, relevant background knowledge and potential outputs to their host-industry.

Students will then spend a period of 4-6 weeks working on their project, including any possible time off site within their host-industry. Students will work in close collaboration with the host-industry and academic supervisor during this period. At the completion of the project work, students will be required to submit a Project Main Report on the work they have undertaken and the relevant findings that have come from it. Students will also be required to present their findings to an audience, including host-industry members, as part of the Project Seminar.

Learning Outcomes:

This subject aims, through the completion of a defined project, to:

  • Provide the student with opportunities to relate their formal academic learning to industry practices, problems or issues.
  • Teach the student how to effectively design a project that identifies and provides knowledge toward practices, problems or issues affecting industry; to implement and manage the project; and to report on the project findings, including recommendations to the Industry.
  • Provide experiences and encouragement that promotes professionalism in the student and a desire to continue in their chosen career.

  • Project Plan (2000 words) 25% due end of March,
  • Project Main Report (5000 words) 60% due end of October,
  • Project Seminar (30 mins) 15% due first week in November,
Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Planning and Management
Graduate Diploma in Forest Systems Management
Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Bushfire Planning and Management
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Climate Change
Climate Change
Sustainable Forests
Sustainable Forests
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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