Industry Internship

Subject AGRI90076 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Summer Term, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 04-Jan-2016 to 14-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 26-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 08-Jan-2016
Census Date 15-Jan-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-Feb-2016

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Placement to be equivalent to two weeks' full time employment or a total of 80 hours. Students may undertake this one day per week during semester (10 days in total) or more intensively e.g. several days a week for three weeks during the mid-year break if enrolled in an intensive subject. This is to be negotiated with the placement supervisor and the student.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two six-hour workshops (summer term only) plus 80 hours industry placement OR six two-hour seminars during semester plus 80 hours industry placement.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Confirmation of enrolment in this subject will require approval by the Subject Coordinator or Faculty Enrichment Officer and be based on students having secured a host organisation and submitted details of their internship placement via the EMS database prior to the commencement of the teaching period.

Research material used for other subjects must not be used in any of the assessment pieces for this subject.

Non Allowed Subjects:

Other internship subjects

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Ms Ros Gall



Subject Overview:

This subject involves completion of a minimum 80 hours work placement integrating academic learning, employability skills and attributes, and an improved knowledge of organisations, workplace culture and career pathways. The placement is supplemented by pre- and post-placement classes designed to introduce skills for developing, identifying and articulating employability skills and attributes and linking them to employer requirements. The placement should draw on specific discipline skills associated with the course of enrolment. Pre-placement seminars will also include consideration of career planning and professional skills. The placement is designed to be a standalone internship not integrated into any other subject.

Students are responsible for identifying a suitable work placement prior to the start of semester, and will be assisted by the Subject Coordinator and Faculty Enrichment Officer. In the semester prior to the placement students should attend Melbourne Careers Centre (MCC) employment preparation seminars and workshops, and access other MCC and Faculty resources to help identify potential host organisations. Students will need to commence their approaches to organisations at least four weeks before the placement. Further information is available on the Faculty website. Placements must be approved by the Subject Coordinator or Faculty Enrichment Officer prior to commencement If students have problems finding a placement they should approach the Subject Coordinator or Faculty Enrichment Officer well in advance of the teaching period.

On completion of the subject, students will have completed and reported on a course-related project in a workplace. They will also have enhanced employability skills including communication, interpersonal, analytical and problem-solving skills, organisation and time-management, and an understanding of career planning and professional development.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Identify and articulate their knowledge and skills and apply them to relevant organisational contexts and work-settings; as well as linking them to specific professions and career pathways
  • Produce original work in an appropriate format which demonstrates analytical, research and problem-solving skills
  • Review and reflect on the process and output of a work project/placement to articulate their academic and career development learning from the experience
  • Understand the value of industry and professional networks and their importance to self-reliance, lifelong learning and career progression
  • A 1500 word career case study based on an information interview with an employee in your placement, due approximately Week 9 worth 25%
  • A 2500 word essay on the placement experience due approximately three weeks after completion of placement or by Week 12 (whichever date is first) worth 50%
  • An individual or team presentation of 10-15 minutes on a work-related or discipline-specific topic to be presented in post-placement classes during approximately Weeks 11 and 12 worth 25%
  • 80 hours of satisfactory work placement (hurdle)
  • Attendance at a minimum of four of six of the seminar series (hurdle)
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader and resource pack will be provided.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability, time management and organisational skills as a result of participation in the workplace
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a professional workplace and to work with and interact with a wide range of people inside and outside the host organisations, including working in teams
  • Understanding of organisational culture and ethics, work practices, and the diversity of workplaces
  • Demonstrated analytical, problem-solving research, and report-writing skills
  • Ability to manage and plan work
  • Capacity for initiative and enterprise
  • Capacity for lifelong learning, self-reliance and professional development
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100 Point (B) Master of Agricultural Sciences
150 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
200 Point Master of Agricultural Sciences
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Tailored Specialisation
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