Forest Internship Project

Subject FRST90035 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Year Long, Creswick - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

For detailed information and the application process, refer to the Faculty of Science website:

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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:

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:


Prof 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 School of Ecosystem and Forest 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
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Climate Change
Climate Change
Conservation and Restoration
Master of Science (Ecosystem Science) - Discipline Elective subjects
Sustainable Forests
Sustainable Forests
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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