SVLG4003 Service Learning for UWA Student Guild Office Bearers III

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This elective unit is only available to elected Guild office bearers with approval by the Dean, Coursework Studies on advice from the Guild President. The objective of the unit is to enable students who are incumbent Guild office bearers to enrol in a unit for academic credit in recognition of their service contribution to the Guild and the University. Guild office bearers play a vital leadership role within the student body through which they learn, develop and apply a complex mix of knowledge and skills including communication, interpersonal, decision making, prioritisation, planning and budgeting knowledge and skills, as well as goal setting and project management. Guild office bearers generally benefit from community recognition and this has the potential to greatly enhance their employment and leadership opportunities in the future. This unit recognises both the service contribution of Guild office bearers to the Guild and University and the learning experience of this role. By enrolling in this unit, students will have time freed up to enable them to make a strong contribution, minimise any possible adverse impact on their regular studies and, for some students, enable them to maintain full time enrolment.

Includes: Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Education Council President, Societies Council President, Public Affairs Council President, Environment Officer, International Students' Service Director, Sports Representative, Welfare Officer, Women's Officer.
Students are able to (1) actively undertake an official Guild office bearer leadership role for the period of one semester; (2) actively participate in a Guild leadership/handover course of 3.5 days contact; (3) demonstrate responsibility and citizenship by using knowledge and skills to contribute positively to the Guild and University environment; and (4) argue from an evidence base about the reciprocity of their service experience or about an important Guild/University issue.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) self reflection report/presentation; (2) UWA Student Guild assessment rubric completed by the Guild HR Manager on advice from the Student Guild; and (3) UWA assessment rubric completed by Dean, Coursework Studies. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the self reflection report/presentation component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Grady Venville: Dean, Coursework Studies
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
SVLG1001 Fundamentals of Service Learning
Contact hours
All students participate in a UWA Student Guild (Guild) leadership/handover program of 3.5 days (26.5 hours) contact. In addition, all students meet with their Guild supervisor and unit supervisor at least 25 hours per semesters. All students are voting Guild office bearers and participate in a minimum of 100 hrs per semester work during University, Guild meetings and official duties. This is a total of 150 hours work equivalent to at six-point unit.
This unit is recognised by the University as a service learning unit. Service learning refers specifically to community engagement activities that are embedded in units of study, being structured and assessed as formal educational experiences.

This unit is only available for enrolment by elected UWA Guild office bearers by approval of the Dean, Coursework Studies in consultation with the UWA Guild President.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.