UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SVLG1007 Special unit: Student Leader Internship

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective
Content This elective unit is only available to Residential Advisors and Residents' Club Members (College Student Leaders) as nominated by the UWA Residential Colleges, with approval by the Dean, Coursework Studies. The objective of the unit is to enable students who are appointed Resident Advisors and Residents' Club Members at their respective UWA Colleges to enrol in a unit for academic credit in recognition of their service contribution to life on campus. These representatives 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, inter-personal, decision-making, prioritisation, planning, budgeting and time management skills, as well as goal setting and project management. College Leaders generally benefit from community recognition and this has the potential to greatly enhance their employment opportunities and leadership skills in the future. The objective of this unit is to formalise the training and experiential learning that College Leaders undertake during the academic year at their respective Colleges and recognise their service contribution to the Colleges and the University through their fostering of life on campus and the learning experience of this role. By enrolling in this unit, students gain accreditation for their contribution to student development and the enriching experience of life on campus.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) integrate practical, real-world experience in leadership and professional responsibility, using their training, knowledge and skills to be an ambassador for their college community; (2) demonstrate responsibility and citizenship by using their knowledge and skills to contribute positively to the student experience of life on campus; (3) reflect, think deeply and discuss cogently how the service experience affected them and supported their learning about issues affecting students
; (4) apply conceptual knowledge, skills and problem-solving techniques to real-life situations in a professional environment
; and (5) enhance their professional skills around communication, leadership, team work, service to others and management, developing their ability to innovative in their thinking, think independently, and resourceful in the solving of problems.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) report from the service learning provider; (2) 2 x reflection pieces on a specific topic (500 words each); and (3) final report presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Professor Grady Venville: Dean, Coursework Studies
Unit rules
Prerequisites: Permission/approval is required to enrol.
Contact hours All students to participate in their respective UWA College's leadership training program (minimum 15 hours training) as well as completing 85 hours of intenship experience there.
Note 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.

Students wishing to undertake this unit must obtain permission to enrol from the staff member that manages their position at their college. Written permission must then be forwarded to Ashleigh Benadretti, Dean of Residents at St Catherine's College at ashleigh.benadretti@stcatherines.uwa.edu.au

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