PLNG5410 Geography and Planning Practicum

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit involves students completing an internship with a host organisation during the course of the semester. It is designed to provide students the opportunity to apply their geographical and planning skills and knowledge within a work-based setting. The unit provides the opportunity for students to better understand the links between theory and practice; develop their skills for the work environment; and further develop their transferable skills.
Students are able to (1) appreciate the links between geographical/planning theory and practice; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the professional and ethical standards required in the workplace; and (3) enhance practical geographical and planning skills that can be applied in the workplace post-degree.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a reflective journal on geographical/planning practice (70 per cent) and (2) a formal presentation (30 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Linda Robson
Unit rules
PLNG4401 Planning Theory and Practice
(PLNG4403 Planning and Governance
PLNG5403 Planning and Governance)
PLNG4404 Statutory Planning
PLNG4402 Planning Law and approval of the unit co-ordinator (Prof. David Caddy) and/or the programme co-ordinator (Dr. Paul Maginn)
EART4414 Professional Planning Practicum, PLNG4410 Geography and Planning Practicum
Contact hours
practicum: 100 hours; workshops/journal and presentation preparation: 50 hours. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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 may be placed within the public sector, private sector or University research centre, at the discretion of the unit coordinator.
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