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PLNG5410 Geography, Planning, Environment and Development Practicum

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled
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, environmental, development 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) demonstrate an understanding of the links between geographical, planning, environment and development theory and practice; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the professional and ethical standards required in the workplace; and (3) show practical geographical and planning skills that can be applied in the workplace post-degree.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflective journal and (2) presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Linda Robson (Semester One) Dr.Julian Clifton (Semester Two)
Unit rules
All other core units of your study programme and approval of the unit co-ordinator and programme co-ordinator (Dr. Linda Robson)
Contact hours
practicum: 100 hours; workshops/journal and presentation preparation: 50 hours. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours
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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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.