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WILG3001 Professional Experience Practicum

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Professional Economics; Linguistics; Political Science and International Relations; Business Management; Enterprise and Innovation; Global Business major sequences
  • Level 3 elective
This unit gives students in their third academic year the opportunity to undertake a supervised placement within a for-profit, not-for-profit or public sector organisation. Placements may be advertised by The University of Western Australia or be, subject to the prior approval of the University, a practicum placement arranged by students themselves. A placement can involve a specific project where the student works on the solution to a problem or explores possibilities for an organisation in the for-profit, not-for-profit or public sectors. The placement may be in the nature of a paid or unpaid internship where students gain relevant work experience in a workplace environment. Students undertaking an internship need to demonstrate how they are able to make a valuable contribution to the hosting organisation and how they expect the internship will benefit their university studies.
Students are able to (1) apply communication and interpersonal skills to a working situation; (2) demonstrate high level of initiative and the ability to work independently where required; (3) create a proposal and final report with the approval of the host supervisor; (4) perform tasks set by an employer to a high standard; and (5) critically reflect on experience in the workplace.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) work placement hours and timesheets ; (2) reflection report; and (3) career planning activities. 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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the reflection report component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Philip Hancock
Unit rules
completion of at least 48 point of units and enrolment in the Political Science and International Relations major or the Linguistics major and approval by the unit coordinator or completion of 96 points of units and enrolment in the Business Management major or Enterprise and Innovation major or Global Business major.
For students in the Creative Writing Studies Minor: completion of ENGL1501 Reading Creatively/Writing Creatively and ENGL2501 Creative Writing: Theory and Practice.
Advisable prior study:
For Political Science and International Relations students: POLS2201 Foundations of Public Policy or POLS3342 Global Environmental Politics
BUSN3348 Business Practicum or HUMA2901 Arts Practicum or POLS3326 Political Science Internship or WILG2201 Professional Experience Practicum or PARL3399 WA Parliamentary Research Program.
Contact hours
industry experience: 100 hours
Students wishing to undertake this unit must obtain permission to enroll by visiting the Professional Experience Practicum website: and submit an intention to enrol by the published deadline for the desired teaching period. Faculty officers determine whether or not a student has satisfied prerequisite requirements and is able to accommodate Professional Development Practicum within their academic plan for that nominated teaching period. A student who withdraws from WILG3001 Professional Experience Practicum after confirmation of placement with the host organisation will be declared to have failed the unit unless the Faculty is satisfied that there were exceptional circumstances to justify withdrawal.
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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.