WILG2201 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
Non-standard teaching periodAlbanyFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodAlbanyFace to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit gives students in their second or 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 initiative and, where required by the host supervisor, the ability to work independently; (3) negotiate and plan a proposal and prepare a final report; (4) perform tasks set by an employer to a satisfactory standard; and (5) reflect and report on the experience in the workplace.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) work placement report; (2) practicum portfolio; and (3) career planning activities. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Peter Robinson
Unit rules
enrolment in Bachelor of Arts (BP001) or Bachelor of Commerce (BP002); completion of at least 48 point of units and approval by the unit coordinator
WILG3001 Professional Experience Practicum, BUSN3348 Business Practicum or HUMA2901 Arts Practicum
Contact hours
industry experience: 100 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-U-1A-2020]
Students wishing to undertake this unit must obtain permission to enroll by visiting the Professional Experience Practicum website: https://uwa.careerhub.com.au/students/workflows/detail/30 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 WILG2201 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.