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Arts Practicum (HUMA2901, SEM-1, 2017, Crawley)

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education Office

Unit Outline

Arts Practicum


SEM-1, 2017

Campus: Crawley

Unit Coordinator: Mr. Peter Robinson

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Unit details

Unit title Arts Practicum
Unit code HUMA2901 Credit points 6
Availability SEM-1, 2017 (27/02/2017 - 24/06/2017)
Location Crawley Mode Face to face

Contact details

Faculty Faculty of Arts
School Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education Office
School website http://www.arts.uwa.edu.au/
Unit coordinator Mr. Peter Robinson
Email peter.robinson@uwa.edu.au
Consultation hours by appointment
Tutors/ Demonstrators/ Facilitators
Unit contact hours

Industry experience: 100 hours minimum

Online handbook http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/units/unitdetails?code=HUMA2901
Unit website http://www.arts.uwa.edu.au/students/artsprac
Other contact details

Kathryn Watson

Email: kathryn.watson@uwa.edu.au.

Telephone: Monday and Thursday (Business School) 6488 7224 and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (Careers Centre) 6488 3485

For general information or advice about the placement process, please contact practicum-arts@uwa.edu.au

Unit rules

Prerequisites Completion of at least eight units and enrolment in a major in the Bachelor of Arts
Advisable prior study
Incompatibility HUMA2210 Arts Practicum 1; HUMA2211 Arts Practicum 2
Approved quota

Unit description

This unit gives Level 2 Arts students the opportunity to gain credit for supervised projects in working situations in the public and private sectors. It provides students with an opportunity to apply, enhance and develop generic skills gained through their Arts studies in a workplace context. The practicum offers students access to professional responsibilities, participation in group and independent problem-solving scenarios and exposure to workplace communication (written and oral), needs and practices.

Unit content

The content of this unit varies with the type of placement undertaken, which in turn is dependent on the discipline within which the student specialises.

Unit goal

This unit provides students with an experience of the working world that will be of value to them as they make the transition from formal academic study to the world of work.


Educational principles and graduate attributes

In this unit, you will be encouraged and assisted to develop the ability and desire to:

•    make a valued contribution to the work of an organisation in the for-profit, not-for-profit and public sectors.

•    reflect on how well the working experience matches your personal and educational expectations and aspirations.


Students can enrol in HUMA2901 Arts Practicum in First Semester, Second Semester or the non-standard teaching period over Summer (November to February) or Winter (June to July).


Satisfactory completion of the unit will result in a Pass grade (no numeric mark), and not contribute toward any major. An academic staff member (mentor) will provide support to students as they undertake the agreed work integrated learning activity and reflect on the overall experience. To pass the unit, students must demonstrate not only their ability to perform in the workplace but also to reflect on the experience and relate it to their academic studies.


The first requirement for successful completion of the unit is to identify a placement for a practicum that is deemed suitable by the Practicum Coordinator. There are two main ways in which a practicum can be undertaken:

(1) Advertised placement

A number of placement projects or internships may be advertised in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education during the year and interested students are encouraged to apply. Depending on the number of applications, it may be necessary to shortlist students. In such a case, a selection process will be undertaken and successful candidates will be invited to enrol in the unit.

(2) Self-arranged placement

Students are also able to nominate their own project or internship. The Practicum Coordinator will assess the proposed placement and decide if it is suitable. Students should contact the Practicum Coordinator as early as possible to discuss their ideas for a potential placement. Significant preparatory work must be undertaken before a placement can be approved and students must allow sufficient time to ensure that all stages of the approval process are completed before the due date (see further assessment components 1 and 2 below).


Students intending to arrange their own placement should be mindful of the following guidelines:

  • Placements must involve work that requires a sufficiently high skill level to be appropriate to the student's level of study.
  • Placements must involve at least 100 hours of work.
  • Placements can be for paid and or unpaid work.
  • Placements should not be of a casual/part-time/full-time job in nature.
  • Placement projects should contribute to the solution of a problem identified by the organisation or involve investigating alternatives or possible course of action for the organisation.
  • Internships (where no specific project is involved) require students to demonstrate how they will make a valuable contribution to their host organisation and how well the work experience matches their educational expectations and personal aspirations. Students should consider internships that allow them to:

- critically evaluate and apply discipline-specific knowledge in a professional work environment,
- apply their communication and interpersonal skills to a professional working situation,
- negotiate, plan and prepare a proposal and make a final report on the internship that is related to their chosen major(s),
- reflect and report on their experience in the workplace,
- appreciate the skills needed for successful transition to the workplace and
- identify the strengths and weaknesses in their preparation for graduate employment. 


Once a placement has been approved by the Practicum Coordinator, the Coordinator will request validation of a student’s enrolment in the unit. Formal enrolment in the unit (valid status) can only occur with the approval of the Practicum Coordinator.


Supplementary assessment is not provided in this unit.

Learning outcomes

Students are able to (1) identify relevant generic skills acquired through their study in Arts for application in the workplace context; (2) evaluate the application of the relevant generic skills to their Arts Practicum placement; (3) demonstrate initiative and the ability to work independently, as required by the host supervisor in their Arts Practicum placement; and (4) successfully demonstrate a range of effective workplace communications at UWA and in the Arts Practicum placement.

See "Other Important Information" for further details on assessment.

Unit structure

(See Timetable)

Unit schedule

Teaching and learning responsibilities

Teaching and learning strategies

HUMA2901 Arts Practicum  is unlike any other unit in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education. It has been designed to provide an opportunity for qualifying students to undertake at least 100 hours of paid and/or unpaid work in an actual work environment under the guidance of an external supervisor within an organisation and an academic mentor in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education. It is also mandatory for enrolled students to attend at least two (2) workshops conducted by the UWA Careers Centre.


The UWA Careers Centre develops students' awareness, capacity and skills to manage their careers and make a successful transition to employment. Students enrolled in HUMA2901 are required to complete two (2) workshops conducted by the Careers Centre. Registration for the workshops can be completed at the CareerHub: https://uwa.careerhub.com.au.


Evidence of attendance must be submitted (together with the final report) to the Practicum Coordinator upon completion of the practicum.

Charter of student rights and responsibilities

Student Guild contact details

The UWA Student Guild is the peak representative body for all students enrolled at UWA. The Guild Student Assist team (consisting of qualified social workers and counsellors) can provide independent, confidential advice on anything affecting your study, including financial, academic, and welfare matters. The Guild also offers hundreds of events, student clubs, volunteering and leadership opportunities, and member discounts. More information and contact details can be found at www.uwastudentguild.com.

Uses of student feedback


Information for students with disabilities


Assessment overview

Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) work placement (100 hours); (2) practicum portfolio; and (3) reflective assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Assessment mechanism

#ComponentDue DateRelates To OutcomesComment
1100 hours of supervised work in an industry context.As confirmed by student's external supervisor and unit coordinator3 and 4
2Expression of interest (EOI).No later than Friday 3 March.Required for students arranging a placement themselves.
3Formal Proposal.No later than Friday 10 March.The formal proposal must be signed by the student, External Supervisor and Academic Mentor.
430 hour challenge.Upon completion of 30 hours work.Allow sufficient time for the 30 hour challenge to be reviewed by the Academic Mentor and/or Practicum Coordinator.
5Two (2) Workshops at the UWA Careers Centre.No later than 50 hours of the practicum have been completed.Students must provide documentary evidence of attendance.
6External Supervisor Evaluation.Upon completion of the practicum.Form to be completed by the External Supervisor and returned directly to the Practicum Coordinator.
7Practicum PortfolioNo later than Friday 9 June. (Earlier submission required to the Academic Mentor).AllAllow sufficient time for the report to be reviewed by the Academic Mentor before submitting the final report to the Practicum Coordinator.

Assessment items

Academic literacy and academic misconduct

Appeals against academic assessment

Textbooks and resources

Recommended texts

There are no assigned texts for this unit.

Suggested alternate texts

Additional texts

Technical requirements

Software requirements

Additional resources and reading

Other important information

Teaching and learning evaluation

You may be asked to complete the Students’ Unit Reflective Feedback (SURF). The SURF is a university-wide survey about the unit, completed online. You will receive an email from the SURF office inviting you to complete the SURF when it is activated. We encourage you to complete the forms as your feedback is extremely important and can be used to make changes to the unit when appropriate.


There are no classes in this unit. However, you must attend at least two (2) workshops run by the UWA Careers Centre.


Assessment component details

1. Draft Proposal

If you are proposing your own practicum placement, you should allow sufficient time to discuss your proposal with the Practicum Coordinator by the due date (refer ‘Assessment mechanism’). It is highly recommended that you allow at least two weeks for this process to be completed. Arranging a suitable External Supervisor also takes time, so make sure you promptly begin this process having made a decision to seek enrolment in HUMA2901.

You should submit your draft proposal electronically to the Practicum Coordinator (practicum-arts@uwa.edu.au). The Practicum Coordinator will assess your proposal and advise you whether it is approved, or whether a revised or alternative proposal is required. Where your draft proposal is approved, you can proceed to the next stage and submit a signed formal proposal in hard copy (see item 2).

Your draft proposal should include the following items:

(a)   Details of proposer (including: full name, student ID number, degree, major(s), year of study).

(b)  A declaration that the proposed practicum is unpaid or paid work.

(c)   Organisation and External Supervisor. Provide a brief description of the organisation in which the work will be undertaken, and include the details of the External Supervisor (including the name, job title and contact details).

(d)  Academic Mentor. For project placements you need to nominate a possible Academic Mentor. The academic coordinator will confirm the availability of the Academic Mentor who should be familiar with the field of your placement. For internships the academic mentor will be the academic coordinator.

(e)   Practicum details

The practicum may be in the form of a project or an internship.

Project based practicum

If your practicum involves a project, you should discuss the following items:

i    Expected deliverables. This should include the way knowledge gained from units taken in your studies could improve among other things, the processes, operations and business flow of the organisation. You should also discuss how the experience of the project will impact upon your remaining units and your learning experience at UWA.

ii   Completion schedule. Include start and end dates and significant milestones. Speak to your External Supervisor to set up some draft timelines and significant milestones for your project. These dates may change, but it is important that you draw up a schedule that allows you to complete your project within the teaching period. You should also discuss time requirements with your Academic Mentor to ensure that you meet the minimum number of 100 hours required to complete the practicum.

iii  Preparation and training. You should identify any advanced preparation or training that will be necessary before the start of the project. This may be training from your external organisation or from UWA. Such training would be additional to the workshops run by the UWA Careers Centre that are essential to your successful completion of the practicum (see further assessment item 4).

iv  Role. You need to make clear if your project is a team project, and if so, you need to explain your role in the team.

v   Potential difficulties. Identify any potential difficulties or risks associated with the project and how these might be overcome. Again, your External Supervisor and/or Academic Mentor may be able to provide guidance and advice. 

Internship based practicum

If your practicum is of an internship nature, where no specific project is involved, you need to address how you can make a valuable contribution to the host organisation and how well the work experience matches your personal and educational expectations. You should discuss how you expect to critically evaluate and apply discipline-specific knowledge in a professional work environment, and how you can apply your communication and interpersonal skills to a professional work situation. You should also indicate how you expect your university studies will benefit from the internship.

(f)   Curriculum linkage. You need to outline how the project or internship relates to your major(s) and the units you are studying at UWA. For example, if you are doing a Communications and Media Study major, then you need to describe how the project links to the topics you are studying in your communication and media studies units at UWA.

2. Formal Proposal

To ensure a clear understanding is in place between all parties, a signed formal proposal for the practicum is required. The formal proposal covers all items specified above for the draft proposal. It must be signed by the student, External Supervisor and Academic Mentor. The formal proposal must be submitted to the Practicum Coordinator by the due date (refer ‘Assessment mechanism’).

3. Two (2) workshops at the UWA Careers Centre

An essential requirement of the practicum is that you attend two (2) workshops or events hosted by the UWA Careers Centre. You must be able to provide the Practicum Coordinator with documentary evidence of your attendance at the workshops. The Careers Centre can assist you in obtaining documentary confirmation of your attendance.

It is important to note that the UWA Careers Centre does not run workshops every month. Therefore, it is very important for you to check with the UWA Careers Centre that the workshops are available as soon as your enrolment in the unit is confirmed. Places in a particular workshop may be limited and it is your responsibility to ensure that you complete the required number of workshops before you have completed 50 hours in your practicum.

4. External Supervisor Evaluation

On completion of the practicum, your External Supervisor will be asked to evaluate your performance. Your Supervisor will be asked to comment on criteria related to both generic skills (e.g., interpersonal, communication, professionalism, initiative) and discipline-specific knowledge.

5. Practicum Report

On completion of the practicum, you will need to submit a Practicum Report. The Practicum Report is in addition to whatever needs to be delivered to satisfy the requirements of the organisation. You also need to provide a copy of your report to your host organisation, so you need to ensure that it is of a sufficiently high standard to be presentable to the management of the organisation.

Your report should be a purposeful collection of your work that demonstrates your progress and achievements throughout the practicum experience and the skills you have gained. The collection should include evidence of reflection, critical thinking, and self-evaluation. You need to keep a daily journal to record and examine your reflections on activities, events, working styles and relationships in the workplace and life during the internship.

Topics that should be covered include:

•   identification details (student, organisation, External Supervisor, and Academic Mentor);

•   your enrolled degree at UWA, and your major(s);

•   description of the project, its aim and findings; or the activities undertaken during the internship (your daily journal can be used to summarise the activities undertaken);

•   any training undertaken as part of the practicum;

•   deliverables provided to the host organisation;

•   the most significant learning experiences and how these relate to your university studies;

•   what skills you have acquired that will assist your successful transition to the workplace;

•   opportunities you had to build a network of contacts, and

•   how you will incorporate the experience into your CV or a job application.

The Practicum Report should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length. Additional guidance on the Practicum Report and some examples are provided in LMS.

In the first instance, you submit your Practicum Report to your Academic Mentor. Your Academic Mentor will read your report and suggest any changes. You need to incorporate any changes suggested by your Academic Mentor and submit a revised report to him/her for approval.

To allow sufficient time for your Academic Mentor to read your report, and for you to make any suggested changes, you should aim to submit your Practicum Report to your Academic Mentor two weeks before the last day of the teaching period.

Your final Practicum Report must be submitted in hard copy to the Practicum Coordinator by the last day of the relevant teaching period.

6. Academic Mentor Evaluation

Once you have finalised your Practicum Report to the satisfaction of your Academic Mentor, you need to complete a ‘Submission of Practicum Report’ form (downloadable from LMS). This form, to be completed and signed jointly with your Academic Mentor, must be submitted with your final Practicum Report.

Award of grade in HUMA2901

On receipt of your Practicum Report and completed submission form, the Practicum Coordinator will consider all assessment requirements and arrange for your final grade (Pass/Fail) to be awarded.

A student who withdraws from HUMA2901 Arts 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. Permission to enrol in this unit must be granted by the course adviser or other faculty representative.