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Arts Practicum (HUMA2901, SEM-2, 2017, Crawley)

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education Office

Unit Outline

Arts Practicum


SEM-2, 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-2, 2017 (31/07/2017 - 25/11/2017)
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 hrs

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

The practicum is also an opportunity to develop reflective practices that enable strategic identification and articulation of specific, career-focused goals, as well as critical reflection on the sociocultural impact of organisational cultures, values and purposes.

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.

Unit structure

(See Timetable)

Unit schedule

Teaching and learning responsibilities

Teaching and learning strategies

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.

Because Arts Practicum students work in a wide range of situations, supervised by many different people, it is not possible to award the different numerical grades (such as a Credit or Distinction) received in conventional academic units. Instead, the practicum is assessed on a pass/fail basis. Successful students will be awarded an Ungraded Pass: this should not be regarded as a sub-standard achievement, and it has no impact on your weighted average mark. 

Assessment Structure

There are three components to the unit:

  • Work Placement (100 hours)
  • Practicum Portfolio (30 hour Workplace Challenge Worksheet, Statements Addressing Selection Criteria and an Updated Resume)
  • Reflective Assignment (2000 words)

Each component is assessed on a pass/fail basis and you must complete all components. More information about each of these components is available below. Additional information is provided on LMS.

IMPORTANT: It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the correct deadline, which is extrapolated from the agreed date on which you conclude your 100 hours of work (provided to the unit coordinator on your Placement Confirmation Form). If you are concerned that you will not be able to meet your deadline, you must inform the unit coordinator before your due date. Failure to do so will result in failure of the unit, even if you have completed your 100 hours of work to your workplace supervisor’s satisfaction. 

Assessment mechanism

#ComponentWeightDue DateRelates To Outcomes
1Work PlacementNAAt completion of 100 hours3, 4
2Practicum PortfolioNAWorkplace Challenge Worksheet due after 30 hours and the remainder due one week after completion of 100 hours1, 2, 4
3Reflective AssignmentNAOne week after completion of 100 hours1, 2, 4

Assessment items

Item TitleDescriptionSubmission Procedure for Assignments
Work Placement TimesheetYou must keep a timesheet recording your hours of work, the tasks you worked on each day and the week’s major achievements, and it must be signed by your supervisor. The timesheet is available on LMS.Electronic submission of timesheet via LMS.
Practicum PortfolioThe portfolio is designed to encourage your career development skills. It comprises: 1) Workplace Challenge Worksheet 2) Statements Addressing Selection Criteria and 3) Updated Resume. Details are provided in the unit assessment supplement.
Electronic submission via LMS.
Reflective AssignmentCritically reflect on your practicum, using the questions provided in the unit assessment supplement as a guide.Electronic submission via LMS.

Academic literacy and academic misconduct

Appeals against academic assessment

Textbooks and resources

Recommended texts

Reading materials relevant to the Arts Practicum will be available from the library. These are optional readings, but you are encouraged to use these resources during your practicum placement and when writing your report.

Arts, Generic Skills and Contemporary Workplaces

Lahey, Katie. (2005) ‘Innovation, Skills, and the 21st Century Corporation’, Business - Higher Education Round Table Newsletter 22 (July 2005), 6-7.

   The entire issue, on the theme of ‘The Business of Humanities, The Humanities of Business’, is worth looking over. It is available at http://www.bhert.com/publications/newsletter/B-HERTNEWS22.pdf


Lagemann, Ellen Condliffe. (2003) ‘The Challenge of Liberal Education: Past, Present, and Future’, Liberal Education. 89 (2), 6-13.

This reading explores ideas of ‘vocation’ and ‘vocational education’ in the context of arts degrees.


Workplace Transitions

Byrski, Liz. (1986) ‘Starting Work’, in Work Wise: Getting a Job and Starting Out. Melbourne: Nelson, 165-172.

A general overview of issues to consider when starting in a new workplace.


Identifying Skills

Bingham, Rosie and Sue Drew. (1999) ‘Identifying Strengths and Improving Skills’, in Key Work Skills. Aldershot, Hampshire: Gower, 227-235.

This reading has a number of activities, such as a skills audit, that are worth thinking about at the beginning of your Practicum and revisiting at the end.


Organisation and Time Management

Fry, Ron. (2005) ‘Organizing Your Life’, in Get Organized. Third Edition. New York: Thomson Delmar Learning, 17-27.

A basic introduction to organisational strategies.


Marshall, Lorraine and Frances Rowland. (1998) ‘Planning When and How You Study’, In A Guide to Learning Independently. Third Edition. Sydney: Longman, 18-27.

Has suggestions about balancing study and other commitments which is very applicable to the practicum.


Worldwide Learning Limited (2005) ‘Time Management’, in Managing Yourself. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 51-83.

This reading has a number of activities to complete, so it may be helpful to print it out and work through the activities yourself.


Communication and Writing in a Professional Environment


Bingham, Rosie and Sue Drew. (1999) ‘Communicating at Work’, in Key Work Skills. Aldershot, Hampshire: Gower, 21-32.

            Discusses the purposes and forms of communication in the workplace.


Durham, Marsha and Roslyn Petelin (1992) ‘Writing in the Business Environment’, in The Professional Writing Guide: Writing Well and Knowing Why. South Melbourne: Longman Professional, 1-13.

            An overview with clear examples.


Van Emden, Joan. (2005) ‘Paragraphs and Formats’, in (2005) Writing for Engineers. Third Edition. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan, 55-87.

Includes an extremely useful section on email communications in a business environment.


Elliot, Elizabeth and Keith Windschuttle (1999) Writing, Researching, Communicating: Communication Skills for the Information Age. Third Edition. Sydney: McGraw Hill.

Suggested alternate texts

Additional texts

Technical requirements

Software requirements

Additional resources and reading

Other important information

Withdrawal After Confirmation of Placement

A student who withdraws from HUMA2901 after confirmation of placement with the host organisation will be declared to have failed the unit unless the unit coordinator is satisfied that there were exceptional circumstances to justify withdrawal. 

Graduating Students

If you are in the last semester of your degree, undertaking a practicum may delay your ability to graduate, since unforseen circumstances beyond the control of the university may affect our capacity to process your grade in time for Graduation Office deadlines.


Student Feedback

After you have completed 30 hours of work, you should complete the 30 Hour Check-up Survey at: http://www.arts.uwa.edu.au/students/artsprac/assessment/30-hour-check-up-survey

At the conclusion of your placement should complete the completion survey at: http://www.arts.uwa.edu.au/students/artsprac/assessment/student-evaluation-form The survey gives the Practicum Coordinator an overview of your placement experience, as well as providing important information when considering whether to offer future students the same placement. Complete the form as honestly as possible: it will be treated with strict confidentiality. Submit the form when you are ready to submit your final assessment materials. 


Supervisor’s Evaluation Form

Your practicum supervisor will complete an evaluation of your placement performance at the end of your practicum. It is a good idea to remind your supervisor to do so.


All practicum students are fully covered by UWA public liability insurance and a personal accident policy whilst they are working with their host organisations. See http://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/policies/pl for more information.


Equity and Diversity

Any concerns about equity and diversity, such as discrimination or bullying in the workplace, should be raised immediately. You can contact either the Coordinator or an Equity and Diversity Adviser at UWA. More information about equity and diversity, including UWA’s grievance policy, can be found at http://www.equity.uwa.edu.au


Albany Students

You are not required to attend the workshops. Rather, you should contact the Practicum Coordinator to receive the information presented at the workshops, and liaise with the Director of UWA's Albany Centre to discuss your progress.