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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 hours
Online handbook http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/units/unitdetails?code=HUMA2901
Unit website
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

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

Suggested alternate texts

Additional texts

Technical requirements

Software requirements

Additional resources and reading

Other important information

Students wishing to undertake this unit must obtain permission to enrol by visiting the Arts Practicum website and submitting an expression of interest by the published deadline for the desired semester. 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.