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Sustainable Development Internship Project (SUS632)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external, Y-internal, Y-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides an invaluable opportunity to build sustainability skills, knowledge and networks. Students are encouraged to work with government agencies, industry or civil society groups on projects relevant to sustainable development, while drawing on the support of academic supervisors. While suggestions for projects are provided, the onus is on students to organise projects that match their interests and prepare them for further study or their chosen careers.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1. Integrate the knowledge acquired during their university studies when analysing and evaluating complex 'real world' sustainability issues and challenges.
2. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing responses to these complex sustainability issues/challenges.
3. Prepare professional reports worthy of a sustainability practitioner.
4. Deliver oral presentations that give a clear, coherent and independent exposition of sustainability knowledge and arguments in a manner suitable for both expert and non-expert audiences.
5. Apply this knowledge and these skills with initiative and judgement within sustainability professional practice and/or scholarship.
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit involves internship or project work undertaken with the guidance of an academic supervisor. There are no regular lectures or tutorials.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is unlike most coursework units. There are no regular lectures or tutorials, and there is no list of unit readings. Instead, the unit provides an opportunity for graduate students to develop expertise and experiences as sustainability practitioners by undertaking a sustainability Internship or Project, with the support of an academic supervisor. Internships usually involve placements at relevant organisations such as local governments, state or federal government agencies, businesses (such as sustainability or environmental consultants), and non-government organisations (including community groups). Projects do not involve placements at organisations, but often involve working on project tasks recommended by 'partner' sustainability organisations. Internships and Projects require self-motivation, commitment and professionalism, and a willingness to 'learn by doing'. They can also be very rewarding, providing capacities, experiences and contacts that are particularly relevant for anyone aspiring to be a skilled sustainability practitioner.
Assessment A Progress Report (weighted 20%) provides an opportunity to plan the Internship/Project aims, learning objectives, tasks, and outcomes - and to get feedback on these from supervisors.
A Final Report (50%) brings together the key findings or 'deliverables'. For Internship students, this may involve creating a portfolio showcasing the Internship work. Draft Final Reports are usually reviewed by supervisors, who provide feedback. Students then undertake revisions before submitting Final Reports.
A Presentation (30%) provides an opportunity to reflect on the Internship/Project outcomes and learning experiences. The Presentation audience usually includes supervisors and the unit coordinator.
Prerequisites Enrolment in an Honours or Graduate-level course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed STP632/STP6321 Sustainable Development Internship/Project may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: STP632
2013: 'Sustainable Development Internship/Project'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Mr Allan Johnstone
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6278
e: A.Johnstone@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.020 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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Mr Allan Johnstone
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6278
e: A.Johnstone@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.020 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus

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