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Research Internship (SWM619)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Undertaking a research internship, students develop and complete a specific project relevant to an industry, a professional workplace or a community organisation in a work-integrated-learning environment. Students are guided by a workplace supervisor and an academic supervisor. The research project is supported by a series of seminars which may include research design and the ethics of research, professional writing, and professional ethics and practice. Students completing the research internship demonstrate high level organisational and time management skills.
Unit Learning Outcomes By the end of your Internship you should have a high level understanding of:
1. The particular public policy that has been the focus of your project;
2. The diverse range of approaches and perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) appropriate to research into public policy;
3. Research ethics;
4. The role of professionalism in the workplace;
5. The importance of professional writing and its relationship to formal academic writing
By the end of your Internship you will be able to:
6. Critically apply disciplinary knowledge acquired during your university studies to your particular research project;
7. Demonstrate professionalism in the workplace;
8. Plan the organisation, time-management and execution of a significant research project;
9. Write in a professional manner appropriate to the context and audience of your research;
10. Collaborate professionally - with colleagues and relevant organisations;
11. Think critically about the ethical implications of research and practice;
12. Demonstrate articulate, persuasive communication, including preparing and delivering oral presentations;
13. Be a reflective practitioner, able to reflect on progress and experiences;
14. Accept and respond professionally to constructive critical feedback.
Timetabled Learning Activities The principal activity of interns is undertaking their research project; there is also a series of seminars concerning research design and the ethics of research, professional writing, professional ethics and practice and the use of Library databases - depending on enrolments these are conducted either formally or informally. Students will then complete research assignments independently, in consultation and under the supervision of academic staff/ the unit coordinator and a workplace supervisor. Seminars: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Learning in this unit is self-directed, flexible and independent research, supported by capability building in developing students' flexible and independent research skills, professional report writing skills and professional oral presentation skills thereby enabling students (interns) to research and prepare a report of professional quality on a topic of both public and personal interest, and speak to that report.
Other Learning Experiences All interns will spend time in the workplace associated with their Internship/placement. In addition, interns undertaking a Parliamentary or Public Sector Internship may visit the Parliament of WA, and a number of public sector agencies such as the Equal Opportunity Commission, the Office of the Auditor General, the Office of the Ombudsman as appropriate and convenient to these agencies.
Assessment The principal piece of assessment is the project report - the writing of this report is supervised and scaffolded through a process of feedback on submitted drafts; in addition Interns (students) are required to present a Research Seminar to their peers speaking to their project OR a Reflective Essay (dependent on enrolments in the Unit).
Research Outline: 10%
Research Project: 60%
Participation/Engagement: 10% (includes/moderated by evaluation by workplace supervisor);
Research Seminar /Reflective Essay: 20%
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Public Policy and Management, Master of Development Studies, Master of International Affairs, Master of International Affairs and Security, Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership or Master of Health Policy and Leadership Affairs; completion of at least 24 credit points; and minimum GPA of 2.00.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed SSH619 Research Internship may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: SSH619
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
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
Professor Kanishka Jayasuriya
Professor in Politics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6658
e: K.Jayasuriya@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.024 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Professor Kanishka Jayasuriya
Professor in Politics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6658
e: K.Jayasuriya@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.024 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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