CQUniversity Unit Profile
AGRI13003 Agricultural Industry Placement or Research Project
Agricultural Industry Placement or Research Project
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General Information

Overview

This unit will develop your professional capacity and prepare you to enter your chosen career. You will undertake this unit either by completing a supervised agricultural industry placement or a research project relevant to your degree or major. Students selecting the research project option must have a GPA of 5.0 or higher. You will apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained in your degree course to an authentic professional work or research environment. During the industry placement, you will complete at least 160 hours of work with an industry mentor or supervisor. Prior to commencement, you will work with your industry supervisor to design a placement program that is beneficial to the organisation and meets the academic requirements of the unit. To undertake a research project, you will work with an academic supervisor on a project that has been approved by the unit coordinator. You are required to find your own placement or project and details of the placement or project must be provided to the coordinator prior to commencing the placement or project.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must complete 48 credit points prior to enrolment. 

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Bundaberg
Emerald
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Portfolio
Weighting: Pass/Fail

Assessment Grading

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from SUTE

Feedback

Students appreciated the flexibility provided in the unit.

Recommendation

Staff will continue to provide flexibility in placement choice, assessment structure and overall unit.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply acquired practical skills and experience in a professional work or research environment
  2. Apply and evaluate knowledge and skills in a professional role or a practical research project relevant to your Degree or Major
  3. Effectively communicate your understanding of a specific aspect of your experience to various audiences within the industry
  4. Behave professionally and ethically as an agriculturalist
  5. Demonstrate your ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Portfolio - 0%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

NO

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Richard Koech Unit Coordinator
r.koech@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Start of your Agricultural Industry Placement or Research Project


Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Email the unit coordinator with the following information: Your CV and details of your work placement or research project e.g. host organisation and placement/research project supervisor's contact information.


If you have not organised your work placement or research project yet, contact the unit coordinator.

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Industry Placement or Research Project Continuation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

If you have not organised a placement or project yet, contact the unit coordinator.

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Industry Placement or Research Project Continuation


Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Industry Placement or Research Project Continuation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

The placement program or research proposal is to be uploaded in the appropriate section of Moodle by Week 4 Friday (06/08/2021, 11:45 PM).

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Industry Placement or Research Project Continuation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Industry Placement or Research Project Continuation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Industry Placement or Research Project Continuation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Industry Placement or Research Project Continuation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Industry Placement or Research Project Continuation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Industry Placement or Research Project Continuation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Industry Placement or Research Project Continuation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Industry Placement or Research Project Completion

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Submission of portfolio


Portfolio Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Portfolio

Task Description

You are required to submit a portfolio that includes:

1. Industry Placement program or a Research Proposal for your Research Project

2. Daily Diary

3. Written Report

4. Supervisor's Report


1. Industry Placement program or Research Proposal for your Research Project

Depending on whether you are undertaking an agricultural industry placement or a research project, you need to do one of the following:

  • 1A. Agricultural Industry Placement program. You will work collaboratively with your host organisation and site/placement supervisor to design a work placement program prior to commencement of your placement. This program will specify the number of hours to be spent on various activities or sections/departments of the host organisation, as well as the theoretical and practical skills to be applied and/or gained. The program should be beneficial to the host organisation and not significantly disrupt their work schedules. At the same time, you will ensure that it meets the academic requirements of the unit (refer to the unit learning outcomes contained in the unit profile). [Number of words: 500-1000]

  • 1B. Research Proposal. In consultation with your research supervisor, prepare a research proposal that should include: project title, brief background, key research question (s), aims and objectives of the project, proposed methods and expected results. [Number of words: 500-1000].


2. Industry Placement or Research Project Daily Diary

You must keep a diary detailing daily activities and responsibilities related to your industry placement or research project. Note: Each daily record should be written in about 100 words.


3. Industry Placement or Research Project Report

You will write a report of approximately 5000 words in one of the following formats, depending on whether you have completed an industry placement or a research project:

  • 3A. Industry Placement Report. If you have undertaken an industry placement, you will write a report detailing the nature of the work done and provide a detailed description of the type of activities undertaken. You will also (i) describe the knowledge gained and the skills learned during the placement; (ii) reflect on how the knowledge and skills gained relate to your course of study (Bachelor of Agriculture) and how they may be useful in your future career; and (iii) evaluate your level of knowledge and skills prior to and after work placement.
  • 3B. Research Project Report. If you have undertaken a research project, you will write a report about the research in a standard scientific report format. As a guideline, your research report may be structured as follows: Title, Executive Summary, Table of Contents, Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, List of References and Appendix.


4. Supervisor’s Report

The workplace or research supervisor is required to complete a short feedback form that includes an assessment of your progress and work ethic during the industry placement or research project. This report must be included in the portfolio. If the supervisor requires confidentiality, the report may be forwarded to the unit coordinator.

Note: It is your responsibility to provide your placement or research supervisor with the Supervisor's Report Template.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

The placement program or research proposal is due Week 4 Friday 06/08/2021, 11:45 PM. The rest of the portfolio is due Week 12 Friday 08/10/2021, 11:45 PM.


Return Date to Students

Assessments will be returned within 10 working days of the due date.


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

Pass non Graded (PN): Portfolio submitted on time and including all four elements (placement program or research proposal, diary, written report and supervisor's report) of an acceptable standard.

Fail (F): Elements missing from the portfolio or portfolio not submitted on time or not of an acceptable standard.


General Criteria Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
Title and task Descriptive title and task given in full. Title absent or inappropriate.
Grammar Appropriately structured sentences. Well organised paragraphs. Poorly structured sentences. Paragraphs poorly organised.
Spelling No errors or minor errors only.  Many errors.
Presentation Appropriate for style of writing presented.  Poorly presented.
Flow of text Fluent expression, well organised with no problems or only minor problems. Text is poorly organised and/or disjointed.


Specific Industry Placement Criteria Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
Introduction Clearly states nature of placement and work undertaken. Nature of placement and work undertaken is unclear.
Content Adequate detail of type of activities undertaken and knowledge and skills gained. Inadequate detail of activities.
Conclusion Reiterates major points and finalises the topic. Absent or very poor attempt.


Specific Research Project Criteria Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
Introduction Clearly introduces the research topic and identifies the aim of the project. Research topic unclear and aim not clearly identified.
Methods Methods are appropriate for the aim and clearly described. Methods inappropriate and/or poorly described.
Results Results are presented clearly and accurately. Results unclear and/or inaccurate.
Discussion Appropriate discussion of results highlighting significant findings and their relation to the literature. Discussion inappropriate, significant findings not highlighted or related to the literature.
Conclusion Reiterates major points and finalises the topic. Absent or very poor attempt.



Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
The placement program or research proposal is to be uploaded in the appropriate section of Moodle by Week 4 Friday 06/08/2021, 11:45 PM. The rest of the portfolio is due Week 12 Friday 08/10/2021, 11:45 PM.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply acquired practical skills and experience in a professional work or research environment
  • Apply and evaluate knowledge and skills in a professional role or a practical research project relevant to your Degree or Major
  • Effectively communicate your understanding of a specific aspect of your experience to various audiences within the industry
  • Behave professionally and ethically as an agriculturalist
  • Demonstrate your ability to work independently and as a member of a team.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?