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AGRI13003 - Agricultural Industry Placement or Research Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 3
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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Emerald
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 0%

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.

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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.

Source: Moodle - Have Your Say
Feedback
Some topics appear to been covered in previous years/units, hence some repetition
Recommendation
This issue is currently being addressed as part of the rejuvenation of the Agriculture program. The exercise will eliminate repetitive topics.
Action Taken
The Agriculture rejuvenation exercise has recommended that the number of work placement units be reduced from current 3 to 1. This will reduce the repetition raised by the students in the evaluation.
Source: Moodle - Have Your Say
Feedback
Difficulty getting a site for work placement.
Recommendation
The Unit Coordinator and the WIL office will continue to provide more support to students in order to secure sites for their work placements well in advance.
Action Taken
Discussions with the students regarding work placement sites commenced very early in the term. The majority of the students were able to secure sites well before the start of the term.
Source: Moodle - Have Your Say
Feedback
Difficult to find realistic financial records for assessments.
Recommendation
More guidance will be provided regarding financial information and data to be used in assessments. This may include the provision of typical financial records based on various agricultural industries.
Action Taken
The assessments were revised to take into account the fact that not all students will be able to access financial information from their work placement sites.
Source: Self reflection
Feedback
Additional learning resources
Recommendation
Additional learning resources e.g. work integrated learning videos will be made available through Moodle.
Action Taken
More learning resources were availed through Moodle. In addition, a number of Zoom sessions were held to provide students with an opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback.
Source: Moodle "Have Your Say"
Feedback
Some topics appear to have been covered in previous years/units, hence some repetition
Recommendation
The assessments will be revised to eliminate repetitive aspects. The Agriculture rejuvenation program has been undertaken to streamline the entire course.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle "Have Your Say"
Feedback
Excellent support provided by the teaching team.
Recommendation
The teaching and the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Team will continue to provide the same high level of support to all students on work placement.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Portfolio