This unit aims to support students to develop their understanding of ‘learning about work’ and the discipline in practice.

This unit provides students with the opportunity to contextualise their university studies via learning from and within workplace experiences, and to develop broader professional skills such as communication, teamwork and self-management that inform, enhance and improve future practice.

This unit requires students to reflect on their professional placement experience to draw links with discipline knowledge and document the development and growth of their employability skills. Students are provided with directed, experiential learning opportunities in the real-world context of their professional placement.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Negotiate objectives and contrast perceptions of your discipline studies while at university with the realities of industry practice
  • Demonstrate effective communication for a range of audiences
  • Reflect throughout the placement and self-evaluate own performance and learning for improved practice

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 1 week 2
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Online Learning Activities
2.00 12 weeks 24
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 1 week 1


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Online AssignmentIndividual 5 - 15% 
Preliminary PlanIndividual 5 - 15% 
ReflectionIndividual 30 - 40% 2,3 
ReflectionIndividual 25 - 35% 1,2,3 
Reflective PieceIndividual 10 - 20% 2,3 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

  • As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all Unit Learning Outcomes to a minimum standard, a student must achieve:
  • Achieve an overall mark for the unit of 50% or more 
  • Content

    • Students will work in the industry or community placement to which they are assigned, under the supervision of their Industry Supervisor
    • Students will, with guidance from a discipline-specific Swinburne Academic Supervisor, reflect on their professional placement experience to draw links with discipline knowledge and document the development and growth of their employability skills
    • Students will be required to respond to feedback from stakeholders in ways that inform and improve future practice

    Structured learning activities will allow students the opportunity to identify and measure learning and to share experiences for a

    Additional Information for when students are on placement in industry: 

     You will be allocated a discipline-specific Swinburne Academic Supervisor who will: 

    • Provide discipline-specific mentoring, advice and support to students engaging in a WIL placement or internship 
    • Make contact (email, telephone or Skype) with allocated students prior to start date and maintain contact with the student throughout their WIL experience 
    • Meet the student in person at the start of their WIL experience (on site for placements, on campus for internships) and when site visits are conducted, to enter a Site Visit Report into Grade Centre. 
    • Assess all student works and provide grades, completed rubric and timely qualitative feedback in Grade Centre  


    Eligibility requirements for a Work Integrated Learning Placement  

    • All students enrolled in a Professional Degree. 
    • Domestic and international undergraduate students enrolled in a standard three or four-year degree program. (Available from 2017.)  
    • Eligible students will normally have:  
      • successfully completed a minimum of 150 credit points (300 credit point award) or 200 credit points (400 credit point award) at the time of application; 
      • a current enrolment of 3 or 4 units at the time of application; and 
      • a minimum of 4 units of study remaining at the end of the Professional Placement. 
    • International students who secure a professional placement will need to transfer to a corresponding Professional Degree and apply for a new visa that reflects the longer duration of their course. 
    • Variations to the stated eligibility requirements may be proposed by the relevant Faculty or School, and must be approved by the DVCA. 


    Study resources

    Reading materials

    A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.