INFO 538

Practicum

A period of work experience in an information service for students with little or no prior relevant work experience. The placement will be subject to protocols and managed through a set of learning objectives, and must be approved by the course coordinator before commencement.

Taught by the School of Information Management, part of the Faculty of Commerce

15 points

Prerequisites
60 500-level INFO pts
Corequisites
None
Restrictions
None

Tuition fees

Domestic
$1188.00
International
$3349.95

Note: To allow enough time to find a suitable host and mentor for a practical attachment, a student wishing to take INFO 538 must contact the INFO 538 Coordinator at least eight weeks before the start of the relevant trimester. It is not enough to enrol, formal contact must be made. The Course Coordinator may refuse to allow a student to start INFO 538 if insufficient notice has been given.

Introduction

Establishment of the placement is to be arranged and approved by the academic supervisor. Responsibility for onsite supervision lies with the mentor employed by the host organisation. The academic supervisor will conduct assessment, with some informal input from the mentor. The academic supervisor will brief the onsite supervisor.

The mentor will:

  • assist the student develop the topic for a Practicum project;
  • provide all suitable support and information for the student’s Practicum project;
  • act as a facilitator, teacher, observer, evaluator, and role model;
  • provide the student with tasks suitable for an emerging information professional;
  • teach and supervise the student in performing any unfamiliar task;
  • seek out additional learning experiences for the student as opportunities arise;
  • provide constructive feedback to the student on performance throughout the Practicum;
  • introduce the student to other staff members, helping the student to understand the structure and mission of the organisation;
  • raise problems or potential problems with the academic supervisor;
  • informally assist with evaluation of the student’s performance in the Practicum.

Course Objectives

The objectives of the Practicum will be established and evaluated through a student plan of learning that is agreed to by the academic supervisor and the hosting mentor.

By the end of the INFO 538 course, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate enhanced personal, technical, and professional skills and knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the information professions and the workplace where these operate.
  3. Show enhanced understanding of the relationship between theory and practice.

Readings

Students will be expected to construct a reading list appropriate their needs, after consultation with the academic supervisor.

Materials and Equipment

The student is responsible for expenses involved in transport, dress, equipment, accommodation, etc. during the Practicum.

Assessment Requirements

Journal and Portfolio (50%) – due at the end of the trimester

Practicum Project Report (50%) – due at the end of the trimester

Mandatory Course Requirements

Students on the Practicum will be required to attend the workplace for a number of hours agreed in advance with the host organisation. They will also need to complete both pieces of assessment.

CRN 11262

Coordinator: Gillian Oliver. Other instructor: Chern Li Liew.

Trimester 1

Teaching dates 3rd March 2014 - 2nd July 2014

A full timetable for this course is not currently available. Please contact the School of Information Management for more information, or check back later.

This course is taught at the Distance (NZ) campus.

CRN 11263

Coordinator: Gillian Oliver. Other instructor: Chern Li Liew.

Trimester 2

Teaching dates 14th July 2014 - 16th November 2014

A full timetable for this course is not currently available. Please contact the School of Information Management for more information, or check back later.

This course is taught at the Distance (NZ) campus.

CRN 11265

Coordinator: Gillian Oliver. Other instructor: Chern Li Liew.

Trimester 3

Teaching dates 17th November 2014 - 22nd February 2015

A full timetable for this course is not currently available. Please contact the School of Information Management for more information, or check back later.

This course is taught at the Distance (NZ) campus.