Course Title: Workplace Based Practicum

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Workplace Based Practicum

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Peter Rushbrook

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7854

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

TCHE 1003 Principles of Adult Teaching and Learning and, normally, a total of three courses completed in the program

Course Description

The workplace based practicum aims to provide an opportunity for students to complete an applied project in a post-compulsory education and training setting.  It should extend existing skills or demonstrate existing skills within a new context.

The workplace based practicum is designed as a course that should be completed towards the end of the Graduate Diploma in Adult and Vocational Education and Training. It is anticipated that the project will demonstrate links between practice and knowledge that has been gained as a result of completion of other courses in the graduate diploma.

Participants in this course are expected to identify and complete a project  based within an industry setting that clearly links theory with practice. The final report should be written in accordance with contemporary academic conventions and be of a critical nature. It should reflect the linkages between theory and practice demonstrating how engagement with the educational literature has informed professional practice. 

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

A student will be expected to be able to:

1. Plan, design, conduct and evaluate an applied project in an adult or vocational context according to agreed timelines and outcomes.

2. Prepare a project report of a critical nature in accordance with contemporary academic conventions including details of:

2.1. project outline (professional and personal goals)
2.2. methods used for implementation of the project
2.3. review of the project and personal practice
2.4. linkages between theory and practice
2.5. how engagement with the educational literature has informed professional practice during the project
2.6. recommendations (if applicable)
2.7. references


As above

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will discuss their initial project idea with their lecturer. You will be given a practicum proposal form by the lecturer to assist you in framing the project. Guidance will be given on shaping the practicum proposal and as relevant as the project progresses across the semester.  You will also collaborate with other participants at points in the course to gain feedback.  Online resources and activities will focus on generic skills related to project development such as searching for academic literature to inform your project and tips on project management.

Overview of Learning Resources

There are no compulsory texts for this course. Some generic readings will be provided in print and electronic format. Participants will also be required to research and access resources relevant to their project to achieve the learning outcome of linking theory to practice.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. The assessment for this course is designed to help you reflect on the practice of workplace learning and teaching while undertaking a workbased project. You will prepare a final report that summarises your project and its findings.

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.