Course Title: Environment and Planning Work Placement

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environment and Planning Work Placement

Credit Points: 12

Important Information:

NOTE: This is a WIL (Work Integrated Learning) course.  Students need to ensure all WIL related approvals (via all necessary forms and other agreements) are undertaken prior to commencement of any WIL activity, regardless of whether any placement is arranged through the University or independently by the student.   In the event of a proposed overseas placement, further university approvals are required regarding student international mobility.  


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr David Sprigg

Course Coordinator Phone: 52302

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge and skills: it is expected you have completed two semesters of your postgraduate program before enrolling in this course so that you have had an opportunity to develop a portfolio of relevant academic and project work to prepare you and enhance opportunities in for your placement.

Course Description

In this course you will undertake a work-based placement. The integration of work based learning and academic learning, commonly referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL), will allow you to solve authentic industry problems and address real issues faced in organisations. The course will also enable you to further understand ‘professionalism’ in an environment or planning setting. You will further reflect on the nature of professionalism and ethics in this course, and have opportunities to apply knowledge you have acquired in the work based setting. You will be able to develop and explore particular interests and skills in your placement, which will provide a basis for developing a professional network with colleagues and position you favourably for future employment opportunities.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify and model professional conduct in a range of workplace settings 
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills such as working in teams, listening, negotiating, mediating and/or leading
  • Apply academic and theoretical knowledge as well as technical skills to practical situations 
  • Critically reflect upon and analyse professional work practices
  • Synthesise current developments and debates in the environment or planning professions

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be supported to develop a work plan, in conjunction with your workplace supervisor, that will enable you to develop, practice, monitor and evaluate your professional skills. Other activities include attending workshops and maintaining a reflective journal.

Overview of Learning Resources

While there are no prescribed texts, useful references and resources relevant to the placement will be made available via MyRMIT.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on the above learning outcomes. Assessment tasks will include a negotiated work plan, written reports and reflective journals. You will also receive feedback on your progress from your workplace supervisor.