Course Title: Professional Apprentice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Apprentice 1

Credit Points: 48.00


Course Coordinator: Dr Simon Thornton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9313

Course Coordinator Email: simon.thornton@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: B080 F6 R029

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study:

Course ID 054183 Developing Professionally; and

Course ID 036812 Work, Health, Safety & Wellbeing; and

Course ID 054435 Impact Academy 1a.


Course Description

This Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course, Professional Apprentice 1 (PA1), is the first of three 48 credit point courses that provide you with the opportunity to commence working for, or link existing work contracts to, RMIT credit linked study.  Partner organisations may be from a diverse range of industries and sectors, including private industry and not-for-profit organisations.

In this course, you are expected to work around 480 hours in total for the approved host industry partner. This should be undertaken at one time, for example 12+ weeks in a ‘full-time’ capacity spread across the semester or teaching period. Using the Fair Work Commission guidelines, RMIT recommends that the maximum you should work without pay is 240 hours. Therefore, placements on this course should either be at 50% or 100% remuneration at the current minimum wage level or above.

In addition to the workplace experience and supported on-the-job learning that this apprenticeship provides, you will be individually mentored by RMIT experts from disciplines relevant to your apprenticeship role, and will have access to exclusive professional and career-development opportunities through the College of Business and Law’s Professional Practice Academy.


Process/Requirements:

After enrolment and before commencement of PA1 internship, the following must be completed:

  • You are responsible for applying/securing your own Apprenticeship internship. It is expected that this is an employment arrangement that will continue with an/or after the study program is completed.

  • A WIL Agreement must be completed by you, the host organisation, and RMIT University. This course cannot be used for self-employment, alternative courses are available for this where required.

  • The internship and associated documents must be recorded in the university’s InPlace WIL system.

  • International internships must be registered through RMIT Global Mobility’s Mobi system.

  • Assessment requirements should be read and understood prior to commencing your internship.

For more information, visit www.rmitbuswil.com   


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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This course is expected to signal the beginning of a partnership between you and your sponsor employer/partner that will continue each year of study and/or after the you have graduated.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

CLO1: Curate and present evidence from your Business Graduate Portfolio to reflect your suitability for a specific work opportunity.

CLO2: Demonstrate quality work outcomes that incorporate the Bachelor of Business values of social intelligence, ethical decision-making and inclusivity. 

CLO3: Articulate the application of disciplinary theory into business practice in real-world contexts. 

CLO4: Enhance your own professional capabilities by identifying, undertaking and incorporating the learnings from relevant development and mentoring opportunities.

CLO5: Enhance your personal narrative and professional portfolio with evidence from, and reflections of, your apprenticeship experiences.


Overview of Learning Activities

Throughout this course you will be provided with information and resources via Canvas to guide you through an experiential learning process in relation to the practical work you complete for your chosen organisation. Before you start your proposed role and/or project, you must seek approval by the responsible academic to ensure this is in line with your current study pathway.

Learning will be supported with practical tasks; seeking and providing peer feedback; and reflective praxis. In addition, personal research and development activities and recommended readings will cement knowledge gained. 


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies/Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. You will have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Contact: Ask the Library for assistance and information on Library resources and services: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library. Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.  Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: (Ungraded)

Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 5

Assessment Task 3: 20%
Linked CLOs:  2, 3 ,5

Assessment Task 4: 40%
Linked CLOs:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 5: (Ungraded)
Linked CLOs: 1,2, 4

Assessment Task 6: 20%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on progress, outcomes and approaches, and by individual consultation.