Course Title: Professional Apprentice 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Apprentice 3

Credit Points: 48.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Simon Thornton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9313

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B080 F06 R029

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study:
Course ID 054442 Professional Apprentice 2

Course Description

This Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course, Professional Apprentice 3 (PA3), is the third and final 48 credit point elective that provides you with the opportunity to continue the working and study relationship from Professional Apprentice 1 (PA1) and Professional Apprentice 2 (PA2). The partner/sponsor organisations should be the same as previous periods. However, as before the position or role undertaken by you in this period should be different once again in activity and/or responsibility from the work delivered in PA2.

Again, 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 you should receive 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 their apprenticeship role and will have access to exclusive professional and career-development opportunities through the College of Business and Law’s Professional Practice Academy.


  • An update of the WIL Agreement must be completed by you, the host organisation, and RMIT University to confirm the dates of this course placement period.
  • As with PA1/PA2 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.
  • Assessment requirements should be read and understood prior to commencing your internship.

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Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course represents the third and final chapter of three work-study partnerships between you and the sponsor employer/partner set to continue during the study program and/or after the you have graduated.

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

CLO1: Clearly articulate the application of disciplinary theory into business practice in real-world contexts. 

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

CLO3: Analyse business challenges or problems and formulate innovative and context-appropriate solutions.

CLO4: Demonstrate company-wide understanding, reflecting on and integrating the learnings and networks created throughout the three professional apprentice periods.

CLO5: Redefine your personal narrative showcase and produce evidence to communicate your growing standing in this organisation/industry/sector. 

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 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: 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: 2

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

Assessment Task 3: 10%
Linked CLOs:  1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 4: 50%
Linked CLOs:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 5: (Ungraded)
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 6: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 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.