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LAC3004 In-Country Study/Professional Placement

Semester 2, 2015 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Staffing

Examiner: Gabriela Pohl
Moderator: Yan Zhao

Requisites

Pre-requisite: LAC2002

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course should be completed during the student's last year in the program.

Rationale

Two-thirds of the world's population are at least bilingual. Speaking the language of clients, competitors, co-workers and managers will place graduates in a much stronger negotiating position than relying on their native language or English alone. Successful multilingual graduates and those with cross-cultural experiences and skills have enhanced employment opportunities, career mobility and an important competitive edge. Speaking more than one language is increasingly important for aspiring leaders and professionals, who see themselves as contributors on an international stage.

Synopsis

The purpose of this course is to give students the opportunity to experience work/study in the relevant target-country and to formally demonstrate and communicate the knowledge, skills and experiences gained overseas. It will require students to record and to reflect upon their in-country experiences and to communicate insights gained to peers in LAC and related studies upon their return to Australia in the target-language. It is envisaged that a formally recognised in-country experience will enhance students' Post-graduation employment prospects. Students should be aware that the number of students admitted into this course will be restricted and acceptance will be at the discretion of the course examiner.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students will:

  1. Language:
    ? demonstrate intermediate language competencies
    ? for German: towards competency level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, if departing after completing LAC2002 and/or LAC3001 and towards B2 if departing after completing LAC3002 or LAC3003
    ? for Chinese: achieving competency level of HSK (Elementary Test)
  2. Culture:
    ? demonstrate significant knowledge and critical analysis of a chosen topic pertinent to the relevant country
    ? reflection on relevant cultural, social, historical, political, and/or economic issues observed or experienced while in-country.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Language component 70.00
2. Cultural component 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2015&sem=02&subject1=LAC3004)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Relevant materials will vary in accordance with the chosen topic. Students are strongly encouraged to collect suitable online resources and language reference sites and/or materials BEFORE their departure.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 1.00
Directed Study 164.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT PROPOSAL 100 20 27 Jul 2015
REPORT/REFLECTIVE DIARY 100 40 06 Oct 2015
ORAL PRESENTATION 100 40 19 Oct 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus
    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.