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PWE3000 Professional Work Experience

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts


Pre-requisite: Students must have successfully completed a minimum of 16 units in their program of study.

Other requisites

  1. PWE3000 is not available to international students regardless of location or mode of study as it is an elective course. Australian regulations do not allow an elective work-based training course that is not a mandatory program requirement to be offered to international students.
  2. All students are responsible for securing their industry placement of at least 80 hours. It is important students allow sufficient time in order to secure a placement prior to the commencement of Semester. The placement should involve practice in the area of their major study.
  3. If a placement is unable to be secured by the end of Week 1, it is recommended that students reconsider their enrolment in this course.
  4. If the student intends to base their project on their current place of work, they must also have received the written permission of their employer as the placement activities must not be related to their current day-to-day work activities.
  5. In association with the Host Organisation, all students must complete the Placement Proposal Form located on the StudyDesk and submit it to the Course Examiner. The Placement Proposal Form should detail the studentís proposed industry placement. Finalisation of a placement in the course is dependent on approval of the student's proposal by the Course Examiner.
  6. Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at //
  7. The Professional Work Experience Manual located on the StudyDesk provides additional information in relation to the course.


The purpose of this course is to give students the opportunity to experience the applied aspects of working in the area of their major study. This course aims to provide the student with experience in applying discipline knowledge and skills in the context of professional practice in order to strengthen discipline-specific learning and specialisation. The course allows students to gain a critical understanding of the role of reflection on learning and self-evaluation in professional environments. Students who enrol in this course cannot request an exemption based on the grounds of professional experience.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2015 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2015 Online
Semester 3, 2015 Online