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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
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 129999 - Mixed Field Programmes not els


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. This course cannot be completed overseas. The industry placement must be undertaken in Australia
  3. All students are responsible for securing their industry placement of between 80-120 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. In association with the Host Organisation, all students must complete the Work Experience Proposal Form located on the StudyDesk and submit it to the Course Examiner by the end of week 1. The Work Experience Proposal Form can also be accessed at The Work Experience Proposal Form should detail the student’s proposed industry placement. Upon receipt of the Work Experience Proposal Form and upon ‘in principle’ approval given by the Course Examiner, a Student Placement Contract is sent to the Student for the Host Organisation. The signed Student Placement Contract must be returned prior to the last day to drop a course without a fee. Students who do not return the Student Placement Contract by this time, will be dropped from PWE3000.
  7. Finalisation of a placement in the course is dependent on approval of the student's proposal and the return of the completed Student Placement Contract by the Course Examiner.
  8. 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 //
  9. The Professional Work Experience Manual located on the StudyDesk provides additional information in relation to the course. The Professional Work Experience Manual can also be accessed at
  10. There is no recognition for prior learning for this course. Students who enrol in this course cannot request an exemption based on the grounds of prior or current professional experience.


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.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2016 Online
Semester 3, 2016 Online