Professional Practice - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.25 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Stage 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 - Stage 2 (70%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 5,280.00
International 5,530.00

In this unit you will have the opportunity to extend your professional practice knowledge and skills by working directly with industry. This may be achieved by choosing one of three study options. The first option is an international study tour; the second is an internship*; and the third is an industry project. Your choice of option must be negotiated and agreed to by your lecturer.

*An agreement including schedule and relevant insurance documentation is required to be completed before commencing each placement/internship (local and international). International placements/internships must be registered and processed through RMIT Education Abroad. In the case where a placement ends early, please refer to 6. Early Termination of Placements in the Work Integrated Learning Procedure.

This is a designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for MC080 Master of Communication and MC184 Master of Communication Design. This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse and discuss key characteristics and emerging issues of global practice in media and communication contexts
  2. Plan, develop and manage projects to meet client objectives, working collaboratively to achieve organisational and personal goals
  3. Evaluate and present project outcomes to relevant stakeholders and recommend future possibilities
  4. Reflect upon your personal and professional learning and critically analyse your contribution to the professional setting, making connections between academic knowledge and skills and practical applications.
  • Assignment 1 — Stage 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Stage 2 (70%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

  • GRAP1178 — Professional Research and Evaluation

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

This unit is for Master of Communication Design students only. Prior to enrolling, you must contact RMIT at for approval.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Week 1: Overview of Professional Practice and the assessment project choices.
2Week 2: Learning Contract, Proposal and Proposal Presentation
3Week 3: Stage 2 Assessment: Report,and Report Presentation with past student examples
4Week 4: Reflective Journal
5Week 5: Presentation of your Proposal
6Weeks 6-10: Self-directed learning on your project with your tutor
7Week 11: Present your Project
8Week 13: Review
9Week 14: Review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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