Courses & Units

Professional Placement KGA513



Alternative arrangements may be made for candidates with extensive planning experience, but who need this unit to complete a Degree. This unit is only available to those students enrolled in K4E, S7D, S6L and S7U.


In this unit you choose a government or private sector organisation with which you negotiate your placement where, approved by the University, you will work on one or more practical tasks under the supervision of a suitably qualified professional.  You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of organisational structures and functions, administrative processes, and the roles and responsibilities of planners/environmental managers. You will have opportunity to meet and network with professional practitioners and stakeholders. Discussions concern generic issues of workplace values, ethics and professional practice as well as specific projects. The assessment draws on your engagement with the scholarly literature, and your documented preparations, outputs and critical reflection throughout the placement.


Unit name Professional Placement
Unit code KGA513
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Jason Byrne

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $2,381.00 2020: $5,566.00 050901

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KGA511 or KGA512 or KGA516 or KGA517 or KGA522


Teaching Pattern

80 hours unpaid placement in an approved organisation; weekly meetings by email with unit coordinator and 3-weekly class web-conferences; online assignments and participation in online discussions.


Online professional ethics reading exercise and discussion (30%); portfolio comprising CV, summary of the mission and core business of host organisation, and student's intended placement goals (20%); work placement journal, reflecting on experiences and drawing upon significant theoretical and policy literature from the profession (50%); and satisfactory (S) work placement report from host organisation.

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