Courses & Units

Professional Placement KGA709


Students in this unit will undertake the equivalent of an unpaid, professional placement
of 80 hours duration, which gives them a work integrated learning
experience – providing intended learning outcomes that could reasonably be
expected from a placement within a government, non-government or private sector
organisation. Typically a placement project is arranged with an industry partner by the Unit
Coordinator. On those occasions when an 'in workplace’ placement is possible, it is the
student’s responsibility to organise their placement. The placement may occur as part of
a group experience, where you will work with a team of students on a real-life project.
During the placement, students will participate in completing discrete projects, everyday
work tasks, or a combination of both. Over the course of the placement, it is expected
that students will apply their discipline-specific knowledge and develop a better
understanding of environmental management, planning and/or related fields, including
the structure and functions of key agencies and organisations, the role and
responsibilities of professionals, and will develop an understanding of Australian
workplace culture.
Through this authentic, problem-based learning experience, students will be encouraged
to develop contacts within their profession and among broader stakeholders during and
after their placement. Over the course of the unit, students will practise key
employability skills, will experience aspects of workplace cultures, and will develop skills
as a reflexive practitioner, reflecting on their values, professional ethics and professional
codes of practice. Assessments will enable students to apply discipline specific
knowledge, and insights from the scholarly literature to everyday planning and
management practices. Through assessment tasks, students will enhance their critical
thinking and problem-solving skills. Assessment will emphasise important transferable
employability skills such as writing and communicating (e.g. presentation skills, report
writing) and professional skills (e.g., preparing a CV, writing briefing notes, addressing
selection criteria).


Unit name Professional Placement
Unit code KGA709
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Professor Jason Byrne
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
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 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply key employability skills and interpersonal skills to professional work tasks to the satisfaction of a supervisor in a real or simulated Australian workplace
  • Apply discipline-specific knowledge in a professional setting, to meet client objectives for a real or simulated project
  • Appraise the role of values and ethics in professional practice and identify appropriate sources of help for managing ethical dilemmas in professional workplaces
  • Evaluate opportunities and challenges in professional environmental management and/or planning practice and formulate solutions to resolve these
  • Communicate with peers, industry professionals and supervisors, conveying information in verbal and written forms appropriate for a professional audience
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
040103 $2,075.00 $2,075.00 not applicable $5,044.00

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3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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(KGA511 - Critical Planning: Theory, Process and Applications OR KGA512 - Statutory Land Use Planning OR KGA516 - Ecosystem Conservation OR KGA517 - Protected Area Planning and Management Systems OR KGA522 - Climate Change: Economy, Politics and Planning


AssessmentProject management and performance evaluation (10%)|Placement project (20%)|Professional portfolio (30%)|Placement application (30%)|Placement contract and risk assessment (10%)
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All required readings are provided via the Reading List on MyLO.

A text book – Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences by Iain Hay is accessible via the library as an electronic resource.


Any recommended readings will be provided via MyLO.

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