• Class Number 4284
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Online
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Patrick Kilby
    • Dr Patrick Kilby
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
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The internship is organized by negotiation with the Convenor, who will assist and act as mediator as required with potential interning organizations. The internship is an opportunity for students to work in a professional environment, on a project or problem of mutual interest to the student and interning organization.

The student should register an interest in undertaking an internship with the Convenor and present a brief description of one (or more) practical tasks and associated methodological/theoretical interests that will be pursued by undertaking the internship. He/she may also nominate one or more organizations in which the internship might be undertaken. The student should give the Convenor a brief CV to present to the interning organization. A satisfactory three-way agreement must be reached among Convenor, interning organization and student regarding the nature of the internship and tasks to be performed during it, and the research question upon which the major assignment for MAAPD will be based.  Ethics clearance will be required if human research (e.g. certain types of surveys and interviews) is involved.

The negotiations will include a specification of time to be spent in the organization by the student; expectations about working arrangements; and a clear supervisory commitment by someone in the organization to the student. Working and time arrangements have varied with students having spent a minimum of one morning per week for 10 weeks, up to full-time out-of-country. Large commitments of time are voluntary, while periods one morning to one day per week for 8 to 10 weeks is generally sufficient. Internship students generally meet every two weeks or so for the latter part of the semester to exchange information and report to each other.

MAAPD students have interned at: Environment Australia; Amnesty International; ATSIC branches; SPREP (a regional Pacific organization); Australian Reproductive Health Alliance; ACFID; AusAID; CAEPR (Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research) , and at other locations in the University.

Note: Where the internship involves travel outside Canberra, students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required travel documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all travel documentation by the relevant delegate.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Apply theoretical knowledge of current and pertinent issues gained from other MAAPD courses to the workplace, while developing a critical understanding of the host organisation.
  2. Scope, design, implement and report on a limited research task in the context and under the direction of a development organisation.
  3. Understand the constraints that development organisations work under.
  4. Clarify personal, vocational, professional and career interests in the context of future employment in the development field.

Additional Course Costs

The student will be responsible for travel to and from and where relevant accommodation with the interning organisation. 

Required Resources

Course Websites

This course uses the ANU online learning management system WATTLE. You can log on to the course and MAAPD program WATTLE site using your ANU student number (uXXXXXXX) and ANU (ISIS) password either at https://wattle.anu.edu.au. Your Assignment grades will also be made available through WATTLE. Some helpful resources are a Harvard Referencing Guide which is used in MAAPD and tips on writing a research essay; text development; and the basics of essay writing. 

Other Websites

The ANU library has an extensive collection including and electronic collection which can be accessed off-campus though the ANU website. In addition websites such as http://scholar.google.com can also point you to a wealth of academic material. Development Agency websites relevant to this course include

  • DFAT http://www.dfat.gov.au/
  • Australian Development Gateway http://www.developmentgateway.com.au/
  • Asian Development Bank http://www.adb.org/default.asp
  • The World Bank's homepage http://www.worldbank.org/
  • The World Bank's Participation homepage http://www.worldbank.org/participation/index.htm
  • UN Development Group http://www.undg.org/index.cfm
  • Department for International Development http://www.dfid.gov.uk/
  • United Nations Research Institute for Social Development http://www.unrisd.org/

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Comments on Wattle;
  • Comments on final report;
  • Email contact

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Course Schedule: The course is suitable for both on- and off-campus students. An individual schedule of dates for contacts, milestones and deliverables will be negotiated with the Course Convenor in negotiation with the student and the nominated workplace supervisor in the host organisation.

Referencing Requirements: In text referencing must be used for all assignments.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Discuss interning organisation and interning task as a reflective Journal Reflective Journal
2 Continue the interning task and prepare four Annotated Bibliographies as a reflective Journal
3 update the interning task and complete four Annotated Bibliographies as a reflective Journal Reflective Journal & Annotated Bibliography,
4 Continue the interning task and prepare four Annotated Bibliographies as a reflective Journal
5 update the interning task and complete four Annotated Bibliographies as a reflective Journal Reflective Journal & Annotated Bibliography,
6 Continue the interning task and prepare four Annotated Bibliographies as a reflective Journal
7 update the interning task and complete four Annotated Bibliographies as a reflective Journal Reflective Journal & Annotated Bibliography,
8 Continue the interning task and prepare four Annotated Bibliographies as a reflective Journal
9 prepare an outline of the final report and complete four Annotated Bibliographies as a reflective Journa Reflective Journal & Annotated Bibliography,
10 provide a draft of the final report to the interning organisation and supervisor
11 Finalise report
12 submit final report Written Report

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Reflective Journal & Annotated Bibliography 30 % 03/06/2019 14/06/2019 1, 3
Final Report 60 % 03/06/2019 14/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
Supervisor Report 10 % 03/06/2019 14/06/2019 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 03/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 14/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

Reflective Journal & Annotated Bibliography

This involves making regular postings on WATTLE that illustrate the student’s ongoing engagement with the internship and associated research task. These postings should be at least very two weeks and be nor more than 500 words. The postings will include a diary component (i.e. what has been done at the host organisation since the last posting), a reflective component (i.e. ideas emerging from the internship experience that connect to other learning/experiences, questions) and an annotated bibliography (i.e. an annotated list of the literature consulted). In particular, the journal will be used to outline the internship research task that will be addressed in the final report. The Course Convenor, or other nominated ANU supervisor, will provide appropriate ongoing feedback on this journal (e.g. in the form of suggestions, pointers to relevant literature). This will be set up as a ‘Wiki’ on WATTLE so the feedback can be easily accessed.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 03/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 14/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final Report

Purpose of assignment: To help students:

  • develop an understanding, awareness and critical appreciation of the host organisation as a workplace in the wider context of development organisations;
  • apply relevant theoretical knowledge and learning to the development work-place and to the internship task;
  • understand and use the host organisation’s specialist knowledge sources (staff, libraries, databases etc); and
  • demonstrate their capacity to present material in a well-written format following appropriate conventions of style, referencing etc.

Instructions: Negotiate the scope, structure and presentation of this report with the Course Convenor in the first week of the internship, after your meeting with your workplace supervisor. Write a concise final report (4000 words) describing the scope, planning, implementation and outputs of your set internship task, including a critical analysis of constraints and outcomes. You will be assessed on the basis of your demonstrated understanding of the content, the quality of your critical analysis of the readings, your ability to structure your review and communicate in a formal academic writing style, and your ability to refer to academic and other sources appropriately and use an appropriate referencing style (following standard guidelines for academic writing and referencing). A sample marking rubric is provided.

The assignment is to be submitted by email to the Internship Co-ordinator no later than 5pm on the agreed due date (usually 7 days after the end of the internship).

Marking criteria for the final report:

  • Quality of research, design or other appropriate activities
  • Demonstrated capability to present a professional focus and a critical analysis
  • Demonstrated relevance of the task to the wider MAAPD program of study
  • Content (key tasks, timeline, expectations and resources clearly identified)
  • Structure and writing (introduction, logic, flow, clarity, conciseness)
  • Ability to refer to academic and other sources appropriately, including using an appropriate referencing style (following standard guidelines for academic writing and referencing)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 03/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 14/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Supervisor Report

The supervisor of the internee will provide a report to the course convenor assessing the quality of the internship task and provide a grade.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Graded assignments with comments will be available on Wattle.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Patrick Kilby

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Dr Patrick Kilby

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