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SDCM73-101: Professional Portfolio (Work Placement)


Professional Portfolio is a 20-week, 45 credit point subject available to Masters (Professional) students in the Faculty of Society & Design. This subject provides students the opportunity through situated learning to develop both their ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ skills in a real workplace.  

The subject encourages students to combine self-analysis and reflective learning skills with professional methodologies to expand their analytic and strategic thinking capabilities. It also provides practical experience for students to appreciate the requirements of an industry workplace and develop their communication skills to improve their ‘work readiness’.  

Students are provided with the opportunity to secure an internship in Australia which consists of a 210-hour work placement as an intern in a professional organisation. The student is mentored throughout their internship by both the Career Development Centre and a dedicated academic staff member to maximise the value of the experience. Students who wish to undertake the Professional Portfolio (Work Placement) require a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be considered. 

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2021 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • January 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,250
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,310

Learning outcomes

1. Identify appropriate work opportunities in the construction industry and effectively promote themselves as a desirable potential employee;
2. Instinctively demonstrate the behaviour required of a graduate employee in the workplace;
3. Communicate effectively with others in the workplace and utilise interpersonal skills to become a fully productive member of a team;
4. Through constant review of personal strengths and weaknesses, identify and make the improvements necessary to improve their employability;
5. Adapt and apply knowledge, critical thinking and practical skills to ‘real world’ situations;
6. Acquire, evaluate and organise the appropriate information required to complete an allotted task/project; and
7. Gain relevant input &/or demonstrate appropriate initiative to make informed decisions and be able to work under limited supervision.

Enrolment requirements

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Restrictions: ?
  • Study Abroad Students

Students must have successfully completed 12 masters subjects.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?01/02/2021
Cancellation 2?08/02/2021
Last enrolment31/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2021
Withdraw – Academic?06/03/2021
Teaching census?12/02/2021
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens21/03/2021
Semester start17/05/2021
Subject start17/05/2021
Cancellation 1?06/06/2021
Cancellation 2?12/06/2021
Last enrolment04/06/2021
Withdraw – Financial?26/06/2021
Withdraw – Academic?22/07/2021
Teaching census?25/06/2021
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?04/10/2021
Cancellation 2?10/10/2021
Last enrolment02/10/2021
Withdraw – Financial?25/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?21/11/2021
Teaching census?24/10/2021