Work Integrated Learning: Will it Work for Spatial Science Wilers?

Webb, Robert M. & Hayes, John F. (2008) Work Integrated Learning: Will it Work for Spatial Science Wilers? In McDougall, Kevin (Ed.) Queensland Spatial Conference 2008 : Global Warning: What’s Happening In Paradise?, 17-19 July 2008, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia.


University courses often describe an intention to produce graduate students who are work ready and who have had ‘hands-on’ industry experience. Work Integrated Learning programmes (in various forms) in university courses are not new. Traditionally, some form of practical based learning has been expected in vocationally oriented degrees that lead to professional accreditation and are generally regarded as a good learning exposure. There is little doubt that students acquire the skills of their discipline profession by being immersed in the industry culture; learning how to process information and solve real-world problems within context, as well as working and communicating with technical and non-technical colleagues.

With the restructure of academic programs across the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering in 2006, spatial science and surveying students now undertake a formal work integrated learning unit. This paper provides an overview of this new units operation and implementation into the spatial science program at QUT. Some findings are presented of the student perceptions of aspects of their work experiences along with comment on how students are formally evaluated on their performance and the importance of the significant contribution from industry partners.

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ID Code: 14225
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Surveying Practice, HERN, Workplace Learning
ISBN: 9780958136679
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > GEOMATIC ENGINEERING (090900) > Geospatial Information Systems (090903)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > GEOMATIC ENGINEERING (090900) > Geomatic Engineering not elsewhere classified (090999)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Copyright Statement: This paper is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:03

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