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41061 IT Professional Experience 1

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UTS: Information Technology
Credit points: 3 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Pass fail, no marks

Requisite(s): 31016c Career Management for IT Professionals AND 41062c IT Professional Experience 2 AND 41071c Work Integrated Learning 1 AND 41072c Work Integrated Learning 2 AND 72 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10345 Bachelor of Science Information Technology Diploma Information Technology Professional Practice
The lower case 'c' after the subject code indicates that the subject is a corequisite. See definitions for details.
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 94680 Entering Professional Life (6cp) AND 94681 Entering Professional Life (8cp)


This subject supports students while they are working in industry or the community for the purpose of gaining experience in the practice of information technology (IT). It provides students with the opportunity to carry out supported reflection on the workplace culture and develop competency claims related to the IT professional.

Since each individual student's work experience is different and IT is a diverse area, employer or host organisations are not expected to provide formal training (although some may choose to do so). Students are required to become active learners and seek opportunities to fulfill the objectives of this experience subject. It is expected that students gain this level of experience early in their academic program.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Manage reflective learning process
2. Reflect on current issues of the ICT profession
3. Use and improve professional communication skills

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Self-management - Graduates must have capabilities for self-organisation, self-review, personal development and lifelong learning. (D.0)
  • Communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the discipline, audience and purpose. (E.1)
  • Professional practice within global context - Graduates must possess skills, knowledge and behaviours to operate effectively in culturally-diverse workplaces and a changing global environment. (F.0)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject develops those graduate attributes that are essential for effective practice of Information technology, specifically self management, communication and co-ordination, as well as professional practice within a global context. Although each student's experience during an internship is unique, this subject follows on from 31016 and further develops the student's ability to reflect on personal and professional experiences for lifelong learning.

Teaching and learning strategies

Students develop their lifelong learning skills by making regular entries into an online reflective learning journal. A selection of these journal entries will be provided in the online assessment to be marked for structure and relevance. As each student's internship experience is unique, the subject of the fortnightly reflections can vary.

All students should develop the competency of communication to a 'developing' level during their first internship.


Assessment task 1: Find a job suitable for an internship


Students must secure an internship before undertaking this subject.

Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: Mandatory task that does not contribute to subject mark

Assessment task 2: Submit your internship documentation


To gain timely enrolment in this subject and provide the necessary internship documentation including insurance cover.

Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: Mandatory task that does not contribute to subject mark

Assessment task 3: Keep a reflective learning journal


To provide a framework for developing and documenting graduate learning attributes and competencies during an internship, and to develop reflective learning techniques through regular journal entires.


This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

D.0, E.1 and F.0

Type: Journal
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 100%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Provide reflective journal entries 34 1 D.0
Develop learning contract and follow progress 33 2 F.0
Provide report on learning contract outcomes 33 3 E.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

To pass this subject once enrolled, you must do all of the following:

  1. Work as per your approved start form.
  2. Make regular entries in your learning journal on UTSOnline during your internship period (a minimum of one entry every two weeks for the duration of your internship), with at least twelve entries regardless of the length of the internship. Entries must be compliant with instructions provided in this subject outline and/or on UTSOnline. Selected entries from your journal must be submitted as part of your assessment in the corequisite subject using the assessment task links provided on UTSOnline.
  3. You must achieve a minimum mark of 50 in the corequisite subjects in order to be eligible for a pass in this subject.


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Other resources

Refer to UTSOnline for more information.