University of Technology Sydney

32019 Directed Study 1

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UTS: Information Technology
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade, no marks

Description

This special subject provides students with the opportunity to co-design learning experiences with an academic or professional supervisor. These opportunities include student led projects, vocational projects, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) projects, research placements, activity-based learning experiences such as competitions, workshops, community service activities or mentored advanced study in an area of personal interest.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

1. Demonstrate independent learning that fulfils the requirements of the learning contract.
2. Critically self-review learning experiences achieved during the directed study.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Technically Proficient: FEIT graduates apply theoretical, conceptual, software and physical tools and advanced discipline knowledge to research, evaluate and predict future performance of systems characterised by complexity. (D.1)
  • Reflective: FEIT graduates critically self-review their own and others' performance with a high level of responsibility to improve and practice competently for the benefit of professional practice and society. (F.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

In this subject, students will plan their learning experience via an individually negotiated learning contract with an academic or professional supervisor prior to enrolment in this subject. This formal learning contract includes a title, abstract, learning outcomes, in SLO format, and a deliverable schedule including mark allocation. Together with their supervisor, students will determine the goals they wish to achieve and then decide on the activities and strategies they will need to engage in to facilitate these goals. They will negotiate suitable assessment tasks to contribute to a professional portfolio that will enable them to demonstrate engagement in the goals identified and the degree to which subject learning objectives have been met.

Content (topics)

The individually negotiated learning contract will determine the appropriate content for each student and must be documented in the directed study application form prior to enrolment.

Students should have identified an appropriate staff supervisor and discussed the directed study project before application to this subject.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Learning Contract

Intent:

Creation of an Individual Learning Contract allows students and their supervisor(s) to design their learning goals for the session and how this will be assessed.

Objective(s):

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

1 and 2

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

D.1 and F.1

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

2-5 paragraphs

Assessment task 2: Portfolio

Intent:

Students document their achievements of their agreed deliverables and learning outcomes in their Portfolio.

Objective(s):

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

1 and 2

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

D.1 and F.1

Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 100%

Minimum requirements

In order to pass the subject, a student must achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.