To receive a pass grade (SY) in this course, you must meet ALL of the following criteria:
1. Submit all (four) of the required deliverables and achieve a Satisfactory grade for each component
2. Meet any additional requirements described in the Assessment Summary section.
Formal assessment in this course is based on all 4 compulsory components below.
1. INFS2101 Pre-Placement Sponsor Organisation Analysis (15%)
By the end of the 2nd week of INFS2101, scholars must submit the contact information and Professional Development Agreement (PDA). This is done online via the UNSW Co-op Program Career Manager.
Scholars must submit the INFS2101 Pre-Placement Sponsor Organisation Analysis by the end of the 5th week of INFS2101 to the LIC. This sponsor organisation analysis should address the following issues:
* The nature of the sponsor’s industry and its economic significance.
* Main participants in the industry, market concentration, products.
* Information systems issues relevant to the industry.
* Key challenges, issues and developments facing the industry and the IS/IT profession.
The report should be written to an academic (with IS/IT knowledge). Use the appropriate type of vocabulary, structure and level of technicality for this audience. The report should be word-processed and up to 2 pages in length (no more than 1000 words). Reports will be assessed based on the quality and depth of the scholar’s research as well as the quality of their written communication skills.
2. INFS2101 Personal Reflection Journal (25%)
Scholars are required to maintain a personal reflection journal throughout their INFS2101 placement. The personal reflection journal is to be used as a tool to assist scholars’ development of their professional skills.
Scholars should perform a self-assessment at the beginning of INFS2101. Reflect on your professional competencies, assess the sponsor’s expectations of a new graduate’s competencies, and establish benchmarks to self-evaluate competencies throughout INFS2101. Gather a list of the competencies desired for employees by your sponsor organisation. These can often be found on the sponsor’s intranet in the HR area under employee learning and development. You can also refer to the professional attributes listed on the Co-op Career Manager website as well as the UNSW Business School Graduate Attributes.
Compile a list of professional competencies and use the list as a self-evaluation tool to assess your own professional skills. Once you have established a base-line for your professional competences (e.g., poor, good, very good), set goals regarding which competencies need to be developed and how you will attempt to develop these skills. You may consider discussing your competencies with your sponsor supervisor.
Progressively throughout the INFS2101 placement, you should self-assess to determine the extent to which you are achieving your goals and outline what you can do in the following weeks to improve your professional development. You will then draw on this Personal Reflection Journal to prepare your End-of-IT1 Presentation. This journal should be submitted at the end of INFS2101.
3. INFS2101 End of Industry Placement Presentation (40%)
Within their last 2 weeks, Scholars are required to make a 20 minute oral presentation. Please refer to the UNSW Co-op Industry Placement Guidelines End of Industry Placement Presentation for the topics to be addressed in the presentation.
Scholars will be assessed on the presentation’s content (topic, structure, clarity, level of understanding) as well as on scholars presentation and communication skills (confidence, clarity, use of technology, appropriate pitch).
Presentations should be professional - addressed to an audience with industry and IS/IT knowledge. Scholars should pitch their presentation towards their sponsor organisation, their sponsor supervisor(s) and relevant colleagues and management and use appropriate range of vocabulary and behave professionally.
Your Academic Mentor and/or LIC, UNSW Co-op Program Office staff will attend. Scholars are required to advise in advance - the Academic Mentor and/or LIC and UNSW Co-op Program Office - of the date of the presentation. All relevant staff at the sponsor organisation should also be invited to attend. Scholars should request that their sponsor supervisor preview the presentation prior in order to ensure there is no loss of confidential information.
4. INFS2101 Sponsor Evaluation (20%)
Within 2 weeks of completing IT1, sponsors will complete a Sponsor Evaluation for a UNSW Co-op Program Scholar using the template provided by the UNSW Co-op Office. Sponsors will evaluate the Scholar's performance on INFS2101 across a number of categories. Including; Business awareness, professionalism, communication and team-work skills, technical as well as analytical skills and abilities, overall strengths and areas for improvement.
Scholars must submit this performance evaluation and their completed Scholar Evaluation of Industry Placement online (Co-op Program Career Manager) within 2-3 weeks of completing their IT1 placement.
Scholars should also provide a copy of their sponsor evaluation for the sponsor’s HR file and augment with any additional Scholar evaluation comments. In the event scholars cannot submit an assessment by the assigned date, scholars should discuss the submission date with the LIC.