The following components are used to inform the ACICIS DSPP Academic Program Officer’s evaluation report. Students are required to satisfactorily complete all components in order to achieve an overall grade of ‘Satisfactory’ for the practicum:
|1||Indonesian Language Classes||6-17 January||10%||Undertaken at an ACICIS Indonesian partner university (TBC) – assessments administered by the partner university through weekly assignments and written tests.|
|2||Seminar Series and Fieldtrips||6-17 January||10%||Attendance at, and participation in, all seminars and fieldtrips organised by ACICIS is required. Evidence of familiarity with set readings will be assessed through seminar participation.|
|3||Practicum Placement||20 January-14 February||50%||Practicum Host Organisation mentor to submit an evaluation to the DSPP Academic Program Officer (APO); APO to gauge performance based on monitoring visits and discussions with Host Organisation mentor and student.|
|4||Reflective Journal||20 January-14 February||10%||Weekly submissions to be emailed to DSPP Academic Program Officer by 4pm Friday throughout the placement component of the program. Evidence of familiarity with set readings will be assessed through student’s reflective journal submissions.|
|5||Thematic Research Essay||Due 16 February||20%||Student to submit a 2,000 word essay on a contemporary development issue in Indonesia to be assessed by DSPP Academic Program Officer.|
Indonesian Language Classes (40 hours)
Students are required to attend two weeks of intensive classes in Indonesian language and culture at the ACICIS Indonesian partner university (TBC) in order to develop language skills that will help them operate more effectively in their practicum placements and in the wider Indonesian community. Students will sit a placement test during orientation and be placed in Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Indonesian language classes at the ACICIS Indonesian partner university (TBC) based on their placement test results. Language classes are four hours in duration each day from Monday to Friday for the first two weeks of the program. Students will be assessed on four macro skills areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Students will sit a final language exam and be given a numerical mark for this assessment component. To be awarded an overall ‘Satisfactory’ grade for the DSPP, participants must achieve a mark of at least 60% for this component of the program.
Seminar Series and Fieldtrips (30 hours)
The Seminar Series and Fieldtrip component of the DSPP consists of seven seminars and two fieldtrips. Students must attend and participate actively in a minimum of 80% of all scheduled seminars and fieldtrips. Prior to each seminar, students are required to complete a number of set readings. Students must demonstrate adequate preparation through informed contributions to discussions and activities in order to pass this component. Lively discussion groups and Q&A sessions will be a key aspect of these sessions.
Practicum Placement (160 hours)
Students undertake a supervised practicum placement at a participating Host Organisation. Required tasks will vary depending on the Host Organisation. Without good reason and the permission of their Host Organisation mentor, students must attend their placement during all contracted working hours. Furthermore, students must satisfy both their Host Organisation and the DSPP Academic Program Officer that they have performed all assigned tasks to a satisfactory standard. On completion of the practicum, the Host Organisation mentor will be asked to evaluate the student’s performance. The mentor will be asked to comment on criteria related to both generic skills (e.g. interpersonal, communication, professionalism, initiative) and discipline-specific knowledge.
The purpose of the Reflective Journal is to encourage critical thinking and reflection from students on their theoretical and vocational learning process while on the DSPP. It should serve as a space in which students are able to reflect on the challenges and rewards of working in a cross-cultural professional environment, and guide students’ workplace tasks week-to-week based on input from their DSPP Academic Program Officer and workplace mentor. The reflective journal also demonstrates students’ understanding of set course readings and ability to relate these readings to their practicum experience. Weekly logs are to be sent through to the DSPP Academic Program Officer every Friday during the practicum period by 4pm via email.
Thematic Research Essay (2,000 words)
Students are required to complete a 2,000-word research essay on a contemporary theme in Indonesian development. The aim of the thematic research essay is to encourage students to think critically about contemporary development issues in Indonesia, from a range of secondary sources (academic journal articles, research papers, books and online articles) as well as the experience of observing and participating in development initiatives first-hand through the DSPP program.
Award of Grade for the Course
Both the student and the student’s home university will receive a copy of the DSPP Academic Program Officer’s student outcome evaluation report as well as an official academic transcript from the ACICIS Indonesian partner university. These assessment documents will be sent electronically from the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth within six weeks of a student’s completion of the program. The home university may choose to award a numerical grade or an ungraded pass/fail on the basis of these documents and any additional home university assessment requirements for the program.