The following components are used to inform the ACICIS STPP 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 program:
|1||Indonesian Language Classes||7-18 January||10%||Undertaken at Udayana University – assessments administered by the Faculty of Arts through weekly assignments and written tests.|
|2||Seminar Series and Fieldtrips||7-18 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||21 January -15 February||50%||Practicum Host Organisation workplace mentor to submit an evaluation to the STPP Academic Program Officer (APO); APO to gauge performance based on monitoring visits and discussions with Host Organisation mentor and student.|
|4||Reflective Journal||21 January -15 February||10%||Weekly submissions to be submitted electronically to the STPP APO by 4pm each Friday throughout the practicum placement. Evidence of familiarity with set readings will be assessed through reflective journal submissions.|
|5||Practicum Placement||17 February||20%||Student to submit a 2,000-word report on sustainable tourism practices in Indonesia to be assessed by the STPP APO.|
Indonesian Language Classes (40 hours)
Students are required to attend two weeks of intensive classes in Indonesian language and culture at Udayana University 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 on the first day of orientation and be placed in Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Indonesian language classes. 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 percentage mark and grade for this assessment. To be awarded an overall ‘Satisfactory’ grade for the STPP participants must achieve a mark of at least 60% for this component.
Seminar Series and Fieldtrips (30 hours)
The Seminar Series and Fieldtrip component of the STPP consists of eight seminars and two fieldtrips. Students are expected to attend and participate actively in a minimum of 80% all scheduled seminars and fieldtrips. Prior to each seminar, students are required to complete a number of set readings. Students must demonstrate adequate preparation for each seminar and fieldtrip 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. Please see Appendix I for more detail about this component of the program.
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 STPP 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 processes while on the STPP. 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 STPP Academic Program Officer and workplace mentor. The reflective journal should also demonstrate evidence of a student’s understanding of set course readings and ability to relate these readings to their practicum experience. Weekly logs are to be submitted to the STPP Academic Program Officer electronically by 4pm each Friday during the practicum placement.
Practicum Report (2,000 words)
Students are required to complete a 2,000-word report on a contemporary issue related to sustainable practices within the Indonesian tourism sector. The aim of this report is to encourage students to think critically about sustainable tourism in Indonesia. In writing the report, students are expected to draw on a range of secondary sources (academic journal articles, research papers, books, and online articles) as well as their experience of observing and participating in Indonesia’s tourism industry first-hand through the STPP program.
Award of Grade for the Course
Both the student and the student’s home university will receive a copy of the STPP Academic Program Officer’s student outcome evaluation report as well as an official academic transcript from Udayana 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 grade or an ungraded pass/fail on the basis of these documents and any additional home university assessment requirements for the program.
Detailed marking rubrics for assessment items 3, 4 and 5 (practicum placement, reflective journal, and practicum report) are provided in Appendix IV. These rubrics are provided as background information to students and home university course coordinators regarding how the ACICIS STPP Academic Program Officer assesses these particular assessment items and their contribution to a student’s overall grade of ‘Satisfactory’ or ‘Unsatisfactory’ for the program.