The following components are used to inform the ACICIS APP Academic Program Officer’s ‘Student Outcome 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||6-17 January||10%||Undertaken at IPB – assessments administered by IPB’s Language Unit 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 workplace mentor to submit an evaluation to the APP 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 submitted electronically to the APP 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||16 February||20%||Student to submit a 2,000-word report on a contemporary issue within the Indonesian context relevant to their field of study Indonesia to be assessed by the APP APO.|
Indonesian Language Classes (40 hours)
Students are required to attend two weeks of intensive classes in Indonesian language and culture at IPB 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 component. To be awarded an overall ‘Satisfactory’ grade for the APP 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 APP consists of seven seminars and two fieldtrips. Students are expected to 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 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.
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 APP 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 APP. 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-by-week based on input from their APP 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.
Practicum Report (2,000 words)
Students are required to complete a 2,000-word report on a contemporary issue related to the Indonesian agriculture sector. The aim of this report is to encourage students to think critically about agriculture as it is currently practised 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 agriculture industry firsthand through the APP program.
Award of the Grade for the Course
Both the student and the student’s home university will receive a copy of the APP Academic Program Officer’s Student Outcome Evaluation (SOE) report as well as an official academic transcript from IPB. 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.