The following components are used to inform the ACICIS 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||10%||Undertaken at Sanata Dharma University – assessments administered by Sanata Dharma’s Language Teaching Centre through regular assignments and written tests.|
|2||Seminars, Tutorials and Fieldtrips||10%||Attendance at, and participation in, all seminars, tutorials and fieldtrips organised by ACICIS is required. Evidence of familiarity with set readings will be assessed through seminar participation.|
|3||Practicum Placement||50%||Practicum Host Organisation mentor to submit an evaluation to the Academic Program Officer (APO); APO to gauge performance based on discussions with Host Organisation mentor and student.|
|4||Reflective Journal||10%||Students will be required to submit four reflective journals. Evidence of familiarity with set readings will be assessed through student’s reflective journal submissions.|
|5||Thematic Research Essay||20%||Student to submit a 2,000 word essay on a contemporary development issue in Indonesia. This essay will be assessed by APO.|
Indonesian Language Classes (40 hours)
Students are required to attend 40 hours of intensive classes in Indonesian language and culture at Sanata Dharma 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 prior to the program and be placed in Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Indonesian language classes. Language classes are three hours in duration. 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.
Seminars, Tutorials and Fieldtrips (30 hours)
This component of the DSPP consists of eight seminars, 10 tutorials and two fieldtrips. Students must attend and participate actively in a minimum of 80% of all scheduled seminars, tutorials and fieldtrips. Prior to each seminar, tutorial or fieldtrip 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 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 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.
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 Academic Program Officer’s student outcome evaluation report as well as an official academic transcript from Sanata Dharma 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.