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The overseas placement student experience – a case study from Western Australia. Sarah Collins, Mairi Knight, Rob Parkinson, Alison Austin, Claire Armstrong School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences.
Sarah Collins, Mairi Knight,
Rob Parkinson, Alison Austin,
School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences
BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare BSc Wildlife Conservation
Overseas placements – a great opportunity to travel, learn and gain relevant experience, but….
How can we enhance the experience for the benefit of the student ?
How can we reinforce the programme learning outcomes for overseas placements?
Are we in control?
Key Theme 3: To consolidate existing work-related, work based and placement learning and extend its provision to better support students, employers and those in employment
We recognise the value of work-based, work-related and placement learning for students. Work-based learning will become more prominent, fulfilling professional imperatives and addressing business needs, as well as offering opportunities to enhance students’ future employability.
Key Theme 5: To develop an internationalised approach to learning and teaching
Modern graduates must be able to act effectively in a global culture, economy and environment. We will increase opportunities for safe, high quality international work-based and volunteering learning opportunities.
BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare
‘to provide specialist knowledge of the biology and ecology of animals, with particular reference to biological systems that influence animal behaviour and welfare.’
BSc Wildlife Conservation
‘to provide students with a sound theoretical background, and practical knowledge and experience in the field of conservation biology. Students study the essential aspects of ecology that underpin the conservation of wildlife and its natural environment.’
International Placement Opportunities
ROO GULLY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Centre for Education, Research & Conservation of Primates and Nature
But no direct experience of these placement organisations
Roo Gully Wildlife Sanctuary
a registered charity in Western Australia which has been hosting Plymouth students since 2003; to date we have placed 14 students there, with a further four booked to go in 2010-11.
A working wildlife sanctuary in a rural location in Western Australia, run by Carol Lander
…and many other species
Animals are brought in by the public or local public services workers
Pre-visit knowledge of placement organisation:
assessment of a placement report
final year project student talks
so, we visited last November…..
Rural property on the outskirts of a small town with a large paddock area where Western Grey and Red Kangaroos roam freely
Joeys kept in the house (require constant care)
- the site has good resources for this including good computer and internet access, cameras, etc.
Academic staff Placement office