ROP8003 Doctoral Industry Project Placement is an elective unit within both the PhD and PhD (Integrated) programs at VU and is a key element of the VU Doctoral Industry Experience Program (DIEP). Through involvement in a relevant industry project, the unit provides an opportunity for post-Confirmation of Candidature/Pre-Submission doctoral candidates to capitalise on and extend the transferable skills developed throughout the research process and to become explicitly externally focused – toward industry, the workplace and wider social concerns. ROP8003 Doctoral Industry Project Placement should be focused around the student's involvement in a particular project and be relevant to the student and of value to the Host Industry Partner.

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Confirmation of Candidature


PhD Research enrolment

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Integrate into a professional workplace and form collaborative relationships;  
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the application of transferable skills in an industry context;  
  3. Identify and specify how they have developed and/or applied transferrable skills  
  4. Identify examples of problem solving and overcoming challenges  
  5. Build skills of written and spoken professional communication  
  6. Reflect on their career development pathway and set future professional goals  


ROP8003 Doctoral Industry Project Placement will be assessed by a combination of the Host Industry Partner and the academic supervisor by means of a series of documents covering planning, reflecting and evaluation. Where the placement is organised by the Australian Mathematical and Science Association (AMSI) via the APR Intern Scheme, AMSI will also contribute to the assessment. AMSI has been contracted by the Australian Government to manage an internship scheme for graduate researchers in Australian universities.
Assessment type Description Grade
Other Onsite OHS checklist Pass/Fail
Journal Journal for placement planning and ongoing reflection Pass/Fail
Report Report by student on completed placement Pass/Fail
Other Completed Evaluation by Host Organisation or AMSI Pass/Fail

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This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

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