LARC30230 Landscape Architecture Internship – Short

Academic Year 2021/2022

The aim of the Short Internship (minimum of 24 weeks), which precedes / follows a trimester abroad in one of UCD
Landscape Architecture’s partner universities, is to provide students with practical exposure to working in the
profession during which they can use and enhance methodological and technical skills that they have already
gained during their studies. The student will work in a setting that reflects their interests as a professional
landscape architect. Internships may vary considerably but in general terms the students will be placed in
industrial, government or non-government environment where they will obtain a breadth of practical experience
to complement their degree programme. The students will experience basic workplace culture making them more
effective employee following graduation.
The exact nature of the work that students will undertake will vary according to the nature of the practices /
organizations that they join, however, the student will be expected to take a full part in the activities of the
practice / organization that they join and to make positive contributions to it. In contrast with routine work, an
internship is defined as a learning experience incorporating mentoring, and professional supervision in which work
is viewed from critical and evaluative perspectives. To facilitate this students will be required to maintain a weekly
log book or diary which will describe the student’s activities and what they have learned from these. Following the
internship the students will prepare a report on their activities, submit a poster and give a short public talk both
summarising their experience.
This module is graded in a pass/fail grade neutral fashion and so, similar to the trimester abroad, has no impact on
final GPA calculation.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will be able to
* Work in a professional environment;
* Understand the need for high ethical standards in the practice of landscape architecture;
* Apply their academic experience and their theoretical knowledge in a professional setting.
* Demonstrate ability to self-organize, to prioritize tasks;
* Work effectively to deadlines, serving the needs of key stakeholders within a professional context;
* Work effectively as a team member and respecting the views of others in the team;
* Accept and respond to constructive criticism;
* Account for their actions and decisions.
* Critically reflect on the learning experience and outcomes of their Internship
* Produce a professional report describing the details and experiences of their internship and the details of the particular project(s) on which they worked.
* Present graphically and verbally the outcomes of their internship.
* Identify potential areas of interest for their Bachelor thesis.
* Based on their contacts and experiences, be able to critically identify and develop potential sources of
appropriate employment for their future career.

Indicative Module Content:

Key topic addressed in this module is:
Professional practice

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Placement/Work Experience




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The key teaching and learning approach used in this module is:
practical exposure to working in the profession 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Continuous Assessment: reflective journal(weekly log book / diary) Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Assignment: Final Report Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Presentation: Poster, Slide Show & Talk Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat (CFP) Within Three Semesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feed back on diaries will be given within 2 weeks after the submission of interim|draft versions in week 4 and week 8. Feed back on the poster, the slide show and talk will be based on assessment by peers and audiences. Feed back on the final report will be given on request after the release of the grades. Feed back by the employer will be taken into consideration.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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