The Industry Project is designed to foster networking, practical skills and industry awareness. There are various ways that the requirement can be satisfied and it can be completed from wherever you live in the world.
There are two options available to you to satisfy this requirement:
If you work in the industry that you have been studying; you may submit a reference from your employer, in an effort to satisfy this industry (ie. workplace project) requirement; on the basis of RPL (ie. recognition for prior learning), achieved through your current and past work experience.
The reference must indicate that you have skills and an awareness of your industry, which is sufficient for you to work in a position of responsibility.
If you do not work in the relevant industry, you need to undertake a project as follows.
Procedure for a Workplace Project
This project is a major part of the course involving the number of hours relevant to the course (see above). Although the course does not contain mandatory work requirements, work experience is seen as highly desirable.
This project is based on applications in the work place and specifically aims to provide the student with the opportunity to apply and integrate skills and knowledge developed through various areas of formal study.
Students will design this project in consultation with a tutor to involve industry based activities in the area of specialized study which they select to follow in the course. The project outcomes may take the form of a written report, folio, visuals or a mixture of forms. Participants with relevant, current or past work experience will be given exemption from this project if they can provide suitable references from employers that show they have already fulfilled the requirements of this project.
For courses that involve more than 100 hours, more than one workplace project topic may be selected. For example, 200 hours may be split into two projects each of 100 hours. This will offer the student better scope to fulfill the needs of their course and to meet the number of hours required. Alternatively, the student may wish to do one large project with a duration of 200 hours.
Students will be assessed on how well they achieve the goals and outcomes they originally set as part of their negotiations with their tutor. During each 100 hours of the project, the students will present three short progress reports. These progress reports will be taken into account when evaluating the final submission. The tutor must be satisfied that the work submitted is original.
If the student wishes to do one large 200 hour report, then only three progressive reports will be needed (however the length of each report will be longer).
Learn to Understand People Better
Why do People Conform?
Conformity refers to the pattern of adjusting our thoughts, attitudes and/or behaviours in order to fit in with the values and norms of our social group. It is evident in persistence of traditional modes of behaviour and thinking, and is equally evident in the non-conformity of groups with the dominant culture, where members of a sub-group conform to that group’s attitudes and behaviour
There may be many different
reasons why people conform. These may
want to be accepted by the group.
fear rejection by the group – known as normative social influence.
- the group gives them information – known as informational social
- they want a social reward or
material reward, such as votes or a pay rise.
- they admire the group and want
to be like other members of the group.
Teenagers, for instance, often resist the norms of adult society, but may be
assiduous in dressing, acting, and talking like their peers, and seeming to
share similar values and attitudes. One might argue that true non-conformity is
Asch and other psychological researchers have found
that the following factors influence conformity –
- Group size:
Group size influences whether subjects conformed. The bigger the group, the
more people conformed. However, this only occurs up to a certain point, after a
certain number in the group, conformity doesn’t increase any further.
- Group unanimity:
Subjects are much more likely to conform when a group agreed unanimously. If
even one other person in the group disagreed with the group, a subject was much
less likely to conform. This was true even when the other dissenter disagreed
with the subject as well as the group.
Researchers have found that conformity also increases when:
- The person feels
incompetent or insecure
- The person admires the
- The group can see how
the person behaves