What can I do?
PACE units are a distinctive part of all Macquarie Bachelor degrees. These units give you a chance to put theory into practice in the real world. Get job ready and jump start your future with PACE.
PACE in your degree
Most degrees include a specified PACE unit listed in your program or qualifying major and in this case the unit is compulsory. Check the handbook to find your degree and see if a PACE unit is specified for you.
If you do not find a PACE unit in your program or major you still need a PACE unit to qualify for your degree, but you have more options to choose from.
To enrol in a PACE unit you must satisfy the prerequisites of the unit. Check the handbook to find out which prerequisites apply. To enrol in some PACE units you may need to submit a request for special approval.
Diverse units and activities
PACE is all about diversity and flexibility. There are PACE units across all academic disciplines. Each unit includes a practical activity which is closely linked to the learning outcomes of the unit.
Your activity may be completed in various locations, settings and modes. It all depends on which PACE activity you undertake and the host organisation you are working with.
Our host organisations span all sectors of the economy including:
- not for profit
Your activity might be completed:
- on site at the host organisation
- partly on site and partly on campus
- outside in the natural environment
- on campus with meetings held via Skype
- with a partner
- in a small group
- in a multi-disciplinary team
PACE activity types
There are many different types of PACE activities. Here are some of the most common:
Internships: one-off, carefully structured and closely supervised learning experience conducted in the workplace. Internships are offered as elective PACE units in the Faculty of Business and Economics.
Practicums: a compulsory practical learning experience conducted in the workplace as part of a professionally accredited degree. Practicums are often embedded as part of degrees in education, early childhood, or allied health and involve formal competency based assessments.
Field work: activities conducted on a site in the natural and/or built environment in order to collect data (e.g. soil samples, information about animals, etc.) for the purposes of informing a study about that environment or site. Field work is often a part of degrees in environmental and life sciences.
Community development projects: activities with non-government organisations or other not for profits which support the goals of the organisation and the community it serves.
Collaborative research projects: students work together to achieve the common goal of producing new knowledge or understanding. Research projects can be completed in a wide range of disciplines.
Industry projects: partners interact with groups of students on real projects, usually on campus. Projects are identified by the partner to address key business challenges of an organisation, industry or sector.
Multidisciplinary PACE units
Each Faculty offers at least one multidisciplinary PACE unit, often referred to as 'Faculty PACE units'. These units offer great flexibility and are perfect for students who do not have a specified PACE unit in their program or major. You can also undertake one of these units as an extra elective if you have space in your program. In these units you might be allocated to an activity by your Faculty PACE team or you might need to arrange a host organisation and activity of your own.
Find out more about these units:
- FOBE200 Professional and Community Engagement
- FOBE300 Student Leadership in Community Engagement
- FOHS300 Participation and Community Engagement in Human Sciences
- FOSC300 Participation and Community Engagement in Science and Engineering
- PACE399 Professional Internship: Learning in Practice