What can I do?

What can I do?

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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.

COVID-19 Update - The PACE Team is working closely with its partners and PACE Unit Convenors to find innovative ways to ensure that PACE experiences that are mutually beneficial and safe, can continue to occur. Arrangements for PACE vary by unit and type of activity, and are adapting as the COVID-19 situation evolves and as necessary. Your PACE Unit Convenor or Faculty PACE Team will keep in touch with you to provide updates on current arrangements. Please continue to direct any questions to your Faculty PACE team by email.

PACE in your degree

Your PACE unit is a part of the Core Zone of your course structure. Check the handbook to find out which PACE unit you must complete to satisfy your degree requirements. Your PACE unit may be specified or you may be able to select from a list of options. You can also choose to do an additional PACE unit in your Flexible Zone if you have space available.

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 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:

  • industry
  • government
  • non-government
  • 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
  • individually
  • 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 by the Macquarie Business School.

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.

Visit the PACEWISE ilearn unit to find out more!

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