Student Placement

Student Placement

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 3rd Cycle
  • 1st year
  • 8 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: 10
  • Other forms of study: 160
  • Individual work: 70
  • Lecturer: Jernej Buzeti, PhD


1. Objectives and competences


  • knows the legal aspects and specificities of working within the organisation, related to processes, programs and projects in the working environment,
  • understands work in a working environment of an organisation, and the development of work competencies,
  • understands the practical solving of a specific organization related problem within the Problem-Solving report with the support of a mentor from the organisation and a mentor at the faculty.


  • use acquired inter/multidisciplinary knowledge in the field of study,
  • using information communication technologies as a fundamental platform of organization operation,
  • the ability to recognize problems and to generalise problems in practice,
  • to develop objectively research or discussion paper based on the case study analysis, where certain problem is analysed,
  • working habits, team work, the ability to communicate with co-workers, group leaders and management staff in organization and beyond,
  • ability to use basic and advanced quantitative and qualitative methods.

2. Content

  • Getting acquired with learning environment from an organizational and content perspective.
  • Getting acquainted with the functioning of the work organization.
  • Practical work in the field of content in a particular administrative body, company or institution.
  • During the student placement student is observing organization's operations and solving problems from administrative, legal, economical, organizational, political or informational aspects.
  • Mentor in organization determines the content of the student program in accordance with the curriculum and based on the needs of the organization.
  • Student in the organization defines the problem and prepares a Problem-Solving assignment under the supervision of a mentor from organization.

3. Readings

  • Baird, B.N. (2001). The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook: A Guide for the Helping Professions (3rd Edition).
  • Devjak, S (2004). Kvantitativne metode za analize v upravi. 2. Ponatis (4. poglavje). Fakulteta za upravo: Ljubljana.
  • Gido, J., Clements, J., Baker, R. (2017). Successful Project Management 7th Edition. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning
  • Ivanko, Š. (2007). Raziskovanje in pisanje del : metodologija in tehnologija raziskovanja in pisanja strokovnih in znanstvenih del, Kamnik, Cubus image.
  • Larson, E.W., Gray, C.F. (2018). Project Management: The Managerial Process. New York: Mcgraw-Hill Education
  • McNabb, D. (2017). Research Methods in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management, Fourth edition. Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor & Francis.
  • O'Sullivan, E. Rassel, G, Berner, M., Taliaferro, J. (2017). Research Methods for Public Administrators 6th Edition. Abingdon, Oxon: Taylor & Francis
  • Stare, A (2011). Projektni management. Ljubljana: Agencija POTI d.o.o.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Student will be able:

  • to work in a multidisciplinary environment of local, national or international organization and the development of competencies to work in a local, national or international environment,
  • understand the functioning of organiazion and the importance of group relationships at the local, national or international level (role of a leader, work environment and work situations),
  • solve complex, practical problems in the field of work of administrative body, organizacion or institution,
  • transfer the theoretical knowledge to practical examples and to be trained for independent critical thinking and be capable of analysis and synthesis.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Seminar on Student Placement.
  • Coursework / project work.
  • Problem based learning.
  • E-learning.
  • Practical work and work on problem assignment under supervision of working mentor with a Problem-Solving report.
  • Individual consultations with Mentor at the Faculty.

6. Assessment

  • Report on Student Placement and Work log (75%)
  • Evaluation of mentor in the organisation (25%)

The student obtains a grade on the basis of the following conditions: Participation at the introduction seminar. Participation in competence events in a total range of at least 10 hours in the 2nd in 3rd study year. Competence events from the list defined in the annual work plan apply. Attendance at a thesis defence. Submission of work log. Submission of student evaluation questionnaire.