What is a PACE Unit?
PACE units provide an academic framework through which students can engage with the community, learn through participation, develop their capabilities and build on the skills that employers value. By completing a PACE unit, students develop all these skills and capabilities, and also gain academic credit towards their degree.
All undergraduate students are currently required to undertake a People unit and a Planet unit. From now on, PACE units will progressively become an integral part of the Macquarie curriculum.
Each PACE unit consists of an experiential component in the form of a PACE activity within an academic framework. The academic framework of the unit helps students prepare for their activity. The activity helps students understand elements of professional and personal judgment and initiative, such as juggling competing priorities and recognising their own strengths and weaknesses.
Students may complete their PACE activity individually or in groups, locally, regionally or internationally and the University can arrange for multi-disciplinary groups to work together where partners require a range of skills to complete a project.
Each PACE unit varies in its requirements, but all require an experiential component in the form of a PACE activity.