SCOM3318 Science Communication Practicum

6 points
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit offers students in the Science Communication major an opportunity to practise what has been preached. Being able to apply skills and knowledge in the workplace not only provides an authentic workplace experience but also offers great networking opportunities. Organisations that have hosted students include Scitech, CSIRO, Perth Zoo, WA Museum, Greening Australia, WA Department of Health, Water Corporation, WA Department of Transport, ChemCentre, Department of Environment and Conservation, Eco Education, Christ Church Grammar School, AQWA, Telethon Kids Institute, Huntington's Disease Association, Conservation Council of WA, Australian Science Media (Adelaide), Singapore Science Centre, Cosmos Magazine (Sydney) and Econnect (Brisbane). The unit is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Practicum placement unit
Students are able to (1) apply practical skills and theoretical knowledge learned in their previous Science Communication units; (2) identify personal skills gained through the practicum experience and reflect upon the transference of those skills to future workplace settings; and (3) plan, participate and report on a supervised project while on practicum placement.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) post-placement presentation; (2) a project report, including student's self-assessment; and (3) feedback from external supervisor. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Miriam Sullivan
Unit rules
enrolment in the Science Communication major; SCOM2208 Science Writing
SCOM2205 Science Presentations
Contact hours
practicum placement: (majority hours) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentations and review.
Unit Outline
Semester 1 :
TS-H-3 :
Students intending to enrol in SCOM3318 should contact the unit coordinator well before (e.g. more than one month before) the commencement of the unit to give sufficient time for a suitable practicum host/supervisor to be identified, and for a placement to be arranged.


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