UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SCIE2205 Science Work Placement

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 2 elective
Content This Pass/Fail unit comprises a work placement, supported by short series of online lectures and personal meetings with academic unit coordinators in which each student is able to discuss their work placement. Students undertake a work placement, usually in a business setting outside the University sector, of 80 hours. In addition, they will complete reports and presentations for further assessment.

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of employment in the workplace, acquired through undertaking a placement in work environment; (2) describe the job application process and demonstrate the practical skills of self-auditing, job searching, job application preparation and interview techniques in the employment process; and (3) identify transition issues relevant to, and the cultural change required by, the new employee.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) identify and apply practical skills and theoretical knowledge learned in their undergraduate degree to a workplace setting; (2) identify personal skills gained through the placement experience and reflect on the transference of those skills to future workplace settings; (3) plan, participate and report on a supervised project (or series of projects) conducted during the placement; (4) describe how to write a job application and exhibit good interview techniques as required to assist them find employment in industry; and (5) describe issues in employment in relation to contracts, ethics, OSH, and duty of care.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) work placement in industry; (2) written reports; and (3) presentations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the work placement in industry and presentations components of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Karen Wallman, Associate Professor Julian Partridge and Dr Dino Spagnoli
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (BP004) and completion of 60 points of study at UWA
Approved quota: 15—students selected based on academic performance, written application and interview.
Contact hours lectures: 4 hours during semester; work placement: 80 hours
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/SCIE2205/SEM-1/2017
Semester 2 : http://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/SCIE2205/SEM-2/2017

Students may find application instructions and deadlines by visiting the Science Work Placement webpage

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