SCIE2205 Science Work Placement

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Science Communication major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This Pass/Fail unit comprises a work placement, supported by a short series of seminars 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. They acquire an understanding of the requirements of employment in the workplace; an understanding of the job application process and the practical skills of self-auditing, job searching, job application preparation and interview techniques in the employment process; and identify transition issues relevant to, and the cultural change required by, the new employee. Students complete reports and presentations for further assessment.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) work placement in industry; (2) written assessment; and (3) presentation seminars. 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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the written assessment and presentation seminars components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Karen Wallman
Unit rules
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (BP004)
the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BP006)
the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
completion of 60 points of study at UWA and approval of the unit coordinator.
Approved quota: 50 for semester 1 and 50 for semester 2—students selected based on academic performance, written application and interview.
Contact hours
lectures: 4 hours during semester; work placement: 80 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]

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

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.