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Unit Overview


The goal of this unit is to provide students with authentic experiences that link learning to workplace programs, expectations and practices. Each student completes 100 hours on a placement in a health-related organisation outside of the university. Students have the opportunity to build their communication and organisational capabilities through work-integrated learning experiences.

Students acquire an insight and understanding, through their placement experience, of the skills and attributes required to successfully participate in the workforce. The unit endeavours to match with students' future interests to develop their skills and acquire additional knowledge to increase their employability and work-readiness.

The student's placement experience is supported with interactive workshops, on-line resources, alongside working with agencies to develop these skills for work/professional practice.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) participate in the activities in the work based professional placement environment to demonstrate a positive contribution to the placement organisation; (2) demonstrate application of core skills for successful participation in work/professional practice across placement activities; (3) demonstrate, evaluate and reflect on the key professional attributes and behaviour sought by employers in a working environment; (4) demonstrate the application of effective professional communication skills (public speaking, presentations, written, non-verbal) using appropriate information, conventions, digital systems and tools; (5) demonstrate developing skills in recognising and responding to differing and diverse perspectives in work-related activities and to manage conflict; (6) evaluate, reflect and report on the outcomes and experiences of the professional placement; and (7) apply the various strategies to build employability while on placement and reflect on the transference of those skills to their future profession..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) work placement (completion of required placement hours; workshop participation; placement supervisor evaluation); (2) written assignment; and (3) seminar presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Helena Iredell
Unit rules
Successful completion of
72 points
Approved quota: 50—places will be allocated on a competitive basis.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) National Police Clearance (estimated cost - $61.00)
(2) Optional rural placement travel costs (estimated cost - variable)
(3) Working With With Children Check (estimated cost - $11.00).
Contact hours
Placement Experience: approximately 100 hours
Workshop attendance: 8 hours
All students must have a National Police Clearance Certificate, issued within the last 12 months.

Student selected on academic performance, written application and interview.
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.