Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
(see Summer Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Summer teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Agricultural Science and Technology; Agricultural Technology; Agribusiness and Agricultural Science; Agribusiness major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Karen Wallman
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Bachelor of Science (BP004)
or the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BP006)
or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) and completion of 60 points of study at UWA and approval of the unit coordinator.
Contact hours
lectures: 4 hours during semester
work placement: 80 hours

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

All placements for this unit must be 100% voluntary and unpaid
  • 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.