SCIE2206 Science Consultancy Project

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective
Students in SCIE2206 support knowledge of science in the community as well as develop employability skills through a consultancy placement in a primary or secondary school. Each student is required to serve as a consultant to a client (i.e. their supervising teacher); normally this will entail development of a science teaching resource, the details of which will be negotiated and agreed to with their client. The placement could also involve other roles negotiated with the client, including promotion of science and science careers via classroom interaction with school students. Prior to and in parallel with their school placement, students will participate in a series of lectures and workshops with unit coordinators and peers. Students may also liaise with academics from their discipline as part of the development of new science teaching resources. In addition, they will 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) actively seeks out and acts upon constructive feedback from client, staff and peers; (3) describe how to write a job application and exhibit good interview techniques as required to assist them find employment; (4) research and develop a science based module that meets an agreed requirement negotiated with their client (supervising teacher); 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; (2) written lecture summaries ; 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 lecture summaries and presentation seminars components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Dino Spagnoli
Unit rules
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (BP004) or the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BP006) or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005), completion of 48 points of study at UWA, WAM of 65% or higher and approval of unit coordinator.
Approved quota: 50 for semester 1 and semester 2—students selected based on academic performance, written application and interview.
Contact hours
lectures: 4 hours; workshop/tutorial: up to 12 hours; work placement: minimum 20 hours.
Students may find application instructions and deadlines by visiting the Schools Science Engagement 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.
  • 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.