SCIE2206 Science Consultancy Project

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
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)
the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BP006)
the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005), completion of 48 points of study at UWA, WAM of 65%
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.
  • 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.