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SCIE5004 Professional Skills in Science

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is designed to support students to develop their employability – the set of individual attributes, understandings and skills that make individuals more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations (Knight & Yorke, 2003). The content is necessarily practical and is underpinned by psychological principles, models of employability and evidence-based approaches to professional development practice.

The unit involves substantial self-reflection through completion of individual questionnaires and reflection activities. As a result, the student should develop a robust understanding of their personal strengths and weaknesses relevant to the work context. Students will learn to set goals and design development action plans based on goal directed self-regulation. A focus on practical skills assists students to navigate potentially emotionally charged workplace situations- stakeholder management, stress, providing and responding to feedback and working in teams.
Students are able to (1) evaluate their professional strengths and areas for development as they relate to employability and the work context.; (2) apply technical and theoretical knowledge of self-leadership and goal theory to design professional development plans.; (3) describe value to potential employers based on understanding of own strengths and employability.; and (4) demonstrate clear and effective communication using appropriate written, oral and visual means.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reflective journal; (2) elevator pitch video; and (3) professional development plan. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Charlie Bond
Unit rules
Completion of 24 Points And Course Enrolment in 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166) Or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902) Or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics (ID 440) Or 51580 Master of Science Communication (ID 189) Or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics (ID 1490) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359)
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  • 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.