SCIE5004 Professional Skills in Science
- 6 points
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.
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online. Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times. Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times. Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- 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
- Enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master Agricultural Science (72510) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Bioinformatics ( ) or Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and Completion of 24 points
- ENVT5519 Professional Skills in Science (ID 7226)
- 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.