Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

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

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Unit Overview


This unit gives students a genuine experience in working on a substantial real-world project. Students working individually or in teams in teams, and are expected to integrate and apply knowledge and skills developed throughout the program to undertake the project, under supervision of an academic and/or industry mentor. Based on procedures learnt in Professional Skills in Science, the individual or teams are responsible for project management, including progress reporting, co-ordinating collaboration between groups, and delivery of a high quality final report to the client.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) contribute to a discipline-specific project activity as a member of a team; (2) apply project management tools and processes to the planning and execution of a project; (3) demonstrate ethical conduct and professional accountability; (4) apply discipline conventions in written, verbal and visual communication; (5) apply discipline-specific technical knowledge, skills, and tools; (6) critically assess data, findings and recommendations; and (7) demonstrate problem-solving ability in a real world project.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) professional conduct; (2) individual reporting; and (3) project deliverables. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sasha Jenkins
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) SCIE5004 Professional Skills in Science
Contact hours
1x 2hr session per week
contact by consultation as required
  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.