SCIE5304 Science Practicum

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 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This work-integrated learning practicum placement unit enables Masters or Honours students to put into practice prior learning in their discipline. Students will work with academic and placement advisory staff to secure a placement and are expected to perform at a professional level and demonstrate high levels of applied competency in their discipline.
Students are able to (1) apply the skills and knowledge gained in your academic studies to a relevant professional environment; (2) critically reflect on your professional development and skills gained through the practicum experience, including assessing performance relative to employer and personal objectives; (3) identify how to apply learned skills to future workplace settings; and (4) network with people working in your field and identify career opportunities in your discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentations; (2) student placement report and self-assessment; and (3) formal placement assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Dirk Zeller
Unit rules
enrollment in Master of Science Communication (51580) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510), or the Master of Environmental Science (72530), or the Master of Biological Science (72520), or the Master of Biological Arts (71530), or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510), or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and approval of the unit coordinator
Approved quota: Sem 1 - 6
TP2 - 10
Sem 2 10—students selected based on academic performance, written application and interview.
Contact hours
Contact hours in Practicum placement (the majority of student time in the unit) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentation and review.

Students may find application instructions and deadlines by visiting the Science Practicum webpage.

All reasonable effort will be made to assist students to find a suitable placement. In the case where one is not found, the student will be advised of this outcome prior to the last day to add a unit (in the given teaching period).

  • 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.