Work Integrated Learning in Science and Information Technology

Course code SCIT3000Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course requires students to integrate real world skills and experience with theoretical concepts and knowledge obtained during their program. Students will undertake work-integrated placement or similar community learning and/or leadership activities to position themselves for a career upon graduation. This is achieved through integrating real world skills and experience with work-integrated, experiential learning supported by appropriate readings and career guidance. High achieving students are able to expand the theoretical knowledge and skills developed in their undergraduate program, and apply knowledge and skills in an external context.

Students will be able to undertake their work integrated learning placement in a broad spectrum of work environments (within or outside the University) such as business, community/voluntary organisations, industry, research labs etc. It is the student's responsibility to organise this placement or similar external activity before commencing this course, and to obtain written approval from the relevant Program Convenor or Course Coordinator, who will ensure that the placement does not adversely affect other existing placement courses of the University. Further details appear under 'Content' below. Direction will be provided on-site by a placement supervisor.

On commencing this course but before starting the placement students will need to complete an induction and a compulsory Occupational Health and Safety requirement. Full information on this compulsory component will be provided in the course outline provided by the School.

Admission to this course is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Development Studies and the major in Geography in the Bachelor of Science degree. Admission is also based on merit and the number of places available may be restricted. Students should enquire through the Course Coordinator or Program Convenor.

Students will only be able to complete one Work Integrated Learning course as part of their degree program. This means that students cannot take this course if a placement course already exists as a core or directed course within their degree program.

Final assessment will be based on the following:
1. a brief statement ('Program of Activity Agreement') outlining the proposed activities, signed and submitted by the placement supervisor and coordinator prior to the placement starting;
2. a brief statement from the placement supervisor to the course coordinator on completion of the placement, summarising how the student met the placement objectives;
3. a brief final report submitted by the student summarising work carried out during the placement and how this contributes to their career plan;
4. a placement diary or reflective journal maintained by the student for the duration of the practical work. Although no standard format is required, regular entries must be made and should identify the nature and extent of the activity undertaken, and the learning experience obtained. This diary or journal must be available for review with the final report.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course, students will:
1. develop a career plan, incorporating their academic program and work interests;
2. develop experience in work integrated community / service learning / leadership;
3. develop skills required for the workplace, including communication and team work;
4. be able to reflect on, and apply, practically what has been learnt theoretically within their program;
5. understand the array of skills required and opportunities available within their chosen career
ContentIn order to apply for admission into this course students will be required to present to the course coordinator:
1. an up-to-date CV;
2. a final draft of the letter of application to the host organisation;
3. contact details of the workplace supervisor at the host organisation;
4. a 'Program of Activity Agreement' signed by the student and workplace supervisor, which will also be signed by the Course Coordinator and is to be resubmitted by the student with their final report.

During the semester and before commencing the placement students must attend a short lecture series to cover course requirements, assessment processes, career development and planning, and workplace issues including professional standards of conduct, Equity and Diversity and OH&S requirements.

The diary / reflective journal submitted for assessment should show evidence of:
(i) the student's appreciation of the nexus between theory developed in their degree program and actual practice;
(ii) the application and development of skills that reflect the graduate outcomes of the degree program.
(iii) how the placement and the development of these skills relates to the student's career aspirations;
(iv) appreciation of appropriate standards of conduct and workplace requirements including OH&S requirements; and
(v) critical reflection on improvements that could be implemented in the workplace / placement organisation / placement activity.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSuccessful completion of at least 140 units at 1000/2000 level.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
JournalReflective Journal
Other: (please specify)Placement Supervisor's Report - Students will meet with their placement supervisor weekly.
ReportsEnd of Placement Report and/or Seminar
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Practical: for 80 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory course briefing and workplace induction and career planning workshop.

On commencing this course but before starting the placement students will need to complete an induction and a compulsory Occupational Health and Safety requirement. Full information on this compulsory component will be provided in the course outline provided by the School.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SCIT3000