All details in this unit profile for BIOL12050 have been officially approved by CQUniversity and represent a learning partnership between the University and you (our student).
The information will not be changed unless absolutely necessary and any change will be clearly indicated by an approved correction
included in the profile.
In Professional Placement or Project you will either complete a placement in a workplace relevant to your degree and major, or if your GPA is 5.0 or greater, you may have the option of undertaking a short, independent research project approved by the unit coordinator. Alternatively, options for you to complete an international placement or study tour may also be available. This unit will provide you with an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you have attained in your course to the professional work environment. You will complete 15 days relevant industry experience with an emphasis on the interaction of your university learning with the practical environment. You are required to find your own placement or project and details of the placement or project must be provided to the unit coordinator prior to commencing the placement or project.
Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Students must successfully complete 72 credit points of study before undertaking this unit.
Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit,
should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification.
Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability.
See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
Offerings For Term 3 - 2021
All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes –
in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory.
International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet
both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period
(satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).
Preparation for Placement or ProjectBegin Date:
08 Nov 2021
Placement or Project Preparation
Events and Submissions/Topic
Submit your CV or research proposal via Moodle.
Your research proposal should be completed in conjunction with your project supervisor.
Access SONIA to enter the details of your placement/project, and complete required paperwork and checks.
The Work Integrated Learning Team will let you know when your agreement is finalised, you must wait for confirmation before beginning your placement or project.
Mid term checkBegin Date:
22 Nov 2021
If you have not organised a placement or project yet, contact the unit coordinator.
Events and Submissions/Topic
Completion of Placement or ProjectBegin Date:
07 Feb 2022
Placement or Project Completion
Events and Submissions/Topic
You must submit your portfolio to Moodle within four (4) weeks of completing the placement or project.
Your placement or project must be completed, and your portfolio submitted, by 7th October 2022 at the very latest.
Term Specific Information
Due to ongoing COVID-19 impacts at the time of preparing this unit profile, the placement or research project attached to this unit for Term 3 2021 may be impacted and need to be completed at a later date.
A portfolio must be submitted that includes:
1. Current CV for Placement or a Research Proposal for Research Project
2. Daily Diary
3. Written Report
4. Supervisor's Report
1.Current CV for Placement or Research Proposal for Research Project
Depending on whether you are undertaking a placement or a research project you need to do one of the following:
Upload a current CV into Moodle or email it to the unit coordinator if commencing your placement before the Moodle site is available. This should be the CV you may submit to the workplace when organising your placement.
1b. Research Proposal
In consultation with your supervisor, prepare a research proposal that should include, project title, brief background to the research question, aims of the project, proposed methods, estimate of required funds and funding source. The proposal should be no more than 1000 words. Upload your proposal to Moodle or email to the unit coordinator if commencing the project before the Moodle site is available.
2.Placement or Research Project Daily Diary
You must keep a diary detailing daily activities and responsibilities.
You should also (i) describe the knowledge gained and the skills learned during the industry placement or research project; (ii) reflect on how the knowledge and skills relate to your program of study and may be useful in your future career and (iii) identify knowledge and skills that would have been useful to have before going on your industry placement or research project.
3.Placement or Research Project Report (report formats different to those detailed here may be acceptable - speak to your Unit Coordinator if you would like to alter the format of the written report).
You must write a report of approximately 2500 words in one of the following formats, depending on whether you have completed a placement or a research project:
3a. Industry Placement Report
If you have undertaken a placement, you must write a report detailing the nature of the work and providing a detailed description of the type of activities undertaken.
3b. Research Project Report
If you have undertaken a research project, you must write a report about the research in standard scientific report format.
The workplace or research supervisor is required to complete a short feedback form that includes an assessment of your progress and work ethic during the placement or research project. This report must be included in the portfolio. If the supervisor requires confidentiality, the report may be forwarded directly to the Unit Coordinator.
Assessment Due Date
Four weeks from completion of Placement or Project
Return Date to Students
Two weeks after submission of assessment.
Pass non Graded (PN): Portfolio submitted on time and including all four elements (CV or research proposal, diary, placement or project report and supervisor's report) of an acceptable standard.
Fail (F) Elements missing from the portfolio or portfolio not submitted on time or not of an acceptable standard.
Title and task
Descriptive title and task given in full.
Title absent or inappropriate.
Appropriately structured sentences. Well organised paragraphs.
The CV or research proposal to be uploaded in the appropriate section of Moodle. The rest of the portfolio is to be uploaded as separate files through Moodle.
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Apply knowledge and skills in a professional role or to a practical research project relevant to your degree course
Demonstrate the ability to work independently and as a member of a team
Demonstrate communication and problem solving skills by completing a report of a professional standard detailing the work or project undertaken
Reflect on the relevance of the project or placement to your degree course and document how your skills and knowledge have been extended by the project or placement
Maintain a work or research diary suitably recording the tasks undertaken.
Information Technology Competence
Cross Cultural Competence
Academic Integrity Statement
As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.
Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work.
Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit,
including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.
When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment,
you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit.
Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.
Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification
you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.
As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the
Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure.
This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid,
the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.
What is a breach of academic integrity?
A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct.
The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.
Why is academic integrity important?
A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University.
It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere.
Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.
Where can I get assistance?
For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.