BIOL12050 - Professional Placement or Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 100%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 66.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 8.11% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Placement reports
Feedback
Students found the hands-on experience in this unit very valuable.
Recommendation
Continue to provide work placement experiences for students.
Action Taken
Multiple work placement experiences were provided, comprising new and continuing arrangements with host organisations.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Students found the opportunity to complete a research project valuable.
Recommendation
Continue to provide the opportunity for students to complete a research project.
Action Taken
Several students opted to complete a research project for this unit, which were able to be arranged quickly and successfully with established CQU research staff and academics.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Students continue to have difficulty with Sonia, the online placement tracking system.
Recommendation
Continue to work with the Work Integrated Learning team to improve the user interface and information provided to students regarding the Sonia system.
Action Taken
Improvements were made to the Sonia system, although there are still ongoing fixes to be attended to.
Source: SUTE, Email & verbal communication
Feedback
Students expressed their satisfaction at gaining valuable work and/or research experience that fit with their career aspirations.
Recommendation
Continue to provide relevant work placement and research project experiences for students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Email
Feedback
Some students encountered difficulties with the Sonia online placement tracking system.
Recommendation
Continue to work with the Work Integrated Learning team to improve the user interface and information provided to students regarding the Sonia system.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Students expressed their gratitude for clear expectations of the unit and quick responses from academic and WIL staff.
Recommendation
Continue to provide clear unit expectations and quick responses to students as required.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge and skills in a professional role or to a practical research project relevant to your degree course
  2. Demonstrate the ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  3. Demonstrate communication and problem solving skills by completing a report of a professional standard detailing the work or project undertaken
  4. 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
  5. Maintain a work or research diary suitably recording the tasks undertaken.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Portfolio