BIOL12050 - Professional Placement or Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In Professional 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 research project. This unit will provide you with an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge and practical skills attained in your degree course to the professional work environment. In Professional Placement, you will complete 15 days relevant industrial experience with an emphasis on the interaction of your university learning with the practical environment. If you have a GPA of 5.0 or better you may choose to undertake an independent research project approved by the coordinator. You are required to find your own placement or project and details of the placement or project must be provided to the coordinator prior to commencing the placement or project.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

72 credit points.

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 1 - 2020

Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online

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. Written Assessment 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.

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Previous Feedback

No previous feedback available

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: Moodle student evaluation.
Feedback
Students found the hands-on experience in this unit very valuable.
Recommendation
Continue to ensure all students have the opportunity to undertake hands-on experience either in the workplace or as part of a research project.
Action Taken
Students continued to be provided the opportunity to undertake hands-on experience
Source: Moodle student evaluation.
Feedback
Students would like more guidance on how to write up their report.
Recommendation
The nature of the reports vary significantly depending on the type of placement but consideration will be given to the best way to provide guidance across the range of placement types.
Action Taken
Some more guidance was provided
Source: Unit evaluation through Moodle and student emails and telephone conversations.
Feedback
Students had difficulty with Sonia, the online placement tracking system.
Recommendation
This online placement tracking system appears to be working properly at the moment, but performance of the system will be monitored in conjunction with the School Placement Office.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Placement Reports.
Feedback
Students commented how invaluable the work experience was in providing skills and knowledge they weren't able to acquire through the units in their degree program.
Recommendation
Continue to provide work placement experiences for students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Placement Report.
Feedback
One student mentioned it was particularly difficult for overseas students to find a placement.
Recommendation
Work with the International student assistance team to see what extra help may be able to be provided for overseas students.
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 - Written Assessment
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
1 - Written Assessment