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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 3 - 2022 Profile
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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

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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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 9.52% 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: 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
The unit coordinator worked closely with the Work Integrated Learning Team, however, as students are unfamiliar with the system, some difficulties persisted.
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
Students continued to be provided the opportunity to undertake hands-on experience.
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
Students were provided assistance as required.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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