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BIOL12050 - Professional Placement or Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides students with an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge and practical skills attained in their degree course to the professional work environment either in employment or in undertaking a research project. Students complete 15 days relevant industrial experience. Emphasis is placed on interaction of university learning with the practical environment. Alternatively, students may take the opportunity to undertake an independent research project approved by the school. Details of 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

72 credit points and acceptance of Placement or Project Proposal by the Unit Coordinator. GPA of 5.0 or better for Professional Project.

Unit is to have Departmental Consent.

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 2 - 2014

Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2022 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

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

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