BIOL13085 - Professional Skills in Industry

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit students will develop professional and specific practical skills relevant to a selected agrifood industry or allied industry support sector. The unit covers the theory and practice of knowledge transfer or extension in agriculture and natural resource management, theory behind selected techniques and technologies, and practical skills using selected techniques and technologies. Students may choose to study an alternative set of professional skills relevant to a selected industry upon agreement with the unit coordinator, providing the opportunity to tailor the unit to deliver industry specific knowledge and training. The unit aims to provide students with skills that will be valuable when seeking employment in industry. Distance education students will be required to attend a residential school.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BIOL12108 Agricultural Value Chain Management

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 Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2023

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 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 40%
4. Practical Assessment 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 60% 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: Student feedback.
Students found the presentation practice was very helpful.
Maintain the practice sessions for students.
Action Taken
The time devoted to the practice presentation was expanded and involved 'audience' feedback and consensus agreement and discussion.
Source: student feedback
Practice job interviews to involve commercial employment agents will provide a 'reality' check to the session.
This year was the final offering of the unit, but any future course will involve commercial employment agents so as to provide a 'reality' check to the session.
Action Taken
Source: student feedback
Definitions and terminology associated with the assessment requirements needed expansion and alternate explanations - the elements of a scientific report.
As the agricultural-business students lack familiarity with the scientific report an introductory Moodle video at the start of the term would assist these students.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse an industry sector to identify professional skills desired for graduate employment in the sector.
  2. Describe the scientific basis of the selected techniques and technologies used in the agrifood industry or allied industry support sector.
  3. Perform practical tasks using selected techniques and equipment.
  4. Apply the principles of agricultural extension theory and practice.

Per NPC1154

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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