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Science and Technology Internship (SCIE30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeSCIE30002
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject involves completion of an 80-100 hour science or technology work placement integrating academic learning in science areas of study, employability skills and attributes and an improved knowledge of science and technology organisations, workplace culture and career pathways. The placement is supplemented by pre- and post-placement classes designed to develop an understanding of science and technology professions, introduce skills for developing, identifying and articulating employability skills and attributes and linking them to employer requirements in the science and technology domains. The placement will draw on students’ specific discipline skills associated with the science core of their degree. Pre-placement seminars will also include consideration of career planning and professional skills.

Students will be responsible for identifying a suitable work placement prior to the semester, with support of the Subject Coordinator. In the semester prior to your placement you should attend Careers & Employment (C&E) employment preparation seminars and workshops as well as accessing other C&E resources to assist you in identifying potential host organisations http://careers.unimelb.edu.au .You will need to commence your approaches to organisations at least 4 weeks before the placement. More information is available in the Subject Guide. Placements must be approved by the Subject Coordinator. If you have problems finding a placement you should approach the Subject Coordinator.

On completion of the subject, students will have completed and reported on a course-related project in a science or technology workplace. They will also have enhanced employability skills including communication, interpersonal, analytical and problem-solving, organisational and time-management, and an understanding of career planning and professional development.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of Science and Technology Internship, students should be able to:

  • Identify and articulate their knowledge and skills and apply them to relevant science organisational contexts and work-settings; as well as linking them to specific professions and career pathways;
  • Produce original work in an appropriate format which demonstrates scientific analytical, research and problem-solving skills;
  • Review and reflect on the process and output of a work project/placement to articulate their academic and career development learning from the experience;
  • Understand the value of industry and professional networks and their importance to self reliance, lifelong learning and career progression.

Generic skills

On completion of Science and Technology Internship, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Flexibility, adaptability, time management and organisational skills as a result of their participation in the workplace;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a professional workplace and to work with and interact with a wide range of people inside and outside their host organisations, including working in teams;
  • Understanding of organisational culture and ethics, safe work practices, and the diversity of workplaces;
  • Analytical, problem-solving, research, and report-writing skills;
  • Ability to manage and plan work;
  • Capacity for initiative and enterprise;
  • Capacity for lifelong learning, self reliance and professional development

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

Completion of 100 points of study that may contribute to the science component of the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedicine or included in the following Bachelor of Environments majors: Civil Systems, Environmental Science, Geomatics, Landscape Management, Environmental Engineering Systems (previously Physical Systems).

Enrolment in this subject requires subject coordinator approval, following endorsement of the student’s resume, internship application form and placement.

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

None

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Description

Semester 1 and 2

  • Completion of all on-line pre-placement modules, prior to commencement of internship (hurdle);
  • 1,500-word career case-study based on an information interview with an employee in your placement organization, due end of Week 6 (40%);
  • 10-minute narrated presentation on the goals and key learnings of the internship experience, recorded and submitted by the end of Week 11 (20%);
  • 2,000 word post-placement essay addressing the connections between your BSc course learning and work placement learning, due at the beginning of the examination period (40%);
  • 80 hours of satisfactory work placement, confirmed by placement supervisor (hurdle);
  • Completion of subject wrap-up on-line modules (hurdle).

Summer Semester

  • Completion of all on-line pre-placement modules, prior to commencement of internship (hurdle)
  • 1,500 word career case-study based on an information interview with an employee in your placement organization, due at the end of the placement (i.e., on or before February 2nd) (40%);
  • 10-minute narrated presentation on the goals and key learnings of the internship experience, recorded and submitted one week after the end of the placement (i.e., on or before February 9th) (20%);
  • 2,000 word post-placement essay addressing the connections between your BSc course learning and work placement learning, submitted three weeks after the end of the placement (i.e., on or before February 23rd) (40%);
  • 80 hours of satisfactory work placement, confirmed by placement supervisor (hurdle);
  • Completion of subject wrap-up on-line modules (hurdle).

Dates & times

  • Summer Term
    Principal coordinatorJanet Hergt
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours80-100 hours placement, 8-hour induction and pre-placement online modules and an online wrap-up module.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 2 January 2018 to 31 January 2018
    Last self-enrol date 8 January 2018
    Census date12 January 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 2 February 2018
    Assessment period ends23 February 2018

    Summer Term contact information

    Faculty of Science - Academic Engagement Team

    Enquiries
    Email: science-academicprograms@unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorJanet Hergt
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours80-100 hours placement, 8-hour induction and pre-placement online modules and an online wrap-up module.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018
    Census date31 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018
    Assessment period ends22 June 2018

    Semester 1 contact information

    Faculty of Science - Academic Engagement Team

    Enquiries
    Email: science-academicprograms@unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorJanet Hergt
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours80-100 hours placement, 8-hour induction and pre-placement online modules and an online wrap-up module.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

    Faculty of Science - Academic Engagement Team

    Enquiries
    Email: science-academicprograms@unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

Estimated total time commitment: 170 hours

Additional delivery details

Online; plus internship component

For detailed information on submitting an expression of interest and the application process, refer to the Faculty of Science website: http://science.unimelb.edu.au/students/enrich-your-studies/science-technology-internship

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and Exchange students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad.

Last updated: 16 June 2018