School Of Science

Work Internship for Science ProfessionalsWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 301259.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Christopher Jones

Equivalent Units
301161 Work Integrated Learning in Science

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
NOTE For Spring 2021, this unit is only available for students enrolled in either MT3021 Nutrition and Food Science or MT3031 Environmental Health. Requires Completion of three Careers Workshops (http://www.westernsydney.edu.au/careers/home/students_grads/workshops) – “Applying for work: Resume and cover letter writing”, “Finding Work” and “Interviewing for Work”, to generate a career e-portfolio. Must have developed a plan for the Professional Task.

Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2021 Spring  Yes  Hawkesbury Campus - COMPOSITE  Christopher Jones  Timetable not available  

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About this Unit
This unit will provide second and third year science students with an opportunity to undertake a short work placement within a professional organisation. The placement will allow students to observe and develop professional skills and behaviour and integrate theoretical and practical science knowledge and conventions into a real world setting. During the semester preceding the placement students need to complete three career preparation workshops run by WSU Careers and attend a Pre-Placement seminar run by the unit coordinator. These will aid students in finding their own placement. Prior to the placement, and in consultation with the unit coordinator and the workplace supervisor, students will develop a Professional Task to accomplish during the placement. The task will enhance their workplace skills and highlight how their science knowledge can be adapted and integrated into a professional career. The unit will assure that students have the skills to manage their career planning and progression and hence improve job readiness. Students may need to travel to other campuses or locations to complete this unit. Prior to entering the unit, the student will be advised to complete three careers workshops (generating a ‘career e-portfolio’) and have attended a pre-placement meeting. At the meeting the responsibilities, requirements and assessment of the placement will discussed. Additionally, at the meeting students will be guided on how to prepare their plan for the Professional Task.

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

All students will be required to conduct Risk Assessments for the tasks they have outlined in their Professional Task. Depending on the nature of the organisation in which they are doing their placement there may be special legislative requirements. These will be identified during development of the Professional Task. The placement will not proceed if the student does not have the correct requirements at the time the placement is due to begin.

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
It is very likely that some equipment used by the student will be specific to the placement site. This equipment will be identified in the Risk Assessment, and appropriate training is expected to be given by the workplace.

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