NATS 3045 Work Internship for Science Professionals

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301259

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Description 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. Students will find their own placement but may be aided by the Unit Coordinator. In consultation with the Unit Coordinator and the workplace supervisor, students will develop a Professional Task to accomplish during their placement. The Professional 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 job readiness. Students may need to travel to other campuses or locations to complete this unit.

School Science

Discipline Natural and Physical Sciences, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Equivalent Subjects NATS 2032 Work Integrated Learning in Science

Restrictions Student must have completed 100 credit points and a placement agreement must be signed and submitted to the University before week 2 of 2H

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Apply theory learnt during their course to Industry problems.
  2. Communicate the outcomes of their project to both a University and Industry audience.
  3. Critically evaluate the contribution of personal attributes to the workplace
  4. Show how the work placement has contributed to their job readiness.

Subject Content

Work Placement: 100 hours of supervised work experience which will include the following:
1.Integration of scientific theory with real world applications
2.Professional behaviour
3.Project planning, design and completion
4.Communication of project outcomes via a report and presentation

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.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Professional Task 1,500 words 20 N Individual
Report 2,000 - 3,000 words 40 N Individual
Presentation 10 minutes 20 N Individual
Professional Placement Performance Survey, 10-15 minutes to complete. Workplace supervisor to complete 20 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2nd Half



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