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SCI3302 Industry Placement

Semester 1, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences

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Examiner: Ursula Kennedy
Moderator: Brad Carter


Pre-requisite: Completion of 2nd year (or 2 years full time study in a relevant area)

Other requisites

Student is a 3rd year Faculty of Sciences student.


There is a need to provide students with opportunities that extend the academic learning environment and link into the professional world. This course allows students to experience a professional working situation where they apply concepts, skills and knowledge while contributing to a specific workplace related project.


This course provides students with an opportunity to apply their specialised subject knowledge and academic skills to a practical situation in order to prepare them to successfully work in their future professional environment. It allows students to improve their learning by the application of the concepts, theories and graduate skills developed in their major area of study to their workplace activities and within a team environment. It will encourage a reflective approach to the development of their workplace skills. It is envisioned that the work experience will enhance the student's post-graduation employment prospects. Students should be aware that the number of student places in this course will be restricted and acceptance will be at the discretion of the Course Examiner. Students should have access to the internet.

Students intending to enrol in this course should communicate with the course examiner well in advance of the first week of the semester in order for the SCI3302 course examiner and the student to identify a suitable placement within a work environment. The course is offered in S1, S2, and S3. In discussion with the industry partner and the SCI3302 course examiner students are required to provide a detailed project outline that is to be submitted to the course examiner prior to commencement of the semester. Part-time students that are in employment may define a project in consultation with their employer and discussion with USQ the SCI3302 course examiner, however, the project is to be unrelated to their usual workplace activities. Students who enrol in this course can not request an exemption based on grounds of professional experience. The normal workload for this course is one day per week during the teaching period in which enrolled. If a suitable placement is not available, the student will not be able to enrol in this course.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. grow and demonstrate an implementation of academic skills in a professional workplace environment;
  2. apply the concepts and theories of their particular academic major area of study to a professional workplace environment;
  3. develop and demonstrate transitions skills which will equip them to make a positive contribution to their workplace;
  4. develop and demonstrate written and verbal workplace communication skills;
  5. build and demonstrate an ability to work effectively as a member of a professional workplace team;
  6. make a positive contribution to the goals of an organisation;
  7. acquire the skills and responsibilities that allow them to be a productive and effective member of a workplace organisation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Expectations of a professional in a workplace 50.00
2. Other topics as negotiated between student, employer and course examiner 50.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 165.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
APPLICATION AND RESUME 10 10 04 Mar 2014 (see note 1)
FINAL REPORT 50 50 04 Mar 2014 (see note 2)
PROJECT PROPOSAL 10 10 04 Mar 2014 (see note 3)
REFLECTIVE DIARIES 30 30 04 Mar 2014 (see note 4)

  1. Application Letter and Professional Resume - The examiner to advise on details of the application letter and professional resume via USQ Study Desk. These assessment items must be submitted at the end of week 1 of the semester.
  2. Examiner to advise on details of the final report via USQ StudyDesk. The final report is to be submitted in the last week of the term. Exact date will be advised at start of each semester by the examiner.
  3. Examiner to advise on details of the project report via USQ StudyDesk. Students intending to enrol in this course should communicate with the course examiner well in advance of the first week of the term in order to identify a suitable workplace. This project proposal needs to be submitted at least 10 days before the beginning of semester.
  4. Examiner to advise on the details of the reflective diaries via USQ StudyDesk. The reflective diary should be prepared and submitted by the student each week following attendance of the workplace.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assignment. This course involves gaining 15 weeks experience in an approved workplace. A satisfactory grade for this course requires the submission of experience declarations forms, signed by both the student and supervisor, and approval by the SCI3302 course coordinator of the work type and duration and the appropriateness of the supervisors to access and verify the type, duration and standard of work. To successfully complete this course the student must clearly demonstrate: at least 15 weeks of general experience in the workplace; that the work performed to gain this experience was of a standard deemed satisfactory by the workplace supervisor, and that the experience gained must be general and not be limited to one specific activity in the workplace .

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    All students who satisfy the requirements of the course will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Fail grade or an incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete-Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete-Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  2. A Course Assignment Cover Sheet must be signed by the student and attached to all assignments submitted for assessment. Failure to do so may result in the assignment not being marked.

  3. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //