SCIENCE 3700 - Science Internship

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

This internship course will allow you to build and apply your skills to relevant workplace settings. There will be training provided in career development skills and employability. Included within the course are opportunities for you to produce original work which builds and demonstrates your analytical, research and problem-solving skills; graduate-ready qualities that are essential for future employment. You will develop an understanding of the value of industry and professional networks and their importance to lifelong learning and career progression. The internship component will directly add to your experiences and resume while providing an environment to consolidate your confidence and the ability to contribute to a workplace. You will gain an awareness of the strengths you offer to a future employer. The internship will focus on building your employability in the area of science or science-related industries and business (it will not be lab-based).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SCIENCE 3700
    Course Science Internship
    Coordinating Unit Sciences General
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 150 hours per semester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Need to have completed 36 units while enrolled in a Science program
    Quota Subject to availability of suitable placement providers. Placements will be offered to students on academic merit.
    Assessment Attendance compulsory to Workshop, reflective journal, major report and Host feedback
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Stephen Kidd

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Identify skills and capabilities that intersect effectively with the needs of industry.
    2 Apply and practice good communication skills in a variety of professional and/or cultural contexts.
    3 Reflect and evaluate on experiences that might lead to future employment.
    4 Use communication and presentation skills to provide briefs, reports and presentations in line with current professional standards.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is based on the principles of experiental learning and requires students to be placed in a business environment with workplace supervision and mentoring. Students will also be expected to meet one-on-one with an academic supervisor to discuss the nature of their academic project for assessment.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3-unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required.

    Although for this course some time will be spent in the workplace environment, there is still an expectation for the students to be completing individual study and meeting with the academic supervisor.
    Learning Activities Summary
    As well as regularly attending the workplace, students can meet with the academic supervisor to discuss assessment requriements and tasks.

    The academic staff member will be available throughout the duration of the workplacement to advise or assist with any content-related issues you may face in the workplace.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students will be working in a formal and structured industry managed work experience program, with a registered organisation.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Length Learning Outcome
    Online Modules x 3 Individual

    Week 1 of internship and last week of internship

    10% 10 - 15 minutes each 1,3
    Reflective Journal Individual Fortnightly - during duration of internship 35% Length varies on placement 1,2,3,4
    Reflective Report Individual Week 13 45% 2,000 words 1,2,3,4
    Host organisation Supervisor feedback

    Individual Week 13 10% N/A 1
    Any modifications to assessment dates should be negotiated directly with the academic supervisor
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must complete the program to the satisfaction of their host organisation as well as an academic supervisor to be elgiible to pass this course, otherwise it will result in a fail.
    Assessment Detail
    Refer to MyUni for assessment information

    Assignment 1: Internship Online Modules 10%
    Due Date: First and final week of placement

    Assignment 2: Reflective Journal 35%
    Due Date: Fortnightly approximately dependant on placement dates

    Assignment 3: Internship Reflective Report 45%
    Due Date: Dependant on placement dates (contact course coordinator)
    2000 words in length

    Assignment 4: Host organisation Supervisor feedback 10%

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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