SCIENCE 2700 - Science Internship II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

This internship course will allow you to build and apply your broad, personal skills relevant to workplace settings, beyond the discipline-specific skills. Training will be provided in career development skills and employability. Included within the course are opportunities for you to produce original work which strengthens 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. Associated with this; you will learn how to create a professional profile so that you can identify the correct job opportunity, get that job and shape your career progression. The internship component will directly add to your experiences and resume while consolidating 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SCIENCE 2700
    Course Science Internship II
    Coordinating Unit Sciences, Engineering & Technology Faculty Office
    Term Semester 1
    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 to compulsory Workshop, reflective journal, major report and Host feedback
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Hayley McGrice

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

    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 the workplace 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.
    5 Identify personal abilities and thereby be in a position to plan a career pathway and construct the required profile demonstrating the necessary employability attributes
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources

    Students are encouraged to engage with the Career Services website including CareerHub.  Available work placements are advertised through Career Hub although students are encouraged to seek their own placements and submit them for arroval to the Internship Team.
    Online Learning

    Students are encouraged to engage with the Career Services website including CareerHub.  Available work placements are advertised through Career Hub although students are encouraged to seek their own placements and submit them for arroval to the Internship Team.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is based on the principles of work-place experience, work-integrated learning and requires students to be placed in an environment with workplace supervision and mentoring. Workshops that help to develop employability skills will also be provided via the careers hub.

    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 a large portion of your time will be spent in a workplace environment or undertaking work-related activities, there is still an expectation for the students to be completing individual study tasks.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Students will be required to engage with preparatory modules on MyUni prior to undertaking the work placement. Students will also be encouraged to engage with Career Hub workshops throughout the year. There may be outcomes and written tasks assocciated with these workshops.

    As well as regularly attending the workplace or participating in a work-related project, students can meet with the academic supervisor to discuss assessment requirements and tasks.

    A staff member from the SET internships team will be available throughout the duration of the work placement or project to advise or assist with any content-related issues you may face in the workplace.
    Specific Course Requirements
    It is a course requirement that the students engage with and complete the compulsory MyUni modules. Students also need to complete ~120 hours of work experience or equivalent in a work-related project.
    Student must complete and submit the two written assessments for the course:
    1) Technical report or diary
    2) Personal reflection

  • 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 Learning Outcome
    NOTE - this course is graded as an NGP (non graded pass)
    Diary or technical report Formative
    1 week after completion of work placement 40% 1,2,3,4,5
    Personal Reflection Formative
    4 weeks after work placement 40% 1,2,3,4,5
    Host organisation Supervisor feedback Summative Examinations Period 20% 1,4
    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 detailed assessment information. There is also information with regards to reflective writing and the assessment criteria.

    MyUni modules: Students are required to engage with the preparatory modules on MyUni and complete all related tasks.

    Assessment 1: Internship diary or technical report - 40%
    Diary style entries or a detailed technical reports that describe workplace activities. – At least of 6 entries of 250 words each or a 1500 word report. 
    Due 2 weeks after completion of work placement

    Assessment 3: Personal Relfection - 40%.
    Students will write a 1000-1500 reflecttion discussing the knowledge, skills and attributes developed during the work placement.
    Due 4 weeks after the completion of the work placement.

    Aassessment 4: Supervisors report - 20%
    The students supervisor or delegate from the host organisation will be required to submit a final report detailing the students engagement and performance during the work placement.
    All assessment tasks are to be submitted via MyUni.

    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
    Course Grading

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

    GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing
    FNS Fail No Submission
    NFE No Formal Examination
    F Fail
    NGP Non Graded Pass
    P Pass
    C Credit
    D Distinction
    HD High Distinction
    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

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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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