SCIENCE 2700 - Science Internship

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

This internship course will allow you to build and apply your discipline-specific skills as well as the broad, personal skills relevant to workplace settings. 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 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
    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 to compulsory 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 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)
    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 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.

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

    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 as described in the Course Handbook.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Students will be required to attend two Employability Workshops, prior to and after internship. There are outcomes and written tasks to complete from these.

    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.

    The academic staff member 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 attend the Employability Workshops. Students need to complete ~120 hours of work experience in no more than two organisations or equivalent in a work-related project.
  • 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

    Workshop report 

    Formative & Summative Week 1 20% 1,3,5
    Diary (6 entries) Formative & Summative Fortnightly 30% 1,2,3,4,5
    Final Report Summative Examinations Period 40% 1,2,3,4,5
    Host organisation Supervisor feedback Summative Examinations Period 10% 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 (and Course Handbook) for detailed assessment information. There is also information with regards to reflective writing and the assessment criteria.

    Assignment 1: Workshop activities and Report – 20%
    Students must attend the workshop, participate in the activities and write a report (including reflection) of at least 500 words.
    Due Date: First week of semester

    Assignment 2: Internship Diary - 30%
    Due Date: Fortnightly diary entries that describe workplace activities and provide a personal reflection– A total of 6 entries); due on specific dates outlined in Course Handbook.

    Assignment 3: Internship Final Report - 40%. Students will write a 2000 – 2500 word report that enables them to discuss the knowledge, skills and attributes developed during the course.
    Due Date: Examination Period

    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.

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