STEM 7555 - STEM Internship

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2024

This internship course will allow you to build and apply your broad, personal skills relevant to workplace settings, both within and beyond the discipline-specific skills acquired throughout your undergraduate course work. 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 the importance of reflection, lifelong learning to 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. Through the internship, you will focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, knowledge, experience and attributes that are valuable in professional settings within industries connected to your field of studies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code STEM 7555
    Course STEM Internship
    Coordinating Unit Centre for STEM Education and Innovation
    Term Summer
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 140 hrs work placement
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible STEM 7111, ABLEINT 7001, ABLEINT 7002, BUSINESS 7002, ARCH 7036, ENG 7110, ENG 7111, LARCH 7030, SCIENCE 7555, PROF 7500, PROF 7502, PROF 7505, PROF 7506, PROF 7507, CONMGNT 7700
    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
    1 Identify and apply skills and capabilities acquired through prior learning in the student's degree program to effectively address industry demands and/or the requirements of the work placement provider
    2 Apply and practice good communication skill in a variety of professional or cultural contexts to prepare briefs, technical reports or deliver presentations in line with current industry standards
    3 Apply security and ethical principles within the workplace, including preservation of privacy, ensuring security measures, and upholding intellectual property rights
    4 Reflect upon and evaluate the benefits of the internship experince, recognising and articulating the enhancement of employability skills gained through their practical application in a professional environment
    5 Identify personal abilities and strenght tp facilitate the planning of a career pathway, including constructing an industry-standard profile that demonstrates the necessary employbility 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 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital 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
    Required Resources
    All required resources will be provided via MyUni
    Recommended Resources
    Any recommended resources will be provided on MyUni.
    Online Learning
    All course resources will be provided through MyUni. This includes supporting materials to prepare students for the work placement including resources focusing on professional preparation, supporting resources for the internship, assignment information and submission, and announcements.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The student will undertake 140hrs of work within an industry partner of their choice. In addition, the student will produce the following pieces of assessment:

    1) A short video introducing themselves, the project that will be undertaken during the work placement and what they are hoping to learn from the experience.

    2) A technical report or presentation (if required to complete this as part of their project), a portfolio (for ARCH and LARCH students only) OR a diary of tasks undertaken.

    3) Personal reflection outlining the non-technical skills acquired during the placement and how the experience has impacted on them and their intended career.

    4) An updated curriculum vitae (max 4 pages; formatted as per the students discipline requirements).

    The supervisor from the host organisation will also be asked to provide feedback on the student. This will be managed by the internship team and does not require input from the student. Where approved by the host, this feedback will be provided to the student through MyUni.

    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 a total of 150 hours on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g. approx 140hrs work placement), as well as non-contact time (e.g. 10hrs for preparation for placement and completing the required assessments).
    Learning Activities Summary
    The STEM internship course will be an excellent opportunity for students to strengthen and build employability skills such as communication, time management, problem solving and resilience. Self-directed online activities and this first assessment task, an introductory video, will assist students in preparing for their work placement. During the work placement students will prepare either a technical report, portfolio or diary (depending on their discipline) and finally students prepare and submit a personal reflection once their 140hrs of work placement is complete. Finally, students will submit an updated CV formatted according to their discipline (including details of their internship work placement). This course is largely a self-directed and self-managed work integrated learning experience.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students must apply for a suitable internship as advertised on Career Hub or organise their own work placement and contact the internship team for assistance in establish the placement.
  • 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 Weighting Hurdle Requirement Learning Outcome
    Introduction Video Formative  and Summative


    No 1,2
    Technical report, proftolio or diary Formative and Summative 30% No 1,2,3
    Personal Reflection Formative and Summative 30% No 4,5
    Curriculum Vitae Summative 10% No 5
    Host Feedback Summative 20% No 1,2,3
    Assessment Related Requirements
    All assessment items must be completed and submitted through MyUni to acheive the NGP.
    Assessment Detail
    The student will undertake approx 140 hrs of work within an industry partner of their choice. In addition, the student will produce the following pieces of assessment:

    Introduction Video
    A short video (less than 5 mins) introducing themselves and providing information on the host organisation and the project that will
    be undertaken during the work placement. Students should also include a brief statement on what they are hoping to learn from the experience.

    Technical Report, Portfolio or Diary
    A technical report, portfolio (as required by their ARCH, LARCH or CONMGNT disciplines) OR diary of tasks undertaken . If the student is required to prepare a technical report, PowerPoint presentation or equivalent as part of the placement, they can submit the work done for this assessment task. Otherwise, students should keep a technical diary that lists the specific tasks, equipment, and/or technical skills they have undertaken during their placement. Approximate length 2000 words.

    Personal Reflection
    Personal reflection outlining the non-technical skills practiced and/or acquired during their placement and how the experience has impacted on them and their intended career path. The document should outline their perceived strengths and what areas they can improve on in the future. Approximate length 1000-1500 words.

    Cirrirculum Vitae
    Prepare an updated curriculum vitae (max 4 pages) formatted specifically for their field of study or intended career path detailing their education and employment history as well as their personal skills and strengths, evidenced by relevant awards and achievements.

    Host Feedback
    The supervisor from the host organisation will also be asked to provide feedback on the student. This will be managed by the
    internship team and does not require input from the student. Where approved by the host, this feedback will be provided to the student through MyUni.
    All assessment components must be submitted online, marked and feedback returned through MyUni.
    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.

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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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