Courses & Units

STEM Work Integrated Learning KAA315


This unit provides an opportunity for students to undertake work integrated learning in the fields of science and engineering to support preparation for the world of work. This may take the form of a work placement that provides an opportunity for students to put into practice their knowledge, skills dispositions and qualities. It may include professional work within the University, government agency or business within an appropriate laboratory or industrial setting or working in a small group for an organisation.
The aim of work integrated learning is to enable students to develop a sound understanding of the role and relevance of science and engineering in meeting business needs by integrating theoretical knowledge with practical applications and experiences in an authentic context. Students will have the opportunity to engage in problem-solving, investigate, or undertake a task whilst demonstrating personal and professional responsibility, including self-motivation and independent learning, working cooperatively and respectfully with colleagues, and exercising professional judgement within relevant codes of ethics.
The work placement experience will help students gain an improved knowledge of organisations that employ science and engineering graduates, workplace culture and career pathways. Students will develop a richer appreciation of the graduate qualities required for science and engineering professionals, participate in work teams, comply with norms and rules of the business, and recognise personal strengths and areas for development through personal reflection and feedback from their host organisation. Students will cooperate within groups and adopt and practise professional ethics that influence work behaviour.
The work placement will consist of 70 hours (Weeks 4 – 12 inclusive). The responsibility for researching, planning and securing of a relevant professional work placement will reside with the student whilst liaising with a discipline representative. The work placement requires the approval of the Unit Coordinator. Unit enrolment requires students to successfully complete two early engagement activities as part of securing a successful work placement by the end of Week 3.


Unit name STEM Work Integrated Learning
Unit code KAA315
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline College Office - CSE
Coordinator Professor Tina Acuna
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Prepare a Placement Application to secure a professional work placement in a relevant science or engineering setting.
  • Apply knowledge, skills, qualities and dispositions to a practical work placement project.
  • Present outcomes of work placement and communicate to a range of audiences
  • Design a career pathways plan informed by reflections on workplace theory and practice.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
019999 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

Teaching pattern is flexible (equivalent to 13 weeks). Individual pattern of tuition to be determined and agreed to by co-ordinator and student.

AssessmentAssessment by Mentor (20%)|Presentation Video (20%)|Placement Application (30%)|Reflective Journal and Career Pathways Plan (30%)
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