A work placement involves 70 hours, typically occurring between weeks 4 and 12 of the semester. Students must take the initiative to research, plan and secure a suitable professional work placement, with approval from the unit coordinator. It is recommended that interested students begin this process before the semester starts. More details regarding Professional Experience Placements in the College of Sciences and Engineering, including the necessary paperwork and the use of InPlace, are available here.
Students cannot self-enrol in KAA315. The unit coordinator will instead enrol you in the unit after you have secured a professional experience placement. Refer to the PEP explanatory notes for KAA315 for further guidance.
This unit provides an opportunity for students to undertake work-integrated learning in a broad range of science and engineering disciplines to support preparation for the world of work. This may take the form of a work placement 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 the workplace.
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.
|Unit name||STEM Work Integrated Learning|
|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|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- 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|
1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.
Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.
Teaching pattern is flexible (equivalent to 13 weeks). Individual pattern of tuition to be determined and agreed to by co-ordinator and student.
|Assessment||Assessment by Mentor (20%)|Presentation Video (20%)|Placement Application (25%)|Reflective Journal and Career Pathways Plan (35%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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