Courses & Units

STEM Work Integrated Learning KAA315

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
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 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. 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.

Fee Information

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 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,596.00

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.

If you have any questions in relation to the fees, please contact UConnect or more information is available on StudyAssist.

Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.


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 (25%)|Reflective Journal and Career Pathways Plan (35%)
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