Course Title: Work Experience Practicum 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Work Experience Practicum 2

Credit Points: 48.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Prudence Bramwell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7128

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.1.48

Course Coordinator Availability: email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of the first year of the Master of Biotechnology or equivalent, with average grades of DISTINCTION or higher.

Course Description

This course has a vocational focus. It provides students with the opportunity to learn skills and practices in the workplace relating to their field of study.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

1. understand and apply the main methods used in a specific workplace, including technical procedures, record keeping and safe working practices,
2. critically evaluate the experience, the workplace methods, safety issues and organisation of tasks,
3. keep accurate records of work performed and write reports on the tasks performed in the workplace,
4. use information services, e.g. libraries and computer databases to find and use information,
5. write and present a Power Point presentation.

This course is particularly important in the graduate capabilities of: critical-thinking ability, employability, self-directed learning skills and good communication skills (written and verbal), ethical behaviour.

Overview of Learning Activities

After being accepted for work experience, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the workplace supervisor to arrange times and dates of attendance (normally 9am to 5pm daily for 13 weeks). At the first meeting the student must provide the supervisor with a letter from the Course Co-ordinator stating that the student in enrolled in the course, RMIT Certificate of Currency for insurance in the workplace, the Course Guide, the student’s academic transcript and the assessment form for completion by the workplace supervisor at the end of the work experience.

1. Relevant work as designated by employer.
2. Notebook containing details of all tasks performed and observed. This will be the basis of the 2-weekly reports to the course co-ordinator.
3. Individual learning to obtain competency in the employer’s area of work.
4. 2-weekly report on activities performed.
5. An oral presentation (Power Point) on the workplace experience, including an evaluation of methods used, organisation of work and safety issues in the workplace.

Students will be guided through the course by demonstrations and discussions with the workplace supervisor and others in the workplace and with guidance from the course coordinator; feedback of written 2-weekly reports and an oral presentation at the end of the workplace experience.

Students have the roles of active learners and have the responsibility of attending and actively participating in all planned workplace activities, reading all relevant references and undertaking such other private study as will benefit their learning towards the objectives of the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

There are no standard texts for this course.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is based on a report from the workplace supervisor, 2-weekly reports by students and a seminar presented by the student at the completion of the work experience.

The expectation of the course and program teams is that students will attend the workplace daily for the period of placement (normally 13 weeks of full time work ie 65 days), be punctual, perform the tasks assigned by the workplace supervisor and read additional material required to understand workplace activities.