Course Title: The Professional Scientist

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Professional Scientist

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS2335

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

ONPS2335

City Campus

Undergraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Internet

Sem 2 2016

ONPS2335

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

ONPS2335

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Internet

Sem 2 2017

ONPS2506

Open Learning Australia

Non Award

171H School of Science

Internet

OUASP3UG17

Course Coordinator: Prof Matt Duckham

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0966

Course Coordinator Email: matt.duckham@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 12.11.3

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This is a capstone work integrated learning (WIL) course. You will be in the final year of your Science program, having completed at least the first four  semesters of your Science program   or an equivalent program,  or having provided evidence of equivalent capabilities

 

 


Course Description

This is a simulated Work Integrated Learning course which prepares you for employment through a combination of:

  • Opportunities to develop your resume and job interview skills.
  • Lectures on topics important to the professional scientist, such as working in teams, legal and ethical aspects of science, cultural awareness, and risk management.
  • Working in teams to develop a mock research proposal on a topic of interest to industry or government.
  • Presenting your work at an industry event where you will engage with fellow students, academic staff and industry representatives.

The skills and knowledge that you gain will be used throughout your career. This course is taken in the final year of an undergraduate program and provides an introduction to those areas of professional practice not generally covered within your technical program.

 

 

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the Program Learning Outcomes of:

PLO-3 Inquiry and Problem Solving
PLO-3.1 You will be able to concisely state research questions, and use them to design and plan a research project.
PLO-3.2 You will be able to gather, critically review and synthesise information relevant to a scientific inquiry or research project.


PLO-4 Communication
PLO-4.1 You will be able to communicate the solution to a problem or the results of a scientific investigation using effective oral, written and presentation skills.
PLO-4.2 You will be able to communicate the solution to a problem or the results of a scientific investigation using appropriate terminology for the intended audience.


PLO-5 Personal and professional responsibility
PLO-5.1 You will demonstrate accountability for your own learning and professional conduct.
PLO-5.3 You will work responsibly, safely and ethically.
PLO-5.4 You will develop an ability to work collaboratively.

 


After successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Represent your personal achievements in a job application and resume
  2. Engage in problem solving activities
  3. Critically review information relevant to your discipline and project topic and communicate about the relevance of this information to your topic
  4. Contribute to the process of developing a research proposal and recognise the value of working in teams
  5. Recognize the risk to ethical, legal and social impacts of your research
  6. Communicate in visual and written form about your research topic

 


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be actively engaged in a series of lectures and mentored in small groups by an experienced scientist. We encourage you to work collaboratively with fellow students through the use of group projects and to engage in problem-based learning. You are strongly encouraged to actively participate in class discussion where topics can be openly and freely challenged by all participants. 

Total Study Hours

36 teacher guided hrs plus approximately 60 hr working in teams and on individual study


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to seek out relevant texts, library resources (Including appropriate journals) and freely accessible internet sites of relevance to your research topic. Resources will be available through the RMIT library and the internet.

Lecture materials will be provided on Canvas.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include: Early Assessment Task: Job Application and Interview: Weighting 20% This assessment contributes to CLO 1   Assessment Task 2: Scoping Report  Weighting 30% This assessment contributes to CLO 2 and CLO 3   Assessment Task 3: Group Research Proposal  Weighting 30% This assessment contributes to CLO 4, CLO 5 and CLO 6   Assessment Task 4: Group Research Poster  Weighting 20% This assessment contributes to CLO 4 and CLO 6