AD012 - Associate Degree in Applied Science

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Plan: AD012 - Associate Degree in Applied Science
Campus: City Campus

Learning outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes Statement

Over the duration of the program you will develop the following skills and capabilities:

1. Knowledge Capability
This is the understanding of appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply that knowledge in a wide range of situations, including new situations within the professional discipline. The vocational emphasis of this program ensures that the knowledge acquired has practical applications that will be experienced in the simulated workplace setting of the laboratory. The Professional Practice course will allow you to apply and test your knowledge in a new situation where you can receive appropriate feedback from an industry supervisor.

2. Technical Capability
This is the awareness, selection and use of appropriate laboratory and other materials and equipment and the ability to employ them in a safe and responsible manner to achieve the desired outcome. This will include the ability to follow standard operating procedures. You will gain extensive practical experience to allow you to acquire this capability and your technical skills will be assessed in all critical techniques.

3. Problem Solving
The ability to apply scientific principles and methods to identify and solve problems associated with a particular area of professional expertise. You will employ and apply appropriate critical and analytical thought in a scientific manner using available IT, literature and other resources. This capability will be acquired during your analysis of tasks performed in the laboratory and your development of research skills required to prepare reports and presentations.

4. Communication Capability
This capability is being able to communicate by means of oral, written, symbolic and pictorial presentations to a wide range of audience types as well as an understanding of the systems of communication in science. During your program you will be required to prepare reports and presentations for peers and teachers using appropriate scientific formats and be able to respond to questions. You will also have an opportunity to develop your communication skills with patients and /or clients through a range of simulated workplace environments. You will develop the ability to communicate and advance arguments, both orally and written, within the scientific community.

5. Teamwork Capability
Laboratory work, by its very nature, involves the ability to work well as part of a team. You will learn to contribute in a constructive manner to group and team activities and decision making processes. There will be ample opportunities to develop these skills during laboratory classes, when you will routinely work in a team of 2 - 4 students to reach the relevant outcomes. This will involve shared decision making, planning and delegation of tasks. There will also be assessment of some group project work to further enhance your skills.

6. Professional work practices
This includes the ability to be self motivated and responsible for personal actions and learning. It will be built on an understanding of the legal and ethical framework that underpins your professional area of work.

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