Course Title: Professional Practice in Applied Science

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Practice in Applied Science

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption.  

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:  

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance:  


Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.  


Students must have passed all first year courses and be able to demonstrate the ability to carry out experiments, follow protocols and to work safely in the laboratory at all times in second year laboratory classes before being allocated a placement.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021


City Campus


535T Social Care and Health


Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Rauha Quazi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4277

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: appointment by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-requisites:  ONPS368 Introduction to Genetics & Microbiology

Assumed knowledge:

Students must have passed all first year courses and be able to demonstrate the ability to carry out experiments, follow protocols and at all times to work safely in the laboratory in second year laboratory classes

Students who do not meet these requirements may be directed to amend their enrolment

Course Description

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real workplace context and where feedback from industry is integral to your experience.
You will undertake 10-20 days work placement in a relevant organisation. RMIT staff will assist you in finding an appropriate placement.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science:

3. Problem Solving: The ability to apply scientific principles and methods to identify and solve problems associated with a particular area of professional expertise.

4. Communication Capability: 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 t.he systems of communication in science.

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.

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.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe the structure & functions of the host organisation
  2. Communicate, manage your time, work as part of a team and work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds in different workplace contexts
  3. Engage in problem solving activities
  4. Set professional goals
  5. Work safely and follow standard operating procedures
  6. Communicate in written and oral form to reflect on your experience in industry

Overview of Learning Activities


In this course you will learn through undertaking a 10-20 day workplacement. Prior to the placement you will participate in workshops such as:

  • using Inplace software
  • writing resumes and covering letters
  • networking / using LinkedIn

Overview of Learning Resources

You will use Inplace software and access online RMIT resources such as Career Advice & Jobs and Work Integrated Learning;ID=r7c9v19sehlk1

Overview of Assessment

This is a pass only course based on a minimum of 10 days placement.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task:  WIL report

 Pass grade only

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 4

Assessment task 2: WIL contract

Pass grade only

This assessment task supports CLO 4 

Assessment task 3: Workplace logbook

Pass grade only

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 4:  Workplace report and feedback from host supervisor

Pass grade only

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6