Course Title: Science Work Experience

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Science Work Experience

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Allison Kealy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1261

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.10B (Mo, Th, Fr), 201.09.14A (We, Th)

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You must have completed at least 144 credit points (3 semesters) of your undergraduate Science degree.

You must have an appropriate location and supervisor for your science work experience organised before enrolment.


Course Description

This course will extend your science knowledge and skills gained in your previous study; moreover it will allow you the opportunity to apply these in a real-work setting.

You will undertake a work experience of at least 100 hrs over a period of one semester in an organisation related to your area of study, either individually or in a group. You will use RMIT resources as necessary to find a position in an organisation relevant to your area of study (you must have this organised before enrolment).

You will engage in tasks similar to paid employees, and report to your university supervisor on a regular basis. You will keep a journal indicating your activities at the workplace and reflect on how this experience relates to your coursework experience. You will work safely, ethically and in a manner in keeping of your profession.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is a University elective for most Science degrees. It is designed to contribute to the following PLOs at Australian Qualification Framework (AQF):

  • Understanding Science
  • Communication
  • Personal and Professional practice


On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Apply for, commence and successfully complete a work experience.
  2. Prepare a risk assessment of your workplace tasks, and update it if and when the tasks change and obtain approval by your University and workplace supervisors.
  3. Apply your skills in a workplace, displaying technical skills suitable to your chosen discipline
  4. Recognise professionalism in your workplace with respect to safety, ethics, teamwork and communication and adapt your own behaviour to demonstrate professionalism
  5. Reflect on how scientific principles are applied in a workplace setting and identify the similarities and differences between course work and your industry work



Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be expected to find and apply for a work experience of at least 100 hrs with an organisation appropriate to your scientific discipline, utilising the various student support services available at RMIT.

You are expected to negotiate with the RMIT supervisor and the potential employer concerning the conditions, eg starting time and date, supervision, expected activities, and ensure necessary paperwork is completed. As an RMIT enrolled student, RMIT will provide insurance for your work experience.

In the workplace, you will be inducted into your expected activities and complete an OHS risk assessment of the expected tasks; this will be approved by both your RMIT and workplace supervisors. If the tasks change over the course of the work experience, you are expected to reassess your tasks and adjust your risk assessment accordingly.

Every fortnight, you are expected to submit a written journal to your RMIT supervisor indicating your activities over the past fortnight, You should also reflect/comment on what you have learned, particularly with reference to your course work and any similarities and differences between course work and industry work.

You will write a summary report and reflection at the end of the work experience.

You will be expected to supplement your knowledge with additional readings of journal articles, industry magazines, organisational policies and procedures, as required.

 Total Study Hours


This activity is expected to consist of at least 120 hours (eg minimally10hr /wk x 12 wk) over one semester. If you are requested to continue working with the organisation, you will need to re-negotiate conditions (eg payments), and any such arrangement will be ‘extra curricular’ to this course.

You may need to allow additional time for independent study / reading to understand the technology and processes employed in your workplace.


Overview of Learning Resources

This is a ‘learning-by-doing’ course. As such, there is no set text book or required reading, however information and skills gained in previous courses will be called upon. You should access the RMIT library, the company’s resources and the internet to acquire information about technology and processes employed in your workplace

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course consists of:

  • Risk assessment(s) of the work experience tasks (15%) CLO 2
  • Regular activity and reflective practice reporting to your RMIT supervisor (50%) CLO 3,4 and 5
  • End of placement reflective summary including lessons learned (20%) CLO 3, 4.
  • Work Placement Supervisor assessment (15%) CLO1, 2, 3, 4, 5