Course Title: Science Work Experience 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Science Work Experience 1

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Gail Iles

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2610

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.06.15

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

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 (approved activity) and supervisor for your science work experience organised before enrolment can be approved.

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 200 hrs with an organisation related to your area of study, either individually or (upon approval) in a group. This placement or activity may be local or international. You may use RMIT resources as necessary to find a position in an organisation relevant to your area of study.

You are advised to keep a journal indicating your activities during your placement 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.

Please note that you must have your placement or approved activity organised and a local RMIT supervisor in place prior to enrolment.

Guidance on approved activities, WIL agreements and enrolment etc. can be sought from the course coordinator.

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):

PLO-1: Understanding Science.

PLO-2: Communication.

PLO-3: Personal and Professional practice.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

CLO-1: Apply for, commence and successfully complete a work experience.

CLO-2: Prepare a risk assessment of your workplace or activity tasks and update it if and when the tasks change and obtain approval by your University and workplace supervisors.

CLO-3: Apply your skills in a workplace or activity, displaying technical skills suitable to your chosen discipline.

CLO-4: Display professionalism in your workplace or during your activity with respect to safety, ethics, teamwork, and communication and adapt your own behaviour to demonstrate professionalism.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be expected to find and apply for a work experience of at least 200 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 placement supervisor 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.

You will write a summary technical project 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.

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

NOTE: This course has no hurdle requirements

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1:
Risk assessment(s) of the work experience tasks (5%)
Addresses CLO: 2

Assessment 2:
Work Placement Supervisor assessment (35%)
Addresses CLOs: 1, 3, 4.

Assessment 3:
RMIT Supervisor Professional Assessment (20%)
Addresses CLO: 3

Assessment 4:
Project Report / Technical document (40%)
Addresses CLO: 1