Professional Practice 1 (Science) (11719.1)
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| Bruce, Canberra
|Faculty Of Science And Technology
|Academic Program Area - Science
|Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Develop the personal skills, capabilities and knowledge necessary to meet the work standards expected in scientific professions;
2. Apply the principles of scientific methodology to investigate simple problems and case studies;
3. Synthesise and effectively communicate appropriate conclusions following critical evaluation of data; and
4. Demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively with peers, and reflect on culturally responsive professional practices to build skills and knowledge to effectively engage in culturally inclusive collaborations in science.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
PrerequisitesMust have completed 24 credit points including 11718 Professional Orientation (Science).
|Teaching start date
|05 February 2024
|Dr Grace Constable
|29 July 2024
|Dr Grace Constable
There are no required textbooks for this unit.
Recommended readings for each module will be provided on the unit's UCLearn (Canvas) site via the Reading List feature. Students are encouraged to refer, as needed, to resources used in Professional Orientation (Science) or equivalent units. Students are also encouraged to refer to online material accessible on databases relevant to their course (e.g. Pubmed for students studying Medical Science).
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Note regarding the P&E ePortfolio
Because of the personal nature of the Professionalism and Employability ePortfolio assessments, full anonymity is not possible. Students can therefore use their names (instead of ID numbers) within ePortfolio submissions, but are encouraged to blank out any personal contact details they do not wish to disclose. For example, on the CV, a phone number might be included in the form "04XX XXX XXX."
Special assessment requirements
To achieve a passing grade or higher in this unit, students must:
- attempt all assessment items (including upload of proof of completion of WIL Ready), and
- gain an overall mark of 50% or above.
The unit convenor reserves the right to question students on any of their submitted work for moderation and academic integrity purposes, which may result in an adjustment to the marks awarded for a specific task.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
The contact hours for each student in this unit consist of 36 hours of workshops (12 x 3 hrs). The remaining hours of expected workload should be distributed across the various assessment tasks and independent or group study. Please note that Collaborative Project Design and Collaborative Project Report will require defined groups to work together, either in person or online, outside of the timetabled workshop hours.
The estimated times on assessment tasks are 82 hours, with further hours expected if students have not completed POS as a prerequisite, in order to navigate the expectations of assessments that are built on in this unit.
This leaves a further 32 hours of independent study time (2.5 hours each week). To make the most of this unit, this time is expected to be spent on tasks such as:
- Preparing for workshops
- Completing your PP1 goal (P&E ePortfolio tasks)
- Seeking assistance from library services or attending consultation sessions
- Attending optional UC professional development workshops
- Liaising with Teaching Team when needed (e.g. to ask questions, advise on how teams are progressing)
- Reflecting on workshops and taking notes to personalise learning experience and preserve PP1 learning materials
- Researching internships and research project options for PP2
- Consulting with UC Careers on improving employability skills and documents
- Chatting to colleagues in the unit to help one another make the most of the experience
This unit contains participatory elements which are vital to the learning outcomes of this unit. It is expected that all students will attend all their allocated weekly workshops. Workshops are delivered in an interactive style, and contain important information regarding assessmets. Announcements made in timetabled workshops are deemed to be made to the whole group.
If unable to attend a workshop, students can request to attend the other workshop by emailing PP1.Science@canberra.edu.au to check if there is availability. If missing a workshop due to an unforeseen absence, students are encouraged to supply supporting documentation (similar to an extension request) to Grace.Constable@canberra.edu.au to arrange a consultation time to catch up on what was covered.
Required IT skills
Students should be familiar with searching for relevant peer-reviewed articles via electronic means (databases, search engines, library catalogues); the use of UCLearn (Canvas); and the use of spreadsheet and word processing software. Skills in data analysis and representation equivalent to the learning outcomes of Data Analysis Skills for Science (11723) are expected.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves work integrated learning.
Unforeseen circumstances beyond the unit convenor's control could result in changes in the mode of delivery of workshops and/or assessments. Students will be advised if this occurs and appropriate alternatives will be arranged.