SCI4502 - Impact through science 4B: Professional practice - 2017

36 points, SCA Band 2, 0.750 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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Professor Andrea Robinson

Unit guides



  • Full year 2017 (Day)


Students will collaboratively design and develop a solution/s to a real world problem identified by innovative industry partners. During this unit students will acquire practical skills in project design and management, negotiation, workplace communication and innovation to harness the skills and knowledge gained through previous impact through science units. The student's professional knowledge and skills will be developed through on-line modules, workshops and industry mentoring. Through this unit, students will gain exposure to professional practice and build relationships by having access to industry partners through the project. The unit will culminate in the presentation of a business case that outlines the solution to the problem presented by industry partners.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate project management to identify a feasible scope, timeline and resources needed to execute the project;
  2. Work with others to articulate a feasible project plan using persuasive presentation skills;
  3. Produce an innovative and feasible solution/s to a defined problem that utilises evidence and knowledge of the industry;
  4. Reflect upon the development of professional skills gained through the unit and by seeking feedback from industry mentors, peers and academics and acting upon it;
  5. Demonstrate active participation in the design, development and implementation of a project to a high standard of professionalism;
  6. Demonstrate and reflect upon how to collaborate with others and effectively negotiate with a partner organisation.


Project plan (group): 15%

Oral presentation of plan to industry (group): 5%

Business case (group): 65%

Oral presentation business case (group): 5%

Short written reports (individual): 10%

Workload requirements

Equivalent of 24 hours study per week in first semester and a full time load in second semester comprised of independent research, meetings and workshops.

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Chief examiner(s)


SCI3501, SCI3502 and completion of two internships (one international). Students need to complete 144 credit points.