BRM5022 - Biotechnology work-integrated learning - 2019

24 points, SCA Band 3, 0.500 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Graham Lieschke


Chau Khuong

Unit guides



  • First semester (extended) 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester (extended) 2019 (On-campus)


BMS5005, BEX5411, BRM5011, BRM5012, BRM5013, BRM5014, GEN5010 and BMS5007


Master of Biotechnology students only (M6030)


This unit aims to enable students to develop professional experience in industry-focused work environments.

This unit is specifically designed to help students build transferable work skills, develop professional goals and expand their networking capacity.

Students are placed with an industry partner for a six-month industry-based learning project, and complete university-assigned assessment tasks.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. develop strategies for successful transition into a work placement and handle common risks, uncertainties and opportunities in the workplace.
  2. apply effective and strategic communication, problem-solving and organisational skills to operate successfully in both independent and collaborative ways in the workplace.
  3. draw upon discipline knowledge and skills to address practical industry challenges, and clearly communicate the solutions in both written and oral formats.
  4. evaluate and critique biotechnological advancements within workplace settings.
  5. evaluate ethical conduct, social and professional responsibilities in the workplace.
  6. reflect on personal and professional growth to identify individual strengths and areas for improvement in the workplace.
  7. Design and construct a professional portfolio to demonstrate the ability to come up with resources and solutions to challenges in the biotechnology industries.
  8. Appraise current trends in biotechnology to identify potential growth areas.


Students are required to be on industry placement for 30 - 40 hours per week for 24 weeks (depending on prior arrangement with the host industry organisation).


  • Supervisor reports (20%) (hurdle)
  • Reflective journals (30%) (2400 words)
  • Portfolio (30%)
  • Oral presentation (20%)

Workload requirements

30-40 contact and private study hours per week (30 contact hours with supervisor(s) and 10 hours of independent study)

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study