SCI4502 - Impact through science 4B: Professional practice - 2019

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Dr Djuke Veldhuis


Professor Andrea Robinson

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Students need to complete 144 points and SCI3501 and SCI3502




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 Challenge project report 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%

Reflective progress report (individual): 10%

Challenge project (group): 65%

Oral presentation of the Challenge project (group): 5%

Workload requirements

Student workload is an average of 48 hours of study per week comprised of independent research, meetings, and workshops.

This unit delivers 50% of the full-time fourth-year program for the BSc Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours)

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