The Professional Scientist - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Individual project proposal wr (25%) , Assignment 1 - job application & interv (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

This is a Work Integrated Learning unit which prepares you for employment through a combination of:

  • lectures on topics important to the professional scientist, such as working in teams, legal and ethical aspects of science, risk recognition
  • working in teams to develop a mock research project grant application on a topic of interest to industry.

The skills and knowledge that you gain will be used throughout your career. This unit is taken in the final year of an undergraduate course and provides an introduction to those areas of professional practice not generally covered within your technical course.

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Engage in problem solving activities
  2. Critically review information relevant to your discipline and project topic
  3. Recognise the value of working in teams
  4. Contribute to the process of developing a research proposal.
  • Assignment — Individual project proposal wr (25%)
  • Assignment 1 — job application & interv (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group Literature review (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Group critical thinking exerci (15%)
  • Assignment 4 — Group risk assessment (10%)
  • Assignment 5 — Group project poster (20%)

This is a capstone work integrated learning Unit. You should be in the final year of your Applied Science program, having completed at least the first two years of your Science program.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Write application for a job in a research team
2Group literature review of information relevant to your research topic
3Group critical thinking exercise where you define your hypothesis and your hypothesis and your method for achieving your research project aims
4Group risk assessment exercise examining the legal, ethical, safety, environmental and other risks associated with your project
5Prepare a group poster to communication about your research project
6Write and individual grant application/business case for your research project

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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