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This unit provides you with the opportunity to extend industry-based experience through a supervised work placement. Within the workplace (normally a minimum of 120 hours [equivalent to 3 weeks full-time] and maximum of 240 hours) you will apply knowledge and skills developed during your course of study. Practising workplace related skills such as team work, ethical behaviour, safe workplace practices and reflective practice as well as building on your industry networks will support you in your transition to professional practice. Your placement should be relevant to your course of study and must be approved by the course co-ordinator and the unit co-ordinator before you commence. This unit extends your learning from LQB502.
It is important for Science students to have opportunities to integrate their university studies with experience of professional practice. Furthermore, Work Integrated Learning can increase graduate employability through the development of workplace skills and through building professional networks in the industry.
This unit aims to provide you with the opportunity to apply, practice and extend knowledge and skills developed in your studies through a supervised work placement.
Completion of this unit requires you to provide evidence of having achieved the following learning outcomes:
1. Apply your discipline-specific knowledge and complex reasoning skills in a workplace.
2. Demonstrate your capacity to work independently and collaboratively.
3. Understand and demonstrate responsible and ethical conduct in an organisation.
4. Demonstrate excellent record keeping, critical thinking, troubleshooting and planning skills and keeping up to date laboratory book reports.
5. Demonstrate effective information retrieval skills and written and oral communication.
The preparation for your work placement will include the following topics: Health and Safety in the workplace, ethical practice, reflective practice and report writing skills. Other content in this unit will be specific to your work placement.
Throughout the placement you will liaise with your academic and industry supervisor to support your learning. You should contact the unit coordinator if any concerns arise during placement.
You will have opportunities to reflect on your developing professional practice on placement and cases and procedures that you have undertaken through completing laboratory workbook reports. Your academic supervisor will give you feedback on your laboratory book entries and on your placement overall.
Acceptance into this unit will be based on successful completion of prerequisites, and the completion of a number of workplace requirements.
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.
A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.
There are no specific materials required for this unit. You may be asked to refer to materials by your supervisor in the workplace, or by your Unit Coordinator. You may be required to obtain a Blue card and immunisations and there may be other mandatory requirements that also will incur some cost for the student. You may be required to supply personal protective equipment, including fully enclosed shoes.
You are required to abide by the occupational health and safety regulations of the workplace and QUT regulations. You are also required to complete appropriate occupational health and safety inductions specific to the workplace to a satisfactory level before commencement of your placement. By following these safety guidelines you are insured by Queensland University of Technology during your work placement.
You are required to read the document 'Managing your rights, responsibilities and safety on placements' produced by the WILS team and disclose relevant health information as specified in this document. Students who are pregnant at the time of their placement also have particular disclosure requirements, as detailed in this document. Personal or medical information must be disclosed for example when there is an increased risk to the student or others, an impediment exists where adjustments to tasks will be required and/or if there are specific religious, cultural or family requirements.
All accidents, incidents and critical near-misses should be reported to the industry workplace safety supervisor, the unit co-ordinator and reports made to the Faculty of Health OH&S manager, QUT.