Science Consultancy Unit
Students will have the opportunity to:
- Create new science resources for schools and inspire the next generation of scientists
- Further develop their communication, teamwork, problem-solving and employability skills
- Build awareness of the expectations of a workplace and the culture of a school community
- Explore options and taste the opportunities that exist upon graduation
- Make connections and create a professional network
- Strengthen their CV with examples of work experience
- Up to 30 places available in Semester 1, 2019
- 6 points - elective credit at Level 2
- Ungraded Pass/Fail
- Each student is required to serve as a consultant to a client (i.e. their supervising teacher); normally this will entail development of a science teaching resource, the details of which will be negotiated and agreed to with their client.
- The placement could also involve other roles negotiated with the client, including promotion of science and science careers via classroom interaction with school students.
- Prior to and in parallel with their school placement, students will participate in a series of lectures and workshops with unit coordinators and peers. Students may also liaise with academics from their discipline as part of the development of new science teaching resources.
- Students undertake a work placement, in a school setting, of up to 80 hours depending on the nature of the partnership with the teacher and the specific project. In addition, they will complete reports and presentations for further assessment.
- The unit was previously called the Schools Science Engagement unit - SCIE2206.
- Bachelor of Science student (or Science Major)
- At least 48 points achieved (or on track to be achieved by the end of Semester 2, 2018)
- Sufficient space remaining in course to receive 6 points credit
- Good Academic standing with a WAM of 65 or higher
- Good interpersonal skills
- Good written and spoken communication skills
- "The placement gave me valuable experience working in a more formal work environment outside the university and the more informal jobs I have had in the past."
- "This has also been my first exposure to project work for an organisation and so I have developed my knowledge of this. And, I have developed a greater understanding of a professional working environment."
- "Overall, I think this unit was a really great experience. Not only did I get to learn more about science learning in schools but I also found out what people like in the workplace and things that I can improve on. Being able to build connections with people in the education field was also very interesting and I?m sure that this networking will be able to help in the future as well."
- "Professional Networking - This was the biggest take from the unit, as I learnt how networking and a small idea can help expand its value and lead to a bigger purpose for the society."
- "In conclusion, this unit has helped me develop many skills and habits which I feel are great for my future works. It has given me an understanding of what is required in the professional workplace as well as a solid foundation which I can further improve on significantly."
How to apply
- Apply by email using your student email account.
- Email subject line: Application: Name, student number
- Attach Word or PDF documents:
- Faculty Approval Form
- Cover letter
- Letter of reference
Applications for Semester 1, 2019 closed on the 1st of November.
Applications for Semester 2, 2019 will open in February 2019.
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