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SLE390 - Professional Practice in Bioscience

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in S320, S321, S323, D311, D321, D331 or D372

Unit chair:

Sharon La Fontaine


STP010 and must have completed 14 credit points



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

10 x 3 hour classes per trimester. Work experience (minimum of 80 hours) must be completed by the end of September (week 10).


Enrolments after commencement of trimester is subject to Unit Chair approval.

Note also that delays in completing the placement could mean that the course will take longer to complete than the stated duration.  Attendance at the placement may be required outside the trimester dates.


Integrating study and work experience in a systematic way is essential for forging close links between the university education process and the workplace. In SLE390, students will have the opportunity to gain professional work experience with a course-related host organisation approved by the unit chair for a minimum of 80 hours. Students will develop generic, employment-related professional skills in the fields of biological and biomedical science through a combination of preparatory in-class sessions together with a minimum 80-hour work placement. There are many benefits to students and employers from undertaking relevant work placements during study. The key benefit is that it prepares students for work and a career in the biosciences. Learning and assessment activities in this unit will help students to develop an appreciation for work-life and to make decisions about personal, professional and career development. Most importantly, it will provide students with relevant evidence of experience and skills when applying for future work.


Job application package 30%, mock interview 15%, work placement performance evaluation report 15%, professional portfolio 40%.  To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must complete 80 hours of work placement to the satisfaction of the host organisation.

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