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SLE390 - Professional Practice in Bioscience

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:


Cohort rule:

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

Unit chair:

Sharon La Fontaine


STP010 and must have completed 12 credit points



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

10 x 3 hour seminars per trimester. Online study modules via CloudDeakin. Work experience must be commenced by the end of August and completed by the end of September.  All students are required to participate in the Career Development seminars and OH&S in-class quiz.


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


In this unit the development of generic, employment-related professional skills in the fields of biological and biomedical science will be achieved through a combination of preparatory classes/seminar sessions together with a minimum two-week placement or for a negotiated period to a minimum of 80 hours within a relevant, course-related organisation, arranged in consultation with the unit chair. During the placement students will be encouraged to consolidate or enhance existing professional skills.

The series of professional development seminars will include: identifying and developing personal and employment-related skills, such as job and resume preparation and interview techniques; developing research skills; and developing written and oral communication and presentation skills. In addition, issues of occupational health and safety and harassment and discrimination in the work place will be covered from both the employer and employee’s perspective.


3 assignments (one is a complete job application; one is based on communication skills; one is based on articulating graduate capabilities in the context of the work placement) (20%, 20%, 25%) 65%, employer evaluation 15% (for completion of 80 hours work placement and satisfactory employers’ evaluation report), 1 x oral presentation 20% (mock interview).  To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must complete 80 hours volunteer work with a relevant, course-related organisation.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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