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Professional Placement in Veterinary and Life Sciences (VLS302)

Organisational Unit College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-placement, SUM-placement
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description In this unit, students complete a 120-hour work placement within an approved organisation, undertaking an agreed and structured program of work. Students will have the opportunity to apply their discipline knowledge in a practical setting, as well as developing transferable skills including communication, problem solving and teamwork.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a high level of understanding of real world challenges
2. Effectively integrate and appropriately apply discipline-specific knowledge and skills to make and justify decisions made in a real world context of the workplace.
3. Reflect upon decisions, personal choices and actions in the workplace and critically appraise their appropriateness.
4. Demonstrate a range of workplace competencies including professionalism, confidentiality, effective communication, responsibility for decision-making, and organisational, cultural & social awareness.
Timetabled Learning Activities None
Unit Learning Experiences The majority of the student's time is spent within an organisation completing an agreed, structured program of work as part of a professional placement. Students gain real-world experience in applying their discipline knowledge and skills within the professional context of an organisation. Students are required to reflect upon their work placement experiences and report on their own learning about the discipline, the professional workplace and their own readiness for a professional role within the discipline. Students are provided with guidance from a workplace supervisor and academic staff.
Other Learning Experiences This unit will consist of up to 120 hours of work placement, and approximately 20 hours self-directed study.
Regular peer group meetings between the students completing their work placement, facilitated by the supervising academic staff member.
Assessment Assessment includes a proposal of the intended structured program of work, an evaluation of placement performance, and a student reflection report.
Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in a major offered by the School of VLS. Students must have completed 36 credit points towards their degree Students must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Notes Students are not able to self-enrol in this unit. Students will be enrolled into the unit once an approved work placement has been offered to them and confirmed.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Animal Health (BSc) [New in 2020]
Animal Science (BSc)
Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Sciences) (BSc) [New in 2020]
Bachelor of Science (Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences) (BSc) [New in 2020]
Biomedical Science (BSc) [New in 2020]
Clinical Laboratory Science (BSc) [New in 2020]
Crop and Pasture Science (BSc)
Forensic Biology and Toxicology (BSc) [New in 2020]
Genetics and Molecular Biology (BSc)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Sarah Etherington
Senior Lecturer in Physiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6708
e: S.Etherington@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.2.042 - Building 250, Murdoch Campus
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