BMSC302 - Industry Immersion 2
Prerequisites: Completion all level 200 units
Teaching Organisation: Nil
The skills developed by students studying the sciences are valued by employers and these graduates can enter a wide range of employment fields, including further study, after their courses. Employers, particularly those in the rapidly-developing fields of science, health and medicine, are looking for more than merely technical ability, with attributes such as problem-solving and communication skills ('employability skills') considered very important for success in the industry. Even when students have developed these abilities in their biomedical science classes, it can be difficult to demonstrate to potential employers how they can put them into practice.
Work-integrated-Learning (WiL) is recognised as a valuable way to help students to adapt and apply the skills and knowledge they have gained duing the course to a high-skills workplace, and to understand how such workplaces function, including 'workplace culture'. This unit builds on the skills and techniques developed in BMSC301 Industry Immersion 1, as it encourages students to seek workplace experiences that will enable them to further develop the skills they identify as important for their future careers. The learning activities and assessments in the unit are designed to support students as they do this, to gain evidence of these skills and of their ability to contribute to a workplace that they can provide for potential employers.
The aim of this unit is for students to develop some of the skills their future careers may require and at the same time, by contributing something of value to the organisation through a project or designated activity that they undertake, embody the notion of reciprocity as a means of attaining the common good. A learning contract agreed by the student, Lecturer-in-Charge (LiC) and an appropriate workplace contact will explain the student's desired learning outcomes, and the student's role and contribution to the organisation during the internship. This will assist students to gather evidence of their expertise and employability skills to provide to potential future employers.