SCIEN270-20B (HAM)

Preparation for the Professional Workplace

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science

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Paper Description

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The paper is lecture and workshop based, and intends to prepare students for the science professional workplace. The paper includes a focus on developing a CV to suit a professional science work setting, self-identified professional skill sets, skill gaps, and career direction. The paper also provides placement interview technique workshops, explains the requirements for workplace health and safety, and technical report writing. The paper discusses expected workplace norms and professional behaviour, self-assessment, self-awareness, and reflective learning techniques. There will also provide an overview of workplace management styles, budgets, and other relevant workplace structures.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is delivered using lectures and workshops. This paper makes extensive use of Moodle. The Moodle page contains all assignment instructions are provided and all student assignments should be uploaded to dropboxes on Moodle.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Be adequately prepared to commence a work placement in a professional scientific workplace
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  • Demonstrate the ablity to professionally present a background about themselves and their capabilities/skills
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  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehensively answer common interview questions
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  • Be aware of the expectations of a technical report
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  • Be able to identify their, and their employer’s, responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015)
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  • Be prepared for the use of reflective learning techniques
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  • Be aware of workplace management structures and related matters
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  • Familiarity with workplace teamwork dynamics and conflict resolution.
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Assessment

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  • Assessment is based on the completion of six assessment items.
  • Internal/external: 1:0
  • Attendance at the workshops and completion of the CV assignment are compulsory in order to pass the paper.
  • If any compulsory component is missed then a special consideration must be applied for directly in writing to the Paper Convenor, otherwise an IC grade (incomplete grade) will be given.
  • All assessment items are due at midnight of the due date.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Professional profile 1: CV assignment
24 Jul 2020
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Professional profile 2: Cover letter
31 Jul 2020
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Professional profile 3: LinkedIn
7 Aug 2020
No set time
10
  • Other: Using the LinkedIn platform
4. Oral presentation
11 Sep 2020
No set time
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Reflection assignment
18 Sep 2020
No set time
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Health and Safety test
25 Sep 2020
No set time
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Paper overview test
16 Oct 2020
No set time
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There are no required readings
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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and powerpoints, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions. Your essay assignment must be submitted electronically through Moodle, no hard-copy submission is required.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly and read the Moodle email notifications. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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Workload

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This paper includes 21 two-hour lectures and 4 two-hour workshop activities. In addition, there will be one-to-one contact hours with your WIL coordinator as part of the placement process - the amount will vary per student – and placement interview attendance.

There is an expectation that considerable outside class-time is spent on preparing for company background research and the workshops (especially the CV workshop). As the CV and cover letter are used to assist with securing a work placement, the expectation is that both assignments are completed to exceptionally high quality. If these assignments are not to high standard, even if a pass grade has been awarded, then the student will be required to do additional work to improve the quality.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is the preparation required for the work placement (SCIEN371 or COMPX371).

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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: SCIE279 and SCIEN279

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