SCIEN270-22B (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 prepares students for the science professional workplace. The paper is workshop-based, supported with lecture material available through pre-recorded mini-lecture clips and practical-focused assignments. The paper will prepare you for the science workplace as part of the work placement program and/or graduate job positions. The paper includes a focus on developing a professional portfolio (CV, cover letter, online profile) and explores reflective learning, self-awareness, professional identity development within a science context, and discerning the quality of available information and possible underlying bias including self-bias. The paper also provides knowledge and practice of interview technique workshops and workplace communication, in addition to exploring workplace health and safety requirements, workplace structures, management styles and budgets, and technical writing structure and skills.

This paper includes at least three workshop streams of which at least one stream is online to enable students to complete this paper if they are unable to attend class on-campus.

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Paper Structure

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This paper has a blended mode of delivery using pre-recorded mini-lectures, interactive face-to-face workshops, and online contact. This paper makes extensive use of Moodle, which will contain all assignment instructions and submission, and additional resources such as mini-lectures and reading material. There is an option of an online workshop stream allowing students to complete this paper fully online.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper 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 and equipped for the expectations of writing 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 of information bias and self-bias
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  • A sense of understanding of their professional identity and awareness of different personality types within a team
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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
4 Aug 2022
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Professional profile 2: Cover letter
12 Aug 2022
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Moodle Test: Workplace Health and Safety
26 Aug 2022
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Professional profile 3: LinkedIn
10
  • Other: Using the LinkedIn platform
5. Oral presentation
27 Sep 2022
No set time
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Reflection assignment
7 Oct 2022
No set time
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Moodle Test: Paper overview
23 Oct 2022
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 12 two-hour face-to-face workshops (with one workshop stream fully online) and a series of mini-lectures of about 20 minute duration.

There is an expectation that students will arrange their own time availability to watch/listen to the mini-lectures and have completed the required work prior to attending the workshops. 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 of high standard (even if a pass grade has been awarded), 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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