University of Technology Sydney

91558 Professional Experience in Biomedical Science PT B

Warning: The information on this page is indicative. The subject outline for a particular session, location and mode of offering is the authoritative source of all information about the subject for that offering. Required texts, recommended texts and references in particular are likely to change. Students will be provided with a subject outline once they enrol in the subject.

Subject handbook information prior to 2022 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Science: Life Sciences
Credit points: 12 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

For subject description, contact the Faculty of Science.

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

Professional Experience in Biomedical Science PT B is designed to be taken after Stage 3 in the Medical Science, Biomedical Science or Biotechnology degrees, but can be taken at a later time. This subject builds upon many subjects in earlier stages, such as Human Anatomy and Physiology, General Microbiology and Metabolic Biochemistry, as well as complementing stage 5 and 6 subjects, including Haematology 2, Medical and Diagnostic Biochemistry, and Biochemistry, Genes and Disease. This subject enables students to apply their theoretical knowledge and practical laboratory skills learned in previous subjects in a professional setting. You will develop:

  1. Disciplinary knowledge. Through real-world industry experience you will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the modern diagnostic laboratory, and prepare yourself as an employment-ready graduate.
  2. Research, inquiry and critical thinking. As you carry out tests and experiments during your day-to-day work experience, you will have the opportunity to develop critical and independent thinking in the analysis of results. You will draw on your in-class knowledge to understand the basis for diagnostic assays, and use an inquiry-based approach for trouble-shooting.
  3. Professional, ethical and social responsibility. Through working in a pathology laboratory, you will have the opportunity to appreciate and develop the professional, ethical and social responsibilities inherent in the healthcare system.
  4. Reflection, Innovation, Creativity. You will be encouraged to reflect on your current skills, your learning experiences and the skills developed during your placement.
  5. Communication. Throughout the subject, you will have the opportunity to develop your communication skills as you interact with co-workers within a professional setting, and prepare assessment tasks for this subject.

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject provides you with the best of an off-campus learning environment with continued access to all the on-campus support structures. You will have the opportunity to learn in a real-world work place. You will work off-campus within a public or privately run (bio)medical laboratory, completing 140 hours of work, which is nominally 20 days of 7 hours work per day. You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt in your University study to a real-world environment, and at the same time adapt and develop these existing skills and learn new ones. You are encouraged to reflect on your experience, self-assess your current skills
and knowledge, and learn from your workplace experiences so as to facilitate development of your self-directed
learning skills.
While in the work place you are invited to make contact with other students in the subject, either at the same host organisation or others, and develop a network for collaboration and support.

You are encouraged to use the UTS language support service, HELPS, as well as the UTS Careers Service, during preparation of your assessment tasks. Also, the UTS Library website has information that may be of use to you during your placement. Your subject coordinator can help you with resources on working in teams, preparing oral presentations, and time management, and resources will be available on UTSOnline. Assessment tasks have preparation guidelines, marking criteria and rubrics available on UTSOnline in order to help you maximise the quality of your work.
A brief report on your perceived progress, achievements, strengths and weaknesses will be requested from the workplace supervisor upon completion of your professional placement. This report may be provided to you as a developmental guide, in agreement with the workplace supervisor.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Initial Check-in

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  • Disciplinary knowledge
  • Research, inquiry and critical thinking
  • Professional, ethical and social responsibility
  • Reflection, Innovation, Creativity
Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%
Length:

350 words

Criteria:

The assignment will be assessed for your ability to:

  • Articulate and reflect on your current transferable and technical skills
  • Articulate and plan for how to develop new transferable and technical skills
  • Problem-solve and think critically about planning for your placement.

A marking rubric for this assessment task will be available on UTSOnline.

Assessment task 2: Revised Job Application

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  • Disciplinary knowledge
  • Research, inquiry and critical thinking
  • Professional, ethical and social responsibility
  • Reflection, Innovation, Creativity
  • Communication
Type: Reflection
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 35%
Length:

CV not to exceed three (3) A4 pages. Cover letter not to exceed one (1) A4 page. Statement of claims maximum 3 pages. Self reflection 500 words. Recommendation 150 words.

Criteria:

The assignment will be assessed for your ability to critically analyse, reflect and effectively communicate the key learning experiences and skills you developed during your placement.

Your revised job application will be marked according to the following criteria:

  • Ability to decode a job advertisement and highlight relevant skills and attributes (Disciplinary knowledge; Research, inquiry and critical thinking; Professional, ethical and social responsibility)
  • Provision of adequate STAR examples to support claims against all criteria (Research, inquiry and critical thinking; Reflection, Innovation, Creativity)
  • Ability to reflect on, and articulate, key learning experience and impact of your placement (Reflection, Innovation, Creativity)
  • Ability to professionally and succinctly present yourself as a candidate for a prospective employer (Communication)

A marking rubric for this assessment task will be available on UTSOnline.

Assessment task 3: Video Log and Self-reflection

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  • Disciplinary knowledge
  • Professional, ethical and social responsibility
  • Reflection, Innovation, Creativity
  • Communication
Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Length:

The vlog is a maximum of 5 minutes. Your self-reflection is 350 words.

Criteria:

The assignment will be assessed for your ability to communicate effectively and present your professional experience learning opportunity to a varied audience, including a prospective employer. Your video log will be marked according to the following criteria:

  • Disciplinary knowledge (understanding of the scientific discipline being studied)
  • Capacity to engage in reflection (ability to demonstrate personal self-development and growth, and in the capacity of the wider workplace)
  • Engagement with the needs of society (ethical & safety considerations and the role of the host organisation in the healthcare system)
  • Communication skills (clear and succinct presentation, in addition to providing thoughtful feedback to peers)
  • Professional Skills (professional self-presentation, submission on time and within time limit)
  • Innovative ability (ability to use simple technology to create a video log)

Assessment task 4: Supervisor Report

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  • Disciplinary knowledge
  • Research, inquiry and critical thinking
  • Professional, ethical and social responsibility
  • Communication
Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 25%
Length:

A pro forma is used, and will be sent to your host organisation supervisor(s) by your subject coordinator.

Criteria:

You will be assessed by your supervisor on:

  • Professional skills (including behaviour in the workplace)
  • Disciplinary knowledge (your understanding of the techniques and skills required at your workplace)
  • Communication skills (interactions with staff and stakeholders, ability to follow instructions and contribute to the workplace)
  • Initiative and innovative ability (a willingness to learn and display growing independence in the workplace)
  • Continued intellectual development (your critical assessment of data produced, and/or events in the workplace).

Recommended texts

As this is a professional experience subject there is no essential text. However, you are encouraged to keep up-to-date with relevant published material, including journal articles, and method reports by suppliers of consumables and reagents.
Recent textbooks relevant to the area of professional experience, for example microbiology or biochemistry, will also be of assistance for study in this subject. Many relevant textbooks are available in the UTS Library.