- Class Number 7448
- Term Code 3360
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Sara Rapson
- Dr Sara Rapson
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/07/2023
- Class End Date 27/10/2023
- Census Date 31/08/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
This course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to learn about applications of biological sciences in a broad range of workplaces. Various guest speakers, who will be professionals in different areas of biological science and/or research, will discuss their work, career, ethics and legal liability. Visits to work places will be organised. Students will also work in small groups to undertake informational interviews and will participate in a careers workshop designed to promote confidence when transitioning to the workforce.
Enrolment places are limited to 60 and students will be selected on a first-come, first serve basis. You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
This course is assessed on a Course Requirement Satisfied (CRS) or Fail basis.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically analyse and summarise the content of presentations by professionals in different areas of biology.
- Understand ethical standards of the workplace and consider the ethical implications of developments in the biosciences, biotechnology and biomedicine.
- Communicate concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.
- Prepare and conduct an interview with a professional.
- Reflect on the personal impacts of what was learnt from each component of the course.
- Engage with potential employers on topics relevant to biological sciences.
Diverse biologists and researchers will discuss their roles in the workplace and students will have the opportunity to reflect on the impacts of such work. In addition, in small groups, students will interview a successful researcher to deepen their knowledge on the research career pathway and on current cutting-edge research topics. All seminars and workshop activities are scheduled on campus and students in Canberra are expected to attend in person.
There will be a combination of in-person and virtual tours of different workplaces with transport provided as necessary.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
This course does not have examinations.
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments from staff and students
- Verbal comments from staff and students
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, to focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Students will be divided into two Groups (Group A and Group B) for workshop and workplace visit activities. Assessment due dates will be different for each group. This information is included in the assessment details box. The ranges used indicate the start and end of the teaching period.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Seminar, Workshop Group A|
|2||Seminar, Careers Workshop|
|3||Seminar, Interviews Group A, Workplace Activity|
|4||Seminar, Interviews Group A, Workplace Activity||Workplace activity Quiz|
|5||Seminar, Interviews Group A, Workplace Activity||Workplace activity Quiz|
|6||Seminar, Workshop Group A||Workplace activity Quiz, Seminar Reflections due|
|7||Seminar, Workshop Group B|
|8||Seminar, Careers Workshop|
|9||Seminar, Interviews Group B, Workplace Activity||Careers Workshop activity sheet|
|10||Seminar, Interviews Group B, Workplace Activity||Workplace activity Quiz|
|11||Seminar, Interviews Group B, Workplace Activity||Workplace activity Quiz|
|12||Seminar, Workshop Group B||Workplace activity Quiz, Seminar Reflections due, Final Learning Outcome Report due.|
Students will need to register for Group A or Group B
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Reflective summary of 3 selected seminars from weeks 1-6 of semester||18 %||15/09/2023||30/09/2023||1,6|
|Reflective summary of 3 selected seminars from weeks 7-12 of semester||18 %||03/11/2023||11/11/2023||1,6|
|Participation in seminars||8 %||*||*||3,6|
|Quiz from each workplace experience||12 %||*||*||1,3,6,|
|Learning Outcomes Report||20 %||10/11/2023||25/11/2023||1|
|Career Pathways Worksheet||4 %||05/08/2023||19/08/2023||6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
You must attend all course activities to pass the course. This includes attending seminars and workplace visits. If you cannot attend an activity, this must be notified to the course convener in writing with appropriate supporting documentation (eg medical certificate).
Participation and attendance in all activities is key to ensuring exposure to various aspects of Biological Sciences in the Workplace. This seminars and visits have been carefully organised to give you a breadth of knowledge regarding future employment opportunities and to showcase the range of career paths available to students with Biology training.
There are no examinations.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,6
Reflective summary of 3 selected seminars from weeks 1-6 of semester
Students are required to post, on Wattle, substantive reflections on three seminars from the first half of the semester. Students must demonstrate a deep level of engagement in the seminar component of the course. In minimum 200 words (and maximum 400 words), students should summarise the content of the selected seminars but most importantly must discuss what was most relevant to them and why. In other words, students must explain what they learnt from the selected seminars. Making a few generic (or even pointed) remarks is not considered substantive. Each posting will account for 6% of the total requirement of the course.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,6
Reflective summary of 3 selected seminars from weeks 7-12 of semester
Students are required to post, on Wattle, substantive reflections on three seminars from the second half of the semester. Students must demonstrate a deep level of engagement in the seminar component of the course. In minimum 200 words (and maximum 400 words), students should summarise the content of the selected seminars but most importantly must discuss what was most relevant to them and why. In other words, students must explain what they learnt from the selected seminars. Making a few generic (or even pointed) remarks is not considered substantive. Each posting will account for 6% of the total requirement of the course.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 3,6
Participation in seminars
Students must attend all seminars and are expected to actively participate and contribute towards the discussions. Active participation in seminars will be monitored. Oral and written communication are crucial skills which will reflect back in the seminars and feed into assessment tasks 1 and 2.
In order to pass the course, students must attend all seminars. If you cannot attend a seminar this must be notified to the course convener in writing with appropriate supporting documentation (eg medical certificate and a request for special consideration).
Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
This course gives you the opportunity, as a group of four to five students, to design and lead an interview with a Biologist. A list of interview candidates will be available in week one and you will have to select one of them for your interview (from two to no more than 4-5 students per professional). This assessment is divided into 3 components:
i) Workshops (1 hour): during week 1 or week 7, as a group of students, and under the supervision of a tutor, you will write your interview’s questions.
ii) Interview (1 hour): still as a group of students, you will run your interview with the selected professional.
iii) Interview discussion: your group will be presenting the information collected during the interview emphasising what was most relevant to each of you.
The group discussion will give each of you an opportunity to share the information you learnt from the interview, if answers were what you expected, if the right questions were prepared, if further questions were added during the interview or if other points should have been approached. The best way of preparing for this discussion is to write together a concise transcript of the interview and, as a group, to decide what should be presented (the main points you took out of this experience). Each of you will be required to participate, probably sharing different points that were more relevant to each of you in particular, pointing at the diverse outcomes of the interview (in relation to the diverse interests of each member of the group). This discussion will allow the other groups to gain information on professionals they have not interviewed and will enable the sharing of knowledge with the other students of your workshop group. The discussion will be informal where the students in the audience will be encouraged to ask questions, we would like this exercise to be interactive. There is no need to prepare power point slides.
Interview Group A
Interview Group B
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,6,
Quiz from each workplace experience
After each of your workplace experiences, you will need to complete an online quiz. Students must view the quiz before attending each workplace experience so as to know the information they need to look for. To prepare for the workplace activities, students are encouraged to answer the questions of the respective quiz in advance, to determine whether they have prior knowledge or if there is a lot they don’t know about the particular work-place. Students are welcome to try to find out more about the facilities they will be touring ahead of the activity (by, for example, checking the websites of each work-place).
All quizzes will be due one week following each workplace experience. Check the course Wattle site for specific due dates as these will vary.
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 1
Learning Outcomes Report
Throughout the course you should keep a learning journal in which you write what you are learning from the different components of the course. Try to keep up-to-date with your journal as if you try to write your learning outcomes report from blank, at the end of semester, you will probably find that you have forgotten the outcomes from the beginning of the course. Your learning outcomes report should be of 600 words +/-10%. It should first state what your expectations from this course were and what the actual outcomes are (based on the notes you have written in your learning journal). You should comment on the outcomes of each component of the course. It must also include a section in which you reflect on the value of this course for biology students with emphasis on your particular needs.
Assessment Task 7
Learning Outcomes: 6
Career Pathways Worksheet
During the second careers workshop (week 7) we focus on potential career pathways and ways that you can improve your resume, you will be required to complete a worksheet looking at key aspects of the various career pathways available to you.
Academic IntegrityAcademic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.
The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) a submission must be through Turnitin.
Hardcopy SubmissionFor some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, please contact the convener to make a plan.
Referencing RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Feedback on your assignments will be available on Wattle once all groups have submitted them.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
No resubmission accepted.
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Parasitology, Epidemiology, Ecology, Behaviour, Phylogeography, Speciation
Dr Sara Rapson