• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Bioinformatics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Immunology and Microbiology, Genetics, Evolution and Ecology
  • Work Integrated Learning Other
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Alison Bentley
    • Dr Joanna Melonek
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

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. Students will need to seek permission in order to enrol. See advice in "Other Information" section.

This course is assessed on a Course Requirement Satisfied (CRS) or Fail basis.

Note: This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Critically evaluate the content of presentations by professionals in different areas of biology.
  2. Articulate and defend ethical standards of the workplace and consider the ethical implications of developments in the bioscience, biotechnology and biomedicine.
  3. Communicate concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.
  4. Prepare and conduct an interview with a professional.
  5. Reflect on the personal impacts of what was learnt from each component of the course.
  6. Engage with potential employers on topics relevant to biological sciences.

Work Integrated Learning


All students engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a major component of the course in a combination of seminars, workplace visits and interviews.

Other Information

Enrolment places are limited to 60 (across BIOL3194 and BIOL6194). Students will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis but priority will be given to those in their final year of study and require this course to complete the EEOB-MAJ, CMBI-MAJ or HBIO-MAJ and graduate. Students will need to seek permission in order to enrol. Permission requests are to be submitted by 30 January each year through the form on the College Student Services website, and an outcome will be returned to students before the start of Semester 1. Any places left unfilled after week 2 of Semester 1, will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis to students seeking permission.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Summary of selected seminars (20) [LO 1,3,5]
  2. Interview Discussion (15) [LO 2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Workplace quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Essay (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  5. Learning Outcomes Report (25) [LO 3,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 hour of seminar per week, workplace visits for up to 12 hours and workshops up to 6 hours throughout the semester.
  • Approximately 100 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for seminars, group work activities and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

In order to pass this course, students must demonstrate engagement with biology in the workplace, which typically involves participating in visits to workplaces. To participate in the workplace visits, students must:

  • Be able to spend afternoons in the workplace environments without risking their own or others health.
  • Act professionally, respectfully and responsibly at all times during the workplace visits.

Students who can provide evidence they are unable to meet these requirements can negotiate alternative assessment and participation requirements with the course convenor. Please refer to the trip information page for further information.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with BIOL3190 and BIOL3194.

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8711 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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