Work-integrated-learning within undergraduate science degree programs: case studies in assessment

Hryciw, Deanne, Wake, Judith, Kennedy, Ursula, Howard, Angela, Gurtner, Yetta, Whelan, Michael, and Rowland, Susan (2018) Work-integrated-learning within undergraduate science degree programs: case studies in assessment. In: Proceedings of the Australian Colloaborative Education Network National Conference. pp. 50-54. From: ACEN 2018: Australian Colloaborative Education Network National Conference, 3-5 October 2018, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Employability is an important outcome for students enrolled in university degree programs. A challenge in generalist degrees like the Bachelor of Science (BSc) is that the program is not focused on qualifying graduates for a specific profession, and the curricula often feature limited transferable and employment skills. Work-integrated-learning (WIL) within BSc curriculums aims to develop graduates' employability skills, which are supported by authentic assessment tasks. This paper provides a number of case studies that highlight assessment within WIL subjects in BSc degrees at Australian universities. Across Queensland and Northern New South Wales universities, WIL is imbedded into the BSc curricula via placements, projects, field experience, work simulations, entrepreneurship and reflections on current work practices. Across different universities within this group, assessment typically contains multiple opportunities for reflection. In general, most assessment incorporates an early proposal outlining the tasks to be undertaken, reflection during the industry focused activity and a final written reflection that is often supported by an oral presentation. These case studies demonstrate the use of authentic assessment which is primarily focused on the link between transferable skills developed at university and the area of employability. Development of assessment, following reflection, should ensure that authentic, industry driven tasks are incorporated into any WIL subject.

Item ID: 55911
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9805706-4-9
Keywords: work integrated learning, employability, science, assessment
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2018 Deanne Hryciw, Judith Wake, Ursula Kennedy, Angela Howard, Yetta Gurtner, Michael Whelan and Susan Rowland The author(s) assign to the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN Inc.), an educational non-profit institution, a non-exclusive licence to use this article for the purposes of the institution, provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The author(s) also grant a non-exclusive licence to the Australian Collaborative Education Network to publish this document on the ACEN website, and in other formats, for the Proceedings of the 2018 ACEN National Conference. Any other use is prohibited without the express permission of the author(s).
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2019 01:39
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390115 Work integrated learning (incl. internships) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 60%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment @ 40%
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