In order to pass the unit, you must obtain a total mark of at least 50%, as well as a mark of at least 50% in the project report.
As a PACE unit, this unit involves a major project and, in most cases, group work. 60% of the overall mark for the unit is related to the major project, and the components of this mark are the Project Report (25%), Project Documentation (15%), Presentation (10%) and Project Performance (10%). Students will receive individual marks for each of these elements, including the Project Report (taking account of the individual contributions statement).
Due: Week 13 Weighting: 25% This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)
The students are required to submit a 2500-5000 word Project Report based on their external placement at the partner organisation. This will generally follow the structure of a scientific report, though some Project Reports may require a different approach, so please discuss this with your Project Supervisor, Mentor, and Unit Convenor in advance of starting to write the report. Note that in some cases Project progress and timely conclusion can be influenced by circumstances that are outside of the Student’s control. This will be taken into account when assessing the report.
Students are strongly encouraged to make a specific appointment around Week 8 to discuss their Project Report with their mentor. They should bring along an outline for their report, and any parts they have drafted.
Due: Weeks 5 and 10 Weighting: 15%
In addition to aiding your productivity and informing your report, keeping a quality record of your work which is seen regularly by your host could also be highly beneficial should you ask them tor a reference (or a job) in the future. The format of this documentation is flexible, and can be tuned to the specific nature of your PACE project. For example, some projects are well suited to keeping a lab book, either physical or electronic, which records all your daily tasks, recorded values, results, plots, thoughts, useful numbers, etc. For other projects, this documentation may come in a different form, e.g. organised notes or minutes from project meetings, well-organised GitHub commit records, or weekly progress reports.
Whatever form you and your supervisor think is appropriate, your project documentation should:
- Include a project plan formed during the first few weeks of the project. This should include key milestones and dates.
- Be legible and clearly laid out, with dates against every entry/contribution.
- Include regular entries or updates. Most projects will make weekly progress, and so should have weekly updates to the documentation collection.
Your project mentor will review your project documentation during week 5 to provide feedback on your project plan, as well as feedback on your overall record keeping. You are required to electronically submit your complete project documentation at the end of your placement (typically week 10) via iLearn. This may be a pdf of your electronic notes, or scans of your hand-written notebook.
Due: Week 12 Weighting: 10%
Presentations on each project are given jointly between the students in the project team, with equal contributions. Each student is expected to contribute roughly 10 minutes to the presentation, so for students working in pairs, they will present a joint 20 minute talk, with each person presenting approximately half of the work. A few minutes will be given for answering questions from the audience, comprising academic staff and fellow students. The talk should cover both the research component of the project, and the experience of working at the partner organisation. Students will be graded individually.
Due: Weeks 2-13 Weighting: 15%
Each student will maintain a weekly individual reflective journal consisting of 10 entries, with three parts.
Part 1: Initial self-reflection addressing the skills and knowledge gained during your degree thus far. This is the first section of the journal, and is due in Week 2.
Part 2: Reflective Diary: Eight weekly entries which capture your thoughts about the project as it progresses, and use the 'What? So What? Now What?' reflective cycle. You will be given some key topics to address in this part of your journal as you go along.
Part 3: Final reflection on the unit overall. This should be written after completing the project.
Further details and advice are provided on iLearn and in Workshop 1, and students are encouraged to contact the Unit staff for advice if they are struggling with this task.
Due: Week 13 Weighting: 15%
In order to develop increased awareness of professional development activities, over the course of the semester, students will engage in activities such as
- joining a professional organisation,
- attending Physics and Astronomy Department colloquia and seminars,
- attending a careers event,
- reading and discussing a journal paper or an article in Australian Physics,
- volunteering to help on University Open Day, and/or
- giving a presentation at a school.
- reading and discussing the code of conduct of a professional society.
- learning a new skill (e.g. soldering workshop, AfA training)
Further examples and instructions will be provided on iLearn. 'Professional engagement credits' will be awarded for these activities, up to a total of 15, with no more than 5 credits for similar activities.
Each student needs to prepare and submit a Record of Professional Engagement. This should be one single document with a summary table at the beginning that documents each activity and the number of credits claimed. Then for each activity, please provide a few details, a piece of evidence of your activity, and describe in a few sentences how each activity has contributed to your professional development and career prospects as a scientist. You may wish to use the word template provided on iLearn to document each activity. Photos are encouraged.
CV and Cover Letter
Due: Week 12 Weighting: 10%
This activity will demonstrate the skills and techniques explored during Workshop 3, where you will have received feedback on your draft job application (in the form of a cover letter and curriculum vitae in response to a genuine job advertisement). The job application needs to be tailored specifically to the job opening, by showing how your skills and capabilities meet the advertised selection criteria.
Project Performance - Mentor Report
Due: Week 13 Weighting: 10%
There is no submission required for this task, as the report is provided by the Project Mentor. However, keep in mind that input will be obtained from your project host supervisor, who will be looking for things like work ethic, communication skills, organisation, and professionalism during the placement.
Due: Friday weeks 1 and 11 Weighting: 0%
There are three mandatory workshops scheduled. Workshop 1 (Unit Introduction and Orientation) and Workshop 2 (My Degree - themes, skills, knowledge) will run sequentially on Friday 31st July (Week 1), with a break for lunch (will be provided). Workshop 3 (CVs, Cover Letters and Job Interviews) will be held on Friday of Week 11).
Students must participate meaningfully in all three workshops. If you miss a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances, you should apply for special consideration.