Students in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program have the option of completing work integrated learning in the form of industry work placements. Common durations of the work placements are:
- 2-3 weeks for WPL310 Workplace Learning I (12-units)
- 5-6 weeks for WPL320 Workplace Learning II (24-units)
- 8-10 weeks for WPL310 Workplace Learning I and WPL320 Workplace Learning II (36-units)
In today’s workplace, employers are looking for graduates with work experience who can quickly play a significant role and help the organisation achieve its objectives.
The work place learning (WPL) courses enable students to explore theoretical knowledge and acquire practical and applied experience in a vocational setting related to the Bachelor of Biomedical Science program. The student will undertake a structured and supervised vocational work experience with a host organisation in an area of interest.
Ultimately, these courses will allow reflection on their field of study and assess the student’s suitability and/or interest for employment in a specific area and enhance their understanding of career opportunities.
Features and location
The Work Place Learning (WPL) courses are coordinated by the WPL course coordinator. The placements for biomedical science students occur in hospitals, clinical trial centres, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and medical research institutes.
Structured placements in clinical settings are organised in conjunction with the WPL course coordinator by the Biomedical Science Discipline Leader, Dr Mark Holmes and the Allied Health Clinical Placement Facilitator for Biomedical Science, Geoff Simon.
The biomedical science students are also able to organise their own industry placements through the WPL course coordinator.
The structured placements for biomedical science students in clinical settings are most likely to be located in the Brisbane metropolitan area, can range from 2-3 weeks to 8-10 weeks duration, and are often undertaken full-time on week days. The following are examples of industry placements undertaken by biomedical science students in 2013 and 2014:
- Cardiac Diagnostics Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane
- Sleep Disorders Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane
- Cardiac Diagnostics Unit, Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane
- Respiratory Science Unit, Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane
- Cardiac Diagnostics Unit, Nambour General Hospital, Nambour
- Clinical Trials Centre, Nambour General Hospital, Nambour
- QPharm Clinical Trials Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane
- Gallipoli Clinical Trial Centre, Greenslopes Hospital, Brisbane
Our biomedical science students usually take a WPL course (or courses) in the final year of their Bachelor of Biomedical Science program. All students complete the same assessment tasks in the WPL courses.
The WPL courses have limited grading of Pass Ungraded (PU) or Fail (UF). To pass a WPL course a student must: Complete the required time for the placement; demonstrate the learning objectives; and complete a reflective diary. Satisfactory feedback from their placement supervisor is also required.
The WPL course coordinator is in regular contact with both the student and their supervisor during the placement.
This quality assurance arrangement ensures that the student learning outcomes from the program of study offered are equivalent across all the placement sites. Student issues arising during the placement are also dealt with in a timely manner, and in accordance with the University’s work integrated learning policy and procedures.
Biomedical science students may apply for a limited number of structured placements in a clinical setting by contacting the Discipline Leader for Biomedical Science, Dr Mark Holmes.
Students are encouraged to obtain advice about these structured placements in the first or second year of their Bachelor of Biomedical Science program. Students will be provided with a suitable program plan that prepares them for their work place learning.
For example, students interested in a placement in cardiac, respiratory and sleep diagnostics will be advised to take the Extended Major in Clinical Measurement in their Bachelor of Biomedical Science program.
Students interested in industry experience in a clinical trial centre will be recommended to take the Minor in Clinical Trial Management in their Bachelor of Biomedical Science program. Further information on the Majors and Minors available to biomedical science students can be found on the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering website.
Alternatively, biomedical science students may organise their own industry placement.
To do this, each student must first approach an industry and seek their permission to undertake a supervised placement with them. Once this has been arranged, the student will be expected to submit an application to WPL_FoSHEE@usc.edu.au.
To be eligible to commence placement, students must complete the following Mandatory Checks and upload to their Sonia Online* account.
NOTE: some of the mandatory checks can take quite some time to organise and students are advised to commence working on obtaining their specific mandatories as soon as they have accepted their offer.
Additional information will be provided to you throughout your study program.
* Access to Sonia Online for current enrolled students only.
No remuneration or payment is made by the placement organisation to the students or to the University for hosting the student. Students undertaking an approved work place learning course are covered by the University’s insurance policies.
For general enquiries about School of Health and Sport Sciences work integrated learning opportunities please contact:
Clinical Placements Administrative Assistant
Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering
Telephone: +61 7 5456 5823