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SCI3303 STEM Team Project

Semester 3, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

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Examiner: Lyn Brodie

Other requisites

To be eligible to enrol in this course students must have completed at least two years of their program.

Students who would like to undertake this course as an elective course in their program should discuss it with their Program Coordinator.

Before being able to enrol in this course students must apply for, and be accepted as a member of a student team for one of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects listed for the next offer of the course. The examiner of the course will normally put out a call for applications for STEM project teams in the semester prior to the semester the course will be offered.

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course


This course enables students studying undergraduate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and other disciplines to gain valuable experience in collaborating with students and staff from a range of disciplines to tackle a real-world, multi-disciplinary problem. They will also enhance their capabilities in a number of USQ Graduate Skills: Ethical research and enquiry; Problem solving; Academic, professional and digital literacy; Written and oral communication; Interpersonal skills; Team work; Management, planning and organisational skills; Creativity, initiative and enterprise; and Sustainable practice.

The ability to work effectively with people from other disciplines is an important capability for all graduates, and many employers believe it is a critical capability. The course would normally be undertaken as an Elective course by third or fourth year students who will be able to apply their disciplinary knowledge and experience to help complete the STEM project being undertaken by their student team. The number of students who are able to participate in any one year will depend on the number of suitable STEM projects that can sourced from industry and research centres, and the number of STEM staff who are available to facilitate the projects and mentor student teams. For this reason the course will only be offered as an elective.


The aim of this course is to enable students to gain experience in working in multi-disciplinary teams to complete a real world project. The ability to work effectively with people from other disciplines is an important capability for all graduates. Teamwork is one of the USQ Graduate Skills. Students will also have opportunities to enhance their capabilities in other Graduate Skills.

In the semester prior to the offer of the course students will be recruited for each of the positions on a STEM Project Team. This would normally include students from both STEM and other disciplines such as management, public relations and journalism.

At the beginning of the course the student team would develop plans and schedules to complete the project within the nominated period. They would meet weekly and each meeting would be minuted. Each student would keep a journal of the activities undertaken, the hours spent on each activity, and a weekly reflection. These would be reconciled with the Project plan on a weekly basis.

The client (project sponsor) would meet with the team at the beginning of the project, at least once during the project, and at the end of the project when the outcomes are presented by the team members.

Where appropriate student activities will be supported by the provision of one or more workshops which will be led by staff from the relevant Research Centres or industries. The workshop will cover technical topics and project implementation issues such as working in multi-disciplinary teams.

Each Student Team will submit a project report the due date. This will include a report on the activities undertaken by each student (written by the relevant student), including reflections, reconciliations, evaluations etc.

Each Student Team will also give a presentation about their project at a function organised by the STEM Team Project staff.


On successful completion of this course students will have:

  1. collaborated effectively in a multi-disciplinary team to complete a STEM project
  2. collaborated with other team members to develop and implement a project plan, a risk management plan, and a project schedule to complete a STEM project
  3. managed personal time and met project deadlines
  4. communicated effectively with students from other disciplines to complete a multi-disciplinary project
  5. reflected on the problem solving strategies and terminology used by students from other disciplines
  6. reflected on their contribution to the project, their achievements, and their learning
  7. contribute to the preparation of the STEM Project report
  8. participated in the presentation of the STEM project story and outcomes to the client and STEM Team Project staff and students
  9. evaluated the project plan and its implementation, and the outcomes of the project.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Project work 60.00
2. Project management 10.00
3. Reflective practice 20.00
4. Project evaluation 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Private Study 20.00
Project Work 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Project Plan 100 10 27 Nov 2015 (see note 1)
Reflective Journal 100 30 29 Jan 2016 (see note 2)
Project Presentation 100 10 12 Feb 2016 (see note 3)
Project Report 100 50 12 Feb 2016 (see note 4)

  1. Team assessment
  2. Individual assessment
  3. Individual and team assessment
  4. Team assessment

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  5. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library?s referencing guide. These policies can be found at //

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at //

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.