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SCI3303 STEM Team Project

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

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


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.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 3, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba