COMPX371-23X (HAM)

Computer Science Work Placement

30 Points

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The University of Waikato
Academic Divisions
Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Office
Department of Computer Science

Staff

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Convenor(s)

Lecturer(s)

Administrator(s)

: clare.hewins@waikato.ac.nz

Placement/WIL Coordinator(s)

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: alistair.lamb@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about

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This paper is the work placement for the BCompSc degree and is undertaken during the summer at the end of the second year. Students undertake 400 hours of work experience, relevant to their discipline of study, and are usually paid seasonal wage rates during the work placement.

The work placement is intended to develop professional skills through work relevant to their degree in a professional workplace. Work placements allow students to observe and take part in professional practice, workplace cultures, and consider potential careers. Students will be provided opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learnt at university and develop technical knowledge and skills, interpersonal skills, and a professional work ethic. The nature of the work varies from a single large project, several smaller projects, contributions to the day-to-day activities of the workplace, or more likely a combination of all of these. Assessment content is tailored to the student's work context.

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How this paper will be taught

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Securing a placements occurs through the combined efforts of students using their own connections, the assistance of the WIL Coordinators, and opportunities provided on the MyWIL platform, supported with learning from the SCIEN270 paper. Work placement activities must be relevant to the students degree discipline and be at least 400 hours. Assessment is based on assignments during the placement (some are compulsory assignments) and student work performance evaluation.

This paper runs in conjunction with SCIEN371, "Science Work Placement". Students are required to have successfully completed SCIEN270 in order to commence this paper.

There is no lecture content or workshops associated with this paper. All contact time is in the workplace.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Be familiar with workplace-specific health & safety requirements and responsibilities
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  • Be able to maintain a professional profile
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  • Discuss the application of on-campus learning content to workplace practice and reflect on how learning through workplace practice can inform on-campus learning
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  • Engage in technical writing and complete a technical report of the work undertaken
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  • Evidence the ability to put science knowledge into meaningful practice in an authentic science context
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  • To be able to set meaningful and measurable learning objectives for their work placements and reflect on their learning progress
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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Assessment of student learning is based on the completion of five assessment items. This paper is wholly internally assessed. The 'Health & Safety assignment' and 'Technical Report assignments' are compulsory - failure to submit this assignments will result in an IC grade for the paper. Student assignments comprises 75% of the grade (assignments detailed below) with the remaining 25% derived from the student's work performance evaluation. Additional details of the assignments will be provided on Moodle.

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Placement Brief and H&S assignment
17 Nov 2023
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Learning Objectives: Part 1, setting objectives
24 Nov 2023
12:00 AM
0
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Reflection: Linking on-campus learning with work practice
19 Jan 2024
No set time
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Learning Objectives: Part 2, reflection on objectives
9 Feb 2024
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Update of LinkedIn profile
16 Feb 2024
No set time
5
  • Other: Submission assumed automatic on the due date
6. Technical Report Draft
23 Feb 2024
No set time
0
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Technical Report Final
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Student Work Performance
25
  • Other: Facilitated by the WIL Coordinator
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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