SCI301 International Practical Experience (8)

This subject will allow students to develop as professionals and further expand on their understanding of the range of ethical and moral responsibilities underpinning their future careers in global terms. The subject incorporates a period of study abroad or an equivalent international experience. It will provide the students with the opportunity to become more culturally aware. It will provide an opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities, conquer new challenges and solve new problems, thus enhancing generic communication and problem solving skills and allowing them to develop new ideas and perspectives and a deeper understanding with repect to themselves and their chosen profession.
In addition, employers are reported to view students who have studied abroad as more self-motivated, independent, willing to embrace challenges and more able to cope with diverse problems and situations. Completion of this subject may thus enhance employment opportunities upon graduation, both in Australia's increasingly ethnically diverse workplace and abroad.


Session 2 (60)
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SCI301. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



1 session (minimum of 60 hours practical experience)


Faculty of Science

Enrolment Restrictions

Students must be enrolled in a course offered by the Faculty of Science.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically evaluate their own professional development as a result of completing an international experience;
  • be able to recognise the range of opportunities for professional learning that the international experience provided;
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of the nature and characteristics of the community in which they were based;
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of the role of international education experiences in creating goodwill for Australia around the world and increasing international awareness;
  • be able to recognise the value of global knowledge and cultural understanding and how this forms an integral part of their education;
  • be able to recognise their role as ambassadors for their course, the university and Australia; and
  • feel empowered to better understand themselves and others through a comparison of cultural values and ways of life.


This subject will cover the following topics:

The syllabus is dependant upon the area of specialisation and will be negotiated between the student and their Course Coordinator. Each student will however: - select an international experience that falls within one of the specialist areas offered in their undergraduate degrees or a closely related area. The international placement must be approved by the Course Coordinator prior to departure; - critically evaluate the concerns, strategies and processes of their international experience; - employ appropriate research, documentation, evaluation and reporting processes; - undertake analysis in the preparation for, planning of and implementation of the visit; and - undertake analysis of the goals and achievements of the international visit.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SCI301 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Intention to complete study abroad form
Pre-departure report
Reflective journal
Final report

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.