PACE in the Faculty of Human Sciences
The Faculty of Human Sciences offers PACE units across a variety of disciplines including health, communication disorders, psychology, linguistics, early childhood and education. We also offer a multidisciplinary PACE unit which allows you to explore a variety of discipline interests.
PACE and my degree program
Many degrees now require a specific PACE unit. Your PACE unit will usually be listed in your program or qualifying major. If no PACE unit is listed in your program or major, you may be able to choose a PACE unit. Check your program in handbook to see which PACE unit you must do.
PACE units in the Faculty
We offer a range of PACE units including the following:
FOHS300 Participation and Community Engagement in Human Sciences
70 hour placement
This unit gives you the opportunity to engage with the community in a variety of areas. Example activities may include:
- Investigating social disadvantage in the student population
- Moderating a website providing young people with information on mental health
- Researching and writing a brochure on elder abuse for the community
HLTH300 Health Placement
140 hour placement
In this unit you develop a project management plan to address an issue in consultation with the host organisation. Example activities may include:
- Designing research on burns treatment and rehabilitation services for Indigenous children
- Designing a work health and safety learning module for tertiary students
- Arranging and analysing data from community engagement with the health department
LING288 Communication Disorders Placement
50 hour placement
In this unit you complete a professional work placement within a variety of professional settings. Example activities may include:
- Supporting deaf and blind children in classroom activities
- Analysing the potential relationship between infant vocal production assessment and subsequent verbal proficiency /challenges
- Assisting audiology research with adults using cochlear implants
LING389 Advanced Communication in Social Institutions
70 hour placement
In this unit you will research, analyse and review an aspect of how an organisation communicates. This may include reflecting on the current state of communications in the workplace and developing a communication strategy designed for the particular circumstances of the workplace. NOTE: This unit is currently being rested.
PSY399 Psychological Science: Putting Theory into Practice
32 hour placement
In this psychology capstone unit you learn to apply your psychology skills in real world situations. Example activities may include:
- Mentoring primary and high school children who are disengaged and at risk
- Researching homeless populations in NSW
- Participating in, and observing day-to-day activities for psychologists in private practice, working in hospitals or community centres
- Participating in, and observing classes run for children with emotional and behavioural disorders
COGS399 Cognitive Science in the Real World
32 hour placement
In this capstone unit you learn to apply your skills from cognitive science in real world situations. Example activities may include:
- Conducting experimental investigations with researchers
- Conducting a systematic review of best practices for reading interventions
- Receiving training in applied behaviour approaches as therapy for autism
- Conducting interviews and qualitative analysis to report on extreme human experiences (eg. elite athletes)
Other PACE units offered by the Faculty of Human Sciences include Education and Early Childhood units
Choose your own PACE experience
Find your own placement
Finding your own placement gives you a unique opportunity to gain experience in an area or with an organisation you are interested in. You may have a contact, for example a family member or friend, who can help you to arrange a placement. If you are already volunteering with a suitable organisation you may also consider nominating this organisation for your placement.
To start you will need to identify an organisation you would like to work with. Contact them to ask if they could host you for your placement. If the organisation is willing the next step is to submit a Student Initiated Placement Form. The PACE Human Sciences team will then help to set up the placement.
Apply for special opportunities
Some organisations require an application process and even an interview. These placements are advertised and filled by a competitive selection process. Keep an eye out for these opportunities as they become available. See Current Opportunities.
Placements organised by the University
The PACE Human Sciences team organises placements with a range of host organisations. Placements are available in areas such as public health, speech, psychology, community work, welfare and human movement.
These placements are advertised to students enrolled in specific PACE units in our online portal, iParticipate. You can review the placements available at the start of session and then select your top 5 or 10 preferences (depending on the unit). You will be automatically allocated to a placement based on your preference.
Start your placement early
Some placements commence before the start of session and/or require more than the minimum number of hours. A competitive selection process might also be requested by the host organisation. These placements will be advertised as they become available. Find out more about early commencement.
Madelyn Hawken – HLTH300 Student (Aspire Early Intervention):
“It was great to be able to network with professionals in the industry I am interested in making a career of, and I’m currently considering a variety of further study options related to the work I completed on my placement. After I finished the project, I was asked to complete online training so that I could then be employed by the organisation as a therapist, and started working for the organisation at the conclusion of the placement, which was an incredible opportunity.”
Joelle Fa – PSY399 student (Wesley Mission):
“I never considered social welfare as a possible career avenue. It’s now opened up my eyes not only to where I can take my psychology degree in social welfare terms, but it's really opened up some career opportunities."
Chi Yhun Lo – FOHS300 student (National Acoustics Laboratory):
“As an undergraduate, sometimes you don't realise what your opportunities are. PACE was just eye-opening - it revealed a whole new career pathway for me as a researcher. I don't know what I'd be doing without it.”
For more information about PACE opportunities in Human Sciences contact the PACE Human Sciences team.
Phone: 02 9850 4590 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org