PACE in the Faculty of Science and Engineering

PACE in the Faculty of Science and Engineering

We offer many PACE activities spread across a wide range of science and engineering sectors. From robotics to environmental volunteering, and everything in between, you will find an interesting PACE opportunity here in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Here's some examples of our past PACE activities:

  1. Engineering students brought the world of robotics to young students in Indonesia
  2. Computing students developed a networking app to help backpackers find their way
  3. Medical sciences students realised their dream of working in a radiology department
  4. Marine science students gained practical experience in aquatic animal husbandry

PACE and my degree program

A PACE unit is now a requirement for all new Bachelor degree students. 

The PACE unit(s) you do as a part of your degree depends on your program(s). In FSE, some of our named degrees have at least one specific compulsory PACE unit, marked clearly in the handbook with the letter ‘P’ next to the unit code.  Sometimes these required PACE units can also be the Capstone unit of the degree (marked with a ‘C’).

Check your program in the handbook to find out if there is a specific PACE unit (or units), or if you can choose a PACE unit as an elective. You must complete one PACE unit to qualify for your degree but you can complete additional PACE units if you have elective space in your program.

FSE Unit Summaries

How does PACE work in the Faculty of Science and Engineering?

For an overview of all PACE units in the Faculty please download the PACE in Science and Engineering flyer.

For detailed information about a particular FSE PACE unit, a selection of Unit Summaries is available below for download.  More Summaries will be added in the near future.

BIOL3640 Unit Summary

COMP3850 Unit Summary

ENGG4099 Fact Sheet

ENGG4099 Timesheets Guidance and Etiquette

GEOS348 Unit Summary

MATH399 Unit Summary

PHYS311 Unit Summary

STAT399 Unit Summary

BIOL3640 might be what you're looking for!

Does the idea of choosing and finding your own practical experience appeal to you?

Are you looking for hands-on experience to add to your C.V., or the opportunity to explore your future career options?

If you answered 'Yes' to one or more of the above questions, then BIOL3640 might be the PACE unit for you!

Some important points to consider

  • BIOL3640 is open to you if you are an undergrad with at least 130 credit points, including 40 credit points in BIOL units, at the time you apply for Special Approval.
  • PACE is a general requirement of the BSc, BMarSci, BMedSci, and BAdvSci. Some majors have a specified PACE unit while others do not. See your program details in the Handbook for more information.
  • If there is no specific PACE unit in your program, you can choose an elective such as BIOL3640 to complete your PACE requirement.
  • If your program has a specified PACE unit, you can still enrol in BIOL3640 to gain even more experience provided you have space available in your Flexible Zone.
  • BIOL3640 gives you the flexibility to engage with an industry- or community-based organisation, or a research lab, to gain skills relevant to your interests and goals.

How do I find out more?

  • Everything you need to know can be found through the BIOL3640 Pre-enrolment iLearn site.
  • Log in to iLearn using the above link, then click on ‘enrol me’. You will be re-directed to the BIOL3640 site, and able to find it under your ‘Community Units’.

A pre-enrolment workshop will be held on Wednesday 4th December, 10-11:30am in room 368, 14 Eastern Road (E8A). The workshop will be recorded and will be available by clicking on the Echo 360 Active Learning Platform link at the top right corner of the BIOL3640 Pre-enrolment iLearn site. Attending or reviewing the workshop before applying for Special Approval to Enrol in BIOL3640 is essential because it will cover what the unit is about, how to enrol and how to find a PACE activity.

Please note: Finding a PACE activity can take a lot of time and enrolling in this unit involves an application for Special Approval. There are strict cut-off dates for finding PACE activities and seeking Special Approval to enrol in BIOL3640, noted in the Announcements section of the Pre-enrolment iLearn site. We recommend you plan and act early by reviewing all resources and Announcements found in the pre-enrolment iLearn site ASAP; contacting potential partners for your PACE activity well ahead of session start; and keeping to all deadlines.

The last day to apply for Special Approval to enrol in BIOL3640 for S1, 2020 is Monday, 27 January 2020.

Finally, we encourage you to visit and subscribe to PACE Opportunities to view upcoming PACE activities. Simply enter the unit code “BIOL3640” in the PACE Activity Search field to see what's currently available.

Still have questions after looking at everything in the iLearn site? Contact us at or call us on 02 9850 6842.

PACE stories

Assunta Macolino

“I undertook a research project at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science which gave me the opportunity to put the theory I had learnt into practice which most units don’t incorporate. I found the reflection modules really helped with this unit, I had never heard or practiced this kind of behaviour while in high school or university."

Kerwin Abinoja

“I did my PACE activity with The Whiddon Group, a NSW-wide aged care provider to determine the organisation’s carbon footprint and help develop their environmental sustainability plan. It enabled me to learn how to use the knowledge and skills that I have gained in my university studies to solve real-life problems that are relevant to my academic field and to my future career pathway.”

Elisa Bruning

“I volunteered at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, assisting the aquarists with daily duties including feeding and monitor the animals. (“I do a little bit of everything, except for the dangerous bits!”). Students intending to focus on research would benefit from the social inclusion and ethics modules. The fact that you get 3 credit points is just the icing on the cake as far as I am concerned. The unit amongst other things has given me a sense of confidence going into the workplace and a place to debrief and voice any concerns if need be. It’s just great.”

Contact us

We've moved! Our new location is Building 7WW Level 1 in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.


Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering PACE Team on the details below.

Phone: +61 2 9850 6842


Staff and host organisations

Staff and partner organisations are welcome to contact us on the details below.

Anne-Louise Semple

Faculty Academic Director of PACE
Dr Anne-Louise Semple
Phone: + 61 2 9850 8412

Faculty PACE Manager
Ms Trish Amichi
Phone: + 61 2 9850 6839

Angela Powell

Faculty PACE Coordinator
Ms Angela Powell
Phone: + 61 2 9850 8434

Marios Elles

Faculty PACE Officer 
Mr Marios Elles
Phone: + 61 2 9850 6566

Faculty PACE Officer
Ms Holly Stephens
Phone: + 61 2 9850 9543

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