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.

Choose your own PACE experience: FOSC300

Are you thinking about which PACE unit to take, to complete your degree requirements?

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 FOSC300: Participation and Community Engagement in Science and Engineering might be the PACE unit for you!

Some important points to consider

  • FOSC300 is open to all undergrads with a minimum of 39 credit points at enrolment time.
  • PACE is a general requirement of the BSc, BMarSci, BMedSci, and BAdv.Sci. 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 FOSC300, to complete your PACE requirement.
  • Students of programs that have a specified PACE unit often enrol in FOSC300 to gain even more experience.
  • FOSC300 gives you the flexibility to engage with an industry or community-based organisation relevant to your skills and interests.

How do I find out more?

Log into iLearn using the above link, then click on ‘enrol me’. You will be re-directed to the FOSC300 site, and able to find it under your ‘Community Units’.

A pre-enrolment workshop will be held to help you learn more, including how to find your own PACE activity.

If you’re interested in FOSC300 for 2018, we encourage you to attend the workshop on:

Tuesday December 5th from 10am-11.30am in Room E6A 116

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 FOSC300. So you need to plan and act early. We recommend you start contacting potential host supervisors, and prepare for Special Approvals soon as possible.

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 E7B, Ground Floor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Student Services Centre.


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

Catherine Ennis

Faculty PACE Manager
Ms Catherine Ennis
Phone: + 61 2 9850 6839

Angela Powell

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

Marios Elles

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

Jenny Stafford

Faculty PACE Officer
Ms Jenny Stafford
Phone: + 61 2 9850 6876

Marie Johnsen

Faculty PACE Administrator
Ms Marie Meldal-Johnsen
Phone: + 61 2 9850 9543

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