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 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: Participation and Community Engagement in Science and Engineering gives you the opportunity to combine classroom learning with an activity that matches your interests and skills. The unit will help you to develop your capabilities and identify future career directions.

What kind of activity can I do?

FOSC300 involves you finding your own host organisation and arranging an activity. To learn more about this, watch the video on ‘Sourcing your PACE activity.’

Examples of FOSC300 PACE activities

  • Manly Sea Life: Assisting the animal keeper staff with daily husbandry of captive marine animals and their exhibits. Watch a video on this student experience here.
  • Sonic Healthcare: An introduction to working in a histopathology laboratory and specimen reception area.
  • Ku-ring-gai Council: Reporting on the behaviour change outcomes of a native bee hive sustainability initiative for local residents; Researching and reporting on the geological history of the volcanic diatreme of Wahroonga.

How do I enrol in FOSC300?

To enrol in FOSC300 you must follow these steps:

Step 1: Email the FSE PACE team ( with the following:

  • your full name
  • student I.D. number
  • student email address
  • your degree program
  • any questions

Step 2: The FSE PACE team will ask you to indicate your availability for a FOSC300 pre-enrolment workshop. Attend one of the workshops in person or participate online.

Step 3: You will be added to the ‘FOSC300 pre-enrolment’ iLearn site (located under ‘Community units’). Review resources early on to prepare for the unit, keep up to date with iLearn Announcements, and source your PACE activity.

Step 4: Enrolment in FOSC300 is by special permission. The FSE PACE team will send you a link to a form to complete. You will be asked about what sorts of partner organisations you would like to work with, your plans for the PACE activity, and your skills and interests.

Step 5: If you receive permission to enrol in FOSC300, finalise your enrolment in e-student ASAP.

Step 6: After enrolling contact the FSE PACE team to update them on your progress. The FSE PACE team will provide further advice as needed.

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

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