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Professional Practice in Engineering (11519.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Technology


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This unit is made up of three interrelated components:
1. Project Management: considers the role of project management in the successful design and implementation of engineering projects that meet the desired outcomes of the project on time and within budget with an emphasis on effective teamwork as a means of achieving these goals.
2. Communication for engineers: considers oral, written and online communication skills, and the planning, preparation and delivery of presentations for diverse audiences via a range of media.
3. The Engineering Profession and Society: considers the nature of engineering, its social impact, professional conduct, responsibilities and ethics, sustainability, and a student?s future as a professional engineer with particular reference to the development of a personal ePortfolio.
This unit may be cotaught with 10097 Professional Practice in Engineering G.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Discuss the nature of the engineering profession: its history, future and role in society;

2. Describe the principles of engineering design and apply these principles to a small-scale real-world project;

3. Describe at an introductory level the principles of project and risk management and to be able to apply these principles to the design of a small project;

4. Express engineering concepts clearly and succinctly using different media;

5. Describe the key skills, knowledge, attributes and attitudes required to be a professional engineer with particular reference to professional codes of conduct and ethical practice, and create a personal ePortfolio as a means of tracking personal development needs and achievements; and

6. Reflect on the nature of working in teams: the advantages and limitations, and the attributes of effective teamwork.

Assessment Items




Must be enrolled in course version {106JA, 344JA, ETB001}

Assumed Knowledge

Fundamental computer skills (such as internet browsing, email, word processing).

Incompatible Units

10097 Professional Practice in Engineering G and 8228 Engineering Management 2A

Equivalent Units

8228 Engineering Management 2A.

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