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Unit of study_

AMME9601: Professional Engineering

This unit of study aims to create an awareness of issues surrounding the management of projects; impart knowledge resulting in a more global approach to the practice of engineering and engineering management; and provide a vehicle for improving communication skills (both written and oral). The course also aims, when taken together with other courses offered by the School, to substantially meet the requirement of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, for undergraduate training in management theory and Professional Engineering skills. On completion of this unit students should be able to: plan small projects and contribute effectively to planning of larger projects; work effectively in small teams; understand their role and expected conduct in the management of engineering projects; perform well in that role from the outset, with performance limited only by experience; prepare an interesting and relevant presentation on aspects of their work for their peers or senior managers; recognise the range of expertise they may need to call on in their role as an engineer working on a project (e.g. in safety and environmental fields); understand what the experts are saying, and be able to contribute effectively to that discussion.


Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code AMME9601
Unit name Professional Engineering
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator John Kent,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Tutorial quiz hurdle task Lecture-related Quizzes
on-line quiz
10% Multiple weeks 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment hurdle task Assignment 1
on-line Essay
20% Week 06 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Assignment 2
on-line Essay
30% Week 10 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Assignment 3
on-line Essay
40% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
  • Presentation: Students are required to give an individual presentation and attend all other student presentation tutorial sessions to give feedback to peers. All presentation slides must be uploaded to Canvas by 10pm Monday of week 4. Presentations are marked on the effort put into preparation as well as the quality of the actual presentation.
  • Quiz: Students are required to answer multiple choice and short answer questions on lecture and/or tutorial material studied throughout the unit. This is a closed book quiz. 
  • Major project: The major project is a group project focused on use of team work and communication skills to research a problem and propose a feasible solution.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. CV and job application writing; 2. Course introduction Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 02 1. Introduction to major projects; 2. Technical report writing; 3. Key professional engineering skills Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 03 Oral communication skills Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 04 Principles of project management Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 05 Ethics and socially responsible engineering Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 06 Work health and safety Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 07 Total quality management/maintenance Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 08 1. Professionals Australia; 2. Industrial relations Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 09 Management skills Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 10 Sustainability concepts and environmental considerations Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 11 1. Quantitative risk analysis; 2. Engineering project economics; 3. Feasibility and project cost assessment Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 12 Industry guest lecturer Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  
Week 13 Course review Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

  • Tutorial: Computer based tutorials in weeks 2 and 3 using MS Project. Group tutorials are focused on peer based learning.
  • Presentation: Presentations are short talks given to small peer groups and are held during tutorial sessions.
  • Technical writing: Technical writing is to be used in the research report and major project.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify ethical and other issues which can arise in the workplace
  • LO2. understand what is required in the conduct and management of an engineering project
  • LO3. recognise the range of expertise you may need to call on in your role as an engineer working on a project (e.g. in the safety and environmental fields)
  • LO4. work effectively in a small team to produce a technical report
  • LO5. plan small projects, and contribute effectively to planning of larger projects
  • LO6. prepare an interesting presentation on aspects of your work for your peers or senior managers
  • LO7. write a concise, technical engineering report.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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