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Unit of study_

ENGG5204: Engineering Professional Practice

This unit of study is designed to provide graduate engineers studying for a Master of Professional Engineering degree with an introduction to the professional engineering skills necessary to practice as an engineer. These include the various elements of engineering practice, an understanding of the role of the engineer in industry, basic knowledge of the law of contracts and legal responsibility, teamwork and leadership skills, an understanding of the professional responsibilities of engineers, competence in verbal communication and presentations and in reading and writing reports, and an understanding of ethical considerations. The material, learning and assessment is tailored for graduates from Australian and overseas universities.

Details

Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit code ENGG5204
Unit name Engineering Professional Practice
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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Competences and experience in engineering obtained during an accepted engineering degree

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator John Graham Currie, john.currie@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation group assignment Group case presentation
10% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7
Assignment Management style self evaluation
20% Week 04 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5 LO8
Assignment group assignment Management report
20% Week 07 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO8 LO7 LO4
Assignment Ethics and sustainability report
15% Week 10 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Tutorial quiz Ethics and sustainability quiz
10% Week 10 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4
Tutorial quiz Legal issues quiz
10% Week 12 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4
Assignment Legal issues case study
15% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?

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

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

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

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

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 Introduction to the course and the issues Lecture (3 hr) LO4
Week 02 Management essentials Lecture (3 hr) LO4
Week 03 Developing self-awareness Lecture (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO7
Week 04 Managing a healthy workplace Lecture (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO8
Week 05 Solving problems analytically and creatively Lecture (3 hr) LO7 LO8
Week 06 Communicating supportively Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 07 Motivating others Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Basic fundamentals and theories of ethics and sustainability practices in engineering Lecture (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7
Week 09 1. Relationships with clients, consultants, competitors, and contractors; 2. Outside employment/activities (Moonlighting); 3. Consideration of the employer’s assets; 4. Treatment of confidential or proprietary information; 5. Bribery and kickbacks, which also may include: gifts, meals, services, and entertainment; 6. Ensuring legal compliance by clients, client's contractors, and others Lecture (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 10 1. Accomplishments and world effort in Sustainable engineering development, hard and soft sustainability factors, models of sustainable development, sustainability in buildings Lecture (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO8
Week 11 Introduction to key legal concepts and contract law basics Lecture (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO8
Week 12 Introduction to other relevant laws (intellectual property, trade practices), advertising, consumer protection, legal processes, rights and remedies Lecture (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO8
Week 13 Controlling liability by contract: measuring and managing risk, interpreting and drafting basic agreements Lecture (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8

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.

Prescribed readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • James Carlopio & Graham Andrewatha, Developing Management Skills (5th edition). Pearson, 2012. 9781442547629.

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. demonstrate skills in all aspects of communication, including for technical and non-technical, and academic and public audiences
  • LO2. work effectively as both leader and member of a team, including conflict resolution and in designing managing and completing a number of projects
  • LO3. exercise professional and ethical decision-making as well as sound critical and ethical judgement in undertaking broad ranging professional roles and responsibilities
  • LO4. understand the principles and requirements of the professional engineer, in accord with the Engineers Australia graduate attributes, including social, economic, ethical, sustainability and environmental aspects
  • LO5. display fundamental application of ethical issues in technical practice, and considerations of business conduct
  • LO6. demonstrate basic knowledge of the law of contracts and the obligations of professional and legal responsibility
  • LO7. use significant skills in searching for and evaluating information relevant to any particular topic, using the full range of information-searching tools
  • LO8. use enhanced problem-solving and design skills learnt through direct instruction and application to tutorial problems and projects.

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

Alignment with Competency standards

Outcomes Competency standards
LO1
Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer (AQF9 mapped) - EA
3.2 (L3). Communication. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.6 (L3). Team skills. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Effective team membership and team leadership.
LO2
Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer (AQF9 mapped) - EA
2.4 (L3). Engineering project management. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3.1 (L3). Ethics & accountability. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
3.2 (L3). Communication. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.3 (L3). Creativity. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
3.4 (L3). Information skills. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Professional use and management of information.
3.5 (L3). Personal conduct. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
3.6 (L3). Team skills. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Effective team membership and team leadership.
LO3
Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer (AQF9 mapped) - EA
2.1 (L3). Complex problem-solving. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.4 (L3). Engineering project management. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3.1 (L3). Ethics & accountability. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
3.2 (L3). Communication. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.5 (L3). Personal conduct. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
3.6 (L3). Team skills. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Effective team membership and team leadership.
LO4
Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer (AQF9 mapped) - EA
1.6 (L3). Discipline professional practice knowledge. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
2.4 (L3). Engineering project management. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3.2 (L3). Communication. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.5 (L3). Personal conduct. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
3.6 (L3). Team skills. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Effective team membership and team leadership.
LO5
Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer (AQF9 mapped) - EA
1.6 (L3). Discipline professional practice knowledge. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
2.4 (L3). Engineering project management. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3.1 (L3). Ethics & accountability. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
3.2 (L3). Communication. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.5 (L3). Personal conduct. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
3.6 (L3). Team skills. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Effective team membership and team leadership.
LO6
Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer (AQF9 mapped) - EA
1.6 (L3). Discipline professional practice knowledge. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
2.4 (L3). Engineering project management. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3.1 (L3). Ethics & accountability. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
3.2 (L3). Communication. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.4 (L3). Information skills. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Professional use and management of information.
3.5 (L3). Personal conduct. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
LO7
Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer (AQF9 mapped) - EA
1.4 (L3). Discipline research knowledge. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
1.5 (L3). Discipline context knowledge. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6 (L3). Discipline professional practice knowledge. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
2.2 (L3). Use of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Techniques, tools and resources.
3.4 (L3). Information skills. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Professional use and management of information.
LO8
Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer (AQF9 mapped) - EA
1.3 (L3). Specialist discipline knowledge. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
1.4 (L3). Discipline research knowledge. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
1.5 (L3). Discipline context knowledge. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6 (L3). Discipline professional practice knowledge. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
2.1 (L3). Complex problem-solving. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2 (L3). Use of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Techniques, tools and resources.
2.3 (L3). Engineering design. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
2.4 (L3). Engineering project management. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3.2 (L3). Communication. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.3 (L3). Creativity. (Level 3- Exceeding required standard) Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
No changes have been made since this unit was last offered, in line with high levels of student satisfaction.

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