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ENGG5217: Practical Experience

Intensive June, 2020 [Professional practice] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The 3 year MPE requires students to obtain industrial work experience of twelve weeks duration (60 working days) or its equivalent towards satisfying the requirements for award of the degree. Students can undertake their work experience in the final year of the MPE program (Year 3). Students may have prior work in an Engineering field carried out on completion of their undergraduate degree accepted as meeting the requirements of this component. Students must be exposed to professional engineering practice to enable them to develop an engineering approach and ethos, and to gain an appreciation of engineering ethics. and to gain an appreciation of engineering ethics. The student is required to inform the Faculty of any work arrangements by emailing the Graduate School of Engineering and Information Technologies. Assessment in this unit is by the submission of a portfolio containing written reports on the involvement with industry. For details of the reporting requirements, go to the faculty's Practical Experience portfolio web site

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Engineering
Credit points 0
ENGP1000 OR ENGP2000 OR ENGP3000 OR ENGG4000 OR CHNG5205 OR AMME5010
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Anthony Kadi,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment hurdle task Practical Experience Application
Complete the online form in Sonia using the instructions in canvas.
10% Week -04 N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment hurdle task Professional Practice Portfolio
submit logbook, practical experience certificate and report to Sonia
90% Week 04 multiple components
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

Students must submit the following:

  • A practical experience application – must be submitted for approval 4 weeks prior to your internship job commencing. Any hours worked prior to obtaining approval will not count towards your course requirements
  • A professional practice portfolio – consisting of your logbook, practice experience certificate (from Sonia), and your practice experience report. Follow the instructions on canvas.

Assessment criteria

This unit is assessed as satisfactory / unsatisfactory

For more information see 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.

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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Pre-semester BEFORE PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE: Prior to enrolling in this unit, you will need to: 1. Satisfy the pre-requisites 2. Find a suitable internship job 3. Obtain faculty approval for the job Independent study (10 hr) LO1
Week 01 DURING PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE: Only once your job has been approved can you commence working. Enrol in the appropriate intensive session to align your job completion with the intensive unit period. During your job, you must keep a log book of activities which must be submitted online. Placement (420 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 04 AFTER PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE: Write your practical experience report following the requirements in canvas. Submit your logbook, practical experience certificate (from Sonia) and your report as per the instructions in canvas. Allow up to 4 weeks to receive your grade. Independent study (20 hr) LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Study commitment: Employment in an approved relevant engineering industry for 12 weeks full-time (420 hours). This work should should be organised to be undertaken in the breaks between semester as a single 12 week block of time. Approval may be given in exceptional circumstances for multiple smaller blocks

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.

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. Propose an engineering intern job for faculty approval that meets the required criteria
  • LO2. Experience a faculty approved engineering internship job for a total of 420 hours (12 weeks full-time)
  • LO3. Document your engineering internship job using a logbook
  • LO4. Analyse and evaluate your learning from your engineering internship job in a clearly written reflective report
  • LO5. Relate knowledge and experience gained during formal study to engineering practice, assessing gaps and making recommendations for improvements

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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