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ENGP1000: Professional Engagement Program 1

Semester 1, 2020 [Professional practice] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The BEHonours degree (and all associated combined degrees) requires all students to develop a deep understanding of the professional and social contexts in which their engineering knowledge can be applied, and how this context shapes the application of their knowledge. This involves a strong engagement with the practice of their profession and ensuring that they are responsive to the needs and context of industry and community. This engagement is met through the completion of the PEP - Professional Engagement Program - a degree-long integrated program of professional development activities that involves students in contextualising their learning, progressively taking greater responsibility for their own development, and building the foundations of a strong professional engineering career. Once students have completed the requirements of the first stage of the Professional Engagement Program they will pass PEP1.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ENGP1000
Academic unit Engineering
Credit points 0
ENGG4000 OR ENGG5217
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Anthony Kadi,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment hurdle task Professional engagement portfolio
The portfolio has mutiple elements described elsewhere in this document
100% Multiple weeks approx 20-25 hours over 3 semesters
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

The professional engagement portfolio consists of the following components

  • online pre-work for each workshop class (in canvas and in Sonia)
  • attendance at face to face workshop classes (1 or 2 per semester) and satisfactory completion of corresponding modules in canvas
  • online PEP activity claims and peer reviews (in Sonia). The minimum number of PEP hours to be completed each semester is:
    • ​Semester 1: 20 approved PEP hours
    • Semester 2: 40 approved PEP hours
    • Semester 3: 60 approved PEP hours
    • Semester 4 (if required): 80 approved PEP hours


ENGP1000 can be completed in 3 or 4 semesters. Once the following PEP hour requirements have been completed, students can register for an assessment workshop in Sonia:

  • minimum 20 hours of approved non-engineering focused activities
  • minimum 30 hours of approved engineering focused activities
  • minimum 80 hours of approved activities overall
Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

This unit is assessed as Pass/Fail

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.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity 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 integrity breaches seriously.  

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

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

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.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 SEM1: Pre-work for Planning Workshop class. Complete online in canvas. Module 0, module 0.1 and module 1.1 Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 02 SEM1: Planning Workshop Class (choose ONE date/time in Sonia during weeks 2, 3 or 4). Complete Canvas module 1.2 Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 05 SEM1: Pre-work for Review Workshop 1 class. Complete online in canvas (Module 2.1) and also in Sonia. To be completed in between your planning and review workshop classes. Independent study (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
SEM2: Review Workshop 2 Class (choose ONE date/time in Sonia during weeks 5, 6 or 7). Complete Canvas module 2.3 Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
SEM3: Review Workshop 3 Class (choose ONE date/time in Sonia during weeks 5, 6 or 7). Complete Canvas module 2.4 Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
SEM4 (if required): Review Workshop 4 Class (choose ONE date/time in Sonia during weeks 5, 6 or 7). Complete Canvas module 2.5 Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 08 SEM1: Review Workshop 1 Class (choose ONE date/time in Sonia during weeks 8, 9 or 10). Complete Canvas module 2.2 Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
SEM3 or 4: Pre-work for Assessment Workshop class. Complete online in canvas (Module 3.1) Independent study (2 hr) LO5
Week 11 Write activity claims in Sonia (minimum 20 hours for semester 1; 40 hours for semester 2 and 60 hours for semester 3) and complete peer reviews (same number of peer reviews as claims submitted) Independent study (4 hr) LO2 LO3
SEM3 or 4: Assessment Workshop Class (choose ONE date/time in Sonia during weeks 11, 12 or 13). Complete Canvas module 3.2 Workshop (2 hr) LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Note: This unit of study runs over 3 or 4 semesters. 

Completion of online pre-work, attendance at workshop classes and satisfactory completion of class activities are a pass requirement of this unit:

  • Semester 1:
    • Complete Canvas modules 0, 0.1 and 1.1 before attending your planning workshop class
    • Attend planning workshop class and complete canvas module 1.2
    • Complete Canvas module 2.1 and lodge sonia claims before attending your review workshop 1 class
    • Attend review workshop 1 class and complete canvas module 2.2
  • Semester 2:
    • Attend review workshop 2 class and complete canvas module 2.3
  • Semester 3:
    • Attend review workshop 3 class and complete canvas module 2.4
  • Semester 3 or 4:
    • Complete Canvas module 3.1 before attending your assessment workshop
    • Attend assessment workshop class and complete canvas module 3.2
  • Semester 4 (if required): 
    • Complete review workshop 4 class and complete canvas module 2.5

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. Understand the rationale and need for the professional engagement program and its components as a pre-cursor to continuing professional development
  • LO2. Document learning from professional engagement activities in a reflective manner and with appropriate evidence
  • LO3. Develop a portfolio of professional engagement activities linked to the Engineers Australia National Competency standard for Professional Engineers (stage 1) that can be drawn upon during PEP2 and PEP3
  • LO4. Set short-term personal and professional development goals, track and meet them
  • LO5. Evaluate personal and professional development achievement to date and set broad goals for stage 2 of the program

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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Based on feedback from previous semesters, the following changes have been made: 1. Program components have been clarified with the development of a program storyboard and additional explanations have been added into the online lecture Lec1. 2. Requirements for PEP claims have been clarified (in Lec2)

Work, health and safety

This unit requires the completion of a faculty WHS online module.


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