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ENGP3001: Professional Engagement Program 3A

Semester 1, 2021 [Professional practice] - Remote

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. This is the first of 2 units comprising stage 3 of the program. Students reflect on their work experience and then prepare for a graduate role, looking at possible career paths and matching their own personal motivation factors with elements of organizational culture. Students will also explore a theoretical model of engineering practice and validate that with their own work experience.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Engineering
Credit points 0
ENGP2000 or ENGP2003
ENGG4000 or ENGG5217 or ENGP3000
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Anthony Kadi,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Skills-based evaluation hurdle task Participation in workshop(s)
satisfactory participation in collaborative workshop activities
0% Multiple weeks 2 hours per workshop class
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment hurdle task Professional Engagement Portfolio
The portfolio has multiple components described elsewhere in this document
100% Multiple weeks semester long
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

The professional engagement portfolio consists of the following compulsory components:

  • online pre-work for each workshop class (to be completed in canvas PRIOR to attendance at each workshop class)
  • satisfactory participation in collaborative workshop classes including completion of classwork in canvas
  • PEP activity claims and peer reviews in Sonia. Students must achieve a minimum of 480 cumulative approved hours in sonia (of any type) by Friday of week 13.

Assessment criteria

This unit is assessed as pass/fail. If any component of the professional engagement portfolio is not completed, then a fail grade will be recorded.

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.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Participate in the collaborative workshop activities during your planning workshop class and complete the relevant module in canvas (week 2, 3 or 4) Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Complete the pre-work for the review workshop 1 in canvas before coming to your review workshop 1 class Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Participate in the collaborative activities during your review 1 workshop and complete the relevant module in canvas (week 8, 9 or 10) Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Complete additional professional development activities and write claims in sonia for a total of at least 480 hours (cumulative from PEP1 + PEP2 + PEP3A) approved on your sonia dashboard by Friday of week 13 (04 Jun 2021) Independent study (4 hr) LO4
Week 01 Complete pre-work for the planning workshop in canvas before attending your allocated planning workshop class Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO2

Attendance and class requirements

Students must satisfactorily participate in both the planning and review workshop classes and must complete the required pre-work before attending workshop classes.

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. Evaluate the contribution of your recent engineering work experience to your professional development and understanding of engineering practice
  • LO2. Analyse graduate engineering employer requirements in your area of study and refine your value proposition for a potential graduate role
  • LO3. Appraise engineering graduate roles to identify those that are suited to your area of study, your competency and skill profile (from your portfolio), as well as your personality and preferences
  • LO4. Continue to develop a growing portfolio of professional engagement activities linked to the Engineers Australia National Competency standard for Professional Engineers (stage 1), and use this as evidence to support a refined value proposition for a potential graduate role in engineering

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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This unit is running for the first time in S1 2021


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