CQUniversity Unit Profile
ENAG11008 Professional and Sustainable Engineering Practice
Professional and Sustainable Engineering Practice
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General Information

Overview

In this unit, you will explore the role of engineers in the context of sustainable engineering design and practice. In a team, you will be required to research issues, evaluate the quality of the information obtained and prepare reports on an issue involving sustainable development and practice. You will develop communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, which will assist you to function effectively in the engineering workplace and as collaborative learners. You will be required to attend a compulsory residential school early in Term 1 to facilitate attaining the unit learning outcomes.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021

Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 5%
4. Presentation and Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
5. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 5%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Feedback

Feedback

Students would appreciate topics to study each week to scaffold the assignments

Recommendation

Topics to be established for individual weeks with tutorial activities to assist students in mastering the curriculum

Feedback from Teaching team review

Feedback

Weighting of assessment task 4 does not reflect the quantity of work and learning required to complete successfully

Recommendation

Assessment weighting for assignment 4 to be increased to reflect requirements of assessment

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities with sustainable development and assess current applications in engineering practice
  2. Investigate and discuss the interdependence of sustainable development and ethics in professional engineering practice
  3. Identify appropriate sources of information, research an issue and evaluate the quality of the information obtained
  4. Prepare technical reports and presentations to communicate the results and limitations of investigations
  5. Demonstrate effective teamwork and communication skills by supporting collaborative problem solving and learning
  6. Demonstrate effective time, team and project management skills

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked to the Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 5%
4 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 20%
5 - Online Quiz(zes) - 5%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 5%
4 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 20%
5 - Online Quiz(zes) - 5%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Engineering Your Future: An Australasian Guide 4th (2019)

Authors: David Dowling, Roger Hadgraft, Anna Carew, Tim McCarthy, Doug Hargreaves, Caroline Baillie, Sally Male
Wiley
Milton Milton , QLD , Australia
ISBN: 9780730369165
Binding: eBook

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Word
  • CQUniveristy Library Resources
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Claire Skipper Unit Coordinator
c.skipper@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1- Introduction and Unit Overview Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

  • Introduction to the unit.
  • Teaching Team Contacts and how to communicate with lecturers and fellow classmates.
  • Overview of assessments and submission dates. 
  • Learning Resources - information on weekly Zoom tutorial and residential school timetable. Information on unit textbook and Moodle resources.
  • Introduction to the Academic Learning Centre.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Commence Assessment 1 (Reflective paper-Who is an Engineering Associate)

Week 2 - Introduction to Engineering Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

  • What is engineering and what is the role of an engineer and engineering associate.
  • Introduction to various engineering disciplines.
  • Discussion of assessment 1. Introduction to reflective writing and why mastering the skill of reflection is important for engineers.

Chapter

Text book: Chapter 1 – What is engineering (The Engineers Australia Competency framework section 1.3)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 - Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies for Engineering Associates Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

  • Introduce Engineers Australia.
  • Introduce and review the stage 1 competencies for an Engineering Associate.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Compulsory Residential School for Mix-Mode / Online Students. 

Week 4 - Introduction to Sustainable Engineering Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

  • What is sustainable engineering and why is it important.
  • Frameworks for sustainable development.





Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 3 - Sustainable Engineering

Events and Submissions/Topic

Commence Assessment 2(Sustainable Development Critique)

Compulsory Residential School for Mix-Mode / Online Students

Week 5 - Assessing engineering solutions for sustainability Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

  • How to apply various methods of assessment to determine the sustainability of a solution.
  • Improving information literacy and identifying reputable sources of information.

Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 9 – Understanding the Problem

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1- Reflective Paper: Who is an Engineering Associate Due: Week 5 Tuesday (6 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Use this time catch up or look ahead at topics.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 - Examples of Sustainable Engineering Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

  • Review various examples of engineering projects and processes.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 - The Engineering Method Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

  • Understanding the engineering method.

Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 2 – The Engineering Method

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 - Effective Communication for Engineers Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

  • Effective communication for reports and presentations.
  • Writing and structuring a feasibility report.

Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 7 and 8 – Understanding communication and communication skills

Events and Submissions/Topic

Commence Assessment 3 (Self and Peer evaluation-A)

Commence Assessment 4 (Feasibility Report)



Assessment 2 - Sustainable Development Critique Due: Week 8 Tuesday (4 May 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 9 - Ethics and teamwork Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

  • Introducing the Engineers Australia Code of Ethics.
  • Understanding the professional responsibility of engineers and working as a team.


Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 4 – Professional Responsibility and Ethics


Textbook: Chapter 6 - Collaborating with others


Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3 - Self and Peer Evaluation-A Due: Week 9 Tuesday (11 May 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10 - Understanding risk Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

  • What is a risk assessment

Chapter

Textbook: Chapter 13.3 -  Develop a risk-management plan for a project

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 - Unit Review and Feasibility Examples Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

  • Review of unit.
  • Examples of feasibility studies

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Commence Assessment 5 (Self and Peer evaluation-B)

Week 12 - Your onward learning journey Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

  • Revision and where to from here - your onward learning journey

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 4- Team Feasibility Report Due: Review/Exam Week Tuesday (8 June 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Assessment 5- Self and Peer Evaluation -B Due: Review/Exam Week Tuesday (8 June 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 1- Reflective Paper: Who is an Engineering Associate

Task Description

Prepare a typed Reflective Paper by studying the resources provided for this assignment on Moodle. You will need to become familiar with the Reflective Writing Guide to ensure your paper articulates reflective thoughts rather than just restating the resources provided. There is not a strict word limit, either minimum or maximum, but you should be able to prepare approximately two to three pages for this assignment.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Tuesday (6 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Tuesday (27 Apr 2021)

Marks awarded and feedback provided on separate form


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
25%

Assessment Criteria

A Marking Rubric is provided on Moodle that includes indicators of attainment at the ‘Sound’, ‘Good’ and ‘Excellent’ level for each component of the assignment.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please submit through Moodle as a single pdf file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities with sustainable development and assess current applications in engineering practice
  • Investigate and discuss the interdependence of sustainable development and ethics in professional engineering practice
  • Identify appropriate sources of information, research an issue and evaluate the quality of the information obtained
  • Prepare technical reports and presentations to communicate the results and limitations of investigations
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork and communication skills by supporting collaborative problem solving and learning


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 2 - Sustainable Development Critique

Task Description

Prepare a typed critique on the topic of sustainable development.  For the written report submission, you must define what sustainable development is, identify a suitable engineering project or process and critique it. You will identify opportunities and barriers for the sustainability of this practice. You will need to correctly reference your information sources and ensure that your information is reputable. There is not a strict word limit, either minimum or maximum, but you should prepare approximately three to four pages for this assignment.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Tuesday (4 May 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Tuesday (18 May 2021)

Marks awarded and feedback provided on separate form


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
25%

Assessment Criteria

A Marking Rubric is provided on Moodle that includes indicators of attainment at the ‘Sound’, ‘Good’ and ‘Excellent’ level for each component of the assignment.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Please submit through Moodle as a single pdf file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities with sustainable development and assess current applications in engineering practice
  • Investigate and discuss the interdependence of sustainable development and ethics in professional engineering practice
  • Identify appropriate sources of information, research an issue and evaluate the quality of the information obtained
  • Prepare technical reports and presentations to communicate the results and limitations of investigations
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork and communication skills by supporting collaborative problem solving and learning
  • Demonstrate effective time, team and project management skills


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Assessment 3 - Self and Peer Evaluation-A

Task Description

You must complete a Self and Peer-Evaluation Questionnaire of your teammates as provided on Moodle. Peer evaluation is anonymous and feedback is automatically provided through Moodle.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Tuesday (11 May 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Tuesday (25 May 2021)

Feedback links are provided on Moodle shortly after the questionnaire closes.


Weighting
5%

Minimum mark or grade
1%

Assessment Criteria

Peer evaluation scores are determined using the average of your performance ratings from teammates on key aspects of teamwork. Refer to Moodle for further information.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit through Moodle by using the Self and Peer-Assessment Questionnaire link emailed to you by the Unit Co-ordinator. The task is only available for completion from week 8.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork and communication skills by supporting collaborative problem solving and learning


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Team Work
  • Ethical practice

4 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 4- Team Feasibility Report

Task Description

In your team, prepare a typed Feasibility Report for promoting sustainable development. Using the individual critiques of sustainable development completed by your team members in Assignment 2, decide on an engineering project or process to investigate further. You should explore options to increase the sustainability of this practice by using the 'engineering method' to problem solve any opportunities or barriers to sustainable development. You will need to become familiar with the report template provided on Moodle. There is not a strict word limit, either minimum or maximum, but the main body of your report should be approximately five to six pages to sufficiently examine key aspects of this practice.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Tuesday (8 June 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

Marks will be awarded and feedback provided in a separate feedback form.


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (18 June 2021)


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
25%

Assessment Criteria

A Marking Rubric is provided on Moodle that includes indicators of attainment at the ‘Sound’, ‘Good’ and ‘Excellent’ level for each component of the assignment.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
Please submit through Moodle as a single pdf file. Only one person from the team must submit.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities with sustainable development and assess current applications in engineering practice
  • Investigate and discuss the interdependence of sustainable development and ethics in professional engineering practice
  • Identify appropriate sources of information, research an issue and evaluate the quality of the information obtained
  • Prepare technical reports and presentations to communicate the results and limitations of investigations
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork and communication skills by supporting collaborative problem solving and learning
  • Demonstrate effective time, team and project management skills


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Team Work
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

5 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Assessment 5- Self and Peer Evaluation -B

Task Description

You must complete a Self and Peer-Evaluation Questionnaire of your teammates as provided on Moodle. Peer evaluation is anonymous and feedback is automatically provided through Moodle.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Tuesday (8 June 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (18 June 2021)


Weighting
5%

Minimum mark or grade
1%

Assessment Criteria

Peer evaluation scores are determined using the average of your performance ratings from teammates on key aspects of teamwork. Refer to Moodle for further information.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit through Moodle by using the Self and Peer-Assessment Questionnaire link emailed to you by the Unit Co-ordinator.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork and communication skills by supporting collaborative problem solving and learning


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Team Work
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?