ENAG11008 - Professional and Sustainable Engineering Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 35%
4. Peer assessment 5%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 29.41% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Feedback
Students would appreciate topics to study each week to scaffold the assignments
Topics to be established for individual weeks with tutorial activities to assist students in mastering the curriculum
Action Taken
Each week has a specific topic, reading material and a tutorial focussed on activities that will assist in learning the curriculum.
Source: Teaching team review
Weighting of assessment task 4 does not reflect the quantity of work and learning required to complete successfully
Assessment weighting for assignment 4 to be increased to reflect requirements of assessment
Action Taken
The weighting and time provided to complete assessment 4 has been modified. The requirements for the assessment remain the same, however the additional focus is placed on the technical report writing skills at residential school to prepare the students better for the assignment.
Source: Student feedback
The residential school needed improved organisation as multiple subjects were covered over the period.
The residential school now only caters for ENAG11008 and is focused on providing students with a thorough introduction to the unit as well as additional skills to assist with the remainder of their course.
Action Taken
Source: Teaching team feedback
There were two SPA requirements focusing on teamwork for assignment 4. As the time spent as a team was limited, this seemed excessive.
One SPA to be scheduled to evaluate team performance at the end of assignment 4.
Action Taken
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 with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Associates in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels::
1.4 Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area. (LO: 1N 2N 3N)
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the area of practice. (LO: 1I 3A 4A 5A)
2.1 Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 4N)
2.4 Application of systematic project management processes. (LO: 1N 2N 4N)
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 2N 4N)
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 3N 4N 5N)
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 4N)
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N)
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 5N 6N)
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 4N 5N 6N)

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.
Refer to the Engineering Postgraduate Units Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment
4 - Peer assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10