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ENAG11008 - Professional and Sustainable Engineering Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this course, students explore the role of engineers in ethically developing and maintaining sustainable socio-technical systems. They holistically investigate environmental, social, cultural and global impacts arising from use of renewable and non-renewable energy and resources, and review engineering projects to assess their sustainability. Students review professional capabilities expected of engineering associates, evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses and develop personal improvement plans. They research issues, evaluate the quality of the information obtained and prepare reports and presentations to communicate results. Students develop communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills required to function effectively in the engineering workplace and as collaborative learners. Students will be required to attend a compulsory residential school early in Term 1 to promote development of course learning outcomes.

Details

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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2015

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode
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 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 20%
4. Written Assessment 40%

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 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% 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: Moodle unit evaluation
Feedback
The group activities help to build collaborative skills and offers a different learning experience as everyone has a different perspective.
Recommendation
Glad to note that the assessment format was helpful to students’ learning.
Action Taken
Group activities remain a focus of assessment 3. The cancellation of a residential school limited peer interaction.
Source: Moodle unit evaluation
Feedback
More exemplars on the assessment pieces.
Recommendation
Noted. Examples will be discussed during Zoom discussions.
Action Taken
Each assessment is discussed at Zoom tutorials. Specific example pieces are not provided, but examples worked through verbally. The technical report template is provided.
Source: 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
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 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
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Investigate and discuss the relationships between technology, society, individuals and the environment and the historical development of these relationships [1, 7, 8]
  2. Investigate and assess issues relating to environmental, social, cultural and global impacts arising from use of renewable and non-renewable energy and resources [1, 7, 8]
  3. Investigate and assess environmental and other impacts, risks and sustainability of engineering activities and projects [4, 5,7, 8, 9]
  4. Investigate and discuss engineering ethics, professional practice and the role of the engineers in socio-technical systems [7, 9]
  5. Evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses and develop personal goals and plans for strategically improving personal attributes required of engineers [9, 10]
  6. Identify appropriate sources of information, research an issue and evaluate the quality of the information obtained [4, 10]
  7. Prepare reports and presentations to communicate the results and limitations of investigations [2, 9]
  8. Develop strategies that can be used to deal constructively with conflict and confrontation in study and workplace settings [6, 9]
  9. Demonstrate an effective, professional level of teamwork and communication and support collaborative problem solving and learning [2, 4, 6, 9, 10]

The following are the abbreviated Program Graduate Attributes of the highest level program that the course is offered in. The above learning outcomes contribute to those Graduate Attributes as designated by [ ]:

AD Eng GAs

1. science and engineering

2. communicate effectively

3. technical support competence

4. simple problem resolution

5. standards and codes of practice

6. function as a team member

7. social, cultural, global and environmental

8. sustainable design and development

9. professionalism and ethics

10.lifelong learning

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