ENAG12002 - Engineering Associate Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will apply the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout your Associate Degree to a capstone project. You will manage the project, identify and apply required technical knowledge, develop a project problem definition from a loosely formed client brief and produce detailed drawings and documentation. You will also review the conduct and management of engineering enterprises based on personal work experience and reflect on the engineering design process and project management and their role in it. You will operate in an ethical manner, communicate effectively, and provide evidence of professional conduct and a commitment to lifelong learning. Note: You may make this project part of your compulsory minimum of six weeks of work experience required before graduation.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Students must have completed 72 credit points.

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 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Term 2 - 2023 Profile

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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 10%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Portfolio 70%

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 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 59.09% 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: Unit Evaluation
Unit is designed in such a way that it will push to think outside the box and to learn to manage projects on a strict timeline.
Ways for improving the unit content will be explored and implemented.
Action Taken
Students were contacted and discussed project ideas well before the start of the term and this enabled them to choose better projects and complete them on time.
Source: Unit Evaluation, Class discussion.
Students would like to have more pieces of assessments over the term rather 100% portfolio.
More pieces assessments will be incorporated such as project proposal, literature review and project methodology.
Action Taken
3 pieces of assessments were introduced. Project proposal (10%), LT and Methodology (20%), and final assessment (70%).
Source: Unit Evaluation
Regular ZOOM sessions providing guidance in the project report will be useful.
Regular weekly ZOOM sessions will be conducted.
Action Taken
Weekly ZOOM sessions were conducted.
Source: Unit Evaluation
The lecturer's approach in delivering this unit was effective and made studying easy. The zoom sessions were helpful, it was good to hear how students were progressing and their topics every week.
This practice of weekly ZOOM sessions will be continued.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation
Students enjoyed completing the project report and researching the current practices within the field.
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation
The assessment was broken down into several parts allowing feedback on the major components. This practice enabled students to apply the feedback/ learnings to the final assessment of which had a higher weighting. Students found this is a good way to benefit from the feedback.
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply and reflect on Engineers Australia's Stage One Competencies for Engineering Associates to the planning and implementation phases of engineering projects
  2. Prepare a project scope that includes a project definition, identification of project stakeholders and expected milestones and deliverables
  3. Research critical areas of your project and identify the tasks required for the implementation phases, including the application of appropriate technical capability developed in preceding units of study
  4. Implement the project plan prepared in the planning phase in consultation with and guidance from your project adviser(s)
  5. Prepare professional project documents that convey the processes and outcomes of the project
  6. Communicate your project outcomes to project adviser(s), other stakeholders, and the wider community.

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:

1.2 Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area. (LO: 3I 5I)
1.4 Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area. (LO: 2I 3I 4I 5I)
1.1 Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area. (LO: 1A 3A)
1.3 In-depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area. (LO: 2A 3A 4A 5A)
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the practice area. (LO: 2A 3I 4I)
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the area of practice. (LO: 2A 3I 4I 5I)
2.1 Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 1A 3A 4A)
2.2 Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 1A 3I 4A)
2.3 Application of systematic design processes to well-defined engineering problems. (LO: 1A 4I)
2.4 Application of systematic project management processes. (LO: 1A 2A 3A 4A)
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 1A)
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 1A 2A 5A 6A)
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 1A)
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 1A 4A)
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 1A 4A)
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 1A 2I 4I)

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 Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1511

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
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
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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