ENEG11005 - Fundamentals of Professional Engineering

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit prepares you to effectively transition into higher education by investigating study support services and developing good study practices. You will explore the fundamental skills and knowledge that characterise contemporary engineering practice: stakeholder engagement, problem-solving, sustainable development, systems engineering, ethical conduct, risk assessment, information literacy, Australian Standards, social innovation and technical communications. Your capacity to work productively in a small team and apply these fundamental aspects is developed and tested through undertaking a complex authentic engineering project. You will also learn to showcase your scholarly achievements by creating a student Portfolio. Successful completion of this unit will equip you with productive study habits; enlighten you with engineering practice insights; award you with practical communication skills in technical reporting, presentations and sketching; and prepare you for the following series of Project-Based Learning units and associated opportunities to interact with the engineering profession. Students enrolled in online mode must attend a compulsory residential school to facilitate peer collaboration and attainment of the unit learning outcomes.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
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 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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 15%
2. Practical Assessment 15%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Portfolio 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

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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 evaluation
Feedback
Some instructional videos could be refreshed to provide new content.
Recommendation
Review instructional videos and refresh content where necessary.
Action Taken
A new video was added for creating a water-balance model in Excel. Students' reported this as a valuable resource.
Source: Student evaluation and staff
Feedback
Include more set activities in workshops to help students to understand new forms of assessment (portfolio).
Recommendation
Create workshop activities so students understand first-hand how to complete sections of their portfolio.
Action Taken
Activities were created using Q&A type forums for every workshop during the team project.
Source: Student evaluation and staff
Feedback
Maintain residential school for distance students
Recommendation
The compulsory residential school should be maintained but scheduled before the due date of the reflective paper assessment to enable distance students to easily seek assistance with reflective writing.
Action Taken
Residential school was maintained.
Source: Students - have your say
Feedback
Access to academics was excellent and vital for completing the assignments.
Recommendation
Continue offering three workshops each week with dedicated tasks supported by local academics.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students - have your say
Feedback
The assignments were interesting and assisted with developing skills relevant to studying at university and working in engineering practice.
Recommendation
Maintain the same types of assignments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students - have your say
Feedback
Weekly lectures were valuable and assisted to understand the assignments and associated tasks.
Recommendation
Weekly lectures should be maintained.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students - have your say
Feedback
Working in groups was challenging but an effective way to emulate engineering practice.
Recommendation
The group project to remain.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students - have your say
Feedback
The timing and scheduling of some curricular could be improved by having more time on team project and introducing sustainability and ethics earlier.
Recommendation
Investigate whether the schedule can be modified.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Teaching team
Feedback
Most students did not make effective use of the new project activity forums.
Recommendation
Instructions for using activity forums and monitoring of students' posts should be improved.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Reflect on the skills, knowledge and support services that promote effective study at university
  2. Produce freehand sketches and 2D engineering drawings that follow Australian Standards
  3. Develop and apply skills, knowledge and values that align with contemporary engineering practice
  4. Demonstrate professional communication skills in oral and written domains
  5. Formulate evidence-based opinions by locating, evaluating, and synthesising information from reputable sources
  6. Work and learn individually and in small teams.

Learning outcomes are linked to Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies and also discipline capabilities. 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - 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
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 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Portfolio