ENEG20001 - Australian Engineering Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces the context of Australian engineering practice, including the competency standards and codes of practice. You will study Australian engineering projects by summarising and reviewing the literature with emphasis on the technical methods and standards adopted, ethical practice, and professional responsibility. This unit will develop your communication skills, including technical writing and presentations based on effective research, paraphrasing, referencing, and reviewing published information. As a small team, you will also prepare a scope for an investigation to demonstrate an understanding of the tasks involved in an Australian engineering feasibility investigation.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band HECS 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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

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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 Postgraduate 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 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 87.50% 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: "Have your say" in Moodle
The unit coordinator did his best for the unit. However, because of COVID-19, there are challenging times for all of the students to receive the best education online.
Hopefully, everything, including all classes and tutorials/workshops will be face-to-face from the next offering.
Action Taken
Besides classes and tutorials, students were taken care of their assignments and projects via zoom and telephone consultations. This was reflected by the overall student's feedback which was impressive.
Source: "Have your say" in Moodle
The unit covers the real aspects of Australian Industry which is so helpful for international students.
The same practice with many updated resources will be continued in the next offering.
Action Taken
In consultation with the CQU Civil academic, an industry guest lecturer talked about the different engineering projects in Australia. Also, real-life civil engineering projects were discussed in the classes. Moreover, a guest lecture was conducted and delivered by Professor Fae Martin (Deputy Dean of Learning and Teaching), who discussed 'Ethics and academic integrity' which was really helpful for the international students.
Source: Students Feedback from evaluation team
Link content to real world applications
We appreciate the constructive feedback. The next offering will add more relevant materials for real-world applications linked to the content.
Action Taken
Source: Students Feedback from evaluation team
This unit is well designed for professional engineering skills in terms of speaking and writing.
This good practice will continue.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Summarise technical publications using paraphrasing and references
  2. Deconstruct a project into Engineers Australia’s graduate competencies
  3. Review Australian practice in a specialised field of engineering
  4. Generate a scope for a feasibility study of an engineering project
  5. Work collaboratively based on critical self-review of graduate competencies
  6. Communicate effectively through technical writing and presentations.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:
1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 2N 3N )
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 2N 3N )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2N 3N 4N 5N 6N )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N 5N 6N )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 3N 4N )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 6I )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1N 2I 3I 4I 5N 6N )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 1N 2N 3I 4I 5I 6I )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 1N 2N 3I 4I 5I 6I )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 1N 2N 3I 4I 5N 6N )
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 1N 2I 3N 4I 5I 6N )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 1I 2I 4I 5N 6I )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 1I 3I 4I 5I 6I )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 3N 5I )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 2N 4N 5I 6I )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 1N 2A 3I 4I 5I 6I )

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 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment