ENEP12007 - Engineering Business Fundamentals

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with an overview of the business and commercial aspects of professional engineering and assists you to develop a specific skill relevant to your intended career. You will be able to evaluate workplace experiences in terms of the Engineers Australia, Stage 2 Competencies for Professional Engineers.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
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 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 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 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 60%
2. Presentation 10%
3. Portfolio 30%

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 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 16.67% 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 Feedback and self reflection
Review assessment tasks and requirements.
The assessment task and requirements will be reviewed.
Action Taken
Amendments in assessment activities and requirements were implemented, which also assisted students to perform better in the assessment item.
Source: Moodle Feedback
Students liked the entrepreneurial aspect involved in the assessment item.
This practice will be maintained in the unit's future offerings.
Action Taken
The entrepreneurial aspect of business case development was focused in the assessment.
Source: Informal comments and email from students
Guest lectures were highly rated by the students.
The practice will continue in future offerings.
Action Taken
Multiple guest lectures organised for the students in this term.
Source: Moodle Feedback
Assessments were returned late and feedback was not sufficient
Efforts will be taken to return the assessment within 2 weeks of the submission. A more structured assessment feedback sheet will be developed.
Action Taken
Assessment return improved compared to the previous offering, which also improved students' satisfaction score.
Source: Moodle Survey
Students expressed satisfaction with the resources and support provided for completing assessments.
Continue providing valuable resources to support students in their assessments.
Action Taken
Source: Moodle Survey and self reflection
Ordering and focusing on the elevated pitch of the business plans.
Reorder the sequence and focus of the presentation as an elevated pitch for project funding and business plan assessments for better coherence and relevance.
Action Taken
Source: Moodle Survey
Unclear task requirements in contract management section of the assessment
Clearly outline task requirements in the task sheets for the contract management section of the assessment
Action Taken
Source: Moodle Survey
Improve content related to business finance and capital raising with a more current real-world example
Enhance the course content related to business finance and capital raising by incorporating up-to-date, real-world examples to engage students better and demonstrate the relevance of the concepts in practice.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe and reflect on commercial and business aspects of professional engineering practice
  2. Generate professional business documentation suitable for engineering enterprises
  3. Provide evidence of the continuing development of skills relevant to professional engineering career
  4. Map and self-evaluate workplace activities in terms of the Engineers Australia Stage 2 Competencies for Professional Engineers.

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:

1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N)
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem-solving. (LO: 1N 2N 3N)
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 1N 2N)
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 4N)
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 4I)
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 1I 2I 3N 4N)
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 1N 2I 4N)
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 3N 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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology 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