ENEP12008 - Engineering Leadership

General Information

Unit Synopsis

As a student in the final year of your Bachelor of Engineering course, you will identify and analyse leadership and engineering management techniques applied within industry-based teams, and generate a personal vision for your leadership style. You will also document safety and environmental management systems applied in engineering workplaces, with a focus on cultural aspects. You will examine ethical principles, codes of ethics and apply approaches to ethical decision making. You will develop a three-year career plan outlining professional, technical, and personal aspects of career development. In preparation for this unit, it is strongly recommended that you have undertaken industry practice experience in a workplace, either via Industry Practice unit(s) or vacation employment.


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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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. Report 30%
2. Case Study 30%
3. 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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 83.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 28.57% 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
The lecturer and unit coordinator were very helpful and responded very quickly to queries.
This good practice will continue.
Action Taken
This practice continued.
Source: UC reflections
Unit topics haven't changed in the last few years
Review the unit content to identify any contemporary industry leadership topics that are not covered.
Action Taken
Project leadership and using leadership as a driver of sustainability have been identified as possible topics to be included in the future.
Source: SUTE Comments
Marking rubrics for each assessment was hard to locate as they were not given with each assessment.
Marking rubrics should be included in the assessment guidelines.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Comments
Some unit content needs to be updated to reflect the changes in technology used at workplaces.
Unit content should be reviewed and updated as required to reflect contemporary engineering practices.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Comments
Unit requirements were not clear.
Week one tutorial should focus on the unit requirements.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator Reflections
Some topics are relevant to leadership in contemporary engineering organisations.
Topics of project leadership and using leadership as a driver of sustainability should be added to the unit content.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and analyse leadership and engineering management techniques
  2. Generate a personal leadership vision
  3. Document safety and environmental management systems applied in engineering workplaces, with a focus on cultural aspects
  4. Apply professional judgment, standard approaches, and codes of ethics to decision making within a business environment
  5. Develop a three-year career plan outlining professional, technical, and personal aspects of career development.

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:

1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 1I 3I 5I )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 5I )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 1I 3I )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 2I 3I )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 3A )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities, and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 3A )
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 2I 4A )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 2I 3A 5A )
3.3 Creative, innovative, and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 2A 5I )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 2A 4A 5A )

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
1 - Report
2 - Case Study
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
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
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