Course Title: Vacation Employment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Vacation Employment

Credit Points: 0

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environ & Chemical Eng


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Dr Jie Li

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3554

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.04

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

You must complete 12 weeks of approved vacation employment, and supply sufficient evidence that the employment is relevant to engineering practice.

Employment may be spread over more than one period, and may be with more than one employer.
Accumlated part-time work in an engineering environment equivalent to 12 weeks full-time is also acceptable.

You will need to find your own vacation job. Watch noticeboards for job notifications. However, you will need to be proactive in seeking work.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The object of this experience is to give you exposure to the professional practice of Civil Engineering. It prepares you for the transition into the workforce at the end of the final year.

The object of this experience is to give you exposure to the professional practice of Civil Engineering. It prepares you for the transition into the workforce at the end of the final year. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Work experience with an engineering organisation.

Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed References: Nil.

Recommended References:

For more information, see the DLS website.

Gowing, R., McGregor, H., Taylor, E., Making your work placement effective, RMIT Publishing, Melbourne, 1997. (See also, accessed 2 June 2004).

Overview of Assessment

You will maintain a record of your work experience - this record will include details of projects, reports (photos etc)  that describe the activities which you undertake.  This evidence will be used in a report which will be assessed at the end of the semester.  You will be expected to create an online record of this evidence.  To assist you in this process you will be given access to an electronic online repository (store) - an e-Portfolio.  Details will be emailed to you.

At the completion of your work experience you will produce an on-line report using the evidence you have collected.

You must:
• Produce this report and make it available online by week 10 of the semester you are enrolled in the subject.

• The report is to describing the type of work undertaken, the length of time spent working on different activities and how this work has contributed to your Understanding of professional practice.
• Note that you do not have to be employed by the same firm for the entire 12 weeks. The 12 weeks does not have to be undertaken in a single period.
• For each firm worked for, provide scanned copies of letters on the firm’s letterhead signed by your supervisor at the firm (or emails from the company) ,  stating the length of time you were employed with the firm and the type of work performed. This letter is usually one page or less in length. You may be asked to provide original copies - these should be kept.