Course Title: Engineering Practice 1 (Skills for Engineering)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Practice 1 (Skills for Engineering)

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: John Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1298

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.08

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is a problem based learning course that focuses on answering the questions, what is engineering? and what do engineers do? what is sustainability in current engineering practice?

You work in a group on a specific project. You must recommend a design suitable for the project scope. The project is open ended and aims to integrate your knowledge from concurrent first year courses. It helps you identify and develop those generic skills that you will need in your future career. These include skills such as teamwork, communication, computing, drawing, research and reflection. A typical project would be the Engineers Without Borders Challenge.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course specifically addresses the Program Learning Outcomes:
1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability
3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
3.4. Professional use and management of information.
3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

At the conclusion of this course you should also be able to:
1. Discuss the skills required for engineering and identify those skills that you, personally, need to further develop.
2. Reflect upon your own goals, learning, time management skills and career outlook.
3. Apply a systematic approach to engineering problem solving, including evaluation of sustainability issues in a range of environmental, technical and social contexts of engineering tasks/problems.
4. Apply skills of teamwork including giving and receiving feedback in a team environment.
5. Apply skills in accessing and evaluating information, summarising, communicating ideas and presenting arguments by a range of communication types (speaking, writing, drawing, listening)
6. Apply basic computing /IT skills and software skills such as spreadsheet and databases in the recording, analysis and presentation of technical data.

Overview of Learning Activities

  • Work in groups to investigate and report on potential engineering solutions to identified needs
  • Present your project outcomes to peers in class.
  • Become informed of, and apply, engineering concepts, skills and methods.
  • Collaborate in the classroom and outside the classroom to increase proficiency in engineering skills and methods.
  • Tutorial/Laboratory sessions will focus on supporting your project progress.
  • Lecture sessions will focus on supporting your attainment of engineering practice skills.


Forty eight (48) hours per semester comprising lectures, tutorials/laboratory sessions and online activities. You will be expected to conduct additional team meetings outside of class time to progress your project.

Overview of Learning Resources

A variety of online resources will be provided on myRMIT.

The Engineers Without Borders Challenge website provides project data.
The topics will refer to the text Engineering Your Future (written by Dowling, Carew & Hadgraft and published by John Wiley) for further information on engineering practice skills.

RMIT Library Subject Guide:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment Task 1: Research and referencing quiz (Early Assessment Task)
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 3 & 5

Assessment Task 2: CV and Cover Letter and personal reflection report
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1,2,3,4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Ethics presentation
Weighting 5%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1,5 & 6

Assessment Task 4: Liability, decision making and risk management quiz
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs: 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 5: Progress presentation (group)
Weighting 5%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1,2,3,4 & 5

Assessment Task 6: Progress report (group)
Weighting 5%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1,2,3,4 & 5

Assessment Task 7: Final presentation (group)
Weighting 5%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1,2,3,4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 8: Final report (group)
Weighting 35%
This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,3,4, 5 & 6