Course Title: Professional Practice 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Practice 3

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Dr Alex Kootsookos

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99258075

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.5.33

Course Coordinator Availability: request an appointment by email or during class

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 MIET2094 – Professional Practice 2. In BP066 and BP067 MIET2116 – Professional Practice 4 builds on skills developed in this course. In BP013, core manufacturing courses build on the skills developed in this course.

Course Description

Building on previous studies in Professional Practice 1 and Professional Practice 2, this course further develops the generic skills of teamwork, planning, leadership, and communication. Conventional lectures will be given on the theoretical aspects of these graduate capabilites. Students will then apply these skills in the completion of specific learning activities such a design project, report, testing and prototyping and an oral presentation.
The dry run testing of the prototype mechanisms will provide an opportunity for the students to receive feedback from interested industry partners. This process forms part of RMIT’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) policy.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will advance the students’ development of the following broad capabilities:

  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals: mechanical design
  • Techniques and Resources
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to conduct an engineering project
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals: electronics/mechatronics

On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Appreciate the different skills required in working in teams and working individually
  • Accurately communicate in both oral and written media
  • Participate in the process of mechanical design
  • Apply the basics of electronics/mechatronics to engineering problems.

Overview of Learning Activities

The students will be exposed to a variety of teaching methods including conventional lectures, laboratories and project work. Laboratory work and design projects will be used as contexts within which the students can develop generic graduate attributes such as communication, teamwork, leadership and planning skills. Lectures will provide a theoretical understanding of both the technical and generic skills and the assessment is geared towards the students applying this information. Feedback from interested industry partners on the prototype mechanisms forms part of the formative assessment in this course and also fulfils RMIT’s requirements for Work Integrated Learning (WIL). 

Overview of Learning Resources

A variety of textbooks will be recommended for different assessment tasks. These are available in the RMIT library. There is no prescribed text which covers all the course content. Computer programs will also be available for use.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is comprised of both individual and team submissions. Students must achieve a pass or higher for their individual work to be considered for a pass or higher for the course as a whole. Team submissions can be moderated by the course coordinator after consideration of the peer assessment of the contribution of each team member. Feedback from interested industry partners on the prototype mechanisms forms part of the formative assessment in this course and also fulfils RMIT’s requirements for Work Integrated Learning (WIL).