Course Title: Professional Engineering Project Part A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Engineering Project Part A

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017


RMIT University Vietnam


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Viet2 2011,
Viet1 2012,
Viet2 2012,
Viet3 2012,
Viet1 2013

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Wayne Rowe

Course Coordinator Phone: Email for appointment

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: E-mail for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisite courses.  It is assumed that you have sufficient technical knowledge to undertake the project from your previous engineering studies.

Course Description

The course objectives are to:
• Introduce you to engineering projects and to engineering research projects
• Provide you with learning outcomes related to completion of a team project activity

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Master of Engineering:

  • Be able to apply problem solving approaches to work challenges and make decisions using sound engineering methodologies
  • Be able to apply a systematic design approach to engineering projects and have strong research and design skills in their stream
  • Communicate effectively across all modes: listen, speak, write and draw
  • Apply the principles of lifelong learning to any new challenge
  • Balance the technical, economic, social and ethical demands of a problem in sustainable and culturally sensitive ways

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

  1. Apply critical and creative thinking in the design of engineering projects. Apply knowledge of the ‘real world’ situations that a professional engineer can encounter.
  2. Plan and manage your time effectively as an individual and as a team. Design and develop a functional product prototype while working in a team. Manage any disputes and conflicts within and outside of your team.
  3. Consider the business context and commercial positioning of designed prototype device or system.
  4. Utilise fundamental knowledge and skills in engineering and apply it effectively to a project.
  5. Reflect on your own and your peers technical and non-technical learning.
  6. Present your work to peers, academics, general and industry community.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course provides experiences that meet the requirements of the RMIT Work Integrated Learning (WIL) policy. The course activities include:

  • Lectures and sessions on project planning and execution, and other topics associated with Engineering Design.
  • Team-based engineering project (which is a problem-based learning activity enabling you to demonstrate your ability to work effectively as a member of a team in order to successfully design and build a product.
  • It is expected that your team will meet with your mentor regularly. This will provide your team with the appropriate guidance and critique to help you in your project work.

Overview of Learning Resources

The lecture schedule and lecture materials together with the project part of the course will be accessible to you online through ’myRMIT’ Studies. It will include all the information, instructions, guidelines, assessment criteria, marking sheets, assessment deliverables, and other detailed information. In the lecture part of this course, you will be presented with non-technical type topics. These topics cover specialised knowledge tools that a professional engineer must be equipped with in order to be successful in today’s competitive engineering marketplace.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

The assessment for this course will be conducted by your peers and academic staff

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task: Project Definition 
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1 and 3

Assessment Task 2: Requirement Analysis 
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 3 and 6

Assessment Task 3: Test
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2 and 3

Assessment 4: Team Peer Assessment
Weighting 15%
This assessment supports CLOs: 2, 4 and 5

Assessment 5: End of Semester Report
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1, 4 and 6

Assessment 6: Presentation 
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLOs: 4 and 6