Course Title: Professional Project (Industry)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Project (Industry)

Credit Points: 24.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Professor Simon Watkins

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6084

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251-3-12

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisites courses – Six semesters of engineering "core" studies of any undergraduate engineering program offered by the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Course Description

This course is intended to represent the project work that a new graduate might be expected to undertake shortly after starting work as a professional engineer. In this course you are required to undertake a project which requires you to demonstrate technical skills and personal attributes at levels which are commensurate with professional engineering practice. By the end of this course you should have planned your project, conducted a critical review of relevant published material, and completed sufficient work to produce useful final results. Typically, projects will require substantial elements of at least some of the following types of engineering work:
• analysis
• design
• testing
• programming
• reflection

You are expected to work 20 hours per week on the project whilst on industry placement, thereby contributing to Work Integrated Learning.

You will receive supervision from both an industry-based practitioner and an internal RMIT academic staff.

As appropriate to the level of professionalism that is required in this course, you are expected to perform your project work with a high degree of independence and with only limited guidance from staff and/or external industry supervisors.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will enhance your ability to conduct an engineering project as you progress through this course. It is expected that you will apply your knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals throughout the course. You are required to demonstrate an in-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline, and the ability to use appropriate techniques and resources. You should develop the ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution. You will demonstrate the ability to engage in design and to execute designs at an appropriate professional standard. You should develop your ability to use a systems approach to design where appropriate. There will be scope for you to demonstrate your capacity for creativity and innovation. You will develop the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.

You will develop the ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large, and to manage the information and documentation associated with an engineering project. You will learn to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member.

You will develop an understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional Engineer, and the principles of sustainable design and development. An emphasis will be placed on the understanding of and commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities. You will reflect on the place of your project in engineering endeavour and in turn on the place of that branch of engineering endeavour in society.

You will need to provide significant input to the project. Due to the discrete nature of each project, each project will have different specific learning outcomes, but the broad learning outcomes (described above) should be similar for all projects.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake work to complete a project which will be of either an analytical, experimental, design or computational nature (or a combination of these).

Learning will take place primarily through your independent research or other engineering work whilst located in industry, guided by supervisors.
Some learning will require attendance at preparatory pre-placement workshops (or equivalent).

Overview of Learning Resources

You will typically need to use professional level resources such as specialist books and journals that are accessible in the RMIT library and other major libraries. The internet and course notes may be helpful, but will not be sufficient by themselves to support an entire project at this level.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment of this course will take a variety of forms that are appropriate to assess student performance in a range of skills such as planning and management of a project, critical thinking, communication, technical competency relevant to the chosen topic area, and professionalism.