Course Title: Introduction to Professional Engineering Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Professional Engineering Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor John Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1298

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.008

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course introduces you to professional engineering practice. The course is a foundation for your ongoing professional development as an engineering student, and later as professional engineer. Topics covered include communication skills, working in teams, project management, ethics, sustainability, decision making, risk assessment and design. Course topics will be covered by lectures, workshops, tutorials and a team-based design project. This course links to subsequent, discipline-specific courses in engineering management, design, research and sustainability.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for all undergraduate Engineering programs:

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
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
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

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify attributes, behaviours, and responsibilities expected of professional engineers
  2. Work effectively in a team
  3. Apply design, project management, risk management and decision making techniques to engineering design tasks
  4. Find, evaluate, reference and manage information in a professional manner
  5. Communicate effectively in a professional manner

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include face to face lectures. Team-based problem solving tutorials, team discussions, and individual and team based assessment tasks. Learning activities are designed to address the course learning outcomes and will be based on simulated professional contexts. Employability skills (eg. communication skills, project management skills) will be fostered throughout the semester. Course-related resources and assessment tasks will be provided through RMIT’s learning management system.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will include a prescribed textbook, lecture notes, videos, tutorial activities, supplementary course notes and references.

Overview of Assessment

☒ This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Research and referencing quiz (Early Assessment Task)
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 4, 5

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

Assessment Task 3: Ethics presentation
Weighting 5%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1, 2, 4, 5

Assessment Task 4: Liability, decision making and risk management quiz
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1, 3

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

Assessment Task 6: Progress report (team)
Weighting 10%
This assessment supports CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 7: Final presentation (team)
Weighting 5%
This assessment supports CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 8: Final report (team)
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5