Course Title: Engineering Special Practice (24CP)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Special Practice (24CP)

Credit Points: 24.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


UGRDFx2019 (FLEX),

UGRDFx2019 (All)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering



Course Coordinator: Dr. Daniel Lester

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2404

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 010.12.028A

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are expected to be enrolled in an Engineering program, and must get pre-approval to enrol in the course from the course coordinator and your Program manager.

Course Description

In this course, you undertake engineering work experience or a research project working in a role under the general supervision of a practicing professional engineer, and to perform a range of management, research or engineering tasks that should lead to:

  • making a contribution to a project concerned with engineering systems, equipment or devices; 
  • gaining an understanding of the structure and operation of an engineering oriented company

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes



1.1. Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

1.2. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline.



2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

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. Apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals to engineering work experience or a research project within  a professional environment
  2. Apply in-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline and undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  3. Manage information and documentation and demonstrate professional attitudes within a professional environment understanding professional and ethical responsibilities
  4. Communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large
  5. 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
  6. Identify social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional Engineer, and the principles of sustainable design and development

Overview of Learning Activities

You are required to source an engineering research project or work experience, which is expected to be at least six months full time, or equivalent.

You will undertake team learning activities and projects within the workplace or research environment  that require you to work in mixed teams and critically engage with aspects of team development and conflict resolution.

You will engage in learning activities and projects that require you to identify, plan, design, construct and manage solutions to scientific and engineering problems.

Learning activities will focus on practical application of technical skills and you will be assessed on technical competence both in theory and practice.

You will be required to solve complex, real-world problems.

You will be given problems that require you to consider the business context, identify social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional Engineer and market potential of products that you design.

Overview of Learning Resources


Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

Early Assessment Task:  Interim Report

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 3.

Assessment Task 2:  Final Report

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.


Assessment Task 3: Professional Assessment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.

Assessment 4: Log Book 

Weighting 25%

This assessment supports CLOs 2, 3, 4 & 6.

Feedback is provided to students via e-mail from the course coordinator.