Course Title: Professional Experience Postgraduate

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience Postgraduate

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Alberto Peruzzo

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1891

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B014 F12 R015

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email to make an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

You will work for at least 12 weeks full time (or 456 hours part time) in industry or in an R&D organisation, under the supervision of a qualified engineer, to develop the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies for Professional Engineers in the following areas:

  • Knowledge and Skill Base,
  • Engineering Application Ability,
  • Professional and Personal Attributes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Acquire new knowledge and skills whenever necessary,
  • Apply engineering knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to professional engineering work,
  • Effectively work in teams as leader or member,
  • Effectively communicate across all modes: listen, speak, write and draw,
  • Conduct yourself in a professional and ethical manner.

This course contributes to many or all of the following MC180 Program Learning Outcomes:

  • 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 design and research skills in the chosen discipline specialisation.
  • 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.

You will develop many of the 16 competencies in Engineers Australia’s Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers  as listed in full below:

  1. Knowledge and Skill Base:
    • Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
    • Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline.
  2. Engineering Application Ability:
    • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
    • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
  3. Professional and Personal Attributes:
    • Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
    • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
    • Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
    • Professional use and management of information.
    • Orderly management of personal conduct and professional conduct.

Overview of Learning Activities

You are required to:

  1. Perform work related to an engineering field that is appropriate to your field of study
  2. Be supervised by a qualified engineer (i.e. with qualifications accredited by Engineers Australia, or by an equivalent national or international professional engineering accreditation body),
  3. Work over a minimum duration of 12 weeks full-time, or 456 hours total part-time,
  4. Be paid fairly for your work. Unpaid work is allowed only when there is a signed agreement between RMIT University and your employer.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources available to you include:

  • Your work supervisor,
  • Co-workers at all levels,
  • Facilities at work and RMIT,
  • RMIT WIL online facilities,
  • The Web,
  • Libraries.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is based on:

  • Engineering log book,
  • Substantiation by your external supervisor,
  • Reflective report