Course Title: Professional Engineering Experience Undergraduate

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Engineering Experience Undergraduate

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


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


172H School of Engineering


Offsh1 17

Course Coordinator: Dr Eva Cheng

Course Coordinator Phone: + 61 3 9925 2976

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.02.07

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email to make an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. Professional Engineering Experience should be undertaken before your final year but normally after your second or third year (third or fourth year in the case of double degrees) to ensure that you have completed enough coursework to be able to effectively contribute as an engineer in the workplace.

Course Description

You will work for at least 12 weeks full time (or 432 hours part time) in industry or in a R&D organisation, under the supervision of a qualified engineer, to develop the competencies for Professional Engineers in the following areas:

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

You should  be paid fairly for your work. Unpaid work is allowed only when there is a signed agreement between RMIT University and your employer

The requirement for Professional Engineering Experience in RMIT’s engineering bachelor degree programs may be satisfied in a number of ways. You may choose to use one or several of these:

  • Employment with a suitable company in Australia or overseas (12 weeks continuously or equivalent in multiple shorter periods at different stages of your program)
  • An extended placement of 6 – 12 months
  • Completion of a final year “Professional Project” supervised by an external professional engineer.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Program Learning Outcomes:

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.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply an investigative approach to tackling knowledge and skills gaps as necessary.
  2. Apply engineering knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to professional engineering work
  3. Effectively communicate across all modes: listen, speak, write and draw.
  4. Conduct yourself in a professional and ethical manner.

Overview of Learning Activities

You are required to:

  • Perform work related to any of the following fields: electrical, electronic, communication, computer, or network engineering
  • 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)
  • Work over a minimum total duration of 12 weeks full-time, or 432 hours total part-time

The work must be performed over a minimum duration of 12-weeks full-time (60 working days), or 432 hours total part-time. Professional Experience can be accumulated through a single 12-week block, or a number of shorter periods totalling at least 12-weeks (60 working days). The logbook and reflection journal work is additional hours. 

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

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

The assessment is based on the following tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Engineering log book (written, individual)
Weighting N/A
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Assessment Task 2: Employer letter (written)
Weighting N/A
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Assessment Task 3: Reflective report (written, individual)
Weighting N/A
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Final grade: PX or NN