Course Title: Introduction to Professional Engineering Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Professional Engineering Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet2 2018,
Viet1 2019,
Viet1 2020,
Viet1 2021,
Viet2 2022

Course Coordinator: Nick Brown

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3024

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.10.29

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Introduction to Professional Engineering Practice provides a foundation for your ongoing professional development, first as a student engineer, and later as a professional engineer. The course centres around learning and applying engineering design, whilst developing the complimentary skills required to practice competently, ethically, and safely. Course topics will be learnt through lectures, briefings and tutorials as well as self-guided learning. This course will prepare you for subsequent, discipline-specific courses in engineering design, research, management and sustainability. 

Introduction to Professional Engineering Practice includes a work integrated learning experience. Your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed by solving a real-world engineering design problem faced by Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB). 

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 successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify principals, attributes, behaviours, and responsibilities expected of professional engineers.
  2. Work effectively in a team as well as manage yourself. 
  3. Apply a design process, project management, risk management and decision-making techniques to engineering design tasks. 
  4. Find, evaluate, reference and manage information and communicate it in a professional manner.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include lectures, briefings, team-based design tutorials, self-guided learning, 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. Essential professional 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 include lecture notes, videos, tutorial activities, teacher notes and supplementary resources including a list of relevant and reference texts and library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course consists of a mix of individual and team-based tasks to demonstrate your learning. Feedback on how well you meet the course's learning outcomes will be provided. 

☒ This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Professional Engineering Portfolio (Early Assessment Task, Individual)
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, & 4

Assessment Task 2: Reverse Design Brief (Individual)
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLO: 1, 3, & 4

Assessment Task 3: Review Presentation (Group)
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs: 2, 3, & 4

Assessment Task 4: Design Proposal (Group)
Weighting 35%
This assessment supports CLOs: 2, 3, & 4