Course Title: Introduction to Professional Engineering Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Professional Engineering Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet2 2018,
Viet1 2019,
Viet1 2020

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

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context, and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience. 

In OENG1166 Introduction to Professional Engineering Practice you will participate in an "Engineers Without Borders (EWB)" project which is focused on sustainable development as identified by EWB and community organisations. 

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

Acceptable behaviour

When students undertake WIL activities with industry/community partners, they need to be aware of workplace behaviours and expectations. RMIT rejects all forms of unacceptable behaviour. This applies at all times, including while students undertake WIL placement or project. See the WIL Ready Cred for more.


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. 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 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 Item 1: Essential Skills Quiz (Early Assessment Task, Individual)
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 3, 4

Assessment Item 2: Reverse Design Brief (Individual)
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLO: 3, 4, 5 

Assessment Item 3: Professional Engineering Portfolio (Individual)
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1, 2, 5

Assessment Item 4: Final Client Deliverables (team)
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5