Course Title: Manage self in the engineering environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: EMPL5873C

Course Title: Manage self in the engineering environment

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6130 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mark Burns
Phone: +61 3 9925 4468
Appointment by email.

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

MEM16006A Organise and communicate information

Course Description

This unit covers performing work ethically and competently, making judgements about work priorities and information requirements to achieve effective working relationships and engineering outcomes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MEM22002A Manage self in the engineering environment


1. Manage self

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Manage own time and own processes in an engineering environment for planning and design purposes.

1.2. Manage learning opportunities in and outside the workplace.

1.3. Complete tasks / roles in a competent and timely manner.


2. Work effectively with team

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Communicate effectively with others.

2.2. Recognise cultural diversity.

2.3. Use judgement and discretion as appropriate to the situation.

2.4. Work autonomously to procedures and guidelines. Develop and maintain trust and confidence of colleagues and clients/suppliers where appropriate.

2.5. Mentor others in specific areas of engineering focus. Accept appropriate responsibility.


3. Manage information

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Locate and review relevant information on materials, products, processes or services including relevant legislation, codes and national standards.

3.2. Document processes and outcomes. Include OHS&E procedures.


4. Manage work priorities and resources

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Prioritise competing demands to achieve personal, team and an organisation's goals and objectives.

4.2. Prepare, monitor and review work plans, programs and budgets.

4.3. Plan resource use to achieve targets.


5. Facilitate and capitalise on change and innovation

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Work with others to introduce change.

5.2. Manage emerging challenges and opportunities.


6. Establish and maintain business relationships

Performance Criteria:

6.1. Work in collaborative relationships with customers/suppliers.

6.2. Manage the procurement process.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the Elements

Details of Learning Activities

NB: This course is clustered with EASC5047C (MSAENV272B) Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices. The learning and assessment tasks include the components of both competencies.

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this course and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates

• Lectures
• Tutorials / team discussions
• Report writing

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency MEM22002A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

Session Topics Delivered Elements/Performance Criteria
1 Overview of course. Project requirements. Report methodology 1, 2

Review of relevance of Sustainable work practices

Formation of teams. 

1, 2, 3, 4

Detailed project review and preliminary identification of project tasks.

Managing self: Time management;  Managing learning opportunities in and outside the workplace; complete tasks / roles in a competent and timely manner




4 Developing your Project plan 1-4

Assessment 1: Unit Test (Session 5)
Creating business plans

How to work effectively in teams. Classroom exercises and tutorials

1, 2, 3
6 How to work effectively in teams. Classroom exercises and tutorials 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
7 Managing information. Communication skills. Classroom tutorials 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
8 Managing work priorities and resources.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
9 Managing workplace priorities. Achieving targets. Role play exercises. Classroom tutorials 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
10 Assessment 2: Preliminary report - Due session 10
Change and innovation. Classroom tutorials
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Establish and maintain business relationships. Classroom tutorials

Assessment 2 feedback

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
12 Group report submission – research and final report 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
13 Group report submission – research and final report 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
14 Group report submission – research and final report 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
15 -16

Group report submission – research and final report

Group report submission, finalisation of report.

Assessment 3: Final Report - Due Session 16

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
17 Assessment 3 feedback 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assessment 3 feedback;

Student feedback

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts




Other Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts. 

Unit resources and tutorial materials will be posted on Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:


Assessment 1: Test

Weighting towards final grade (%): 10


Assessment 2: Interim report

Weighting towards final grade (%): 40


Assessment 3: Final report

Weighting towards final grade (%): 50

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):


Assessment Mapping Matrix

Elements/Performance Criteria Covered Test



Final report
1.1 X X X
1.2 X X X
1.3 X X X
2.1   X X
2.2   X X
2.3   X X
2.4   X X
2.5   X X
3.1   X X
3.2   X X
4.1   X X
4.2   X X
4.3   X X
5.1   X X
5.2   X X
6.1   X X
6.2   X X









Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete the following three assessment tasks:

Assessment 1: Test - Session 5, 10%
Assessment 2: Preliminary report - Session 10, 40%
Assessment 3: Final Report - Session 16, 50%

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:

80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs MEM22002A Elements & Performance Criteria

  MEM22002A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 3.1 3.2 4.1 4.2 4.3 5.1 5.2 6.1 6.2
Assessment 1 X X X                            
Assessment 2 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Assessment 3 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Assessments EA 1.1 EA 1.2 EA 1.3 EA 1.4 EA 1.5 EA 1.6 EA 2.1 EA 2.2 EA 2.3 EA 2.4 EA 3.1 EA 3.2 EA 3.3 EA 3.4 EA 3.5 EA 3.6
Assessment 1          X  X    X    X  X  X  X  X  X  X
Assessment 2          X  X    X    X  X  X  X  X  X  X
Assessment 3          X  X    X    X  X  X  X  X  X  X

All Assessments


 0 0  3  3  0  3  0  3  3  3  3  1  3  1
0 (Blank)  Graduate attribute is not assessed               
1  Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one but less than one-third, of the Element
2  Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third but less than two-thirds of the Element
3  Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element     

Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 24 hours outside of class time.

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and learning Support

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit .

Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.

The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

Please refer to find more information about special consideration.


Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the university.

Please refer to to find more information about plagiarism.

Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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