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CHNG4001: Practical Experience (2011 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CHNG4001: Practical Experience (0 CP)
Mode: Professional Practice
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Valix, Marjorie
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Fourth year core unit of study for the degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Objectives/Outcomes: To obtain first-hand experience on the way chemical engineering skills are employed in an industrial context.

Syllabus/Summary: Each student is required to either work as an employee of an approved organisation or undertake appropriate professional activity and to submit a report on that work and/ experience. The employment and activity undertaken must be relevant to Chemical Engineering and should be discussed, before acceptance, with a member of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. While the responsibility for obtaining satisfactory employment rests with the student, the School, through the Chemical Engineering Foundation, and the Careers and Appointment Service will assist wherever possible.
Assumed Knowledge: Advisory prerequisite: 28 credit points of 3rd year units.
Timetable: CHNG4001 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Practical Experience
T&L Activities: There are no formal classes. Students should obtain either a minimum of 10 weeks practical work experience or to attain the 12 points of exposure to professional practice. Please consult with the School to point values of various professional activities.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
ability to identify, access, organise and communicate knowledge in both written and oral English Professional Communication (Level 3)
appreciation of wider engineering context, including social, economic, ethical and commercial implications of industry practice in the context of sustainability Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 3)
being able to function effectively as a team member Teamwork and Project Management (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Professional Communication (Level 3)
1. Working in teams, writing report
Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 3)
2. To obtain first hand experience of the way chemical engineering skills are employed in an industrial context.
3. Industrial training
Teamwork and Project Management (Level 2)
4. Teamwork and Project Management
Assessment Methods: Note that assessment weightings below indicate relative proportions of required time and effort only, not the value of marks received. Grading in this unit is criterion-based which means that all assessment criteria must be met in order to pass the unit. All assessment items must be successfully completed.
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Report Yes 100.00 Week 1 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Report: Submission of a report of approximately 2500 words on the industrial experience undertaken. The report will cover the nature of the industry, the company`s organisational relationships both internally and externally and a technical section devoted to the work performed by the student. The report is to be submitted before the end of the first week of the 4th academic year.
Grade Type Description
Criteria Based Assessment This unit as a whole is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. Final grades are awarded at levels of SR for Satisfied Requirements or FA for Fail (replacing previous grades of R and F) as defined by Academic Board Resolutions: Assessment and Examination of Coursework. Details of Academic Board Resolutions are available on the University`s Policy website at . Criteria for grades on individual assessment tasks and on the requirements for successful completion of this unit will be supplied by the coordinator at start of semester.
Policies & Procedures: Policies regarding academic honesty and plagiarism, special consideration and appeals in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies can be found on the Faculty's policy page at Faculty policies are governed by Academic Board resolutions whose details can be found on the Central Policy Online site at

Policies regarding assessment formatting, submission methods, late submission penalties and assessment feedback depend on the unit of study. Details of these policies, where applicable, should be found above with other assessment details.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Assessment Due: Report

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Arts 2011
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2011
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2011
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Law 2010, 2011

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Information Skills (Level 2) No 0%
Professional Communication (Level 3) Yes 25%
Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 3) Yes 50%
Teamwork and Project Management (Level 2) Yes 25%

These goals are selected from Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.