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ENGG5204: Engineering Professional Practice (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ENGG5204: Engineering Professional Practice (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Mr Currie, John
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: http://www.eng.usyd.edu.au/webnet/ENGG5204/index.html
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study is designed to provide graduate engineers studying for a Master of Professional Engineering degree with an introduction to the professional engineering skills necessary to practice as an engineer.

These include the various elements of engineering practice, an understanding of the role of the engineer in industry, basic knowledge of the law of contracts and legal responsibility, teamwork and leadership skills, an understanding of the professional responsibilities of engineers, competence in verbal communication and presentations and in reading and writing reports, and an understanding of ethical considerations. The material, learning and assessment is tailored for graduates from Australian and overseas universities.
Assumed Knowledge: Competences and experience in engineering obtained during an accepted engineering degree
Lecturer/s: Mr Currie, John
Dr Chaaya, Michel
Timetable: ENGG5204 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 1 13
2 Independent Study 6.00 1 12

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
Justify creative solutions to non-routine & complex problems/opportunities. Use a structured process of inquiry & evidence based research to clarify reasoning and decisions (3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
Systems & interdisciplinary solutions. Apply holistic/systems thinking to explore likely & alternative futures, while translating across disciplines & integrating multiple perspectives. (5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4)
Analyse and discuss theoretical issues and concepts within a broad context of research. Demonstrate in-depth analytical reporting with evaluation of theoretical and methodological issues; source & evaluate demonstrating advanced information & digital literacy skills; interpret and discuss issues and situations involving uncertainty and within a broad theoretical/practical context. (6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4)
Small project leadership. Proficient across all facets of project development & delivery. Lead project activities on a small team scale to successful completion at a professional standard. (7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4)
Professional decision-making. Exercise sound critical judgement in undertaking broad-ranging professional roles and responsibilities. (8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

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.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4)
1. Enhanced skills in all aspects of communication, including for technical and non-technical, and academic and public audiences.
2. Competence in working effectively as both leader and member of a team, including conflict resolution and in designing managing and completing a number of projects.
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4)
3. Professional & ethical  decision‐making.   Exercise sound critical &  ethical judgement in  undertaking broadranging professional roles  and responsibilities. 
4. Understanding of the principles and requirements of the professional engineer, in accord with the Engineers Australia graduate attributes, including social, economic, ethical, sustainability and environmental aspects.
5. Fundamental application of ethical issues in technical practice, and considerations of business conduct.
6. Basic knowledge of the law of contracts and the obligations of professional and legal responsibility.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4)
7. Significant skills in searching for and evaluating information relevant to any particular topic, using the full range of information-searching tools.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4)
8. Enhanced problem-solving and design skills learnt through direct instruction and application to tutorial problems and projects.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Group case presentation* Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 4, 7,
2 Management Style Self Evaluation* No 20.00 Week 4 4, 5, 8,
3 Management Report* Yes 20.00 Week 7 4, 7, 8,
4 Ethics and sustainability quiz* No 10.00 Week 10 1, 4, 5, 6, 7,
5 Ethics and sustainability report* Yes 15.00 Week 10 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
6 Legal issues quiz* No 10.00 Week 12 1, 4, 5, 6,
7 Legal issues case study* Yes 15.00 Week 13 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration

There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.

Late assignments will incur the following penalties: 5% per day up to 5 days; beyond 5 days the mark is zero.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Online Course Content: This UoS manual, all lecture material and information about assignments is available at: http://www.eng.usyd.edu.au/webnet/ENGG5204/index.html

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Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Civil) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Electrical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Fluids) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Geomechanical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Intelligent Information Engineering) 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Power) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Structural) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Telecommunications) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2010, 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Intelligent Information Engineering) 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Network) 2010, 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Telecommunications) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Wireless) 2010, 2011, 2012

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4) Yes 13.78%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) Yes 60.09%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 4) Yes 15.31%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) Yes 0%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) Yes 10.81%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.