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ENGG1803: Professional Engineering 1 (2015 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ENGG1803: Professional Engineering 1 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Faculty of Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Johnston, Ron
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ENGG1061.
Brief Handbook Description: Professional Engineering is an introductory Unit of Study within the Faculty of Engineering. It seeks to acquaint newly admitted undergraduates with the principles of professional engineering practice, a range of contemporary professional engineering issues, together with the skills of academic study within an engineering environment. The subject is structured around a design and build project, in which students apply the professional engineering they are learning to an engineering project. Professional engineering topics to be covered include: accessing information, teamwork, creativity, leadership, written and oral communication, project management, problem solving, ethics, liability, occupational health and safety and environmental issues.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Mr Currie, John
Professor Johnston, Ron
Prof Langrish, Timothy
Timetable: ENGG1803 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 2 13
3 Research 3.00 1 13
4 Presentation 4.00 2 1
5 Independent Study 6.00
T&L Activities: Tutorial: The tutorials are designed to amplify the concepts presented in the lectures, and to provide demonstration exercises to support each key concept or skill.

Research: A central feature of the UoS is a team-based design and build engineering project running throughout the semester, which will require extensive independent research and application of the skills outlined in lectures and tutorials.

Presentation: Students are required to make a team presentation about their project.

Independent Study: Students will need to engage in a significant amount of independent study to absorb the material and develop the necessary skills

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
The design and build project requires the application of design and problem- solving skills Design (Level 1)
Special attention is paid to developing information literacy through an on-line library tutorial, followed by a self-administered quiz. These skills are drawn by all other assignments. Information Seeking (Level 1)
Developing effective communication skills is a central objective of this UoS. Assessed exercises in verbal and written communication, and in preparing a project report directly address communication competences. Communication (Level 1)
Professional practice is the central focus of this UoS. Specific components include leadership, design and problem-solving, ethical challenges, environmental sustainability, occupational health and safety and professional liability.

The design and build project requires the application of substantial skills in teamwork and project management.
Professional Conduct (Level 1)

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

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.

Design (Level 1)
1. Ability to undertake a simple design and build project in a competitive team-based environment.
Communication (Level 1)
2. Ability to present and discuss engineering issues and concepts in a range of writing formats, including essay and journal article.
3. Ability to produce written text at basic academic writing standard with regard to essential language features of structure, style, grammar, presentation.
4. Ability to speak to a live audience as part of a group presentation.
Professional Conduct (Level 1)
5. Ability to identify professional issues relevant to a contemporary engineering challenge and appropriate responses.
6. Active engagement in the issues of engineering professionalism.
7. Ability to undertake shared review and reporting of team performance.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Essay Report No 15.00 Week 3 (Thursday) 2, 3, 5,
2 Project Proposal Yes 5.00 Week 4 (Thursday) 2, 3,
3 Project Presentation Yes 10.00 Week 7 2, 3, 4, 7,
4 Quiz No 15.00 Week 8 (Tuesday) 2, 3, 5,
5 Engineering Design Report Yes 10.00 Week 9 1, 2, 6,
6 Prototype demonstration Yes 15.00 Week 12 1, 5,
7 Project Report Yes 20.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 6,
8 Participation/Reflection No 10.00 Week 13 6,
Assessment Description: Essay Report: An essay undertaken with report-type formatting using sections and subheadings to highlight areas within the argument.

Project Work: Students work in small teams to design and build a device to perform a designated task. Components of project work are an engineering design report, prototype production and testing, project presentation, and final project report.

Quiz: Designed to test knowledge of key professional engineering concepts.

Participation: Participation in all tutorials and team activities, plus reflection reportr on the learning experience.
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 . 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 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:

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

Week Description
Week 1 Topic 1: Introduction
Topic 2: Importance of Professional Engineering - Q&A
Week 2 Topic 1: Communication
Topic 2: Teamwork
Week 3 Topic 1: Project management
Topic 2: Overview of Project
Assessment Due: Essay Report
Week 4 Topic 1: Information Skills
Topic 2: Creativity and Engineering Design
Assessment Due: Project Proposal
Week 5 Topic 1: Engineering Methods
Topic 2: Project technical information
Week 6 Topic 1: Presentation Skills
Topic 2: Key Enabling Engineering Skills
Week 7 Topic 1: Presentations
Topic 2: Presentations
Assessment Due: Project Presentation
Week 8 Topic 1: Engineering Industry
Topic 2: WHS
Assessment Due: Quiz
Week 9 Topic 1: Sustainable Engineering
Topic 2: Risk Management and Ethics
Assessment Due: Engineering Design Report
Week 10 Topic 1: Quiz
Topic 2: Engineering Careers
Week 11 Topic 1: Trial Prototype Demonstration
Topic 2: Trial Prototype Demonstration
Week 12 Topic 1: Prototype Finals
Topic 2: Project work
Assessment Due: Prototype demonstration
Assessment Due: Project Report
Week 13 Assessment Due: Participation/Reflection

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Law 2010, 2011
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering 2015
Aeronautical (Space) 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering 2015
Civil Engineering 2015
Civil / Arts 2015
Civil / Commerce 2015
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015
Civil / Project Management 2015
Civil / Science 2015
Civil (Construction Management) 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2015
Civil / Law 2015
Civil (Structures) 2015
Mechanical Engineering 2015
Mechanical (Space) 2015
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Arts 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Commerce 2010, 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Medical Science 2012, 2013
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Science 2012, 2013
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Arts 2013

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project and Team Skills (Level 1) No 0%
Design (Level 1) Yes 18.75%
Information Seeking (Level 1) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 1) Yes 51.5%
Professional Conduct (Level 1) Yes 29.75%

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