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ENG4903 Professional Practice 2

Semester 2, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
Version produced : 16 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Alexander Kist
Moderator: Peter Gibbings

Requisites

Pre-requisite: ENG3902

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: ENG4111 and ENG4112

Synopsis

This is the second of two courses which address the work undertaken, the performance required and responsibilities borne by the practices of professional engineering and spatial science. As the final practice course in the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Spatial Science, this course is particularly concerned with interaction with the professions at large. It is also concerned with developing an awareness of professional ethics. A major part of all engineering and spatial science project work is the appropriate communication of the outcome. This course provides guidance and experience in both verbal (seminar) and written reporting skills and is undertaken to complement the courses ENG4111 Research Project Part 1 and ENG4112 Research Project Part 2 in the final year of the Bachelor Degree. The presentation of a major seminar on the work undertaken during the final year project is a requirement for the completion of this course.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. prepare, to a professional standard, a technical written extended abstract, having good structure and format, high standards of spelling, grammar and punctuation, and appropriate and adequate technical content;
  2. plan, prepare and deliver a verbal presentation in English, to a professional standard, on their own academic work, making effective use of presentation aids, in a professional forum;
  3. present, defend and debate technical information, based on their own final year project;
  4. critique work and critically analyse the work of peers; provide constructive feedback;
  5. recognise and debate the strengths and limitations of the academic component of the education of a professional engineer/surveyor;
  6. reflect on the need for a period of professional formation.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Extended Abstract 10.00
2. PROJECT COMMUNICATION - VERBAL seminar preparation; seminar experience and critique (small group); use of aids (PowerPoint, models, etc). 20.00
3. Supervisor Consultation - presentation 10.00
4. Workshops 10.00
5. ETHICS and PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES Engineering/Spatial Science professionalism; BEng/BPSS program evaluation 20.00
6. PROJECT CONFERENCE Participation, presentation and evaluation. 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=02&subject1=ENG4903)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • ENG4111 Research project part 1: external study package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.
  • ENG4112 Research project part 2: external study package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 3.00
Lectures 2.00
Oral Presentations 2.00
Private Study 7.00
Report Writing 3.00
Seminars 21.00
Supervisor Consultation 5.00
Workshops 7.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PORTFOLIO 1 100 27 Sep 2013 (see note 1)

NOTES
  1. The items required for completion of the Portfolio are described in the study materials.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    This course requires attendance at a residential school It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete the Portfolio students must meet the requirements for each of the items in the Portfolio as described in the study materials.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade, students must demonstrate, via the summative assessment item, that they have achieved the required minimum standards in relation to the objectives of the course by satisfactorily completing all of the items in the Portfolio, as stated in 2 above.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade, under the requirements in 4 above, will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IIP (In Progress). An IIP grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. This is a communication benchmark course and a major component of the assessment of this course will be associated with the demonstration of communication skills.

  11. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Other requirements

  1. A student will not normally undertake this course until he/she is in the last two (2) semesters of the degree program, has completed the prerequisite course ENG3902 Professional Practice 1 AND is enrolled in courses ENG4111 Research Project Part 1 and ENG4112 Research Project Part 2.

  2. Students must refer to their results detailed in UConnect if they were awarded a grade other than pass. Details of the requirements to upgrade to a pass grade will be listed at that location.

  3. It is not possible to study this course concurrently with ENG3902.