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ENG3902 Professional Practice 1

Semester 2, 2011 External Toowoomba
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
Version produced : 8 March 2013

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Examiner: Soma Somasundaraswaran
Moderator: Peter Gibbings


This is the first of two courses which address, in a generic sense, the practice of professional engineering and professional spatial science. The course is concerned largely with non-technical matters, generally independent of the specific disciplines, which involve the particular work undertaken, performance and responsibilities borne by the professional engineer and spatial scientist. The major manifestations of this professional practice is the participation in professional development activities and the planning, execution and reporting of project work. Hence a major portion of this course is directed at the preparation for the commencement of your final year ENG4111 Research Project Part 1 and ENG4112 Research Project part 2. This preparation includes consulting with supervising staff, a lecture and attendance at the annual "Project Conference" in which ENG4903 Professional Practice 2 students present their completed project work to other students, staff and members of various professions. Students will also participate in, and report on, a range of laboratory sessions, demonstrations, seminars and workshops provided by staff of the Faculty, the wider university and by industry representatives. Students are required to choose and self organise the completion of one or two similar activities off campus. These activities (labeled "Booths") seek to provide the student with some insight into the "cutting edge" of current engineering and surveying practice.


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

  1. commence professionally appropriate general planning of a research project;
  2. establish contacts and interact appropriately with senior (supervisory) staff;
  3. establish contacts and interact appropriately with support (technical and administrative) staff both within and beyond their technical discipline;
  4. find and use information resources at an advanced level;
  5. review literature and critically report;
  6. appreciate and evaluate the role of the professional conference in information exchange;
  7. interact with and evaluate professional and industry group activities (seminars, presentations, workshops, etc) external to USQ, as appropriate to their technical discipline and professional development;
  8. development of professionalism.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Project Preparation Introductory Session Consultation with (potential) supervisor(s) Development of your "Project Specification" The course "Advanced Information Skills" Library work 30.00
2. University / Industry "Booth Activities" which may comprise (or a combination of): Demonstrations Lectures / seminars A workshop Laboratory / practical work Fieldwork A site visit 40.00
3. Participation in the Project Conference 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • 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.
  • ENG4903 Professional practice 2: external study package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 5.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 8.00
Lectures 2.00
Private Study 5.00
Report Writing 6.00
Seminars 10.00
Supervisor Consultation 4.00
Tutorials 10.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PORTFOLIO 1 100 19 Oct 2011 (see note 1)

  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. The reports for all USQ Booth Activities undertaken during the Professional Practice Residential School must be completed and submitted in the Portfolio. Off campus Booth Activity can be completed at any time over the following 12 month period; an IM grade applies until all work is satisfactorily completed and a satisfactory Portfolio is submitted.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances then a penalty of 5% of the assigned mark may apply for each working day late up to a maximum of ten working days at which time a mark of zero can be recorded for that assignment.

  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 items for 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

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's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. The usual method of assessment submission for the Faculty is by written, typed or printed paper-based media (i) submitted to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mailed 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.

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

  6. 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 11.59pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  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: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM 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 (refer to Note 2, Other

  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. A minimum standard of communication skills must be demonstrated in order for a passing grade to be awarded.

  12. 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.

  13. A student will not normally undertake this course until he/she is in the last four (4) semesters of the degree course AND is commencing or expecting to commence final-level project work (ENG4111 Research Project Part 1) in the following academic year.

  14. The required four (4) Booth Activities will normally comprise: at least two (2) and not more than three (3) undertaken at USQ; and at least one (1) and not more than two (2) undertaken off-campus ("Own Booth" activities).

  15. Responsibility for discovery and choice of appropriate professional-level activities to participate in and report as an "Own Booth" rests with the student - refer to the guidelines in the ENG3902 Professional Practice 1 Booklet.

  16. Participation in the Project Conference is preparatory to, and additional to, presentation of a paper at this conference in the following year.

  17. A student who does not or cannot adequately attend the Project Conference will normally be required to attend and provide a written report on three (3) appropriate technical seminars or equivalent professional meetings to the satisfaction of the Examiner.

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University's aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course: 1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement. 2. forms part of the Bachelor of Engineering and/or Bachelor of Engineering Technology program and Bachelor of Spatial Science program and is benchmarked against the: - USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review; and - professional accreditation standards of Engineers Australia and Surveyors Board of Queensland.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.

  2. If awarded a grade other than a pass grade, students must access the requirements to upgrade to a pass grade via their results details in UConnect.

  3. This course should be completed prior to the following courses: ENG4903, ENG4111 and ENG4112.