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ENG4909 Work Experience - Professional

Semester 2, 2011 External Toowoomba
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying

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Examiner: John Worden
Moderator: Glenn Harris

Other requisites

Students will normally be completing the last year of their Bachelor Degree program.


Students must complete a minimum of 60 days of professional practice in their discipline field to be eligible to graduate from the Bachelor of Engineering program. This work experience course is intended to enable students to document practical engineering and professional practice skills they acquire within the workplace. Work experience may be achieved in numerous ways ranging from roles as junior members of teams to tasks that form part of discrete engineering projects. This experience should enhance a student's ability to perform practical and project work, to be innovative, to solve problems and identify solutions, thereby developing engineering judgement. Students will prepare a career episode report (CER)of less than two pages in length in which they compare their acquired competencies to at least four Engineers Australia (EA) requirements for level 1 certification. A diary with regular entries must be maintained and periodically certified by the work experience provider as a true and faithful record of the hours the student has completed.
The CER prepared for ENG4909 may be used as a part of the required documentation when applying to Engineers Australia for registration as a Chartered Professional Engineer.
All students should demonstrate at least a basic achievement in four elements drawn from Appendix C, stage 1 competency units, Applicant's hand book for Chartered status, Engineers Australia.
On campus students are advised to contact the Industry Experience and Development Office at Student services for assistance with work experience queries.
Both on-campus and external students will be required to submit their CER and work diary electronically for review and assessment by the due date to permit timely assessment.


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

  1. demonstrate practical skills in a selected technical field of engineering;
  2. demonstrate the ability to undertake and complete assigned tasks in the workplace;
  3. critically reflect on their achievements and learning during work experience in a CER;
  4. apply basic health and safety principles in a workplace setting.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Review The Engineers Australia Professional Development Program (PDP) competencies 10.00
2. Select at least four EA competencies as requirements for the Work Experience component of your program 20.00
3. Arranging and preparing for a period of Work Experience 20.00
4. Undertaking a period of Work Experience 20.00
5. Document a Period of Work Experience in your Journal 20.00
6. Submitting your Work Experience Journal 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assignments 10.00
Directed Study 25.00
Report Writing 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CAREER EPISODE REPORT 100 100 28 Oct 2011

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities required of them by the work experience provider to maximize their chance of meeting the objectives of the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete the practical component satisfactorily, students must submit the nominated practical report and obtain a Pass standard in all of the major sections as described in the assessment scheme.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit their journal 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 receiving a passing grade, students must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  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 produced within five days 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. All CER reports and Diaries will be submitted electronically to the Faculty by both on-campus (Toowoomba and Springfield) and external students 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).

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

  6. Students who do not have 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

  9. To be assured of receiving a passing grade, students must be judged to have made a genuine effort to contribute to the work of the team, by other team members.

  10. 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. //

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, or Bachelor of Engineering Technology or Associate Degree in Engineering 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.

Other requirements

  1. Students will normally enroll in the ENG4909 Work Experience-Professional course in the last year of the four year B.Eng degree program. However, students are strongly encouraged to commence their work experience and related record keeping as early as possible in their programs.