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ENG1901 Engineering Practice 1

Semester 2, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences

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Examiner: Ahmad Sharifian-Barforoush
Moderator: Ray Malpress


This course is the first of a series of Practice courses that are intended to enable students to acquire engineering and professional practice skills. Engineering practice skills, such as the ability to perform practical and project work, innovation, problem identification and solution, and engineering judgement, will be developed as students progress through their programmes of study through activities such as laboratory and field work, engineering problem solving and design and project work. Students will generally work in teams to assist with the building of group interaction skills such as negotiation and interactive thinking. The development of other professional practice skills, such as written and oral communication, is also encouraged in the engineering practice courses. In this introductory course, external students will attend a residential school and undertake practical work primarily in the areas of instrumentation and measurement, or engineering materials and manufacturing. They will be required to prepare a comprehensive report and to present a seminar on one aspect of this work. Students will be introduced to the library and computing facilities of the University and are expected to utilise these resources in the compilation of their reports and seminars. A series of keynote addresses will be staged to assist students with their task. On campus students will also undertake practical work in the areas of instrumentation and measurement, or engineering materials and manufacturing, and will be required to prepare a comprehensive report and to present a seminar. For these students, the practical work will be performed throughout the semester. All students will be introduced to the Workplace Health and Safety Act and will undertake a preliminary workplace health and safety exercise. ENG1901 Engineering Practice 1 is intended primarily to cater for the needs of recent school leavers and people with limited working experience in engineering industry. If you have a trade certificate and have been employed in industry for some time, you will probably be able to claim exemption from the course.


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

  1. demonstrate practical skills in selected technical fields;
  2. contribute as part of a team to complete a specific project in a specified time;
  3. prepare material for technical reports that demonstrates use of library and computing facilities;
  4. analyse scientific data and evaluate the experimental results obtained;
  5. contribute to the preparation of a report and the presentation of a seminar; and
  6. apply basic health and safety principles in a workplace setting.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Measurement and instrumentation or engineering materials and manufacturing 60.00
2. Analysis of data 15.00
3. Library resources 10.00
4. Computing 15.00

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.
  • ENG1001 Principles of professional engineering and surveying or ENG1002 Introduction to Engineering and Spatial Science Applications: external study package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.
  • ENG1101 Introduction to engineering problem solving: external study package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.
  • MEC1201 Engineering materials: external study package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Laboratory or Practical Classes 18.00
Lectures 4.00
Private Study 14.00
Report Writing 12.00
Seminars 2.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROJECT REPORT 1 20 26 Sep 2014
SEMINAR 1 20 26 Sep 2014

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:
    (i) To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C. (ii) To complete the practical component satisfactorily, students must complete at least 80% of the practical work in this course to the standard described in the assessment scheme.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must satisfactorily complete (as defined in Statement 2) at least 50% of the practical and other activities.

  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 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: 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.

  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. 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.

  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. //

Other requirements

  1. Students will be assigned to a team at the start of the course. Each team will select a project based on the work performed at one or more practical sessions. One project report will be submitted per team; the team will present one seminar. Details of the project report and the seminar are provided in the Practice Book for the course. As part of the report, team members are required to certify whether or not each member made an appropriate contribution to the work of the group.