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ENG1901 Engineering Practice 1

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Engineering Practice 1
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 039999 - EnginTech not classified
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Ahmad Sharifian-Barforoush


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.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.


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

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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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 expectations

Activity Hours
Laboratory or Practical Classes 24.00
Lectures 1.00
Private Study 11.00
Report Writing 12.00
Seminars 2.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Workplace Health & Sfty Rpt 1 20 22 Mar 2019 2,6
Project Report 1 20 07 Jun 2019 2,3,4,5
Res School/Lab - Particip 1 20 07 Jun 2019 1,6 (see note 1)
Res School/Lab - performance 1 20 07 Jun 2019 2
Seminar 1 20 07 Jun 2019 2,4,5

  1. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students must attend the mandatory residential school and on-campus students must attend the mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes. 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 each assessment item students must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for that assessment item. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  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 attend and participate in the mandatory residential school achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for both the Workplace Health and Safety Report and the Residential School/Lab Participation assessment items, and obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available 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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

  3. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to undertake a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

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.