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ENG4909 Work Experience - Professional

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Work Experience - Professional
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: Mark Phythian

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 or closely related field to be eligible to graduate from the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) 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 entries in their ePortfolio reflecting on how their work experience has contributed to the development of USQ Graduate Capabilities relevant to their engineering major. 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 ePortfolio prepared for ENG4909 may be useful later in preparing the required documentation when applying to Engineers Australia for registration as a Chartered Professional Engineer.

Students are advised to contact the engineering placements team via if they have any questions about the process of finding and gaining approval for a placement.

Both on-campus and external students will be required to submit their ePortfolio 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 with appropriate entries in your ePortfolio:
  4. apply basic health and safety principles in a workplace setting.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Review the USQ Graduate Capability statements for the relevant major 10.00
2. Arranging and preparing for a period of Work Experience 20.00
3. Undertaking a period of Work Experience 30.00
4. Document a Period of Work Experience in your Diary 20.00
5. Reflect on your work experience participation, with appropriate entries in your ePortfolio 20.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

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.
Students may find the information provided by Engineers Australia about attaining chartered status (Stage 2 Competency) of interest.
This information can be accessed at:

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assignments 10.00
Directed Study 25.00
Report Writing 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
EPORTFOLIO 100 40 03 Jun 2019
WORK EXPERIENCE DIARY 100 60 03 Jun 2019

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:
    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 obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course and obtain at least 50% of the available marks for the ePortfolio assessment item (Proficiency hurdle).

  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

Other requirements

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