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ENG3902 Professional Practice 1

Semester 2, 2021 External
Short Description: Professional 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: Andreas Helwig


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCNH or BCON or BEBB or BEBC or BEHB or BEHI or BEHS or BENG or BENH or MENS

Other Requisites

Students must successfully complete this course before enrolling in ENG4903; students cannot enrol in ENG3902 and ENG4903 in the same semester. Students who will commence their final-year project (ENG4111, ENG8411, ENG8002, ENG8414) in Semester 1 should take this course in the preceding semester. Students who will commence their Masters project (ENG8411, ENG8002, ENG8414) in Semester 2 should take this course in the preceding year.


This is the first of two courses which address the practice of professional engineering and professional spatial science. The course is concerned largely with non-technical matters, independent of the specific disciplines, which involve the particular work undertaken, performance and responsibilities borne by the professional engineer and spatial scientist. The major manifestation of this professional practice is the participation in professional development activities and the planning, execution and reporting of project work. Part of this course is directed at the preparation for the commencement of your final year research project.


This course focuses on a range of generic, transferable skills, rather than specific technical skills. Most activities are not discipline-specific and activities include 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 similar activities off campus. These professional development activities seek to provide the student with insights into the "cutting edge" of current engineering and surveying practice.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for both external and on-campus students.


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

  1. reflect on professional skills with a view to the final year project; identify needs for improvement, and plan activities to attain these skills;
  2. plan, prepare and deliver a verbal presentation in English, to a professional standard, making effective use of presentation aids; present, defend and debate technical information;
  3. show initiative to establish contact and communicate effectively with supervisory, technical and administrative staff as well as peers;
  4. explain the importance and role of a professional conference; evaluate and critique conference presentations of peers and provide constructive feedback;
  5. select and justify professional development activities, during residential school and external to USQ; interact with professionals; evaluate activities and reflect on the relevance to personal and professional development needs.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Residential school preparation: Peruse final year project topics, select activities and reflect on professional skills 10.00
2. Introductory lectures, consultation with prospective supervisors and discussions with other students 10.00
3. University/Industry professional development activities which may comprise of: demonstrations, lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory activities, practical work, fieldwork or site visits 20.00
4. Residential school workshops on communication skills, evaluation & critiquing, and the final year project 30.00
5. Project Conference including attendance and peer assessment 30.00

Text and Materials

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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.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 2.00
Private Study 4.00
Report Writing 4.00
Residential Schools 40.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Portfolio 1 99 24 Sep 2021 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 1)
Res School/Lab Attend & Partic 1 1 24 Sep 2021 1,2,3,4,5 (see note 2)

  1. The items required for completion of the Portfolio are described in the study materials.
  2. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External and on-campus students must attend the mandatory 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 each assessment item students must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for that assessment item.

  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 and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for each assessment item.

  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:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  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. 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.

  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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. A student will not normally undertake this course until their last four (4) semesters of the degree course AND is commencing or expecting to commence final-level project work (ENG4111 Research Project Part 1 or ENG8411 Masters Dissertation B) in the following academic year.

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

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, ENG4112 or ENG8411 & ENG8412.

Date printed 8 November 2021