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PSG3900 Professional Week 1

Semester 2, 2021 External
Short Description: Professional Week 1
Units : 0
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 039999 - EnginTech not classified
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Glenn Campbell


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BSPS or BSPH or BURP

Other Requisites

Students must successfully complete this course before enrolling in PSG4900; students cannot enrol in PSG3900 and PSG4900 in the same semester. Students commencing their final-year project (PSG4111) should take this course in the preceding year.


This is the first of two courses which address the practice of professional surveying, planning 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 surveyor, planner and spatial scientist. The major manifestations of this professional practice is the participation in professional development activities and the planning, execution and reporting of project work.


A major portion of this course is directed at the preparation for the commencement of your final year PSG4111 Research Project A & PSG4112 Research Project B. This preparation includes consulting with supervising staff, a lecture and attendance at the annual "Project Conference" in which PSG4900 Professional Week 2 students present their completed project work to other students, staff and members of various professions.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external 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. Find information using a range of search tools and facilities; critically analyse, evaluate and reference the information including published research articles and other information sources;
  3. Show initiative to by establishing contact and communicate effectively with supervisory, technical and administrative staff;
  4. Explain the importance and role of a professional conference; evaluate and critique conference presentations of peers and provide constructive feedback;


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. Research topic development 20.00
4. Residential school workshops on advanced information literacy 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 20.00
Report Writing 4.00
Residential Schools 24.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Res School Attend&Participate 1 1 01 Oct 2021 1,2,3,4 (see note 1)
Topic & Supervisor Selection 1 99 22 Oct 2021 1,2,3 (see note 2)

  1. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (
  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 (PSG4111 Research Project Part 1) 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: PSG4900, PSG4111, PSG4112

Date printed 8 November 2021