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ENG8300 Self-Assessment Portfolio

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022

Staffing

Examiner: Thiru Aravinthan

Overview

The Master of Engineering Practice program is designed to enable Engineering Technologists to draw on their industrial experience to demonstrate their achievement of many of the required graduate attributes and capabilities, both generic and technical. This course is the first course in the program and will enable students to firstly assess their existing attributes and capabilities and then plan the content of the Workplace Portfolio courses that they will use to demonstrate their level of competency. They will also nominate the Technical courses they will undertake in the program to enable them to satisfy other attribute and capability requirements. They may also need to identify some specific types of industrial experience they will need to undertake to be able to satisfy any remaining requirements. The outcome of this self-assessment process will be a Pathway to Graduation Plan for the student, which will, in due course, be used by the Faculty to assess the student's eligibility to graduate. A second component of this course will require the student to show that they can write an Engineering Competency Claim that demonstrates their achievement of one or more of the attributes or capabilities. To do this successfully students will have to demonstrate they are able to accurately reflect on their experience and that they have the communication skills that are necessary to write such a report. The information in an Engineering Competency Claim must be verified and endorsed by a professional engineer. Achievement of this component of the course is critical because students will use Engineering Competency Claims to demonstrate their attributes and capabilities in the Workplace Portfolio and the Industrial Project courses in the program. One outcome of the self-assessment undertaken in this course may be that a student does not have the required experiences, or competencies, to be able to satisfactorily complete the program. In this case the student will be cancelled from this program and counselled on alternative ways of achieving their goals. If the student has passed this course then they will be granted an exemption when they enrol in another USQ program.

Students are required to take this course when they first enrol in the Master of Engineering Practice program. During this course students will prepare a portfolio consisting of a number of significant written works. The major activity in this course requires students to undertake a self-assessment of their existing attributes and capabilities against those required for the program. They will then be required to produce a Pathway to Graduation Plan in which they will plan the content of the Workplace Portfolio and Industrial Project courses that they will use to demonstrate their existing attributes and capabilities, and the Technical courses they will undertake in the program to enable them to satisfy the remaining attribute and capability requirements. The second component of the course requires students to write Engineering Competency Claims that demonstrate their achievement of one or more of the attributes or capabilities. The information in an Engineering Competency Claims must be verified and endorsed by a professional engineer. Normally there will be a considerable amount of negotiation between the examiner and the student before the final versions of the Pathway to Graduation Plan and the other portfolio documents are submitted. Successful completion of ENG8300 is required to enrol in ENG8311 Workplace Portfolio. ENG8300 (1 unit), ENG8311 (2 units) and ENG8308 (2-unit Industrial Project) are a continuum of professional practice development that form the core of the MEPR program, and cannot be exempted.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate developing capability to practice as a Professional Engineer and benchmark your abilities and skills before and during the MEPR program towards EA Stage 2 Chartered Engineering competencies;
  2. Independently pursue continuing professional development;
  3. Communicate effectively using written communication skills;
  4. Plan and document their program of study;
  5. Prepare detailed plans for their Workplace Portfolio and Industrial Project.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Understand and demonstrate your work experience and development in real time of your industry project components benchmarked against the requirements of Engineers Australia (EA) Stage 1 Professional Engineer and EA Stage 2 Chartered Professional Engineer status in the Institution of Engineers, Australia 20.00
2. Understand and demonstrate your professional practice development towards the graduate attributes and capability statements to the Master of Engineering Practice program 10.00
3. Undertaking a self-assessment of existing attributes and capabilities 20.00
4. Preparing a detailed Curriculum Vitae 10.00
5. Preparing a Pathway to Graduation Plan, including applying for RPL or additional exemption/credit by engineering competency claims in ENG8300 Workplace Portfolio 10.00
6. Preparing an Engineering Competency Claims (ECCs) 10.00
7. Plan and initiate the ENG8311 Workplace Portfolio and (Capstone) ENG8308 Industrial Project 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Engineers Australia 2017, Chartered, Writing Engineering Competency Claims, Engineers Australia, Canberra, ACT.
(This publication may be down-loaded from the web as a PDF document. The URL is: https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/sites/default/files/content-files/2017-02/Writing%20ECCs%20for%20web.pdf.)
AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERING COMPETENCY STANDARDS STAGE 2 -
EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER Canberra, ACT.
(This publication may be down-loaded from the web as a PDF document. The URL is: https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/sites/default/files/2018-03/competency_standards_june.pdf.
STAGE 1 COMPETENCY STANDARD FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER, Canberra, ACT.
(This publication may be down-loaded from the web as a PDF document. The URL is: https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/sites/default/files/2019-11/Stage1_Competency_Standards.pdf.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Assessment
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Portfolio 1 No 10 4
Assignments Written Portfolio 2 No 15 6
Assignments Written Portfolio 3 No 45 1,3,7
Assignments Written Portfolio 4 No 30 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Date printed 27 June 2022