Professional Engineering Practice E - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP4
  • Assessment: Assessment - Continuous Individual (50%) , Group Project (30%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

The aim of the unit is to further prepare students for their roles as engineering practitioners. The course will develop their understanding of professional engineering practice and management in relation to employers, employees, clients, professionals from other disciplines and society in general. Activities will connect students with practising engineers through specialist lectures, exercises to develop generic skills, networking, and participation in professional engineering activities. Aspects of professional engineering practice including communication skills, meeting procedures, chairmanship, professional ethics, risk management roles of managers in engineering enterprises, financial reports, preparation for work placement in industry.
Project management including project management - project definition, analysis, planning, decision-making, programming and scheduling. Lectures by engineering practitioners and managers on specialist topics selected from company structure and organisation, resource management, leadership, industrial relations, workplace health and safery, liability, IP and commercialisation, standards, documentation, quality assurance, roles of professional associations. Attendance at off-campus meetings of professional associations or technical societies; site visits.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain the roles and responsibilities of engineering practitioners, managers and leaders
  2. apply basic principles, techniques and practices of engineering project
  3. discuss the non-technical aspects of engineering management and practice, including human, social, ethical, environmental, legal, economic and cultural factors
  4. select information from a range of sources and critically review complex contemporary engineering issues
  5. communicate with greater effectiveness and confidence in meetings, presentations, professional networking, interviews and negotiations.
  • Assessment — Continuous Individual (50%)
  • Group Project (30%)
  • Report — Individual (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

  • Additional materials — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Communication within organisations
2Management roles within engineering organisations
3Project management
4Safety and risk management
6Standards and quality assurance
7Engineering ethics
8Employability skills

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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