University of Technology Sydney

42015 Engineering Practice in an Australian Context

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UTS: Engineering: Professional Practice and Leadership
Credit points: 3 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks


This subject essentially mirrors 41035 Engineering Practice Preparation 1 but is designed for students who need significant assistance with their academic literacy.

International students in five-year combined degrees (C09068, C09070, C09072, C09074 and C09076), students in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (C09066) and the Master of Professional Engineering (C04309) are required to undertake online post-enrolment language assessment (OPELA) screening. Students who achieve a Band 1 result are required to undertake this subject, instead of 41035.


This subject provides students with the opportunities to collaborate with their peers, and the subject's teaching staff, to explore the social practices involved in seeking, obtaining, contributing to and learning from an engineering job or internship. Students are guided in the curation of an e-portfolio that documents their growing understanding of the practices necessary for seeking and obtaining a professional engineering experience. The e-portfolios also document the student's growing capabilities to contribute to a workplace, and to engage in workplace learning focusing particularly on the interpersonal and communication capabilities that may be required in engineering workplaces.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Articulate preparedness for participating in an engineering workplace
2. Document and communicate their capabilities to contribute to a workplace and engage in workplace learning

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

  • Collaborative and Communicative: FEIT graduates work as an effective member or leader of diverse teams, communicating effectively and operating within cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural contexts in the workplace. (E.1)
  • Reflective: FEIT graduates critically self-review their performance to improve themselves, their teams, and the broader community and society. (F.1)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject begins to develop those graduate attributes that are necessary for the effective practice of engineering in the workplace. These are self management, communication and co-ordination, and professional practice within a global context. In addition, the subject also begins to develop research skills as well as identifying, interpreting and analysing stakeholder needs. For a full list of graduate attributes and details of Engineers Australia competencies see links from Canvas for this subject.

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject is delivered in a combination of lectures and tutorials. Students are expected to prepare for each of these classes, Resources to guide the preparation for each class is listed in the program section of this subject outline. Students will be assisted to locate these resources in the Learning Materials section of Canvas.

Four lectures communicate the foundational information necessary for successful completion of the subject, direct students to the university resources available to assist students, and provide students with opportunities to ask questions and to collaborate with one another.

Twelve tutorials provide students opportunities to collaborate in evaluating one another’s work, and to share information and resources to assist students to meet the subject learning outcomes.

Content (topics)

Topics that will be covered:

  • What is engineering practice?
  • Future goals and planning
  • Decoding job advertisements
  • The social practices of job seeking and becoming connected with a community of practice
  • Workplace supervision and contributing to a workplace


Assessment task 1: Curated Employability Portfolio


The Curated Employability Portfolio communicates to a reader how the student has fulfilled the subject learning objectives (SLOs). Students are expected to curate the artefacts of their inquiry into how to obtain a job, the capabilities they need in order to contribute to a workplace, and how to learn in a workplace. It is anticipated that their portfolios will include a resume, and sample job advertisements with analysis of what the advertisements communicate about what employers are looking for. It is also anticipated that students will explore methodologies, such as photovoice, critical incident journaling, in order to conduct inquiry into workplace learning, and to present the findings of their inquiry.


This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1 and 2

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs):

E.1 and F.1

Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 100%

Minimum requirements

In order to pass the subject, a student must achieve an overall mark of 50% or more.