MODULE DETAILS

 

Module 14: Fundamentals of Professional Engineering

 

Nominal duration: 4 weeks (4 webinars in consecutive weeks 49 through 52) plus 2 webinars viewed asynchronously in weeks 54 and 56; a total of 6, which gives a total of 48 hours

 

This time commitment includes the preparation reading, attendance at each webinar (1 hour plus 15-30 minutes for discussion), and the time necessary to complete the assignments and further study.

 

In addition, students will participate in a group project, commencing in week 59 and finishing in week 72. This requires another 96 hours of input from each student, which makes the grand total for this module 48+96=144 hours.

 

MODULE PURPOSE

 

This module covers project management principles and various non-technical aspects of engineering education, stage 1 competency standards for the professional engineer as required by Engineers Australia. The broad aims of this unit are to enable the student to:

·         Assess personal strengths, weaknesses and preferences

·         Implement personal development strategies that align with Engineers Australia's professional standards

·         Undertake complex ill-defined engineering projects and report appropriate solutions

·         Investigate, develop and articulate technical knowledge required to undertake engineering projects

·         Articulate and demonstrate personal development of time management skills, project management skills and team management skills

·         Analyze and assess the viability of engineering projects using sustainability frameworks

·         Present technical engineering information to peers and superiors

·         Continue to develop a portfolio to demonstrate development of a professional attitude, problem solving skills, technical knowledge and productive work practices

·         Provide evidence of a professional capacity to communicate, work and learn productively, both individually and in teams

 

 

PRE-REQUISITE MODULES, UNITS

/CO-REQUISITES

 

None

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

 

To evaluate the achievement of the learning outcomes; written assignments, group projects and practical exercises are set.

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SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

1.    Demonstrate the ability to self-manage

 

2.    Demonstrate familiarity with key Project Management issues

 

3.    Communicate in a Technical environment

 

4.    Demonstrate professional and global awareness

 

5.    Describe the basics of project finance

 

6.    Demonstrate awareness of workplace health and safety-related issues


Learning Outcome 1

Demonstrate the ability to self-manage

Assessment Criteria

1.1

Create a personal career plan and online portfolio of skills

 

1.2

Explain and demonstrate time management techniques

 

1.3

Demonstrate the application of

(a)  formal decision-making methodology and

(b)  decision making software

 

1.4

Compare various leadership styles

 

1.5

Examine the concept of Situational Leadership


Learning Outcome 2

Demonstrate familiarity with key Project Management issues

Assessment Criteria

2.1

Execute a group project as per PMBOK guidelines

 

2.2

Apply software tools to produce project schedules (PERT/Gantt)

 

2.3

Examine the basic risk issues addressed in Risk Management standard AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009

 

2.4

Perform qualitative and quantitative risk assessments


Learning Outcome 3

Communicate in a Technical environment

Assessment Criteria

3.1

Examine and discuss the basics of interpersonal communication

 

3.2

Create and present PowerPoint slideshows

 

3.3

Demonstrate mastery of basic Technical Writing skills (emails, memos)

 

3.4

Draw up a functional specification

 

3.5

Prepare a formal technical report

 

3.6

Operate within a group


Learning Outcome 4

Demonstrate professional and global awareness

Assessment Criteria

4.1

List and apply the dos and don’ts of professional conduct

 

4.2

Illustrate awareness of ethics issues

 

4.3

List the responsibilities of the Engineering Associate

 

4.4

Demonstrate awareness of global issues such as depletion, pollution, extinction and degradation

 

4.5

Apply the concepts of sustainable development and design

 

4.6

Demonstrate familiarity with Engineering standards and Codes of Practice

 

4.7

Apply basic Contract Law to selected case studies


Learning Outcome 5

Describe the basics of project finance

Assessment Criteria

5.1

Estimate the cost of a given project

 

5.2

Construct a spread sheet-based cash flow model for a given project

 

5.3

Construct a discounted cash flow for a project

 

5.4

Illustrate the merits of a proposed project in terms of Net Present Value (NPV) and Internal Rate of Return (IRR)


Learning Outcome 6

Demonstrate awareness of workplace health and safety-related issues

Assessment Criteria

6.1

Demonstrate awareness of the essence of Occupational Health and Safety regulations

 

6.2

Outline the procedure for performing workplace health and safety assessments

 

6.3

Apply the basics of High Voltage (HV) safety regulations and procedures

Delivery mode

A combination of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning delivery comprising a judicious mix of interactive online web conferencing, simulation (virtual labs) software, remote online labs, online videos, PowerPoint slides, notes, reading and study materials (in PDF, HTML and Word format) accessed through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).

Software/Hardware Used

Software

  • N/A

Hardware

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