Module 5: Fundamentals of Professional Engineering

Nominal duration: 4 weeks (2 webinars at the start of this module and 2 webinars at the end of the course) (48 hours time commitment) + 8 extra webinars throughout the course as described below (96 hours time commitment) = 144 hours total time commitment for this module.

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.

This module covers the project management principles and stage 1 competency standards for professional engineers which will be delivered over the remaining period of the course for students to work on a group project while studying other modules.

Students will attend two webinar sessions at the start of this module. On regular intervals students will attend eight additional webinar sessions spread over the remaining course while attending other modules. In these instances, the student will attend two webinar sessions in a week. Students will allocate additional time to do their group project and during the last two weeks (week 71 and 72) of the course the students will present their findings to the other students.


This module covers project management principles and various non-technical aspects of engineering education in compliance with the stage 1 competency standards for the Engineering Associate 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

·        Analyse 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 team


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.   Administer  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


Create a personal career plan and online portfolio of skills


Explain and demonstrate time management techniques


Demonstrate the application of

(a)  formal decision-making methodology and

(b)  decision making software


Compare various leadership styles


Examine the concept of Situational Leadership

Learning Outcome 2

Demonstrate familiarity with key Project Management issues

Assessment Criteria


Execute a group project as per PMBOK guidelines


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


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


Perform qualitative and quantitative risk assessments

Learning Outcome 3

Communicate in a Technical environment

Assessment Criteria


Examine and discuss the basics of interpersonal communication


Create and present PowerPoint slideshows


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


Draw up a functional specification


Prepare a formal technical report


Operate within a group

Learning Outcome 4

Demonstrate professional and global awareness

Assessment Criteria


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


Illustrate awareness of ethics issues


List the responsibilities of the Engineering Associate


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


Apply the concepts of sustainable development and design


Demonstrate familiarity with Engineering standards and Codes of Practice


Apply basic Contract Law to selected case studies

Learning Outcome 5

Administer the basics of project finance

Assessment Criteria


Estimate the cost of a given project


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


Construct a discounted cash flow for a project


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


Demonstrate awareness of the essence of Occupational Health and Safety regulations


Outline the procedure for performing workplace health and safety assessments


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, HTMLl and Word format) accessed through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).

Software/Hardware Used


  • GanttProject

  • ProjRisk
  • ScreenHunter
  • TradeOff
  • WBS Schedule Pro
  • Wix


  •  Online