Last Updated S012019

BSC110-210C

Unit Name Industrial Experience
Unit Code BSC110-210C
Unit Duration 240 hours total (asynchronous)
Award

Bachelor of Science (Engineering)

Duration 3 years    

Year Level Two
Unit Creator / Reviewer James T.
Core/Elective: Core
Pre/Co-requisites BSC109C
Credit Points Nil
Mode of Delivery Students will arrange and undertake industrial experience, asynchronously, in their own time. 
Unit Workload (Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week; 5 hours per week for 24 week delivery)
Pre-recordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours
Tutorial – 1.5 hours
Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours
Personal Study recommended – 5 hours

Unit Description and General Aims

Students studying an EIT Bachelor of Science (BSC) degree are required to complete 240 hours of industrial work experience (6 weeks full-time equivalent), with one or more companies, related to their studied engineering specialisation and under the supervision of a professional engineer. This cumulative work experience is denoted as BSC110-210C Industrial Experience; a mandatory uncredited unit, which must be completed to the satisfaction of assessors prior to graduation.

Students are required to arrange and undertake industrial work experience (paid or unpaid) in their own time. Upon completion, all items on the assessment checklist are to be submitted, including a logbook to document work hours and tasks, a completed supervisor review, and a report; demonstrating what was learned in the engineering workplace and reflecting upon preparedness for professional practice as an engineer.

The primary objective of the industrial experience unit is to ensure that students have had the opportunity to learn about real situations in engineering practice; by working both independently, and in groups, and contributing to professional work related to their engineering specialisation in a meaningful way. Work experience may be achieved in numerous ways ranging from roles as junior members of teams, to tasks that form part of discrete engineering projects.

Through participation, observation, and engagement, students will: enhance their understanding of how organisations function, put engineering theory and concepts learned in the classroom into practice, develop their professional competencies, gain perspective on the realities of practice, and develop their judgement, innovation and problem-solving skills.

In addition to understanding the company structure and activities, the student will be exposed to organisational policy and culture, interact with employees and other engineering disciplines, familiarise themselves with organisational communication procedures, and obtain insight and practical aptitude regarding projects; from the planning phase to completion.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of how industrial organisations function, in terms of their structure, hierarchy and operation
    Bloom’s Level 4
  2. Work independently and in groups to identify, propose, plan and design an appropriate solution to practical problems/projects
    Bloom’s Level 6
  3. Provide reasoned solutions to business problems and projects geared to real work situations
    Bloom’s Level 6
  4. Acquire sought-after transferable skills by working on real-world engineering problems and gain access to the latest technologies
    Bloom’s Level 3
  5. Develop professional competencies in their chosen discipline
    Bloom’s Level 3
  6. Document engineering and professional practice skills acquired in the workplace
    Bloom’s Level 4
  7. Implement solutions to the satisfaction of the academic and industrial supervisor;
    Bloom’s Level 6
  8. Reflect on the work experience to a point where they can adequately critique and defend aspects of their work experience
    Bloom’s Level 5

Student assessment

Assessment Type When assessed Weighting (% of total unit marks) Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 

Type: Project report based on 240 hours of industrial work experience (6 weeks full-time equivalent).
All items on the assessment checklist are to be submitted, including: a logbook to document work hours and tasks, a completed supervisor review, and a report; demonstrating what was learned in the engineering workplace and reflecting upon preparedness for professional practice as an engineer.
The assessment checklist and templates for the logbook, the supervisor review, and the industrial experience report are provided as required readings.
Guide for students and employers are also provided, as is an EIT industrial experience request cover letter, to assist in obtaining a placement with a company.
Students will complete a detailed project report detailing their experiences in the engineering workplace and reflecting upon their preparedness for future practice as a professional engineer.
The report will include:
- An executive summary
- A table of contents
- An introduction
- Details of activities performed
- Critical assessment and reflection
- A conclusion
- Acknowledgements and references
- Appendices; which include the assessment checklist, the logbook, all supervisor reviews, any certificates of completion received from their employer, supporting evidence for activities undertaken, and work samples

Assessed upon submission of all items, prior to the following academic semester 100% 1 to 8

Prescribed and Recommended Readings

Required Reading

• BSC110-210C_Industrial_Experience_Assessment_Checklist
• BSC110-210C_Industrial_Experience_Student_Guide
• BSC110-210C_Industrial_Experience_Employer's_Guide
• BSC110-210C_Industrial_Experience_Supervisor_Review
• BSC110-210C_Assessment_Industrial_Experience_Report
• BSC110-210C_Industrial_Experience_MOU_for_Employers
• BSC110-210C_Industrial_Experience_Logbook_V1.0

Reference Materials

• BSC110-210C_Industrial_Experience_Request_Cover_Letter
• EIT IEEE Referencing and Style Guide