Last Updated S012020


Unit Code MXX510
Unit Duration 240 hours total (asynchronous) 

Master of Engineering (all sub-disciplines)

Duration: 2 years

Year Level 1st
Unit Creator / Reviewer N/A
Core/Elective: Core
Pre/Co-requisites Nil
Credit Points


Mode of Delivery Students will arrange and undertake industrial experience, asynchronously, in their own time.
Unit Workload (240 hours total work experience under professional supervision)

Unit Description and General Aims

The primary objective of this work experience unit is to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their professional engineering skills in a supervised work environment. Students will engage with, and reflect upon, real situations in engineering practice from their personal experiences whilst working in an engineering job role, either employed, under contract or under an internship or equivalent. The professional practice skills demonstrated in this unit are assessed to the standard of a professional engineering and the level of contribution is expected to go beyond that of a Bachelor’s degree student.


Students will experience, engage with, contribute towards, make judgements on and reflect upon professional engineering projects, innovation, work roles, organisational structures, management, organisational culture, procedures and processes.


This unit does not award any credit points toward the completion of the degree, but is an essential requirement that needs to be completed satisfactorily prior to graduation. 240 hours of engineering work experience (6 weeks equivalent) is mandatory to pass this unit. Upon completion of the work experience, students are required to submit a certificate for industrial experience signed by the employer for the tasks undertaken during the period, along with a detailed account of the experience reflecting on what they have learned in the engineering workplace, and their preparedness for professional practice as an engineer.

Learning Outcomes

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


1. Formulate insight on how engineering organisations function

   Bloom’s Level 6

2. Work independently and in groups to identify, propose, plan and design an appropriate solution to practical problems/projects to a professional standard

   Bloom’s Level 6

3. Provide evidence-based solutions to business problems and projects geared to real work situations

   Bloom’s Level 6

4. Utilize sought-after transferable professional skills by working on real-world engineering problems and gain access to the latest technologies

   Bloom’s Level 6

5. Evaluate professional competencies in their chosen discipline

   Bloom’s Level 5

6. Assess engineering and professional practice skills acquired in the workplace

   Bloom’s Level 5

7. Implement solutions to the satisfaction of the academic and industrial supervisor;

   Bloom’s Level 6

8. Reflect upon, critique and make recommendations regarding the work experience

   Bloom’s Level 5


Student assessment

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


Type: Project report based on 240 hours of professional 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

  • MXX510_Professional_Experience_Assessment_Checklist
  • MXX510_Professional_Experience_Student_Guide
  • MXX510_Professional_Experience_Employer's_Guide
  • MXX510_Professional_Experience_Supervisor_Review
  • MXX510_Professional_Experience_Report
  • MXX510_Professional_Experience_MOU_for_Employers
  • MXX510_professional_Experience_Logbook_V1.0

Reference Materials

  • MXX510_Professional_Experience_Request_Cover_Letter
  • EIT IEEE Referencing and Style Guide

















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