Engineering Institute of Technology

 

Unit Name

INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT

Unit Code

BSC109C

 

Unit Duration

Term

Award

Bachelor of Science (Engineering)

 

Duration 3 years

Year Level

One

Unit Creator/Reviewer

 

Core/Elective

Core

Pre/Co-requisites

-

Credit Points

3

 

Total Program Credit Points 81 (27 x 3)

Mode of Delivery

Online or on-campus.

Unit Workload

(Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week)

Pre-recordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours Tutorial – 1.5 hours

Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours

Personal Study recommended - 5 hours

The primary objective of this unit is to develop the student’s professional and personal attributes whilst enhancing their exposure to engineering practice so that they may effectively function, in their professional capacity, as engineering technologists during their industrial experience units and after graduation in their careers. The coursework in this unit is designed to foster the students’ abilities in effective oral and written communication, creativity, proactivity, innovation, information management and use, self and project management, professional conduct, effective team membership and team leadership. This unit is aligned to the AQF Level 7 criteria, Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists and the Sydney Accord.

 

Students will be required to prepare for, investigate, report and reflect on instances of professional practice within the technical engineering workplace; exploring equipment functionality, instrumentation, machinery, technological processes, professional responsibilities, accountability and engineering workplace challenges as related to their discipline; while familiarising themselves with the intricacies and requirements of the industrial professional environment.

 

The students may achieve this objective through a combination of individual and group- based research, industry and laboratory visits and using log books to record and reflect upon their experiences. During the course of the research, students will expand their knowledge about the engineer’s scope of work and their role in society. Several engineering topics related to their discipline are introduced via small group discussions and debates, concept questions, and through brainstorming sessions and case study examples.

 

This unit further aims to develop in the students an engineering approach and ethos, an appreciation of engineering ethics, and to improve awareness of the issues associated with professional practice. Students must research and analyse the requirements for working effectively in an office, laboratory or site-based environment, where they will learn to appreciate a range of industry issues that relate to the engineering practice. Students are expected to submit a detailed report towards the end of the unit to summarize the actual tasks performed during the industrial experience research, and address the extent to which the unit objectives were met.

 

Learning Outcomes

 

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

 

  1. Investigate, report and reflect on instances of professional practice in the workplace

  2. Explore the nature of professional responsibilities and challenges faced by engineers in an industrial environment

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the working of the various equipment and machinery related to their discipline, along with the technologies and processes involved

  4. Appreciate a range of industry issues relating to the engineering practice

  5. Gain access to, and interact with industry experts and practicing professionals

  6. Develop good communication and interpersonal skills

  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the coordination and management of engineering works

  8. Apply knowledge from a range of Engineering and Business sub-disciplines to further personal and professional development

    Professional Development

    Completing this unit may add to students professional development/competencies by:

    1. Fostering personal and professional skills and attributes in order to:

      1. Conduct work in a professionally diligent, accountable and ethical manner.

      2. Effectively use oral and written communication in personal and professional domains.

      3. Foster applicable creative thinking, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

      4. Develop initiative and engagement in lifelong learning and professional development.

      5. Enhance collaboration outcomes and performance in dynamic team roles.

      6. Effectively plan, organise, self-manage and manage others.

      7. Professionally utilise and manage information.

      8. Enhance technologist literacy and apply contextualised technologist skills.

    2. Enhance investigatory and research capabilities in order to:

      1. Develop an understanding of systematic, fundamental scientific, mathematic principles, numerical analysis techniques and statistics applicable to technologists.

      2. Access, evaluate and analyse information on technologist processes, procedures, investigations and the discernment of technologist knowledge development.

      3. Foster an in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge, computer science, engineering design practice and contextual factors applicable to technologists.

      4. Solve basic and open-ended engineering technologist problems.

      5. Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds associated with sustainable engineering practice.

    3. Develop engineering application abilities in order to:

      1. Apply established engineering methods to broadly-defined technologist problem solving.

      2. Apply engineering technologist techniques, tool and resources.

      3. Apply systematic technologist synthesis and design processes.

      4. Systematically conduct and manage technologist projects, work assignments, testing and experimentation.

Engineers Australia

The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.

 

Stage 1 Competencies and Elements of Competency

1.

Knowledge and Skill Base

1.1

Systematic, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the technology domain.

1.2

Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the technology domain.

1.3

In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the technology domain.

1.4

Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain.

1.5

Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain.

1.6

Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the technology domain.

2.

Engineering Application Ability

2.1

Application of established engineering methods to broadly-defined problem solving within the technology domain.

2.2

Application of engineering techniques, tools and resources within the technology domain.

2.3

Application of systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain.

2.4

Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain.

3.

Professional and Personal Attributes

3.1

Ethical conduct and professional accountability.

3.2

Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.3

Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.4

Professional use and management of information.

3.5

Orderly management of self and professional conduct.

3.6

Effective team membership and team leadership.

Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this Unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes aligned to the AQF Level 7 criteria, Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists and the Sydney Accord:

 

Graduate Attributes

(Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Professional and Personal Development)

EA Stage 1 Competencies

Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge of Science and Engineering Fundamentals

A1. Breadth of knowledge of engineering and systematic, theory-based understanding of underlying principles, and depth of knowledge across one or more engineering sub- disciplines

 

1.1, 1.3

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

A2. Knowledge of mathematical, statistical and computer sciences appropriate for engineering technology

 

1.2

 

3, 8

A3. Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain

1.4

3, 4, 5

A4. Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain

 

1.5

 

2, 4, 7

B. Problem Solving, Critical Analysis and Judgement

B1. Ability to research, synthesise, evaluate and innovatively apply theoretical concepts, knowledge and approaches across diverse engineering technology contexts to effectively solve engineering problems

 

1.4, 2.1, 2.3

 

1, 2, 4, 8

B2. Technical and project management skills to design complex systems and solutions in line with developments in engineering technology professional practice

 

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2

 

3, 7

C. Effective Communication

C1. Cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and organise information and ideas and to communicate those ideas clearly and fluently, in both written and spoken forms appropriate to the audience

 

3.2

 

1, 6

C2. Ability to engage effectively and appropriately across a diverse range of cultures

3.2

4, 5, 6

D. Design and Project Management

D1. Apply systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain

2.1, 2.2, 2.3

3, 8

D2. Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain

 

2.4

 

7

E. Accountability, Professional and Ethical Conduct

E1. Innovation in applying engineering technology, having regard to ethics and impacts including economic; social; environmental and sustainability

 

1.6, 3.1, 3.4

 

4, 7, 8

E2. Professional conduct, understanding and accountability in professional practice across diverse circumstances including team work, leadership and independent work

 

3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

 

1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8

Unit Competency and Learning Outcome Map

This table details the mapping of the unit graduate attributes to the unit learning outcomes and the Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Engineering Technologist.

 

 

 

Graduate Attributes

A1

A2

A3

A4

B1

B2

C1

C2

D1

D2

E1

E2

 

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologist

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Unit Learning Outcomes

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LO2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LO3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LO4

 

 

 

 

 

 

LO5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LO6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LO7

 

 

 

 

 

 

LO8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student assessment

 

Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting (% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

 

Assessment 1

Type: Site visit proposal, research and report Word length: 500

Students are expected to select a company, or site to visit, and submit their proposed questions and attention areas. The contents of the report will include a summary of their proposed research methodologies (for example: interviews, site visits, benchmarking of job descriptions, opportunities for ongoing professional development and professional practice in the workplace).

 

Week 4

 

15%

 

1, 2, 5

 

Assessment 2

Type: Group work / Short answer questions / Role Play / Self-Assessment / Presentation

Example Topics: Objective analysis, learning and communication skills, self-management; including a plan on career development including where you fit now whilst studying, in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years.

 

Week 6

 

20%

 

1, 2, 6

 

Assessment 3

Type: Group work / Short answer questions / Case study / Project

Example Topics: Project management, leadership, team dynamics, using Gantt software; time map the plan derived in assessment 2.

 

Week 9

 

20%

 

4, 6, 7

 

Assessment 4

Type: Project report and presentation Word length: 2,000

Students are expected to submit their findings in the form of a detailed report, and to address the extent to which the unit objectives were met. The contents of the report will include investigations about instances of professional practice at the workplace, the technologies and processes involved and the challenges faced by engineers in discharging their professional responsibilities. Students should also design their own journal format to ensure that their future industrial experience is effectively reported and provide examples of the proposed journal entries to be used. The report will also include answers to proposed questions that will be answered in the context of the student’s industrial work experience or site visits.

 

Final Week

 

40%

 

1 to 8

 

Attendance / Tutorial Participation

Example: Presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, self-assessment/reflection, case study analysis,

 

Continuous

 

5%

 

1 to 8

Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting (% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

application.

 

 

 

 

Prescribed and recommended readings

 

Suggested Textbook(s)

 

Unit Content

One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of part-time 24-week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks.

 

Topic 1

Objective Analysis Skills

  1. Judgements and facts

  2. Critical thinking

  3. Logic and rationality

  4. Inductive and deductive thinking

  5. The scientific method

  6. Cognitive biases

  7. Logical fallacies

  8. Industrial experience project report assessment briefing

 

Topic 2

Introduction to Industrial Experience Research

  1. Visualizing a work environment

  2. Preparation for industry

  3. Researching the industrial workplace – Basics

  4. Responsibilities of a professional engineer in the workplace

  5. Basic technologies and processes

  6. Investigation of workplace practices

  7. Industrial relations

 

Topic 3

Learning Skills

  1. Self-reflection technique

  2. Ongoing personal and professional development

  3. Demonstrating and measuring learning outcomes

  4. Key performance indicators

  5. Bloom’s taxonomy

  6. Memorization techniques and cognitive association

 

Topic 4

Introduction to Communication Skills

  1. Introduction to Communication

  2. Communicating Information

  3. Communication Models

  4. Written and Oral Communication

  5. Non-Verbal Communication

  6. Active Listening

 

Topic 5

Introduction to Managing Communication

  1. Emotional Quotient

  2. Cultural and Personal Factors

  3. Conflict Resolution

  4. Persuasive Language

  5. Communicating Ideas and Psychology

  6. Professional Communication and Terminology

 

Topic 6

Introduction to Self-Management and Professionalism

  1. Personal Information Management Skills

  2. Problem Solving Tools (including heuristic, algorithmic)

  3. Idea Generation and Systems Thinking

  4. Evaluating Solutions

  5. Ethics

  6. Engineers Code of Ethics per Engineers Australia

 

Topic 7

Introduction to International Leadership and Team Dynamics

  1. The Role of Leadership

  2. Management Models

  3. Team Dynamics and organisational structure

  4. Cultural Dynamics in Teams

  5. Team Management Strategies

  6. People, Conflict and HR Management

  7. Legal Issues in HR

  8. Organisational Structures and Behaviour

 

Topic 8

Introduction to Project Management and Engineering Management – Processes and Activities

  1. The Professional/Chartered Engineer & Continuing Professional Development

  2. The Definition and History of Engineering Management

  3. Engineering Management as Utilised in Different Industries

  4. Design input and Basis of Design

  5. Value Improvement Practice

  6. Engineering Performance Indicators

  7. Standards in Engineering Management

 

Topic 9

Introduction to Project Management and Engineering Management – Managing Projects

  1. Introduction to Project Management

  2. Systems Engineering and Development Life Cycle

  3. Project Integration management

  4. Scope management, Specification and Work Breakdown Structure

 

Topic 10

Communication and Reporting

  1. Communication and interpersonal skills in reports and presentations

  2. Documentation basics – reports, records, documents, drawings, log books

  3. Report writing tips

  4. Benchmarking

  5. Referencing

 

Topic 11

Introduction to Engineering Finance and Contracts

  1. Financial reporting

  2. Purchase Orders (POs)

  3. Work orders

  4. Commissioning

  5. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

  6. Contracts and contract law basics

 

Topic 12

Presenting, Debating and Brainstorming

  1. Making an effective presentation

  2. Discussion and debate techniques

  3. Brainstorming sessions

  4. Class presentations in tutorials

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