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Engineering Practice and Communication (ENGR90021)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeENGR90021
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces students to the nature of engineering work and the engineering profession. The one activity that professional engineers spend the majority of their work time undertaking is communication, whether in the verbal or written form. One of the aims of this subject is to develop the critical skills of effective oral and written communications allowing them to learn how to effectively engage with stakeholders and clients. Students will also learn about how engineers identify problems then formulate solutions. Engineers need to be able to assimilate information from a range of sources. In this subject, students will learn effective use of library and information resources, how to share information and to manage knowledge. As engineers rarely work in isolation, students will develop their teamwork skills and will learn about meeting and group dynamics. Other professional topics covered include ethics and academic honesty, and the engineering recruitment process.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Describe the role of engineers in an engineering organisation
  2. Work effectively in a small team, including evaluating peer and team performance
  3. Identify and define a challenge in engineering
  4. Research solutions to an engineering problem
  5. Evaluate solutions against agreed criteria
  6. Present information orally and in writing.

Generic skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Understanding of social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development
  • Ability to manage information and documentation
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

Last updated: 11 April 2019