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Engineering Practice and Communication (ENGR90021)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeENGR90021
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


This subject introduces the nature of engineering work, at the heart of which is communication and problem solving using set criteria.


Specific topics include:

  • Skills required for engineering practice
  • The engineering recruitment process
  • Engineering problem identification, formulation and solving
  • Teamwork
  • Meetings and group dynamics
  • Oral and written communication
  • Use of library services and information services
  • Sharing information and knowledge management
  • Ethics and academic honesty
  • Stakeholder and client engagement.

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: 16 June 2018