ENSC1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
Engineers use technical and social skills to benefit society. This unit introduces professional engineering practice and develops foundations for learning and practising in engineering. The unit supports students to make the transition into first year and become student engineers who: understand how they could contribute to society using engineering skills, and how to prepare for this, and have foundation skills engineering studies and practice.

In the unit, students work on one individual engineering project and two team projects, selected to provide opportunities to develop the unit's learning outcomes. Typically one project is offered by Engineers Without Borders.

After completing the unit, engineering students should understand the relevance of their studies to their future careers. They should also have established important skills and expectations for learning and practice in engineering at university and lifelong, especially professional engineering communication skills, inclusive teamwork, self-directed learning, and engineering processes to address open problems, all while adhering to values that earn the confidence of the community.
Students are able to (1) describe a range of engineering roles, their value, and capabilities important for those roles; (2) take responsibility for lifelong learning for a career using engineering skills; (3) communicate accurately in an engineering context by creating and critically accessing professional interactions, technical reports, presentations, visual representations, and online resources; (4) work inclusively in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams on an engineering project, as team leader and team player; (5) systematically address sustainability criteria throughout the life-cycle of a small engineering project; (6) recognise the environmental, social and economic context in which engineering is practised; and critique, analyse the risk, and synthesise data related to environmental, legal, ethical, health and safety impacts of engineering; (7) apply an engineering design process, and define and solve open problems using a systems approach, modelling, creativity, and systematic processes to make professional judgements; and (8) plan and manage the schedule for a small engineering project.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual report; (2) project 1 team report and presentation (including peer assessment); and (3) project 2 team report and presentation (including peer assessment). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Sally Male (Semester 1) and Professor Carolyn Oldham (Semester 2)
Unit rules
ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering
ENSC2011 Global Challenges in Engineering
Contact hours
Lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.