ENSC1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Engineering Science; Automation and Robotics major sequences
  • Level 1 elective
Content
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 for engineering studies and practice.

In the unit, students work on one individual engineering project and 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.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) explain engineering project contexts, methods and outputs.; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the capabilities needed to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams on an engineering project.; (3) describe a range of engineering roles, their value and capabilities important for those roles.; (4) analyse a range of engineering technical reports, presentations, visual representations and online resources.; (5) explain the environmental, social and economic context in which engineering is practiced, and how these contribute to sustainability.; and (6) apply engineering methods such as a systems approach, critical thinking, design and systematic processes to evaluate options and aid decision making..
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual report; (2) participation and reflection; and (3) project 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 Britta Bienen (Semester 1) and Associate Professor Sally Male (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Incompatibility:
ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering and ENSC2011 Global Challenges in Engineering
Contact hours
Lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops: 3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.