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Unit Overview


Engineers use their technical and social skills to benefit society. This unit introduces professional engineering practice and develops foundations for the learning and practise of engineering. The unit supports students to make the transition into first year and become student engineers who have the foundation skills for engineering studies and practice, and understand how they can use these skills to contribute to society.

In the unit, students work on a semester-long engineering design project and smaller design challenges, selected to facilitate achievement and demonstration of the learning outcomes.

After completing the unit, engineering students should understand the historical, current, and future importance of engineering in society, and which specific skills each engineering discipline has to offer. They should also have established important skills and expectations for learning and practice in engineering at university and professionally, particularly around communication skills, use of technical and non-technical information, inclusive teamwork, self-directed learning, and employing engineering design processes to address open-ended problems, all while adhering to values that earn the confidence of the community.

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 Automation and Robotics Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Environmental Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Mining Engineering; Software Engineering major sequences

Students are able to (1) explain how engineering methods and approaches are used to inform decision making in a

human-centered design process; (2) demonstrate a systematic method to design, including technical and non-technical considerations, in response to specific project requirements; (3) assess the sustainability of engineering projects throughout the project life cycle, including

consideration of uncertainty, safety and risk; (4) explain engineering problems and designs using oral, written and visual forms of professional communication; (5) demonstrate attributes of an effective team member, including the use of basic interpersonal and

organisational skills; and (6) develop skills to retrieve and properly reference reliable information from a variety of sources.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual assignments; (2) team project and presentation (including peer assessment); and (3) individual portfolio (including written and video reflections). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
S1 - Dr Hongwei An & Dr Liah Coggins, S2 - Dr Clelia Marti
Unit rules
ENSC1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering
Contact hours
workshop sessions: 2 hours per week
practical sessions: 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.