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Unit Overview


Students will learn practical skills from a variety of application areas in engineering. General and discipline specific safety inductions are also part of this unit.

The unit comprises 9 half-day modules. Some modules are core, and some are electives. Students can select from a list of modules to tailor development of their practical skills.

Students must complete any pre-module requirements before attending each session. You will not be permitted to participate in modules if you have not done the preparation work.

Assessment is based on completion of preparation tasks and active participation in the modules. Engineering students must successfully complete this unit within their first two years of study.

IMPORTANT: If you have a disability or injury that may impact on your ability to operate machinery, use hand tools, or complete other physical hands-on practical activities safely and/or you do not have a laptop to bring to class, then you must notify the unit coordinator at least two (2) weeks before the unit commences so alternative arrangements can be made. If you do not, then you will not be permitted to join the class.

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Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 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 the importance of safety in practical engineering work; (2) use a range of hand and powered tools safely; (3) select appropriate tools for specific engineering tasks; and (4) employ specific practical skills related to their chosen engineering discipline.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: preparation and participation in individual and group work. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Adrian Keating
Unit rules
Enrolment in Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree and
GENG1000 Engineering Practice 1
or ENSC1003 Introduction to Professional Engineering
Approved quota: 65—students will be able to enrol in an availability of their choice, until the quota is met for each availability.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Workshop Materials (estimated cost - $50).
Contact hours
31.5 hours
The unit will run 12 February to 23 February 2024 from 9am -5pm each week day.
The unit will run 8 July to 19 July from 9am -5pm each week day.
  • 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.