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Unit Overview

This unit comprises (1) a minimum of 16 weeks' practical experience in a computer science and engineering-related workplace that is relevant to the student's degree; and (2) a written report of between 1500 and 2000 words. For further information about the structure of the report and other documents required for submission and completion by the employer, refer to the professional practicum webpage. Students with suitable previous employment may be granted advanced standing for the practicum. Students are responsible for finding their own employment to fulfil the professional practicum requirements; however sources of assistance are listed on the Faculty website.
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This practicum provides students with the ability to contact and liaise with employers to organise work experience; develop an understanding of future roles as a professional engineer; reflect on work experience and articulate professional benefits; constructively criticise workplace practices; communicate these ideas concisely and articulate them in the report; and perform satisfactorily as assessed by an employer in a discipline-related work environment.


The written report must demonstrate clear logical construction of sentences and paragraphs; concise and precise presentation of detail; correct spelling and grammar; considered objective separation of fact and opinion; and professional presentation (well-spaced headings, paragraphs and visuals). Reports are awarded either an Ungraded Pass (UP) or Ungraded Fail (UF). Unsatisfactory reports must be resubmitted until a grade of UP is awarded. Work experience that is deemed to be unsuitable for the student's discipline results in a grade of UF.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Sally Male
Contact hours
equivalent to 40 hours per week for 16 weeks
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  • 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.