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Unit Overview

The Professional Engineering Portfolio is a capstone unit that requires engineering students to demonstrate (i) the successful completion of at least 450 hours (12 weeks) of exposure to professional practice, including work experience relevant to their chosen engineering discipline; and (ii) their attainment of the 16 mandatory Elements of Competency outlined in the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer. Students are enrolled in this unit in their last semester of study in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Master of Professional Engineering. Full details of the requirements of the professional practicum Assessment for this unit comprises a log of practicum hours, Certificate(s) of Work Performed, and a portfolio of Career Episode Reports. Guidelines and an electronic template for the portfolio are provided on the LMS Organisation EMS-Student-Experience. These are made available to all students studying engineering at UWA There is no formal coursework associated with the unit. Students are awarded either an Ungraded Pass (UP) or Ungraded Fail (UF) for their portfolio. An unsatisfactory portfolio must be revised and resubmitted until a grade of UP is awarded.
0 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) arrange suitable practicum experience(s); (2) complete at least 450 hours of practicum experience; (3) record online their learning journey supported by evidence; (4) reflect on practicum and coursework experiences and articulate professional benefits; (5) demonstrate attainment of specialisation competencies and the 16 Elements of Competency outlined in the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineer; and (6) communicate concisely and effectively in English.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) log of practicum hours—the log should provide a summary record of the number of hours accrued during each practicum experience and include links to the respective Certificate of Work Performed; (2) Certificate(s) of Work Performed—a Certificate of Work Performed must be submitted for each practicum experience. The certificate allows the employer or supervisor to comment on the student's conduct and contribution during the practicum experience, and is used to determine satisfactory participation by the student; and (3) portfolio—the portfolio requires students to write a small number of critical reflective pieces. These must demonstrate how a student's practicum and coursework experiences have contributed to their attainment of the Engineers Australia Stage 1 competencies for professional engineers. 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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Dianne Hesterman
Unit rules
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and Successful completion of
144 Points

Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering
and Successful completion of
48 points of level 4/ level 5
GENG5000 Professional Practicum Report
Contact hours
450 hours (12 weeks)
  • 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.