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GENG5010 Professional Engineering Portfolio

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(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
The Professional Engineering Portfolio is a capstone unit that requires students to demonstrate the successful completion of at least 450 hours (12 weeks) of suitable professional practicum experience and 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 Master of Professional Engineering (MPE).

Full details of the requirements of the professional practicum are available on the Faculty's website. Hours towards the practicum can be accrued at any time, including during a student's undergraduate studies. A Certificate of Work Performed must be completed by the practicum supervisor or employer for each placement.

Assessment for this unit comprises a log of practicum hours, the Certificate(s) of Work Performed, and a portfolio. Guidelines and an electronic template for the portfolio are provided on LMS. These are made available to all students studying engineering at UWA (MPE students and students enrolled in the Engineering Science major) so that students can commence work on their portfolio before their last semester of study in the MPE.

There is no formal coursework associated with the unit. Students are awarded either an Ungraded Pass (UP) or Ungraded Fail (UF). An unsatisfactory portfolio must be resubmitted until a grade of UP is awarded.
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.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Melissa Marinelli
Unit rules
completion of at least 60 points towards the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE)
GENG5000 Professional Practicum Report
Contact hours
450 hours (12 weeks)
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  • 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.