This unit is designed to prepare engineering students for professional life. One component involves students in career planning, preparing a resume and portfolio, and undertaking a mock interview process. Another component focuses on the Codes of Ethics of Engineers Australia and similar bodies, professional conduct of engineers and their social, economic, legal and environmental responsibilities. Students are also oriented to the interface between engineering, business and labour: the nature of engineering and business organisations; their administrative, marketing and financial activities; issues around intellectual property rights; business start-up and sources of business finance; industrial hazards and safety; and union activities. The importance of lifelong learning, and community engagement, participation and contribution are also addressed.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of professional opportunities and recruitment practices in a range of employment documents and mock interview;  
  2. Critically review the role of a professional engineer, codes of ethics and standards of professional engineering bodies and speculate on their application in specific contexts;  
  3. Justify the importance of community participation and professional development by engineers and reflect on the nature of their potential contribution to lifelong learning;  
  4. Appraise workplace hazards and safety and make recommendations accordingly;  
  5. Assess the role of unions and collective bargaining in an organisation and predict areas of contest and possible resolution;  
  6. Investigate and analyse intellectual property matters affecting the engineering profession;  
  7. Compare business types, appraise regulatory requirements of starting a business and create a business plan with emphasis on securing funding.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Individual Employment Documents and Mock Interview (1000 words) 30%
Case Study Individual Report on Professional Conduct & Development, and Ethics (1000 words) 20%
Presentation Presentation on Inquiry into Workplace Safety, Intellectual Property, and/or Union Activities (Team of two; 15 minutes) 15%
Assignment Business Plan Report (Team of two; 2500 words) 35%

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