Engineering Institute of Technology

 

Unit Name

INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE

Unit Code

BSC110C

 

Unit Duration

1 Term (2 Terms for 24 week delivery*)

Award

Bachelor of Science (Engineering)

 

Duration 3 years

Year Level

One

Unit Coordinator

 

Core/Elective

Core

Pre/Co-requisites

BSC109C

Credit Points

Nil

Mode of Delivery

Students will receive guidance and support from an appointed mentor or their program coordinator.

Delivery/ Contact Hours per week

(120 hours total work experience under professional supervision)

 

  • This unit may be delivered over 24 weeks (2 Terms) because the nature of the content is deemed suitable (from a pedagogical perspective) for a longer duration than the standard 12 week (1 Term). In addition, these 24-week duration Units require half the student workload hours, 5 hours per week, which allows the total load to be kept at 15 hours per week when combined with a typical 10 hours per week, 12-week Unit. EIT has extensive data to demonstrate that if the load is higher than 15 hours per week the attrition rate for part time students dramatically increases.

    Unit Description and General Aims

     

    The primary objective of the work experience requirement is to provide the students with the opportunity to learn about real situations in engineering practice from their personal experience in participation and observation in an engineering workplace, and to enhance their understanding of how organizations function. This unit enables the students to put into practice the first year theory and concepts learned in the classroom and to develop professional competencies in their discipline. This will help to ensure that perceptions gained during studies develop alongside the realities of practice. Students will be encouraged to engage in a problem of current interest in their field and work on it over an extended period of time, thereby promoting independent learning and creativity. This experience will enhance a student's ability to perform practical and project work, to be innovative, to solve problems and identify solutions, so as to develop engineering judgement. This work experience is preferably performed under the guidance of a knowledgeable and experienced mentor.

     

    Being his or her first exposure to an engineering environment, the student must make all efforts to understand the functioning of the organisation as a whole. In addition to knowing the company structure and activities, the student will be exposed to the organization policy and culture, interact with regular employees and other engineering disciplines, obtain an insight into project progress from the planning phase to completion, and get familiarised with organisational communication procedures such as documents, drawings etc.

     

    Some information required may have been gained as the student studied for of BSC109C.

     

    This work experience unit enables students to document practical engineering and professional practice skills they acquire within the workplace. Work experience may be achieved in numerous ways ranging from roles as junior members of teams, to tasks that form part of discrete engineering projects. Exposure to work experience in both generic areas such as human relations, safety and environmental activities; and specific areas of engineering practice such as planning and design, will provide the student with valuable preparation for a fulfilling career as an engineer.

     

    This unit does not award any credit points toward the completion of the degree, but is an essential requirement that needs to be completed satisfactorily. 120 hours of engineering work experience (3 weeks equivalent) is mandatory to pass this unit. Upon completion of the work experience, students are required to submit a certificate for industrial experience signed by the employer for the tasks undertaken during the period, along with a detailed account of the experience reflecting on what they have learned in the engineering workplace, and their preparedness for professional practice as an engineer.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

     

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of how industrial organisations function, in terms of their structure, hierarchy and operation

    2. Work independently and in groups to identify, propose, plan and design an appropriate solution to practical problems/projects

    3. Provide reasoned solutions to business problems and projects geared to real work situations

    4. Acquire sought-after transferable skills by working on real-world engineering problems and gain access to the latest technologies

    5. Develop professional competencies in their chosen discipline

    6. Document engineering and professional practice skills acquired in the workplace

    7. Implement solutions to the satisfaction of the academic and industrial supervisor;

    8. Reflect on the work experience to a point where they can adequately critique and defend aspects of their work experience

      Professional Development

      Completing this unit may add to students professional development/competencies by:

      1. Fostering personal and professional skills and attributes in order to:

        1. Conduct work in a professionally diligent, accountable and ethical manner.

        2. Effectively use oral and written communication in personal and professional domains.

        3. Foster applicable creative thinking, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

        4. Develop initiative and engagement in lifelong learning and professional development.

        5. Enhance collaboration outcomes and performance in dynamic team roles.

        6. Effectively plan, organise, self-manage and manage others.

        7. Professionally utilise and manage information.

        8. Enhance technologist literacy and apply contextualised technologist skills.

      2. Enhance investigatory and research capabilities in order to:

        1. Develop an understanding of systematic, fundamental scientific, mathematic principles, numerical analysis techniques and statistics applicable to technologists.

        2. Access, evaluate and analyse information on technologist processes, procedures, investigations and the discernment of technologist knowledge development.

        3. Foster an in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge, computer science, engineering design practice and contextual factors applicable to technologists.

        4. Solve basic and open-ended engineering technologist problems.

        5. Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds associated with sustainable engineering practice.

      3. Develop engineering application abilities in order to:

        1. Apply established engineering methods to broadly-defined technologist problem solving.

        2. Apply engineering technologist techniques, tool and resources.

        3. Apply systematic technologist synthesis and design processes.

        4. Systematically conduct and manage technologist projects, work assignments, testing and experimentation.

Engineers Australia

The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.

 

Stage 1 Competencies and Elements of Competency

1.

Knowledge and Skill Base

1.1

Systematic, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the technology domain.

1.2

Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the technology domain.

1.3

In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the technology domain.

1.4

Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain.

1.5

Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain.

1.6

Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the technology domain.

2.

Engineering Application Ability

2.1

Application of established engineering methods to broadly-defined problem solving within the technology domain.

2.2

Application of engineering techniques, tools and resources within the technology domain.

2.3

Application of systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain.

2.4

Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain.

3.

Professional and Personal Attributes

3.1

Ethical conduct and professional accountability.

3.2

Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.3

Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.4

Professional use and management of information.

3.5

Orderly management of self and professional conduct.

3.6

Effective team membership and team leadership.

Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this Unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes aligned to the AQF Level 7 criteria, Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists and the Sydney Accord:

 

Graduate Attributes

(Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Professional and Personal Development)

EA Stage 1 Competencies

Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge of Science and Engineering Fundamentals

A1. Breadth of knowledge of engineering and systematic, theory-based understanding of underlying principles, and depth of knowledge across one or more engineering sub- disciplines

 

1.1, 1.3

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

A2. Knowledge of mathematical, statistical and computer sciences appropriate for engineering technology

 

1.2

 

2, 4

A3. Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain

1.4

2, 4, 5

A4. Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain

 

1.5

 

1, 4

B. Problem Solving, Critical Analysis and Judgement

B1. Ability to research, synthesise, evaluate and innovatively apply theoretical concepts, knowledge and approaches across diverse engineering technology contexts to effectively solve engineering problems

 

1.4, 2.1, 2.3

 

2, 3, 4

B2. Technical and project management skills to design complex systems and solutions in line with developments in engineering technology professional practice

 

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2

 

4

C. Effective Communication

C1. Cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and organise information and ideas and to communicate those ideas clearly and fluently, in both written and spoken forms appropriate to the audience

 

3.2

 

2, 3, 4, 8

C2. Ability to engage effectively and appropriately across a diverse range of cultures

3.2

2

D. Design and Project Management

D1. Apply systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain

2.1, 2.2, 2.3

 

D2. Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain

 

2.4

 

2, 3, 7

E. Accountability, Professional and Ethical Conduct

E1. Innovation in applying engineering technology, having regard to ethics and impacts including economic; social; environmental and sustainability

 

1.6, 3.1, 3.4

 

8

E2. Professional conduct, understanding and accountability in professional practice across diverse circumstances including team work, leadership and independent work

 

3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

 

2, 3, 4, 7, 8

Unit Competency and Learning Outcome Map

This table details the mapping of the unit graduate attributes to the unit learning outcomes and the Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Engineering Technologist.

 

 

 

Graduate Attributes

A1

A2

A3

A4

B1

B2

C1

C2

D1

D2

E1

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Student assessment

 

Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting (% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

 

Assessment

Type: Project report based on 120 hours (3 weeks full time) mandatory work experience; a report/journal template will be provided

Example Topic: Students will complete a detailed project report identifying solutions to practical industry related problems. It must further include a detailed summary and evidence of the actual tasks carried out. The report should document their experiences, reflections in the engineering workplace and their preparedness for future practice as a professional engineer or a letter of recommendation from their employer or supervisor in engineering.

Specific Tasks: As a part of this assessment, students will need to complete specific tasks and checklists listed in the ‘Student Report Template’ document. In this template, first of all, students will need to complete a ‘Log of Industrial Experience Hours’ in the tabular template provided. Other report headings such as Executive Summary, Table of Contents, Introduction, Industrial Experience, Critical assessment of Industrial Experience, Conclusions, Acknowledgements and References must be included. Students must attach the Certificate(s) received from their employer during their ‘Industrial Experience’ as well as other supporting evidences for activities undertaken. Lastly, the students will need to follow ‘Industrial experience report submission checklist’ to make sure all the required sections of their report have been included in the report before submission.

 

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