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CIVL4008: Practical Experience (2010 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL4008: Practical Experience (0 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Reid, Stuart
Session options: Semester 1
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Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: [30 credits of 3rd year units of study].
Brief Handbook Description: This is a fourth year core unit of study for the degree in Civil Engineering and Project Engineering and Management (Civil).

The objectives of this unit are to expose students to Engineering Practice and provide working experience in the field of engineering. At the end of this unit, students will gain first hand experience of working in an Engineering environment, will see how engineering companies are organised and will be exposed to problem solving in a commercial environment. The syllabus requires each student to work as an employee of an approved engineering organisation and to submit a satisfactory written report of his or her work. Normally 12 weeks of practical work experience (420 hours minimum) is required and this is generally undertaken after the completion of the prescribed third year core courses and before enrolment in the final year of study. The University Careers and Appointments Service is available to assist students to obtain suitable employment.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Timetable: CIVL4008 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Practical Experience 35.00 12

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Developing initiative in sourcing ideas, data and knowledge. In analysing and reporting on their professional environment, students will need to make appropriate inquiries. Information Skills (Level 4)
Producing a written report that is clear, concise, complete and well organised. Professional Communication (Level 3)
Developing an engineering approach and ethos, gaining an appreciation of engineering ethics through exposure to professional engineering practice. Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 3)
1. Ability to relate knowledge developed during previous study to a professional engineering environment.
2. Ability to observe, analyse and document the technical and organisational aspects of an entry-level engineering position.
3. Ability to reflect on the development of personal skills and approach in civil engineering.
4. Understanding of the role of civil engineers in society.
5. Appreciation of engineering ethiccs.
Assessment Methods: Note that assessment weightings below indicate relative proportions of required time and effort only, not the value of marks received. Grading in this unit is criterion-based which means that all assessment criteria must be met in order to pass the unit. All assessment items must be successfully completed.
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Report No 100.00 Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: Report: A Practical Experience Report must be submitted after completion of the required practical work experience. A Draft Practical Experience Report should be submitted by the end of Week 5 of Semester 1, and a final version of the Practical Experience Report should be submitted by the end of Week 10 of Semester 1. Length shall be at least 4,000 words, plus Figures (diagrams, photos, plans, etc.) and Appendices.
Grade Type Description
Criteria Based Assessment This unit as a whole is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. Final grades are awarded at levels of SR for Satisfied Requirements or FA for Fail (replacing previous grades of R and F) as defined by Academic Board Resolutions: Assessment and Examination of Coursework. Details of Academic Board Resolutions are available on the University`s Policy website at . Criteria for grades on individual assessment tasks and on the requirements for successful completion of this unit will be supplied by the coordinator at start of semester.
Policies & Procedures: The faculty attempts to maintain consistency and quality in its T&L operations by adhering to Academic Board policy. These policies can be found on the Central Policy Online site. A brief summary of the relevant T&L policies that should be referred to while filling in these forms can be found at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies Policy Page.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 10 Assessment Due: Report

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Civil (till 2014) 2010
Civil Engineering / Commerce 2010
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010
Civil Engineering / Law 2010
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2010

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Information Skills (Level 4) Yes 0%
Professional Communication (Level 3) Yes 0%
Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 3) Yes 100%
Teamwork and Project Management (Level 2) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.