CHEM ENG 1010 - Professional Practice I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course is an introduction for new students of chemical engineering and related programs to their new discipline and to their new learning environment. This introduction is made through a mix of lectures, group-based activities, site visits, and presentations from practising chemical engineers. Since a key attribute of successful professional engineers is the ability to communicate effectively, the course focuses on improving core engineering communication skills, while also accommodating students entering the course with different standards of communication skills. As part of a group you will attempt the Engineers Without Borders Challenge, which allows you to devise chemical engineering solutions to a problem faced by a specific developing community.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 1010
    Course Professional Practice I
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment individual and group assessments, design project, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Ashman

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 explain the nature of chemical engineering and the role of chemical engineers in society;
    2 demonstrate knowledge of key industries within the discipline of chemical engineering, of
    major companies within these industries and of important issues facing these industries and the discipline;
    3 understand and apply some key concepts in chemical engineering, including those of design, safety and sustainability;
    4 devise a simple solution to a specific engineering problem and apply appropriate optimisation criteria;
    5 critically evaluate and interpret information through research;
    6 write and speak in a style appropriate to academic and professional contexts;
    7 work proficiently and effectively in small teams; and
    8 understand the need for lifelong learning and for continuous professional development.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 5, 6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6, 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 8
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 8
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Book

    Dowling, D, Carew, A & Hadgraft, R 2010, Engineering your future: an Australasian guide, 1st Edition, John Wiley & Sons Australia.

    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    2 x 2 hour workshops per week

    6 x 1 hour Small Group Discovery sessions during the semester (see timetable)

    2 x 4 hour visits to industry sites replace the 2 hour workshop in 2 weeks of semester (see timetable)

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Contact hours
    Lectures - 8 hours
    Workshops/Small Group Discovery Experience - 18 hours
    Site visits/Industry Speakers - 10 hours

    Workload hours
    Group/Individual Project Work - 58 hours
    Exam & Exam Preparation - 12 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures will be delivered on various topics. The remainder of the workshop time is dedicated to group work under the guidance of lecturers, and visits to industry sites.

    Lectures and learning activities will focus on the following topics:

    1. The nature of chemical engineering and the role of chemical engineers in society;
    2. Key industries within the discipline of chemical engineering and important issues facing these industries and the discipline;
    3. Key concepts in chemical engineering, including those of design, safety and sustainability; 
    4. Applying an engineering method to devise a simple solution to a specific engineering problem;
    5. The context of the Engineers Without Borders Challenge;
    6. The role of a global engineer;
    7. Effective team work;
    8. Finding academic sourcies of information;
    9. Critically evaluating and interpreting information through research; and
    10. The appropriate style of writing and speaking in academic and professional contexts.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students will work in small groups on an Engineers Without Borders Challenge project under the supervision of a senior academic.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task 1 Group Charter 2 - 2%
    Assessment Task 2 Individual Communication Skill online tests - 8% 
    2.1 Sources of evidence
    2.2 Referencing Conventions
    2.3 Structure - paragraphs and research discussion paper
    2.4 Cohesion (achieving flow in your writing)
    2.5 Register (features of formal writing)
    Assessment Task 3 Engineering Method Group Assessment Tasks
    3.1 Group Report: Problem definition 7%
    3.2 Group Progress Report (Oral): performance criteria and alternative options 7%
    3.3 Group Interim Report: including preliminary evaluation of options against performance criteria 7%
    3.4 Group Project Report - Final 35%
    Assessment Task 4.1 Individual Research Paper 1 (draft) 12%
    Assessment Task 4.2 Individual Research Paper 2 (optional resubmit) 12%
    Assessment Task 5 Test on all topics - 10%

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are expected to attend all workshops and participate in all group meetings for the Engineers Without Borders Challenge project, and to attend industry site visits.

    Attendance at other workshops is optional. Lectures and presentations by guest speakers are recorded. All material presented in the course is examinable.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment criteria are provided on MyUni for all assessment tasks.

    The research discussion papers and tests will be assessed as individual tasks. Marks for group assessment tasks related to the Engineers Without Borders Challenge will take into account peer assessment for the work of all members in the group.

    Tests during semester will be online multiple-choice.
    The Class Test in Week 12 will be a combination of online multiple choice, short answer and essay-type questions.
    Submission details for each assessment task will be provided on MyUni. Late submissions will attract a late penalty of 10% per day.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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