CHEM ENG 1010 - Professional Practice I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

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: Ms Elizabeth Yong

    This course is taught by Elizabeth Yong and Ken Davey, and a number of mentors for the Small Group Discovery Experience (SGDE).
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful 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.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    3, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3, 4, 5, 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    4, 5, 7
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    6, 7, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Book

    An extract from this reference book is available on MyUni and the book is available for loan in the Barr Smith Library:

    Dowling, D, Hadgraft, R, Carew, A, McCarthy, T, Hargreaves, D, & Baillie, C 2016, Engineering your future: an Australasian guide, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons Australia.

    An e text version is available for purchase from the publisher.

    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 Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Group Charter 2 Individual Summative Week 12 7.
    Communication Skills Practice and Graded 8 Group Formative & Summative Week 2 5. 6. 8.
    Problem Definition 7 Group Summative Week 4 1. 3. 4. 6. 7.
    Draft and Final Research Discussion Paper 24 Individual Formative & Summative Weeks 5 & 9 3. 5. 6.
    Performance Criteria Oral Presentation 7 Group Summative Week 6 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Interim & Final Reports 40 Group Summative Weeks 8 & 11 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    Presentation to Client (Video) Peer Assessed 2 Group Summative Week 10 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    In class test 10 Individual Summative Week 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 8.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. a. i   
    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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