CHEM ENG 2016 - Professional Practice II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

Excellent practical skills and the ability to communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences are amongst the most important attributes of professional engineers. In this course students will undertake a series of workshops and laboratory sessions to enhance and develop these important skills with an emphasis on the professional practice of chemical engineering (e.g. career planning and professional development) and on laboratory projects dealing with the study of fluid mechanics. 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. The course builds on basic communication skills developed during Professional Practice I. Students undertaking this course (Professional Practice II) without having completed Professional Practice I should make contact with the course coordinator.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 2016
    Course Professional Practice II
    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
    Assumed Knowledge CHEM ENG 1010
    Assessment laboratory report and presentation, case study, individual and group assessments
    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 Work proficiently and effectively in small teams;
    2 Demonstrate a basic understanding of practical aspects of fluid mechanics, reinforcing the
    theory presented in other courses;
    3 Understand the need for lifelong learning for continuous professional development;
    4 Locate appropriate sources of information from the published literature;
    5 Critically read and interpret information relevant to their own research;
    6 Write an appropriate report of their laboratory experiment;
    7 Present technical material in an interesting manner for a non-technical audience;
    8 Prepare a CV and cover letter to apply for a position in a chemical engineering
    9 Demonstrate awareness of the importance of career planning, the professional associations
    which cater for chemical engineers and the process of becoming a chartered
    engineer; and
    10 Explain in basic terms the ethical responsibilities of professional engineers and apply this
    knowledge in simple scenarios.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Reference Book

    Munson, BR, Young, DF, Okiishi, TH & Huebsch, WW 2010, A Brief Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 5th Edition, Wiley.

    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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

    Activity Contact Hours Workload Hours
    Lectures/Workshops 18
    Guest and Industry speakers 4
    Practical 2
    Tutorials/Consultation 15
    Group Project Work 18
    Analysis and write-up of laboratory report
    (individual), and response to feedback
    Other individual assessment tasks 15
    TOTAL 39 71
    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic 1: A practical investigation of Fluid Mechanics
    Laboratory safety, experimental design and analysis, writing an experiment plan, error analysis,
    fluid mechanics and the energy balance, writing a laboratory report, presenting technical material for a non-technical audience

    Topic 2: Career and Professional Development
    Professional communication, job applications, job interviews, career planning, introduction
    to professional bodies

    Topic 3: Responsible Engineering
    Ethics in engineering, process safety

  • Assessment

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    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

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    Assessment Detail

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    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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