SEP499 - Professional Engineering Practice


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Placement
Trimester 2: Placement
Trimester 3: Placement

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

STP010 and completion of at least 12 credit points (including RPL) of study in the currently enrolled undergraduate engineering course. For students enrolled in S752: STP710 and completion of at least 8 credit points.



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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Professional engineering practice experience undertaken as a vocational placement or employment placement with a host organisation. Students to achieve a cumulative total of 60 working days minimum (nominally 12 fulltime working weeks) by a placement (or multiple placements) proposed, approved, and undertaken while enrolled in this unit.


This unit requires students to complete and submit documentation for placement approval.  For more information and to complete the application process: please refer to the Professional Engineering practice or email

Students cannot enrol in the unit or commence a placement without written approval. Placements can be completed in Australia or overseas.

Delays in completing the placement could mean that the course will take longer to complete than the stated duration.  Attendance at the placement may be required outside the trimester dates.


This unit enables students studying an undergraduate accredited engineering course to engage in work integrated learning through professional engineering practice experience and continuous professional development (CPD) with a suitable organisation (or organisations). Placements must be approved by the Unit Chair before commencement and must be for a minimum of 30 working days (225 hours). Thus the course requirements can be completed in up to two separately approved professional engineering practice placements.

This practice-based experience for students is intended to enable the development and advancement of professional practice knowledge and skills typically sought from graduate professional engineers (as defined by the Australian engineering profession). All associated learning and assessment activities for this unit are cloud-based (online).

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit students must fulfil the 60 days (450 hours) of work placement and must achieve a mark of at least 50% on the journal diary portfolio, and a mark of at least 50% on the final report.

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