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ENG8300 Self-Assessment Portfolio

Semester 3, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences

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Examiner: Lyn Brodie
Moderator: Thiru Aravinthan


The Master of Engineering Practice program is designed to enable Engineering Technologists to draw on their industrial experience to demonstrate their achievement of many of the required graduate attributes and capabilities, both generic and technical. This course is the first course in the program and will enable students to firstly assess their existing attributes and capabilities and then plan the content of the Workplace Portfolio courses that they will use to demonstrate their level of competency. They will also nominate the Technical courses they will undertake in the program to enable them to satisfy other attribute and capability requirements. They may also need to identify some specific types of industrial experience they will need to undertake to be able to satisfy any remaining requirements. The outcome of this self-assessment process will be a Pathway to Graduation Plan for the student, which will, in due course, be used by the Faculty to assess the student's eligibility to graduate. A second component of this course will require the student to show that they can write a Career Episode Report that demonstrates their achievement of one or more of the attributes or capabilities. To do this successfully students will have to demonstrate they are able to accurately reflect on their experience and that they have the communication skills that are necessary to write such a report. The information in a Career Episode Report must be verified and endorsed by a professional engineer. Achievement of this component of the course is critical because students will use Career Episode Reports to demonstrate their attributes and capabilities in the Workplace Portfolio and the Industrial Project courses in the program. One outcome of the self-assessment undertaken in this course may be that a student does not have the required experiences, or competencies, to be able to satisfactorily complete the program. In this case the student will be cancelled from this program and counselled on alternative ways of achieving their goals. If the student has passed this course then they will be granted an exemption when they enrol in another USQ program.


Students are required to take this course when they first enrol in the Master of Engineering Practice program. During this course students will prepare a portfolio consisting of a number of significant written works. The major activity in this course requires students to undertake a self-assessment of their existing attributes and capabilities against those required for the program. They will then be required to produce a Pathway to Graduation Plan in which they will plan the content of the Workplace Portfolio and Industrial Project courses that they will use to demonstrate their existing attributes and capabilities, and the Technical courses they will undertake in the program to enable them to satisfy the remaining attribute and capability requirements. The second component of the course requires students to write Career Episode Reports that demonstrate their achievement of one or more of the attributes or capabilities. The information in a Career Episode Reports must be verified and endorsed by a professional engineer. Normally there will be a considerable amount of negotiation between the examiner and the student before the final versions of the Pathway to Graduation Plan and the other portfolio documents are submitted.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate developing capability to practice as a Professional Engineer;
  2. independently pursue continuing professional development;
  3. communicate effectively using written communication skills;
  4. plan and document their program of study;
  5. prepare detailed plans for their Workplace Portfolio and Industrial Project.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Understand and demonstrate your work towards the requirements for Chartered
Professional Engineer status in the Institution of Engineers, Australia
2. Understand and demonstrate your work towards the graduate attribute and capability statements for the Master of Engineering Practice program 10.00
3. Undertaking a self-assessment of existing attributes and capabilities 20.00
4. Preparing a detailed Curriculum Vitae 10.00
5. Preparing a Pathway to Graduation Plan 10.00
6. Preparing a Career Episode Report 10.00
7. Plan a Workplace Portfolio 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 35.00
Private Study 20.00
Report Writing 100.00
Supervisor Consultation 10.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must submit reports that address all of the requirements set out in the Course Guide.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. SUPERVISION The student should communicate with the examiner at regular intervals in this course.

  2. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  3. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  4. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  5. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  6. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  7. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  8. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  9. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  10. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. The following temporary grade may be awarded: IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up).

  11. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.