ENGR401 (2019) - Professional Practice


This course will prepare student's expectations for many of the events and situations they are likely to meet in the professional working world. This includes: codes of conduct, as determined by professional bodies and company practices; ethical behaviour, as found in the workplace and dictated by company practices; critical thinking and people issues, as relevant in the workplace and in company practice.

Course learning objectives

Students who pass this course should be able to:

  1. Communicate at a professional level orally and in writing, to a varied range of audiences.
  2. Assess the social, cultural, legal, health & safety, environmental and sustainability implications of their engineering work, and identify and justify specific actions to address issues.
  3. Understand the need and role of ethics and professional standards in business and industry from the personal level to the corporate level, and be able to identify and justify ethical courses of action.
  4. Function effectively in a team in a variety of roles, from team member to team leader.
  5. Understand the benefits, risks, theory and processes of innovation in practice, and be able apply this knowledge to their work.

Withdrawal from Course

Withdrawal dates and process:


Teaching Format

During the trimester there will generally be three lectures per week.

Student feedback

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Dates (trimester, teaching & break dates)

  • Teaching: 04 March 2019 - 09 June 2019
  • Break: 15 April 2019 - 28 April 2019
  • Study period: 10 June 2019 - 13 June 2019
  • Exam period: 14 June 2019 - 29 June 2019

Class Times and Room Numbers

04 March 2019 - 14 April 2019

  • Monday 15:10 - 16:00 – 205, Te Toki a Rata, Kelburn
  • Wednesday 15:10 - 16:00 – 205, Te Toki a Rata, Kelburn
  • Friday 15:10 - 16:00 – 205, Te Toki a Rata, Kelburn
29 April 2019 - 09 June 2019

  • Monday 15:10 - 16:00 – 205, Te Toki a Rata, Kelburn
  • Wednesday 15:10 - 16:00 – 205, Te Toki a Rata, Kelburn
  • Friday 15:10 - 16:00 – 205, Te Toki a Rata, Kelburn


There are no required texts for this offering.

Mandatory Course Requirements

There are no mandatory course requirements for this course.

If you believe that exceptional circumstances may prevent you from meeting the mandatory course requirements, contact the Course Coordinator for advice as soon as possible.


This course will be assessed through assignments and oral presentations.

Assessment ItemDue Date or Test DateCLO(s)Percentage
Assignment 1 - Essay12-04-2019CLO: 1,2,3,435%
Assignment 2 - Essay24-05-2019CLO: 1,2,3,4,535%
Individual oral presentationExam periodCLO: 1,2,3,4,530%


Late submissions will be subject to a penalty of 10% per day for 4 days. No work will be accepted after this unless previously arranged with the Course Coordinator.


Individual extensions will only be granted in exceptional personal circumstances, and requests should be made to the Course Coordinator before the assessment deadline whenever possible. Documentation (e.g. a medical certificate) may be required.

Submission & Return

Assignments and reports to be submitted using the ECS online submission system, accessible through the course web pages. Marks and comments will be returned through the ECS marking system, also available through the course web pages.


The total workload for ENGR 401 is 150 hours. In order to maintain satisfactory progress in ENGR 401 you should plan to spend an average of 10 hours per week on this course. A plausible and approximate breakdown for these hours would be:

  • Lectures: 3 hours.
  • Readings: 2-3 hours.
  • Assignments: 4-5 hours.

Teaching Plan

See: https://ecs.victoria.ac.nz/Courses/ENGR401_2019T1/LectureSchedule

Communication of Additional Information

The main means of communication outside of lectures will be the ENGR 401 web area at https://ecs.victoria.ac.nz/Courses/ENGR401_2019T1/. There you will find, among other additional information, the lecture schedule and assignment handouts.

Offering CRN: 18690

Points: 15
Prerequisites: 75 300-level pts from the BE(Hons) schedule including ENGR 301, 302
Duration: 04 March 2019 - 30 June 2019
Starts: Trimester 1
Campus: Kelburn