Professional Practice - Project Recruitment

ENGR 401: 2019 Trimester 1

This page describes the ENGR 401 selection panel process for ENGR 301/302 project recruitment in 2019.


Milestone ENGR 301 Students ENGR 401 Students Date/Deadline
Project applications open Online   Tuesday 5 March
Selection Panels Formed   During the lecture Wednesday 6 March
Meet the clients Alan MacDiarmid AM102 and AM104 Wednesday 6 March, 17:00-18:00
Project application deadline Apply online   Wednesday 6 March, 24:00
Panels receive applications   Online Thursday 7 March
Preliminary interview rankings   Rank online Friday 8 March, 15:00
Student IP and Confidentiality Agreements Submit online   Monday 11 March, 10:00
Final interview rankings   Rank online Monday 11 March, 15:00
Interview Schedule Announced Online Monday 11 March
Interview Schedule Confirmed Online Tuesday 12 March
Project Interviews Alan MacDiarmid AM101 and AM102 Tuesday 12 March, 17:00-18:00
Applicant final preference ranking Rank online   Wednesday 13 March, 15:00
Panel final preference ranking   Rank online Wednesday 13 March, 15:00
Project Teams Announced Thursday 15 March

Project Recruitment

Selection panels should refer to the ENGR 301 Projects page for details of their project. If further details are required from the client then please contact the Course Coordinator / Programme Director in the first instance.

Selection panel interaction with project clients is encouraged.

Project Applications

Applications from ENGR 301 students are received through the ECS Submission system using an application template (available to panels from the ENGR 301 Project Recruitment page).

ENGR 301 students have been advised that their project application will be provided to selection panels composed of 4th-year Engineering students for the purposes of matching them to a project. They have been requested to not include any personal, confidential or sensitive information in their project application.

Project applications will be distributed electronically.

Project Rankings

Please use the ENGR 301 Selection Panel page to rank project applicants in the panel's order of preference.
Note: You must login with your ECS credentials to avoid receiving an "Access to the requested page has been denied" error on this page.

Panel preference rankings will be used in the first instance to select applicants for an interview and in the second instance to select candidates to work on the project. There are two rounds of applicant ranking required of selection panels:
  1. after considering project applications and CVs to select applicants for interviews, and
  2. after the interviews to make the final match between applicants and projects.

Interview Format

There are 12 interview slots in the 50 minute session, thus each interview can be only 4 minutes, maximum. The interview format is:
  1. a brief statement from applicant about why they want to work on this project. (2 min maximum), followed by
  2. 1-2 questions from the panel (< 2 minutes).
Please Note:
  • It is the responsibility of the selection panels to keep to time.
  • We must vacate the rooms on time, as other classes are timetabled directly after the interview exercise.

Interview Questions

The selection panels are required to ask at least one question from the following "standard" interview questions:
  • What do you think the biggest challenge of this project would be?
  • Please tell us where in this project you would like to see innovation happening?
  • What are the single most significant technical and non-technical attributes you would bring to the project?
  • What would you do if you have a member who is not participating?
  • Tell me how you managed a group project that you have been involved with?
    [Variant: Do you see yourself as a team leader of the group?]
  • What experience have you had with miscommunication with someone else? How did you solve the problem?
  • Please give an example of when you took initiative in a group project.
  • What is a technology you have learned by yourself recently?
  • Have you contributed, or used any Open Source projects? If so, what?
  • How confident are you in working with open source platforms?
  • Have you worked with a client before? (For those applicants who did not list work experience.)
  • [Only if not covered by the candidate’s opening statement]
    • Why do you want to work on this project?
    • Why do you think you are the right fit for this project?
    • What skills can you bring to this project?

Student IP Agreements

Selection panels should be aware that, although it is not a selection criterion for the panel to consider, all ENGR 301 students have been requested to sign a student IP agreement with the University.

The Student IP Agreement is Appendix B of the University's IP Policy. Selection panels may, if they wish, read about the University's processes and policies on Intellectual Property at For your convenience, here is a direct link to the University's Intellectual Property Policy (PDF).

Please Note: Applicants have been invited to seek independent advice concerning the specific terms of this agreement to assign Intellectual Property.

Industry Client Agreements

Clients external to the University are also asked to sign an agreement.