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Professional Engineering

2014 unit code: CVE10002 (formerly HEF1000)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
1 Semester
Contact hours60 hours
CampusHawthorn, Sarawak

Aims and objectives

This unit of study aims to introduce you to the profession of Civil engineering and develop your teamwork, time management and graphical communication skills.

After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:
1. Function in a team, managing time and processes effectively. (K5, K6, S4, A2, A5, A6, A7)
2. Discuss professional engineering careers and emerging trends in Civil Engineering. (K1, K4, K6, A2)
3. Appraise the ethical aspects of engineering projects. (K1, K6, A1)
4. Apply engineering methods in any particular engineering project. (K4, S1, A4)
5. Apply information skills in professional report writing. (K1, K2, K6, S1, A4)
6. Use problem solving strategies in engineering. (K5, K6, S2, A5)
7. Discern sustainable engineering solutions from others. (K1, K5, K6)
8. Generate an engineering management plan for basic engineering projects. (K2, K6, S1, S4, A5)
9. Demonstrate effective communication through a professional presentation and engineering report writing. (K2, K5, K6, A2, A5, A6)
10. Generate professional CAD drawings for simple engineering objects. (K1, K2, A2, A5)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies for this Unit of Study
This Unit of Study will contribute to you attaining the following Swinburne Engineering Competencies:
K1 Basic Science: Proficiently applies concepts, theories and techniques of the relevant natural and physical sciences.
K2 Maths and IT as Tools: Proficiently uses relevant mathematics and computer and information science concepts as tools.
K4 Emerging Disciplinary Trends: Interprets and applies current or emerging knowledge from inside and outside the specific discipline.
K5 Practice Context: Discerns and appreciates the contextual factors affecting professional engineering practice.
K6 Professional Practice: Appreciates the principles of professional engineering practice in a sustainable context.
S1 Engineering Methods: Applies engineering methods in practical applications.
S2 Problem Solving: Systematically uses engineering methods in solving complex problems.
S4 Project Management: Systematically uses engineering methods in conducting and managing projects.
A1 Ethics: Values the need for, and demonstrates, ethical conduct and professional accountability.
A2 Communication: Demonstrates effective communication to professional and wider audiences.
A4 Information Management: Demonstrates seeking, using, assessing and managing information.
A5 Professional Self: Demonstrates professionalism.
A6 Management of Self: Demonstrates self-management processes.
A7 Teamwork: Demonstrates effective team membership and team leadership.

Teaching methods

Lectures (12 hours), Tutorials (12 hours), Computer Laboratory Work (36 hours)
Laboratory sessions will introduce graphical communication fundamentals, sketching and Computer Aided Drafting/Design.



Individual or Group Assessment


Group report


15% -20%

Group presentation


15% -20%

Learning Portfolio


10% -20%

Sketching Test


10% -15%

CAD Learning Portfolio


15% -20%

CAD Test


15% -20%


  • History, current challenges and future of Civil Engineering
  • Fundamentals of engineering communication (graphical, written and oral)
  • Information skills (resources, information searching and referencing)
  • Communication (presentation and interview fundamental and functions)
  • Engineering projects phases and stakeholders
  • Fundamentals of project management
  • Problem-solving process and strategies
  • Professionalism in engineering and professional associations
  • Engineering ethics
  • Social and environmental aspects of engineering activities
  • Sustainable engineering

    Reading materials

    Harvard Referencing Guide, Swinburne Library Document
    CAD Guide, Swinburne Notes
    Articles provided on Blackboard
    Videos provided on Blackboard

    Text books

    Dowling, D., Carew, A., Hadgraft, R. (2012). Engineering Your Future, An Australian Guide, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Australia.