• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Paul Dowden
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    Second Semester 2015
    See Future Offerings

This postgraduate course builds individual capacity in professional skills, values and attributes in ways that directly complement a student’s technical expertise. Engineers work in an extraordinarily diverse range of contexts, most of which demand high-quality communication skills in order for specialists to function as effective problem-solvers, team members, project managers and contributors to local, national and international communities. The integration of a practical focus on these skills into the engineering curriculum reflects the contemporary expectations of professional organisations (e.g. Engineers Australia) and enhances the employment opportunities of graduates.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Through successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Articulate a sound understanding of the professional attributes, responsibilities and ethics that apply to engineers in the Australian operating environment
  • Approach engineering projects with improved analytical and collaborative problem-solving skills
  • Develop and deliver high-quality oral presentations for both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Produce accurate, succinct and clear written material, including
    • Reports
    • Proposals
    • Correspondence.

Indicative Assessment

30%  Continuous assessment (includes individual and group language tasks)

10%  Oral presentation (individual task)

25%  Report

15% Oral presentation (group task)

20%  Seminar attendance and participation

NOTE: All assessment items must be submitted and passed in order to complete this course. Some assessment tasks will be jointly assessed by technical and non-technical staff.

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Workload

ENGN8160 is a semester course which consists of 12 one-hour lectures and 12 two-hour seminars. Students are required to attend one lecture and one seminar each week. Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory; any student who is absent on more than three occasions and does not provide relevant medical certificates will be deemed to have failed this component of the course. In addition to the weekly lectures and seminars, students are expected to dedicate a further seven hours to this subject, including:

  • preparing for lectures and seminars by completing the weekly readings and set tasks
  • undertaking the necessary research, note-taking and drafting necessary for the production of high-quality major assessment tasks
  • collaborating with peers to complete group assessment tasks
  • monitoring personal academic progress to ensure that any issues are discussed with the lecturer or course convenor and remedied in a timely manner.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN8150 and be studying Master of Engineering or Master of Computing.

Prescribed Texts

ANU Research School of Engineering E-brick: Professional Communication II (ENGN8160) – Professional Readings

Assumed Knowledge

Students entering this course are assumed to be competent in English. International students must have achieved an IELTS Overall Band Score of at least 6.0 or the equivalent standard in another recognised qualification.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3542 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2776 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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