ECE4099 - Professional practice - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Tom Drummond


Professor Arthur Lowery (Clayton)
Dr Joanne Lim (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


ECE4908, TEC3193 and TRC4002


This unit will cover topics relevant to engineers working in a business environment, particularly in management, focusing on recent case studies. Areas covered include management of individuals, teams and organisations, management philosophy and practical techniques. Financial management will be discussed, including company objectives, accounting fundamentals, and financial planning and control. Marketing will follow, including business planning, quality and quality control. Relevant legal issues will be covered, including intellectual property, contract and negligence. This will be drawn together in discussing the role of the professional engineer, ethical behaviour and decision making.


  1. Acquire and comprehend the fundamental knowledge of the role of an engineer as a manager - skills, roles, styles, techniques, in the context of an organisation.
  2. Analyse and evaluate different project alternates by applying a range of techniques.
  3. Comprehend and apply accounting fundamentals, prepare and analyse basic financial statements to enhance business decision making.
  4. Comprehend and explain the basics of marketing principles and techniques of strategic business planning.
  5. Analyse and explain important legal aspects of contract, negligence, and intellectual property.
  6. Gain knowledge in the elements of professional behavior in particular the engineering code of ethics.
  7. Analyse the environmental impact and sustainability of a project.
  8. Show commitment to working in a team.
  9. Communicate effectively by making professional presentations.


Continuous assessment: 40%

Examination (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours laboratory and practice classes and 7 hours of private study per week

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