Entry Requirements and Weighting

Prerequisites:

Completion of at least 60 credit points at the postgraduate level.
An average mark in the preceding trimesters of at least a pass
Completion of pre-placement study skills workshops

Students may register for a placement and plan for industry experience prior to completing the required credit points. Acceptance of registration does not guarantee an industry placement

Corequisites: N/A
Credit Points: 0 credit point
Level: Year 1 or 2 (MEng)
Workload: Full-time for 12 weeks work in relevant industry

Brief Description

Industry experience is a prerequisite for professional accreditation by Engineers Australia. In this unit the aim is to provide the student with the skills to secure industry placement and be successful in his or her industry experience. Industry placement is an opportunity for engineering students to undertake paid or unpaid employment placement in industry for 12 weeks. These placements must be relevant to a students’ course of study. Many placements are particular to major discipline area(s). It is anticipated that each student during industry experience will be involved in the day to day operation of the business and have the opportunity to develop practical workplace skills.

Prior to undertaking an industry experience, formal workshops are scheduled and attendance at the workshops are compulsory for students enrolled in the unit and is prerequisite for passing industry experience unit. During industry experience, there are no formal classes for the unit. Student learning will occur in industry and via reflections on experiences. Students will make use of a personal journal, which will need to be kept up to date and discussed with the Industry Experience Coordinator and online discussions may be offered.

This unit provides information on the requirements for industry experience. At each stage of your industry experience there are forms to be filled and approvals to be obtained from relevant authorities in MIT. The forms are available online in Moodle under the unit shell. Students are required to read the “Guidelines on ‘Engineering Industry Experience Program’. Students are also required to go through the Question and Answer section of the guidelines. This should be read before any student approaches the industry experience coordinator (IC) or the Head of School for explanations on industry experience as it provides answers to many of the questions that students might want answered on industry experience.

Each student is required to be pro-active in seeking places in industry for his or her industry experience. Hence prior to embarking on placement in this unit, students are required to attend a series of workshops. The workshops are used to help the student to learn how to

  • write resumes and cover letters
  • search for jobs
  • address selection criteria
  • write reflective journals
  • write reflective reports
  • presentation of industry experiences
  • mock job placement interview sessions

Learning Outcomes

Whilst on placement students will:

  1. develop their technical and non-technical skills
  2. apply theoretical knowledge in real world situations
  3. develop an understanding and appreciation of the complexity of the work environment
  4. interact with many professionals
  5. be expected to reflect and develop theories based on personal experiences
  6. be exposed to the career options they can pursue upon graduation and,
  7. grow and develop personally whilst improving their generic skills

Graduate Attributes

MIT is committed to ensure a course of study is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving  Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study
             

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Extent covered

  The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
  The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, interpreting documents, tests, examinations
  The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations
  The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by activities such as lectures or tutorials
  The standard is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard.