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Master of Engineering Practice MEPR

Program focus


This 12 unit program enables experienced Engineering Technologists
to acquire and demonstrate, academic, personal, professional, and
technical knowledge, skills and understanding required to commence
practice as a graduate Professional Engineer.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

6 semesters part-time by distance education

Professional accreditation

The program is provisionally accredited by Engineers Australia
and graduates are eligible for Graduate membership at the Professional
Engineer level.

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Program aims

To enable experienced Engineering Technologists to demonstrate,
or acquire and demonstrate, their attainment of the academic, personal,
professional, and technical knowledge, skills and understanding required
to commence practice as a graduate Professional Engineer in Australia
or overseas within appropriate social, cultural, industrial and environmental
contexts.

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Program objectives

The objectives of this program are:

  • to enable Engineering Technologists to demonstrate, or acquire
    and demonstrate, that they possess the specified generic attributes
    and capabilities

  • to enable Engineering Technologists to demonstrate, or acquire
    and demonstrate, in-depth technical competence in one of the following
    fields: Civil Engineering Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Power Systems Engineering,
    or Structural Engineering

  • to enable Engineering Technologists from diverse, and non-traditional,
    backgrounds and locations to enrol in the program and to provide them
    with opportunities to acquire the skills necessary to complete the
    program in the normal time

  • to enable students to be empowered as learners through the provision
    of a wide range of teaching and learning styles in their program

  • to ensure that all students have equality of opportunity in
    acquiring the specified generic attributes and technical competence

  • to ensure that graduates are eligible for graduate membership
    of Engineers Australia.


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Program structure

The Master of Engineering Practice (MEPR) program is a 12-unit
program made up of the following three components:


Schedule A: Five core courses (seven units)

  • ENG8300 Self-Assessment Portfolio

  • ENG8311 Workplace Portfolio Part 1 (2 units)

  • ENG8312 Workplace Portfolio Part 2 (2 units)

  • MAT1502 Engineering Mathematics 2

  • ENG3103 Engineering Problem Solving Computations


ENG8300 Self-assessment Portfolio

The course ENG8300 Self-Assessment Portfolio
is the first course students undertake in the program
and it is designed to enable them to firstly assess their existing
attributes and capabilities and then to nominate the specific workplace
experiences they will use to demonstrate their level of competency
in the courses: ENG8311 Workplace Portfolio Part 1
and ENG8312 Workplace Portfolio Part 2
. Students will also nominate the Academic courses they
will undertake in the program to enable them to satisfy other attribute
and capability requirements. It may also be necessary for them to
identify some specific types of industrial experience they need to
undertake to be able to satisfy any remaining requirements. The outcome
of this self-assessment process will be a Pathway to Graduation Plan
prepared by the student in consultation with the examiner of the course.

A second component of this course will require students to show
that they can write a Career Episode Report that demonstrates their
achievement of two of the specified attributes and capabilities. To
do this successfully students will have to demonstrate they are able
to accurately reflect on their experience and that they have the communication
skills that are necessary to write such a report. The information
in a Career Episode Report must be verified and endorsed by a professional
engineer who is preferably a member of Engineers Australia. Achievement
of this component of the course is critical because students will
use Career Episode Reports to demonstrate Engineers Australia's Stage
2 and discipline specific competencies in the two Workplace Portfolio
courses.

At the end of this course students will submit a portfolio containing
their Curriculum Vitae, the Career Episode Reports and the Pathway
to Graduation Plan. The Examiner of the course will assess the portfolio
and either:

  1. Approve the Pathway to Graduation Plan

  2. Request modifications to the Plan before it is approved, or

  3. Decide that the student does not have the required knowledge,
    experience, attributes or capabilities to be able to satisfactorily
    complete the program. In this case the student will be cancelled from
    this program and counselled on alternative ways of achieving their
    goals. Students in this category may still be awarded a passing grade
    in the course. If a student has passed this course, they will then
    be granted an exemption when they enrol in another USQ Faculty
    of Engineering and Surveying program.


Once a Pathway to Graduation Plan has been approved a student
may enrol in the remaining courses in the Plan. The Plan will, in
due course, be used by the Faculty to assess the student's eligibility
to graduate.

Prospective students should visit the Engineers Australia web
site to gain an understanding of the processes which will be followed.
In particular, they should view the Stage Two Competencies and the
guidelines for achieving Chartered status.

The Workplace Portfolio courses

The two core Workplace Portfolio courses are designed
to enable students to develop a Workplace Portfolio that will enable
them to obtain credit for their achievements during their employment
as an Engineering Technologist. The courses are:

  • ENG8311 Workplace Portfolio Part 1 (2 units)

  • ENG8312 Workplace Portfolio Part 2 (2 units).


The Core Technical courses

The two core Technical courses are designed to give students
the enabling skills in mathematics, computing, and problem solving
they will need to undertake the Technical courses in their program.
The courses are:

  • MAT1502 Engineering Mathematics 2

  • ENG3103 Engineering Problem Solving Computations


Students who have completed one of the Technical courses, or
an equivalent course, as part of an earlier completed program of study
should apply for an exemption


Schedule B: Five technical courses

During the preparation of their Pathway to Graduation Plan students
must nominate how they are going to demonstrate achievement of the
objectives of each of the Technical Courses defined for their
major and listed in this Schedule. They may do this by studying a
course or by demonstrating achievement of the objectives of the course
in their Workplace Portfolio. A student may study a maximum of five of the Technical Courses listed in this Schedule.


Schedule C: One Practice Course

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Exit points

Students who have completed four courses in the program may
satisfy the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Technology
program and therefore exit the program with a Graduate
Certificate in Engineering Technology.

Students who are unable to satisfactorily complete the program
may apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Engineering program. They may also apply to have the courses completed in the
Master of Engineering Practice program credited to their new program.

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