ENGR291 (2019) - Work Experience Preparation


A range of activities in preparation for the work experience requirement for the BE(Hons).

Course learning objectives

Students who pass this course will be able to:

  1. prepare a professional CV
  2. conduct themselves well in an interview
  3. reflect on attending three industry events and engaging with peers already in the workforce.

Course content

This course will consist of an introductory lecture plus occasional workshops or lectures.
If you are a second year BE student, you MUST enroll in this course. Note that it has zero fees and contributes zero points to your degree.
By the end of the course, students will have:

  • attended a CV writing and interview skills workshop
  • attended three industry events where students are outnumbered by industry and reflected on the experience
  • prepared a professional CV
  • improved prospects of finding suitable employment for their Practical Work Experience
Events attended, work experience gained and reflective reports contribute to BE graduate attributes 2(b), 3(b) and 3(d).

Withdrawal from Course

Withdrawal dates and process:


Matt Stevens (Coordinator)

Note that the course coordinator role is NOT responsible for finding you work experience. This is the student's responsibility, however the Work Experience programme is designed to make this easier to achieve.

Teaching Format

There are no formal tests or exams for ENGR 291, 391 or 491. Assessment is formative rather than summative.

Dates (trimester, teaching & break dates)

  • Teaching: 04 March 2019 - 09 June 2019
  • Break: 15 April 2019 - 28 April 2019
  • Study period: 10 June 2019 - 13 June 2019
  • Exam period: 14 June 2019 - 29 June 2019
  • Teaching: 08 July 2019 - 13 October 2019
  • Break: 19 August 2019 - 01 September 2019
  • Study period: 14 October 2019 - 17 October 2019
  • Exam period: 18 October 2019 - 09 November 2019

Class Times and Room Numbers

04 March 2019 - 14 April 2019

  • Monday 14:10 - 15:00 – LT118, Laby, Kelburn
29 April 2019 - 09 June 2019

  • Monday 14:10 - 15:00 – LT104, Hugh Mackenzie, Kelburn
08 July 2019 - 18 August 2019

  • Monday 14:10 - 15:00 – LT118, Laby, Kelburn
02 September 2019 - 13 October 2019

  • Monday 14:10 - 15:00 – LT118, Laby, Kelburn


There are no required texts for this offering.

Mandatory Course Requirements

In addition to achieving an overall pass mark of at least 50%, students must:

  • A professional CV suitable for work in the IT industry.
  • A reflective report on attending three acceptable industry events.

If you believe that exceptional circumstances may prevent you from meeting the mandatory course requirements, contact the Course Coordinator for advice as soon as possible.


This course is internally assessed and is Pass/Fail.

Assessment ItemDue Date or Test DateCLO(s)Percentage
A professional CV suitable for the IT industry.End of mid-year breakCLO: %
A reflective report on attending three acceptable industry events. Due shortly after attending events.After final T2 examsCLO: %

Submission & Return

Assessment items should be submitted using the course Submissions page.

Marking Criteria

Assessment is formative, meaning students will have opportunity to revise submisssions, based on feedback, and resubmit.

Other Activities

Work experience is not required for ENGR291, however it can be recorded. This information on internships is intended as informative only.
You need 800 hours of work experience before your degree can be awarded. A typical student experience is 400 hours (~10 weeks) over their third summer and a further 400 hours over their fourth summer. Variations however are common. At least 400 hours must be professional work within the IT industry, this is defined as; work undertaken within an IT workplace, applying your degree and under appropriate industry supervision.
It is the student's responsibility to find work experience. You should refer to the course pages for information on where to start looking and attend industry events to meet people already in industry.
Work experience must be registered (see course pages for details). Failing to register impacts our duty of care and may compromise our ability to recognise your work experience.
Your employer will supply an employment contract and the work will be paid (some exceptions apply). Shortly after starting your employer will provide you with an Induction and a Health and Safety breifing. As part of our duty of care we are concerned if these do not take place, talk with the course coordinator. Note that 99% plus of employers do these as part of their standard practices.


In order to maintain satisfactory progress in ENGR 291, you should plan to spend approximately 7 hours. A plausible and approximate breakdown for these hours would be:
Prepare a professional CV - 2 hours
Attend three industry events - 3 hours
Reflective reports on the three industry events - 2 hours

Teaching Plan

There are no lectures for this course. There will be weekly (optional) workshops.

Communication of Additional Information

All online material for this course can be accessed at https://ecs.victoria.ac.nz/Courses/ENGR291_2019FY/

Offering CRN: 18717

Prerequisites: ENGR 101, admission to part 2 of the BE(Hons)
Duration: 04 March 2019 - 10 November 2019
Starts: Trimester 1+2
Campus: Kelburn