ENGR491 (2019) - Professional Work Experience


Completion of the work experience requirement for the BE.

Course learning objectives

Students who pass this course will be able to:

  1. relate to the experience of successfully applying for typically two work roles
  2. evaluate through reflection on a further 400 hours of work experience, how the transferable skills developed may apply to future IT workplaces.
  3. demonstrate written communication skills through their work experience report

Course content

This course will consist of an introductory lecture and workshops plus occasional workshops or lectures.
By the end of the course, students will have:

  • attended a second reflective writing workshop
  • undertaken a minimum of 800 hours of work experience throughout the BE and completed two reflective reports
  • at least 400 hours of the 800 must be professional IT experience, applying their degree within an IT workplace under appropriate supervision.
  • improved their prospects of finding suitable employment after graduation
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 there are several programs 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
  • Teaching: 11 November 2019 - 16 February 2020
  • Break: 20 December 2019 - 05 January 2020
  • Study period: 17 February 2020 - 17 February 2020
  • Exam period: 17 February 2020 - 22 February 2020

Class Times and Room Numbers


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:

  • Supply evidence of the hours accumulated during your work experience.
  • Submit a satisfactory reflective report on the work experience.

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 reflective report of up to 3000 words on your work experience.Within two months of the work experience ending (unless otherwise negotiated).CLO: %

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

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 491, you should plan to continue engaging with industry to increase your network of people interested in the same things you are. This will increase employment opportunities in the areas you are interested in. There is no report required for attending events in Engr491.

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/ENGR491_2019FY/

Offering CRN: 18701

Prerequisites: ENGR 391, 401
Duration: 04 March 2019 - 23 February 2020
Starts: Trimester 1+2+3
Campus: Kelburn