There are five assessment items due for ENGR588. Some learning goals, two reflective reports, a report that demonstrates your capacity for critical thinking and communication at the level of a Masters student and an oral presentation.

There are three administrative items also due. Watching the Health & Safety video, register your work, evidencing the work at the end. Each of these administrative items are required but do not contribute to your grade.

Engineering Researchers and Development Projects

Before you start

You need to have watched the recorded Health and Safety lecture (1 hour) and submitted the 20 question quiz (a pass is 17/20).

You need to advise the Work Experience Coordinator of the work you are about to start.

If in doubt, contact the Work Experience Coordinator.

Note that the University has a responsibility to students to ensure all the employment basics are covered, such as having an employment agreement (if appropriate), an induction into the company (or research unit), and a Health and Safety briefing. Be aware that if you choose to seek approval for your work experience after the fact, you will be compromising the University's duty of care and you may be disappointed if your work experience cannot be approved.

Learning Goals

You should brainstorm your learning goals and discuss these with your work supervisor and/or mentor. Your learning goals will identify your current skill level in three to four key areas, of which at least two should be from the BE Graduate Attributes or the Victoria University Graduate Profile. Your learning goals should articulate your aspirations for improvement over the course of your work experience. When you write your reflective reports, this will form part of the evidence you will refer to. Your learning goals must be submitted within two weeks of starting your work experience.

Daily Journals and Two Reflective Reports

You will keep a daily journal noting activities, challenges and events of interest during the day. This should take less than 5-10 minutes per day and will result in a source of evidence to support your final report.

A Reflective Report of approximately 500 words is due at the end of your fourth week, a second of approximately 1000 words is due at the end of your eighth week. Your daily journal should be attached to each of your Reflective Reports and may be submitted as an appendix to your final report.

What is a Reflective Report?

A Reflective Report is a report of your experience of the workplace and project. It is written in first person form as it is about you. The project or job forms part of the context of that personal experience. This differs from a Project Report (eg. your final report) which is about the project or work you have done, written in third person form where you write as if you are an independent reporter of the project.

To reflect is to think deeply and critically about what you experienced and did with a view to improving your future performance should that context arise again.

Nearing completion

Go back to your work experience form to complete it. This will generate a pdf which you should get your supervisor to sign on your last day so that you can then scan and submit it online:

Final report

Start your final report as soon as you can.

The expectation is that the report clearly describes the following:

  • Project background and research into related literature
  • Project goals and objectives
  • The work that was undertaken (the what) along with project development processes (the how)
  • Professional attributes that have been developed and applied in the company and project
  • Project results, reflections and lessons learned during the application of theory and knowledge acquired from taught courses to your practical experience

Your report should use the IEEE 2 column format styleguide and be a maximum of 10 pages long. Note that if you are using Word, in NZ we use the A4 template.

There is no required report structure, because this clearly depends on your personal project and will need to reflect this. However an example could be:

  1. Introduction (purpose, goal, overall description)
  2. Project background and literature review
  3. Project System
    1. Related systems
    2. System requirements
    3. System design
    4. System implementation
  4. Engineering Aspects
    1. Related engineering processes
    2. Followed engineering processes
    3. Developed professional attributes
    4. Reflection (lessons, results, problems, positive aspects)
  5. Conclusions

To reiterate, this is not a required structure, you must modify it to fit your specific situation.

Further guidance on your presentation will follow.


For deliverables 1-3, due dates are from the start of the individual's internship or start of the entrepreneurship program. This may vary from student to student and the dates provided are indicative. The due dates for deliverables 4 and 5 are fixed.

Deliverable 1 Week 2 (Sun 22nd Nov) Learning Goals 5%
Deliverable 2 Week 4 (Sun 6th Dec) Submission of Logbook with reflective summary of 500 words 5%
Deliverable 3 Week 8 (Sun 17th Jan) Submission of Logbook with reflective summary of 1000 words 10%
Deliverable 4 Week 11 (Sun 7th Feb) Final written report 60%
Deliverable 5 Week 12 or Exam period Oral Presentation (20 mins) 20%