ENG491 Engineering Portfolio - Consolidating (14)

In this subject, students draw upon their experience in industry to demonstrate that they are progressively obtaining the skills and attributes expected of a CSU engineering graduate. Whilst ENG491 takes place in the context of a paid work placement, it does not meet the CSU definition of WPL. During their work placement, students are expected to advance their portfolio from ENG292, and show that they are exhibiting the required graduate attributes at a consolidating level; the level at which they are more certain and confident about their job responsibilities. The subject assesses the experience and practice of students and the way in which this is presented to both technical and nontechnical audiences.


Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENG491. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences


ENG399 and ENG380 or ENG361

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Appropriately apply mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, computer, and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline;
  • Apply knowledge of engineering synthesis and design processes and practices and contextual factors impacting on the engineering discipline;
  • Critically analyse the application of a range of engineering techniques, tools and resources in solving practical problems;
  • Demonstrate accountability for the ethical delivery of engineering projects;
  • Communicate effectively to professional and lay domains through a range of different communication channels, such as technical report writings, oral presentations, engineering drawings, user manuals; and
  • Evaluate how working as a reflective practitioner has improved their professional practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Consolidating a portfolio;
  • Critical reflective practice;
  • Presentation of technical evidence, written and verbal; and
  • Application and integration of technical knowledge to engineering problems.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ENG491 in Session 3 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Competence claim with evidence discussion
Peer review
A reflection

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 365 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The portfolio will be compiled during students work placement, where they are working in industry as Cadet Engineers. The work placement occurs over a period of approximately a year, and includes paid work, workplace learning, as well as study time for other subjects.  It is anticipated that students will spend an average of an hour and a half per day on portfolio activities while on placement.

Special Resources

This subject will be completed while the student is on placement in industry.  Industry placements may require travel and/or relocation depending upon the nature and location of the placement.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.