ENG480 Performance Planning and Review - Senior Cadet (6)

In this subject, students engage in reflective management of their learning and professional performance. They plan their workload, negotiating a learning contract between themselves and their industry placement employer. Students then use evidence-based reflection processes to determine if they have met their goals, adjusting their professional practice where necessary. This subject also includes a summative evaluation including feedback from workplace learning supervisors. The expectation for this subject is that the student should be performing at the level of a senior cadet engineer.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENG480. 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



Three sessions


Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

In order to be enrolled in this subject, students must be undertaking an approved CSU Engineering senior placement.


( ENG361 and ENG374 ) or ( ENG373 and ENG380 and ENG399 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Set individual goals, produce action plans and revise them to manage workload in both industry and university;
  • Identify and articulate the key features that demonstrate the effective planning and management of engineering projects;
  • Identify and articulate the norms of practice within the work place;
  • Demonstrate initiative through their work practices;
  • Develop and explore their identity as a professional engineer;
  • Apply communication skills effectively in groups and organisations; and
  • Demonstrate leadership of teams with varying levels of expertise.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Reflective practice;
  • Project planning and monitoring;
  • Leadership of diverse teams; and
  • Workplace communication.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 200 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

This subject is undertaken concurrently with a students senior cadet placement. The student shall draw on their experiences from their work placement to complete the assessment tasks of this subject. The duration of the workplace learning is equivalent to 1500 hours over the course of 12 months.

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential schools for this subject serve as the synchronising face-to-face events for the student cohort during their third senior work placement. These residential schools also enable students who have not yet met the requirements of a senior work placement to do so through focussed, intensive activities. Core events include: the conduct of the in-person elements of the Performance Planning & Review cycle, both the summative meeting and any intensive formative rehearsal / preparation; any hands-on laboratory experimentation that is required through the rest of the curriculum; development of leadership and mentoring skills through interactions with early-year student engineers; participation in whole-of-course exhibitions of portfolio / thesis work.


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: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.