ENG580 Performance Planning and Review - Professional Engineer (4)

In this subject, students engage in reflective management of their learning and professional performance. They set their goals, 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. Students are expected to perform at the level of a Professional Engineer.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENG580. 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



Two 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 professional placement.



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects;
  • Project a pro-active disposition in professional communication;
  • Manage their self, and their professional conduct as a reflective practitioner; and
  • Demonstrate effective strategies in a variety of team roles, including leadership roles, in teams of varying levels of experience, power and expertise.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Reflective practice
  • Project planning and monitoring
  • Work effectively in diverse teams
  • Workplace communication

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 133 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

This subject is undertaken concurrently with the first 8 months of a students professional 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, as outlined above, is 1000 hours over 8 months.

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school for this subject serves as the synchronising face-to-face event for the student cohort during the first half of their final placement. This residential school also enables students who have not yet met the requirements of a professional 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.

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.