Faculty of Engineering: Contextualised Graduate Attributes


09/06/2004: This draft statement has been ratified for use by the faculty.

To find out more please contact the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching).

Research and Inquiry. Graduates of the Faculty of Engineering will be able to create new knowledge and understanding through the process of research and inquiry.

  • An appreciation that engineering fundamentals are based upon the principles and knowledge of science and mathematics.
  • An ability to apply engineering fundamentals along with the basics of science and mathematics to engineering problem solving.
  • The recognition of the rapid and sometimes major changes in technology and to value the importance of continual growth in knowledge and skills.
  • An ability to exercise critical decision making in defining solutions, and an understanding of the design process within engineering.
  • An understanding of engineering processes and principles which assist in the design and manufacture of products and systems.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments and to analyse and interpret data from those experiments.
  • An appreciation that systems are composed of components spanning the whole of the engineering discipline, and that a basic understanding of the concepts behind these disciplines outside of ones own is important.

Information Literacy. Graduates of the Faculty of Engineering will be able to use information effectively in a range of contexts.

  • An appreciation of the various form of information within the engineering discipline including technical books and reports, research articles, customer requirements, company standards and an appreciation of the main legal definitions.
  • An ability to identify, utilise and locate appropriate information resources including literature, electronic media and through personal interaction with both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • An ability to gather, manage, integrate and critique information attained from various sources in order ascertain the relevant information required for the identification, formulation and solution of a problem within the engineering context.

Personal and Intellectual Autonomy. Graduates of the Faculty of Engineering will be able to work independently and sustainably, in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity and a desire to meet new challenges.

  • An appreciation for the role of creative thinking within engineering and the ability to undertake and indulge in the process of it.
  • An ability to function effectively as an individual even within the context of teamwork, and to understand the importance of the individual role.
  • An appreciation of the personal skills involving openness and curiosity both within the engineering discipline and outside of it, and the importance of relating the engineering discipline to the whole.
  • A desire to ensure quality work and professional practice through the process of self-reflection.
  • An appreciation of the endless bounty of knowledge both within the discipline and outside of it, and that effective engineering comes through the process of continual personal growth in terms of openness and curiosity towards this knowledge.

Ethical, Social and Professional Understanding. Graduates of the Faculty of Engineering will hold personal values and beliefs consistent with their role as responsible members of local, national, international and professional communities

  • An appreciation of the significance and scope of ethical standards in engineering practice and the responsibility that an engineer espouses within both national and international guidelines.
  • A commitment to enacting high ethical standards within engineering practice.
  • An appreciation of the roles and dimensions of an engineer, and an ability to function effectively as either a team leader or member, within multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • An appreciation of engineering sustainability and the impact of engineering decisions within the broader economic, environmental and sociocultural context.

Communication. Graduates of the Faculty of Engineering will recognise and value communication as a tool for negotiating and creating new understanding, interacting with others, and furthering their own learning.

  • An ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely ideas, concepts and solutions to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • An understanding of the various forms of communication including, listening, oral, written electronic, graphical and mathematical and an appreciation of the appropriate forms to use given the context and audience.
  • A commitment to, and fundamental appreciation of, the concept of successful teamwork and the ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely as a team leader or member of the group.