ENGG4900 – Professional Practice and the Business Environment50.7
Course is undergoing restructure, as it is expected to become a compulsory course for all engineering students.
The course is basically a business management 101 course for engineers, helpful for those wanting to begin a startup or go into business management. It will be really boring for most people, interesting for the select few who are into writing business reports and making up bull shit.
Groups of 5 are formed. This year the course's assessment was 6 small group assignments and an oral presentation based on one of the assignments. The assignments are small business-type assignments consisting of mainly report writing with a few uses of excel. The bulk of each assignment is usually completed in the compulsory weekly practical, and the remainder completed over the next 1-2 weeks. Since there are 5 group members, the time commitment and difficulty for each assignment isn't bad.
Marking and grading of assignments are slow, and feedback isn't delivered in a reasonable time. You won't know if you need to change how you are writing your assignments until it's too late.
Lectures will go through the assignment topics in great detail, so it is recommended to either attend or watch the lecture recordings. Guest lecturers are frequent and sometimes they will be advertising some sort of scholarship, award, or job, these might be a good reason to attend the lectures.
In conclusion, boring but easy course, if you get a good group it should be easy to get at least a Distinction grade. Need to improve grading and feedback.
ENGG4900 – Professional Practice and the Business Environment33.9
A balance of great guest lecturers and terrible assessment tasks. Course was massively understaffed when I took it. It was a constant struggle to get feedback on the course. Seems to be one of those courses where everyone just scrapes a 4 or a 5 but barely anybody gets a 7.
The main assignment task is gruelling. You're given a 2 sentence idea and are meant to turn it into a business case, with length expected to be 80-150 pages + appendices in groups of 5. You must also perform a pitch and record it.
Assignment deadlines and requirements were changed on the fly.
All of the above resulted in the most frustration I have ever witnessed in a UQ course. There was a number of people hellbent on getting their fees refunded for the course because it was mismanaged into the ground. Apparently the course coordinator wasn't aware that ENGG4900 was (accidentally?) made compulsory and that the class size more than quadrupled over the previous year.
Props to the tutors though, they were given a nigh impossible task and did well.
Final point: Blackboard would bombard you with notifications telling you to submit assignments and then that they were overdue but you had to email the assignments and then sometimes you'd get asked if you were submitting for your whole group or not and it was just so inconsistent.
Semester 2 - 2015
Bachelor of Engineering (Software)
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Sort of (varies from year to year)
Is the textbook necessary?
Dismal communication of criteria for main assignment