ENGG4900 – Professional Practice and the Business Environment33.6
I seriously question the purpose of this course at all. It covers essentially no new ground compared to MECH3600, other than a brief excursion into financial analysis. Why these courses haven't been combined is a mystery to me, but I imagine it has to do with prolonging the university experience and milking students for all they're worth.
Absolutely dead easy but unbelievably time consuming. The first 5 weeks don't expand upon content any further than what was covered in ENGG1100 (literally... Belbin roles, team charters etc).
Tutorials were poorly organised and conducted. This was during coronavirus so may be subject to change.
No final exam, is a plus, I suppose? Although, then again, what could you assess... We weren't taught anything.
The start-up content at the end of the semester was laughable (I am the co-founder of a start-up myself). The assessment for this section is completely dissimilar from reality. And from the advice and instructions given by the tutors I was in contact with, it was pretty obvious that none of them had any experience with this sector. Again leading me to question, why I must take time away from furthering my actual business to sink time into this unrepresentative and useless garbage. If you were relying on this course to provide you insight into start-ups or pitching, you would be led horribly astray. So why is this assessed? Either improve it or get rid of it.
I had no previous exposure to the financial analysis tools presented for Assignment 1... so this was somewhat insightful and useful. But honestly and legitimately, the ONLY thing in an entire semester. I think you would be hardpressed to find a dissenting opinion to mine.
We recieved ZERO feedback for 75% of the coursework. Under what stretch of the imagination is that learning?
Undeniably, categorically the worst course I have ever had the displeasure of taking.
ENGG4900 – Professional Practice and the Business Environment44.0
Course hasn’t really been changed much over the years. As there are 6 assignments, al due within 2-3 weeks apart from each other, receiving feedback from previous assignments is quite slow. Don’t expect drafts feedback and marks from previous assignments to aid in the completion of the current assignment. There needs to be an improvement in the sourcing and teaching requirements of the tutors staffed as marking is generally not standardised. Tutors can be quite picky and unhelpful when providing feedback, as they are generally not well versed in the assignments due to other commitments (PHD students) thus not providing reasonable feedback. Expect the change of being marked down due to course moderation.
Content is quite easy as all resources are provided on Blackboard. Another major aspect is general expected formatting. As this course is created under the Chemical a engineering school, aspects such as report formatting expectations and content are covered under this discipline.
If you end up getting a underperforming team member, and unfortunately have to PAF them significantly lower than average (~0.75), high chance that tutors won’t involve themselves with the conflict, so sort it amongst yourself.
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