La Trobe University’s School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences will integrate The Warren Centre’s PPIR program into its undergraduate engineering course curriculum. This is a major step forward in the introduction of Professional Performance to the tertiary education sector.
Subject lecturer and industry project coordinator, Eddie Custovic, explains “We have incorporated Professional Performance into our mandatory second year subject, Business Side of Engineering. We are also planning for the Professional Performance methodology and approach to form a key element of ongoing projects and team-based activities such as the entrepreneurial business case, project management and work-integrated learning subjects through the subsequent semesters of the undergraduate courses.”
The Warren Centre developed a full one-week module, consisting of a one-hour online lecture, a one-hour live lecture and a two-hour workshop with assistance. This was delivered to students in September 2016 at La Trobe’s Melbourne and Bendigo campuses.
The module introduced students to the philosophy and methodology of Professional Performance. Students were then provided a with a series of case studies, all adapted to suit an undergraduate setting. Two case studies focused on scenarios in industry which a junior engineer might face, and a third was based on an undergraduate design assignment. Finally, the students used the Professional Performance template to undertake a progress review and planning session on their own assignment work within the subject.
Students enjoyed the lectures and workshops, with positive feedback including:
“I found the lecture to be a good segue into the workshop, where we learnt and discovered more about the Professional Performance tool – one that I had previously been unaware of but now see how useful it can be, especially in the initial stages of a project, allowing us to have a segmented yet carefully considered approach to any new project.” – Nicholas Cherry
“I am very glad that this topic was covered in this course. It is definitely a good analytical method to learn and apply in engineering projects. The examples used in the workshops were excellent, enabling us to think about the possible scenarios and issues. I know that in the near future when I am involved in a real project, the PPIR tools will be very useful.” – Hanya Salaiman Al-Sadoon
Image: John Nurse from The Warren Centre’s PPIR Team takes La Trobe University students through the application of Professional Performance to a design project.