Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Given the current circumstances we have been faced within 2020, the Faculty understand that, due to no fault of their own, some students who are due to graduate in Semester 2, 2020 are finding it difficult to meet the Engineering Professional Practice (EPP) requirement. This may be because industry placements or other professional practice has been cancelled or access to new placements has been limited.

The Faculty have put in place a COVID-19 Remote Learning & Working Reflection category which, if completed and passed, you will be able to claim an additional 60 hours towards your EPP milestone. It is important to note that only students who are due to graduate in Semester 2, 2020 will be eligible to claim hours under this category.

Two (2) reflections must be completed against the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies (using SEAL format) and submitted through the COVID-19 Remote Learning and Working Reflection Semester 2, 2020 Blackboard site for marking. The two (2) reflections must discuss the learnings and professional development you have gained with the transition to online learning and/or remote working during the COVID-19 health crisis. This could be in relation to a change in your working environment, or the changes to your study.

Some examples that could be reflected on include:

  • Working with a remote team
  • Time management when working or learning remotely
  • Building connections and working collaboratively with colleagues during online meetings

COVID-19 Reflection Template

Your reflection must be submitted on the COVID-19 Remote Learning and Working Reflection template. You will need to ensure that you clearly outline which Stage 1 Competency you are writing to at the beginning of each reflection, otherwise your reflection will be marked as a fail. Please make sure you delete all competencies in the template that are not relevant to the reflection that you are writing to.

If you do not use the COVID-19 Remote Learning and Working Reflection template, your reflection will be failed.

Note: The Engineering Professional Practice Reflection must still be completed separately to the COVID-19 Remote Learning and Working Reflection. More information about the Engineering Professional Practice Reflection requirement can be found here.

Submission process

The Student Employability Team will be working closely with Academics in your School to get COVID-19 reflections marked as quickly as possible. Your reflection should be marked within a fortnight of submission, and your hours will be approved or rejected once the result of your reflection has been received. Please be patient with the Student Employability Team as these claims are being processed in addition to the normal EPP claims.

Please ensure you follow the following step-by-step process so the Faculty can review and finalise your claim as quickly as possible:

  1. Download the COVID-19 Remote Learning and Working Reflection template.
  2. Select which two (2) Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies you will respond to and ensure that you delete ALL other competencies listed in the template.
  3. Review the SEAL format and write your two (2) reflections.
  4. Submit your reflections through the COVID-19 Remote Learning and Working Reflection Semester 2, 2020 Blackboard site for marking.
  5. Submit your hours claim under the COVID-19 Remote Learning and Working Reflection category through the EPP system. More information on this process can be found in the guidelines.
  6. Reflections will be marked by your School and your claim reviewed by the Student Employability Team.

For more information about the requirements and process for submission, please review the information in the COVID-19 Remore Learning and Working Reflection guidelines.

Due dates

The due date for submission of hours and reflections are as follows:

  • COVID-19 Remote Learning and Working Reflection due by 5pm on Tuesday 6th October, 2020 (week 9)
  • COVID-19 Remote Learning and Working Reflection hours claims due to be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 6th October, 2020 (week 9)
  • All other EPP hours claims that come under all categories listed in the EPP activity table due to be submitted through the EPP system by 5pm on Tuesday 6th October, 2020 (week 9)
  • EPP Reflections due to be submitted through the ‘Engineering Professional Practice 2020’ Blackboard site by 5pm on Friday 9th October, 2020 (week 9)

Note: to ensure all COVID-19 reflections can be marked through Blackboard and claims processed through the EPP system, students are strongly encouraged to submit their COVID-19 reflections as soon as possible.

Who is eligible to submit and claim the COVID-19 reflections hours?

At this stage, only students who are due to graduate in Semester 2, 2020 and whose professional practice has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis will be eligible to claim hours under this category. The Faculty will be continuing to monitor the circumstances and professional practice placement environment throughout 2020 and will review the EPP requirements for 2021 graduates, if required.