What do I need to do?
From the day you first become an undergraduate Monash Clayton Engineering student (or equivalent, if you transferred to Monash Clayton from another campus or institution) you should begin to think about your CPD. You cannot graduate without completing the CPD requirement.
You should access the Student Futures website early to familiarise yourself with its functionalities.
Once you begin CPD activities you’ll need to reflect on the skills you learned, and the sooner you do this, the better.
There are three main steps to completing your CPD requirement:
- Step 1
Participate in and complete activities for your CPD
- Step 2
Record these activities in Student Futures and reflect on them
- Step 3
Proceed to Moodle and complete the assessment piece
The CPD Process – Example for a student studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) single degree
- Year 1
Familiarise yourself with the CPD requirement and the Student Futures platform.
Begin investigating and participating in activities that can count towards your CPD. Enter activities into Student Futures and reflect on them.
- Year 2
Continue to participate in CPD activities and enter them into Student Futures and reflect on them.
Consider finding engineering related work experience opportunities. Be sure to enter your experience into Student Futures and reflect on it.
- Year 3
Continue with your CPD activities. Be sure to keep reflecting on them as you go.
- Year 4
Ensure you have completed, or are close to completing at least your minimum skill and hour requirements. If not make sure you get involved in activities as soon as possible to complete your minimum requirements. Your CPD is due in your final semester*
Finalise your reflections in Student Futures. Make sure you have reached at least the minimum hour and skill requirements. Download your CPD certificate
Make sure you are enrolled in the CPD unit in WES (ENG0001)
Complete the assessment piece in Moodle to submit your CPD for assessment. It is advised that in the assessment piece you reflect on the Engineering experience you gained through your CPD.
*Double degree students – your CPD is due at the end of Week 3 of the semester containing your final engineering units
What are the skills I need to achieve?
There are nine different skills listed on Student Futures, and you need to address each one twice over, plus a third time for the first one, as shown below:
- Communication (x 3)
- Creativity and Innovation (x 2)
- Initiative and Enterprise (x 2)
- Intercultural Competence (x 2)
- Planning and Organisation (x 2)
- Problem Identification and Solution (x 2)
- Professionalism (x 2)
- Teamwork (x 2)
- Use of Tools and Technology (x 2)
Two of each, with a third of Communication, equals 19 skills in total that must be reflected upon (minimum). Feel free to address as many as you wish, but the specific 19 skills outlined above must be reflected upon.
To find out what each of these skills involve, and for examples and suggestions on how you can address each one, visit the ‘Skills’ link at the top of the Student Futures dashboard (homepage).
There is no limit to how many skill reflections you can write to a single activity. If you feel that you only exercised one skill while attending a four-hour activity, so be it. But if you feel that you exercised 25 skills while you were there, then that’s fine too. You can describe multiple instances of a single skill at the same activity if you’re discussing different examples in each reflection. The longer the activity, the more likely that you’ll have multiple skills to reflect on. It all comes down to your individual experience – and the reflections you write to justify your claims.
As you enter your CPD activities, Student Futures will prompt you with questions to reflect on your experience, using the STAR method:
S – Situation (background, setting of scene)
T – Task, or Target (what exactly needed to be done – when, where, with whom?)
A – Action (what you did, and how and why you did it)
R – Result (outcome – what happened, what you learned)
If you’d like some assistance with writing your reflections in the STAR method, free Writing Workshops are run each semester to assist students develop skills to write in various styles, including the STAR method.
Limits and restrictions on what can count toward your minimum hour requirement
There is a maximum number of hours (PDF, 0.1 MB) that can be claimed toward your minimum hour requirement for each of the six Category Types:
- Engineering Work Experience
- Non-Engineering Work Experience
- Engineering Professional Development
- Non-Engineering Professional Development
- Engineering Curriculum
- Non-Engineering Curriculum
It’s important that you understand that you can (and should) submit to your CPD all relevant hours of activities you’ve undertaken. There’s no limit on how many hours you can enter into the system. The best way to impress your future employers by your overall CPD totals is to submit all the activities you’ve completed. Put it all in, and see your total hours grow to be the largest legitimate number it can be. We do not limit what you can submit to your overall CPD, only what counts toward your minimum hour requirement from certain categories.
When we talk about ‘limits’ and ‘the maximum number of hours you can claim’, we are exclusively talking about the number of hours you can claim against your minimum requirement of hours in order to be eligible to graduate. Those limits are not intended to restrict what you submit to your CPD as a whole.
The assessment piece is made up of six questions, with each one addressing a specific Engineers Australia (EA) competency (you can see the assessment questions (PDF, 0.09 MB) here, but please note that these questions may change over time, so this attachment is a guide only).
Use Moodle to answer all six questions, then upload a PDF providing (in chronological order) all supporting documentation you kept on-hand to substantiate your activities. Finally, upload your ‘CPD Completion Certificate’ PDF from Student Futures, which will include:
- your name, Monash email address, and the date you downloaded your CPD Completion Certificate
- the official Monash logo and details to verify the authenticity of the report
- a single-page summary of your CPD hours and skills (showing how far over and above the minimum requirements you went, assuming you continued to add more than was required of you), which is ideal for including in your CV
- copies of all your written reflections, designed for you to review as preparation prior to a job interview
You will need to agree to the online coversheet before uploading your complete CPD submission to be checked by TurnItIn for any accidental or intentional plagiarism. If TurnItIn identifies any problems with your submission, you will be advised to address the issues before re-submitting.
Once your CPD submission has been successfully uploaded, an academic from your department will assess your submission (including verifying your claims with the people whose contact details you provided as part of your submissions and reviewing your supporting documentation PDF). If there’s anything further that needs addressing, they will contact you for clarification and/or re-submission. When they give your submission a pass, you’ll have completed your CPD.