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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Tuesday, December 8 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
| 5F | Workshop: PPIR: Introducing Professional Performance to Engineering Students

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Background or Context:  

The Professional Performance, Innovation and Risk in Australian Engineering Practice program (“PPIR”) and its associated Protocol for Performance have been developed by The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, a not-for profit think tank located at the University of Sydney. Ashley Brinson is Executive Director at The Warren Centre. John Nurse is a member of the PPIR Advisory Board, with long-term experience in the development and coordination of PPIR training programs.

This workshop presents PPIR and the potential for PPIR-based teaching within engineering education. The aim is to assist in the development of “industry ready” graduates, with exposure to cross discipline engineering skills and cross-entity skills (owner/engineering company/construction company/equipment supplier), and exposure to a professional performance methodology and “real world” case studies.

Purpose or Goal: 

The specific outcomes from participation in this workshop are the understanding and appreciation of:

The PPIR program and its role in delivering professional performance in the Australian engineering industry and profession

The benefits of inclusion of Professional Performance (based on the PPIR Protocol) in engineering education curricula.

The application of specific learning approaches, including case studies and role play exercises.


Participants will take part in activities applying the principles of the PPIR Protocol for Performance: 

Simple Case study: assessment and implement of a task assigned to a graduate engineer identifying hidden complexity in the (apparently) simplest task. 

Complex Case study:  applying PPIR to a more complex real world case study, involving multiple contractual parties and consideration of technical, project and contract risk. 

Role-play:  delegation of a task, using the PPIR Protocol to ensure a common understanding and alignment between the parties. 

The activities will be undertaken in table groups. Pens and paper will be required. 


The target audience is those teaching or developing curriculum content related to professional practice / management / project management. No prior knowledge is needed. The intended learning outcome is an understanding of an approach for inclusion of Professional Performance, based on the PPIR Protocol, within engineering education.

Tuesday December 8, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Gaming Room RACV Torquay map C8

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