UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed approved professional education courses (PEC) to use those courses to complete study in eligible postgraduate programs in one of two ways:

1. Study for Professional Practice. Prior successful completion of 12 days of approved PECs may count toward one component of this course — ZEIT8900 Professional Practice.

2. Credit towards Micro-credential Postgraduate Courses. Selected five‐day PECs may be used as direct credit into specified micro‐credential postgraduate courses.

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1. Study for ZEIT8900 Professional Practice

Students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved PECs may use those courses to complete study in post graduate course ZEIT8900 Professional Practice which has two main components:

  • prior successful completion of 12 days of approved PEC
  • an essay in approved form to explore issues related to the professional practice.

Note: ZEIT8900 Professional Practice, being a postgraduate course, requires payment.

  • An approved PEC is one that:

    • contains at least one day (at least 6 hours) of course work 
    • is delivered by a presenter, or presenters, that would be eligible for an appointment at an Australian university 
    • is assessed by at least one hour of examinations for every three days of work 
    • is able to be verified by inspection of course and assessment materials.

    If a PEC is approved, it will be mentioned in the course description. 

  • Students seeking to obtain recognition for successful completion of approved PECs are to contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Engineering & IT. With approval from the School, students may manually enrol in ZEIT8900 Professional Practice. Students then engage with Director of Postgraduate Studies to agree on a topic for their essay. The essay is submitted by the end of the relevant session and a mark is recorded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory. 

    Eligible programs:

    Master of Capability Management
    Master of Cyber Security
    Master of Cyber Security Operations
    Master of Cyber Security, Strategy & Diplomacy
    Master of Space Engineering
    Master of Space Operations
    Master of Systems Engineering

    In each of these programs, ZEIT8900 Professional Practice can be chosen as an elective.

    External course recognition

    A professional education course or another short course offered by a provider other than UNSW Canberra may be considered for inclusion in the list of approved professional education courses, providing it meets the criteria for an approved professional education course. If the course in question is not already listed on the list of approved professional education courses, an application may be made to the relevant school. An application of approval must contain at least the following:

    • evidence of the number of hours of work
    • evidence that the presenter(s) would be eligible for appointment at an Australian University (a brief CV of each presenter is required providing qualifications, background and experience)
    • evidence of the assessment for the course (must be at least one hour of examination for three days of course work), including copies of previous tests and marking criteria
    • a copy of the course materials (course notes and text).
  • The regulations governing UNSW Canberra postgraduate programs specify that credit towards a postgraduate program expires after a certain period. Currently this period is 10 years.

2. Credit towards micro-credential postgraduate courses

In addition to offering credit for attendance at 12 days of accredited PEC, UNSW Canberra offers directed credit from specified PEC into selected mainstream postgraduate courses (called micro-credential courses).

  • Within a postgraduate program, each postgraduate course is worth 6 units of credit (UOC). At UNSW Canberra, selected 6-UOC courses are associated with two 3-UOC micro-credential courses that comprise the theoretical (‘knowledge’) and practical (‘project’) components, respectively, of a parent 6-UOC course.

  • Each 3-UOC ‘knowledge’ course has a corresponding five-day PEC. A student who wishes to obtain recognition of successful completion of the five-day PEC must complete the assessment requirements of the PEC (receiving a Certificate of Successful Completion), enrol in the corresponding 3-UOC ‘knowledge’ micro-credential course (no fees apply) and complete a final assessment while enrolled as either a non-award or postgraduate coursework student.

  • Each ‘knowledge’ micro-credential course is a prerequisite for a ‘project’ micro-credential course which provides the practical component of the parent 6-UOC course and completes the required course learning outcomes of that parent course. Within a program, both 3-UOC courses must be completed in combination in order to achieve the total learning outcomes of the parent 6-UOC course. 

    Table 1. Micro-credential courses for UNSW Canberra programs

    Parent course (6 UOC each)

    Micro-credential courses (3 UOC each)


    Systems Engineering Practice

    ZEIT8238 Systems Engineering Knowledge

    School Consent

    ZEIT8239 Systems Engineering Project


    Requirements Practice

    ZEIT8240 Requirements Practice Knowledge

    School Consent

    ZEIT8241 Requirements Practice Project


    Systems Thinking and Modelling

    ZEIT8244 Systems Thinking and Modelling Knowledge

    School Consent

    ZEIT8245 Systems Thinking and Modelling Project


    ZEIT8231 Test and Evaluation

    ZEIT8246 Test and Evaluation Knowledge

    School Consent

    ZEIT8247 Test and Evaluation Project


    Satellite Communication

    ZEIT8242 Satellite Communication Knowledge

    School Consent

    ZEIT8243 Satellite Communication Project



    Table 2. Micro-credential courses and equivalent PECs
    Micro-credential course (3 UOC each)   UNSW Canberra five-day PEC
    ZEIT8238 Systems Engineering Knowledge  = Systems Engineering Practice
    ZEIT8240 Requirements Practice Knowledge  = Requirements Practice
    ZEIT8244 Systems Thinking and Modelling Knowledge  = Systems Thinking and Modelling Practice
    ZEIT8246 Test and Evaluation Knowledge  =

    Test and Evaluation Practice

    ZEIT8242 Satellite Communication Knowledge  = Satellite Communications | Advanced
  • All micro-credential courses have an exclusion of the equivalent 6-UOC equivalent course to prevent students repeating the same 6-UOC combination. For example, students completing the combination of ZEIT8238 Systems Engineering Knowledge (3 UOC) and ZEIT8239 Systems Engineering Project (3 UOC) would be excluded from enrolling in the parent ZEIT8226 Systems Engineering Practice (6 UOC).

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