UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed approved professional education courses (PEC) to use those courses to complete study in eligible postgraduate programs through the study for professional practice process. 

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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.

In-house delivery

UNSW Canberra Short courses may be available for in-house delivery at your organisation's premises. In-house courses allow maximum attendance without the additional travel costs. Courses can be developed to suit the specific staff development and training needs of your organisation. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.