Inherent Requirements Master of Engineering (Professional)

Master of Engineering (Professional)

James Cook University is committed to enhancing student access, participation and success in higher education and embracing the diversity of the communities we serve. The inherent requirements listed for the each course are designed to assist prospective students and all current students to make informed decisions for study.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession.

Reasonable adjustments

JCU assists students who are experiencing a disability to participate in this course, and achieve the inherent requirements of the course, on the same basis as someone who is not experiencing a disability. To do this, JCU works with our students and placement providers to develop agreed reasonable adjustments in accordance with the Student Disability Policy.

A reasonable adjustment is an arrangement, support, or modification, agreed in an Access Plan  to enable participation in learning and achievement of course requirements. Contact JCU’s AccessAbility Services to discuss possible adjustments. Please note that the process of negotiating and implementing reasonable adjustments may take several weeks.

In assessing whether an adjustment is reasonable, the University is entitled, in accordance with the Disability Education Standards, to maintain the inherent requirements of a course. If inherent requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, the University provides guidance regarding other study options.

How to interpret the inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are presented below as domains and sub-domains and contain the following information:

  • The definition of the inherent requirement
  • A rationale as to why it is an inherent requirement
  • Examples of the knowledge, skills, and capabilities that are required to satisfy the inherent requirements of this course.

The inherent requirements for this course should be read in conjunction with the Course and Subject Handbook.

The inherent requirements of the Master of Engineering (Professional) are:

Inherent requirement:Compliance with Australian Law and professional regulations.
Rationale:Knowledge and understanding of, and compliance with, legislative and regulatory requirements are necessary to reduce the risk of harm to self and others in professional and academic settings and ensure students are both responsible and accountable for their practice.
  • Comply with relevant Australian legislation.
  • Comply with relevant codes of practice for design, construction, and maintenance of engineering systems, and meet any other professional legislative requirements.
  • Ability to meet any membership or professional registration requirements.
Inherent requirement:Demonstrate knowledge of, and engage in, ethical and professional behaviour consistent with all relevant standards.
Rationale:Compliance with standards, codes, guidelines, and policies that facilitate safe, competent interactions and relationships for all students/graduates and the people they engage with, supports the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of all.
  • Uphold standards, codes, guidelines, and policies that facilitate safe, competent interactions and relationships within professional and academic environments.
  • Pursue ethical decision-making, reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues, and take responsibility for ensuring awareness of ethical behaviour.
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity in professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to apply ethical and professional standards and independent judgement in workplace, research, and academic settings.
Inherent requirement:Safe practice sufficient to meet professional and academic performance standards.
Rationale:Safe practices protect the rights, interests, and safety of all stakeholders in professional and academic settings. Further, Engineers Australia prescribes engineering practice that fosters the health, safety and wellbeing of the community and the environment.
  • Contribute to safe professional and academic environments, including adhering to the requirements of informed consent, privacy, and confidentiality in professional and academic settings.
  • Initiate and uphold relevant workplace health and safety policies and practices in professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to assess risk, and practice safety assessment and risk reduction.
  • Identify and respond to alarm systems in a time-sensitive manner.
  • Ability to work effectively, responsibly, and safely in diverse contexts and interdisciplinary teams.

Knowledge and cognitive skills

Inherent requirement:Demonstration of the necessary knowledge and cognitive skills to acquire disciplinary understanding and provide professional, competent practice.
Rationale:The ability to acquire information, accurately convey messages, and read, decode, interpret, and comprehend multiple sources of information is fundamental for the safe and effective delivery of engineering projects and services.
  • Capacity to research, recall, and process appropriate and relevant information, and evaluate its significance to make informed academic and professional decisions.
  • Ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate, and synthesise information and evidence, and evaluate its significance for specific purposes.
  • Capacity to identify, analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable or complex problems by applying discipline-specific knowledge and skills using initiative and high-level judgement.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of research principles, methods, techniques, and tools to established concepts to solve professional practice problems.
  • Capacity for independent critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, critical analysis, decision making, rational inquiry, and self-directed learning.


Inherent requirement:Apply English literacy skills to accurately acquire and interpret information and convey appropriate messages.
Rationale:The ability to read, decode, comprehend, interpret, and apply multiple sources of information are essential competencies required for effective professional and academic practice.
  • Engage in discussions and convey spoken and written messages, including complex academic perspectives, accurately, and effectively.
  • Capacity to understand and implement academic conventions to construct the written text in a scholarly and discipline-specific manner, and within a specific timeframe.
  • Interpret complex written and spoken language to enact verbal or written directions.
  • Enact communication strategies and techniques to effectively convey complex problems, risks, policies, and strategies to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


Inherent requirement:Accurate processing and reasoning with numbers and numerical concepts to meet professional and academic standards.
Rationale:Competency and accuracy with numerical concepts are essential competencies for engineering students and professionals.
  • Apply numeracy skills to interpret and solve problems in professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to conduct appropriate investigations by selecting and applying quantitative research methods.

Information and communication technology (ICT)

Inherent requirement:Apply ICT processes and tools fundamental for effective professional and academic practice.
Rationale:Competent knowledge and application of ICTs are necessary for effective practice.
  • Select appropriate ICTs to successfully accomplish professional and academic tasks in a timely manner.
  • Capacity to effectively use ICTs in professional and academic environments.
  • Effectively use ICTs to develop and present discipline-specific and/or client-specific projects in professional, academic, and community environments.

Verbal communication

Inherent requirement:Effective, respectful, and professional verbal communication in English to meet professional and academic standards.
Rationale:Effective interaction with spoken English is required for effective learning and to interact appropriately in different situations.
  • Ability to process complex verbal information, convey instructions, and respond clearly, accurately, and appropriately, in time-constrained academic and professional environments.
  • Convey spoken messages clearly, accurately, and effectively, and communicate in a sensitive manner that responds to cultural and individual differences.
  • Participate in meetings and professional consultations, and present to groups in professional and academic contexts.
  • Ability to communicate in a timely manner when speed and interactivity of communication are critical for individual safety and/or assessment.

Non-verbal communication

Inherent requirement: Recognise, interpret, and respond to non-verbal communication skills that enable respectful communication with others.
Rationale: The ability to recognise, interpret, and respond to non-verbal cues, communicate with congruent and respectful non-verbal behaviour, and be sensitive to individual and/or cultural variations in non-verbal communication is required for safe and effective professional and academic interactions.
  • Convey non-verbal behaviour that is respectful of others and consistent with the nature of discussions and presentations in both academic and professional environments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognise non-verbal cues.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and individual differences when using non-verbal communication.

Written communication

Inherent requirement: Ability to produce English text to a standard that provides clear and professional communication, with language usage and style which can be tailored to a specific audience.
Rationale: Effective written communication, in English, is an essential student capability, and a fundamental aspect of professional practice.
  • Construct and communicate complex academic and professional perspectives in writing, in a time-constrained environment, using appropriate formatting and referencing when required.
  • Produce accurate, concise, and clear written documentation that meets professional, academic, and, where appropriate, legal, and ethical requirements.
  • Read, understand, and apply precise and appropriate language to contribute clearly to handwritten and electronically produced records and reports in a time-constrained environment.
  • Ability to understand and communicate using discipline-specific characters, symbols, vocabulary, and language.


Inherent requirement: Ability to interact with visual inputs sufficiently to carry out observations, and engage in various learning environments which have visual components.
Rationale: Elements in the teaching, learning, and working environment are delivered by visual means, and the ability to learn from, or respond to, these inputs is required to provide safe and effective professional and academic performance.
  • Ability to process, and respond to, visual information obtained from engineering equipment and instruments.
  • Ability to process, and respond to, the visual information required to provide safe professional and academic environments.
  • Ability to set up and use discipline-specific equipment and respond to visual signals.


Inherent requirement: Ability to interact with auditory inputs sufficiently to meet professional and academic performance requirements.
Rationale: Aspects of the learning and working environments are delivered by auditory means, and the ability to learn from, or respond to, these inputs is required to uphold safety and for effective academic performance.
  • Actively listen, and contribute, to professional and academic discussions.
  • Respond to verbalised instructions in a timely manner.
  • Capacity to acquire auditory information accurately and effectively in professional and academic settings.


Inherent requirement: Ability to perform competently and safely in professional and academic environments.
Rationale: Certain engineering tasks are detected and measured by tactile means, and the ability to learn from, or respond to, these inputs is required for safe and effective performance.
  • Capacity to safely operate equipment to avoid harm to yourself and others.
  • Manipulate discipline-specific equipment to analyse findings.
  • Complete tasks within constrained timeframes.

Gross motor ability

Inherent requirement: Sufficient gross motor skills necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of others, and to function effectively in professional and academic settings.
Rationale: Sufficient gross motor skills are necessary to complete various engineering tasks and for safe performance and intervention.
  • Apply gross motor skills to perform tasks effectively and safely in professional and academic settings.
  • Enable safe mobilisation of equipment.
  • Complete tasks within constrained timeframes.

Fine motor ability

Inherent requirement: Manual dexterity and fine motor skills sufficient to meet professional and academic performance needs.
Rationale: A wide range of fine-motor skills is required to complete various engineering tasks and is necessary for safe and effective performance.
  • Apply fine motor skills to perform tasks effectively and safely in professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to manipulate instruments used in tests and measurements.
  • Capacity to complete tasks within constrained timeframes and in unfamiliar settings.
Inherent requirement:Sustained physical, cognitive, and psychosocial performance sufficient for safe and complete performance in a time-constrained environment.
Rationale:Sufficient physical and mental endurance is an essential requirement needed to perform multiple tasks in varying periods of time to provide safe and effective practice.
  • Ability to sustain study performance to sufficiently engage with the learning workload for a 13-week and/or more intensive study period, and for the degree, within a timeframe.
  • Capacity to maintain consistency and quality of professional performance, and complete all required tasks throughout a designated period of time.
Inherent requirement:Demonstrate behaviour that adapts to diverse and changing situations in professional and academic environments.
Rationale:Behavioural adaptability is required to work individually and in teams in changing and unpredictable environments. Students may be exposed to highly complex situations and are required to have behavioural adaptability to manage these events.
  • Adjust ways of working within teams of varied personal and professional backgrounds and opinions to facilitate effective decision-making.
  • Ability to manage your own emotions and behaviour effectively when dealing with multiple and/or changing demands in a range of settings.
  • Maintain respectful communication practices in times of increased stressors or workloads, and be receptive and respond appropriately to constructive feedback.
  • Adjust to changing circumstances in a way that allows self-care while maintaining a high level of professionalism.
  • Ability to function and adapt effectively and sensitively in complex and time-sensitive situations.