Practical Work reports

The Practical Work component of the BE(Hons) also measures your ability to complete a formal written engineering report.

When is the report due?

Practical work reports are to be handed in to the Engineering Student Centre. Only the original copy of the work certificate will be accepted. Scanned photocopies will not be accepted

If you wish to participate in the May 2019 graduation ceremony, your final report must be submitted between 8.30am on Monday, 6 August and 4.30pm on Friday, 10 August 2018.

All students who intend commencing a University of Auckland Postgraduate Programme in Semester One 2019 must have their practical work reports in for marking by the above mentioned due date.

Please bear in mind the following:

  1. Scanned copies of the work certificate will not be accepted. 
  2. If your report is not of standard and you are required to revise and resubmit, then you will be asked to resubmit this report in the next intake period.

No extensions will be given. Students who hand in their reports after the due date will be asked to submit these in the next intake.

How long is the report marking process?

Marked reports submitted in August 2018 will be ready for collection from the Students Services Stall, Level 3, 20 Symonds St by 12pm on Monday, 15 October 2018. If your report is not there, it is because of one of the following two reasons:

  1. You have been asked to revise and resubmit the report.
  2. You have been asked to provide an original copy of the work certificate or your employer has been asked to verify the details on the scanned certificate (none of these have been done).

What should my report include?

Students must have the mindset of being a job connoisseur, assessing to the fullest extent the experience that one had as an intern. Think of your report as needing to give the reader maximal insight into what it was like to work at the company and how you contributed to all tasks. A new intern who reads your report should have a major advantage if they were to do an identical work internship to yours.

The report should give extensive insight into the experience of carrying out your role, without the necessity of explaining any final outcomes of the work performed. This report should be able to achieve an ‘A’ grade without the need for revealing confidential information. However, we do recognise the increased difficulty of report writing where the work outcomes cannot be mentioned for context. It is therefore up to the student to decide whether they would prefer to take on more research based work or have an easier task of writing the report and/or chance of winning the report writing competition. See student centre for further details.

It is possible to fail the report due to not reporting enough of one’s internship experience. This varies according to the number of hours claimed for any one report. It is important that when writing the report, a student attempts to cover the full extent of their experience with regards to all sections detailed below. If a report is lacking in comprehension or content, the report will be considered incomplete.

Markers assess hundreds of student reports each year. They can easily spot when a student has attempted to cover the bare minimum and mistakenly substituted comprehensive content with mere summaries of work outcomes. As the student, there is no way of requesting an arbitrary page number requirement for the report, as each student’s writing capabilities vary in terms of comprehension, relevant detail and clarity, all of which contribute to whether the scope/content is relevant enough and adequate for the grade given.

You must provide a separate report for each period of practical work. You can report your experience in active voice, unlike most professional reports.

Your report must not be more than 25 pages long and contain:

Title page

The title page contains your name, department, name and address of your employer, dates of the work period, date of report.


A brief summary (no more than 300 words) of the whole report; nature of organisation, type of work done, skills learned, conclusions drawn.


To thank the people who have assisted you in your work and made an impact on your overall work experience.

Table of Contents

Section headings and corresponding page numbers. List of figures, list of tables: figure/table numbers and titles, corresponding page numbers.


This section should be an overview of the overall report, and include a brief introduction to the company, your role during the period which you've worked, the work you've undertaken and what you learned out of the entire experience.

Early sections: Company information

These appropriately titled sections could include information on:

  • Layout of workplace or plant
  • Staff organisation structure and number of employees engaged in various work
  • General comments on buildings, plant layout, technical facilities and amenities for staff

Central section: Your work experience

Appropriate titles should be used for this section. You should provide a full description of the work you undertook and any other activities observed.

Reflective appraisal [COMPULSORY]

In this section you should critically appraise or evaluate your learning/knowledge gained within the practical work experience. This could include your impressions about the organisation and its performance. It would also be appropriate to comment on the skills you have developed and the lessons learnt in relation to professional engineering practice.

Please note that your reflective appraisal must be at least one page in length. 


Summary list of conclusions drawn, skills learned. Conclusions should be drawn on your entire work experience, and not any particular project(s) carried out.


If needed.


If required.


Sample marking sheets

Best Practical Work Report award

All Part IV students who have worked at ACENZ registered companies are invited to apply for the ACENZ Award for Best Practical Work Report (Part IV).