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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces concepts of the engineering design process and design philosophy through an authentic real world engineering problem. Tools such as risk management, contextual thinking, critical thinking, brainstorming and mind mapping are covered. A core aspect of the unit is introducing students to the Engineers Australia stage 1 competencies and the use of reflective writing to demonstrate the development of these competencies over time.

Unit content

  • What is engineering? What are the major and sub disciplines of engineering?
  • Introduction to the role of engineers in society and the importance of engineering ethics
  • Robotics, computer programming and logic control systems
  • The engineering design process and philosophy of engineering design
  • Engineering drawing
  • Conceptual problem solving techniques; brainstorming, mind mapping, critical and contextual thinking
  • Reflective practice, ePortfolios and Engineers Australia stage 1 competencies
  • Working as part of a team
  • Managing engineering risk

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain at broad and detailed level, the processes and philosophy of engineering design Knowledge of a discipline
2 contextually analyse, evaluate, critically review and synthesise information Intellectual rigour
3 use both written and oral formats to reflect on and explain ideas, concepts and processes to targeted audiences Lifelong learning
4 use reflective writing to demonstrate the development of engineering competency Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
5 explain the principles of managing risk in engineering Knowledge of a discipline
6 explain the importance of ethics and sustainability in professional engineering practice Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
7 effectively operate as a member of an engineering team. Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain at broad and detailed level, the processes and philosophy of engineering design
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. contextually analyse, evaluate, critically review and synthesise information
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. use both written and oral formats to reflect on and explain ideas, concepts and processes to targeted audiences
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. use reflective writing to demonstrate the development of engineering competency
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. explain the principles of managing risk in engineering
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. explain the importance of ethics and sustainability in professional engineering practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  7. effectively operate as a member of an engineering team.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.