Unit description

Introduces students to the development of a realistic project related to humanitarian engineering. Students will be exposed to the process of working in a team, when it is beneficial and why working as an individual also contributes to expeditious and efficient achievement of the design outcome. Experience in report writing and formal presentation of results will also be gained. A supported problem based learning strategy is used to develop skills in problem identification, concept formulation, critical and contextual thinking, evaluation and clear communication.

Unit content

Topic 1: What is problem based learning?
Topic 2: Working in teams
Topic 3: Finding and evaluating literature
Topic 4: Identifying and evaluating engineering risk
Topic 5: Engineering decision making
Topic 6: Engineering drawings and sketches
Topic 7: Quality control
Topic 8: Writing in the discipline and constructing an effective written report
Topic 9: Techniques for preparing presentations to describe proposed solutions clearly and succinctly

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

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

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Project report50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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