LismoreSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Introduces students to humanitarian engineering and human-centred design. Students will undertake a group design project in order to test their understanding of the human-centred design principles, the engineering design process, and working effectively in a team. Students will gain experience in professional skills including team communication, report writing and formal presentations. 

Unit content

  • What is humanitarian engineering?
  • Human-centred Design
  • Working in teams
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Finding and evaluating literature
  • Identifying and evaluating engineering risk
  • Engineering professional skills and competencies
  • Engineering drawings and sketches
  • Ensuring project sustainability
  • Writing in the discipline and constructing an effective written report
  • 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 report20%
Project report40%

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


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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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