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Unit description

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Reflective writing20%

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 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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