On Campus
1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 2-hour computer lab weekly

Distance (External)
1 x 2-hour online lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour online tutorial weekly
1 x 0.5-hour supervised study weekly
2 x 2.5-day intensive workshop per semester
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ENGR1207, ENGR8711 has been successfully completed
Tutorial Assignments, Laboratory Exercises, Design Assignment, 3D Printing Assignment.
Topic description

Initiation, planning and development of engineering projects including such subjects as feasibility studies, design and performance specifications, creativity, decision theory, construction, testing and evaluation, operation, maintenance and sustainability of engineering systems and the optimum use of resources. Social, economic, political, international and environmental issues related to engineering projects. Drawing and documentation standards, theory and practice, including design and modelling software.

Educational aims

This topic aims to introduce students to the general nature of and the core professional practices associated with engineering design in the context of engineering projects, with emphasis on the social, economic, political, international and environmental issues. The topic also develops skills in drawing and documentation.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Appreciate the role of engineers in society and the purposes of engineering projects
  2. Understand the basic processes involved in engineering planning and design
  3. Apply systems concepts and elementary optimisation theory to the modelling of engineering processes
  4. Use decision theory and basic economic analysis for the evaluation of engineering projects
  5. Identify and consider the social, economic, political, international and environmental dimensions of an engineering project
  6. Apply the principles of sustainable development
  7. Use software tools for engineering drawing, modelling and documentation

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.