C&ENVENG 1008 - Engineering Planning & Design I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

Introduction to engineering; engineering planning and design methodology; basic systems concepts; creative aspects of design; economic, environmental and social evaluation of engineering projects; introduction to microeconomics and environmental economics; decision theory; scheduling; engineering ethics; sustainability; engineering practice; safety and safe design; case studies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 1008
    Course Engineering Planning & Design I
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Physics and Maths Studies
    Course Description Introduction to engineering; engineering planning and design methodology; basic systems concepts; creative aspects of design; economic, environmental and social evaluation of engineering projects; introduction to microeconomics and environmental economics; decision theory; scheduling; engineering ethics; sustainability; engineering practice; safety and safe design; case studies.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Bernie Foley

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    A schedule of activites for the timetabled classes will be available on MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Identify and use idea generation techniques to undertake the preliminary design of engineering projects using appropriate methodologies;
    2 Carry out a comparison of engineering projects using standard economic methods;
    3 Describe methods for carrying out a comparison of engineering projects using social and environmental considerations;
    4 Apply the critical path method to simple projects;
    5 Demonstrate familiarity with real-world engineering accidents and disasters;
    6 Actively contribute to an engineering project by being an effective team member;
    7 Manage an engineering project and apply basic management strategies;
    8 Describe the concept of sustainability as applicable to engineering work;
    9 Explain the role of ethics in the engineering profession and demonstrate a commitment to them; and
    10 Explain fundamental microeconomics concepts.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 6, 7, 9
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5, 6, 7, 9
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    5, 6, 9
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    6, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Dandy G.C., Daniell, T.M., Foley, B.A. and Warner R.F. (2017) Planning and Design of Engineering Systems. Third Edition. CRC Press, ISBN 9781351230674.

    This text is available online through the Barr Smith Library at

    Detailed resources for the Small Group Discovery Project will be located on the Engineers without Borders Australia first year challenge website when released. 2018 is available at https://ewbchallenge.org/cambodian-rural-development-team-crdt
    Recommended Resources
    Dowling, David Graeme & Carew, Anna & Hadgraft, R. G 2013, Engineering your future : an Australasian guide, 2nd ed, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Milton, Qld.
    Online Learning
    All reading material and assessment requirements will be available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Interactive lectures will be supported by problem solving tutorials and a Small Group Discovery Project. Preparation required for the interactive lectures and tutorials will be advised through MyUni. Students will be required to complete the given preparation tasks.

    The tutorials are designed to give students exposure to different tutorial formats and therefore will vary from one week to the next. Worked solutions to the tutorial questions will not be provided on MyUni, as detailed feedback will be provided to the class within the tutorial session. Students seeking further clarification are encouraged to use the course consulting hours.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact hours
    Private study
    On-line quizzes -


    In-class tutorial quizzes 10 20 30
    Small Group Project 10 50 60
    Lectures 32 - 32
    Exam 2 22 24
    TOTAL 54 102 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures and tutorials will be offered on the following topics:
    Introduction to Engineering
    The Engineering Methodology
    Creativity in Engineering Planning and Design
    Principles of Economics
    Working in Groups and Teams
    Engineering Report Writing
    Introduction to Decision-Making
    Project Scheduling
    Introduction to Sustainability
    Environmental and Social Impacts of Engineering Projects
    Professional Ethics
    Microeconomics fundamentals

    The above topics are consistent with the course learning outcomes and are aligned with the Small Group Discovery Project.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This course includes a Small Group Discovery Project. The project will be undertaken in groups which are mentored by an experienced academic, with assistance from additional teaching staff.

    The Project will be aligned with the Engineers Without Borders Australia Design First Year Design Challenge (https://ewbchallenge.org/cambodian-rural-development-team-crdt). The challenge is coordinated at a national level and  has been specifically constructed for first year engineering students. It requires students to research and design feasible and sustainable design solutions for a designated developing community.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    On-line quizzes 5 Individual Summative Weekly 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 8. 9. 10.
    In-class tutorial quizzes 10 Individual Formative / Summative Weekly 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9. 10.
    Small group project - progress report 2 Group Summative Week 5 1. 6. 7.
    Small group project - Draft report 5 Group Summative Weel 8 1. 2. 3. 6. 7. 9.
    Small group project - Final report 28 Group Summative Week 12 1. 2. 3. 6. 7.
    Exam 50 Individual Summative Exam period Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9. 10.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. a. i   
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    This course includes the Small Group Discovery Project, which is undertaken in groups (5-7 students). These groups will be allocated with students given the opportunity to nominate one of their group members. This course includes peer assessment for the Small Group Discovery Project. Further detail of the peer assessment is contained on MyUni. To maintain the integrity of the assessment  there is a requirement that all students equally contribute to the Small Group Discovery Project. Students will be required to indicate their individual contribution to the project and where there is evidence that group members have not sufficiently contributed to a group assessment task, the Academic Honesty Policy may be applied.

    Requests for exemption from coursework components will only be considered when presented on an Exemption from Attendance Form. All exemption requests must be made by the end of Week 3 of Semester. Exemptions will not be considered for exams or in-class quizzes and cannot account for more than 30% of the overall course result.

    In order to pass this course, students must obtain at least 40% for the exam. Where this exam hurdle is not met, students will receive a course result of the lessor of their calculated grade and the nominal grade of 45, Fail. An additional assessment exam will be available to eligible students. Students should refer to the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy for eligibility criteria. Students who do not pass the hurdle requirement cannot pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Details of all assessment tasks will be available on MyUni.

    The Exam
    will be a closed book mulitple choice exam.

    Online Quizzes will be multiple-choice and will be marked online automatically.

    In class tutorials will run each week and while being valuable for learning will also contribute to the final assessment.
    Submission details for all tasks will be avaible through MyUni. With the exception of the in-class tutorials all submissions will be electronic through MyUni. The submission time for all online submissions in this course is 4 pm on the due date.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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