ENG 1000 - Introduction to Engineering
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code ENG 1000 Course Introduction to Engineering Coordinating Unit Engineering, Computer Sc & Math Faculty Admin Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Core course in Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Flexible Entry program Course Description This course introduces students to the range of engineering disciplines and the engineering method of problem-solving, as well as sustainability and other issues associated with the practice of engineering. This introduction is made through a mix of lectures, group-based activities, site visits, and presentations from practising engineers. Since a key attribute of successful professional engineers is the ability to communicate effectively, the course focuses on improving core engineering communication skills. As part of a group students will attempt the Engineers Without Borders Challenge, which is an opportunity to devise engineering solutions to a problem faced by a specific developing community.
Course Coordinator: Ms Elizabeth YongThis course is taught by Elizabeth Yong and a number of mentors for the Small Group Discovery Experience (SGDE).
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 appreciate the non disciplinary-specific aspects and open-ended nature of engineering problems 2 demonstrate the basic principles of the engineering method 3 apply the key concepts of design, ethics, safety and sustainability 4 explain the nature of the role of engineers in a global society 5 explain the nature of the work of an engineer in fields of Civil, Environmental, Mining, Chemical, Electrical & Electronic, Mechanical and Petroleum Engineering 6 recognise the need for lifelong learning and for continuous professional development 7 critically evaluate and interpret information through research 8 write and speak in a style appropriate to academic and professional contexts 9 work effectively in small teams
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: 1.5 1.6 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)
2,3 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
1-4, 7, 8 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
4,9 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3-8 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
1,2,4,7,9 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
Required ResourcesReference Book
An extract from this reference book is available on MyUni and the book is available for loan in the Barr Smith Library:
Dowling, D, Hadgraft, R, Carew, A, McCarthy, T, Hargreaves, D, & Baillie, C 2016, Engineering your future: an Australasian guide, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons Australia.
An e text version is available for purchase from the publisher.
Online LearningA range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes2 x 2 hour workshops per week
6 x 1 hour Small Group Discovery sessions during the semester (see timetable)
3 x 4 hour visits to industry sites replace the 2 hour workshop in 3 weeks of semester (see timetable)
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Lectures - 6 hours
Workshops/Small Group Discovery Experience - 13 hours
Site visits/Industry Speakers - 17 hours
Group/Individual Project Work - 58 hours
Exam & Exam Preparation - 12 hours
Learning Activities Summary
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Group Charter 2 Group Summative Week 2 9. Communication Skills Practice and Graded 8 Individual Formative & Summative Weeks 3- 4 6. 7. 8. Problem Definition 7 Group Summative Week 4 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9. Draft and Final Research Discussion Paper 24 Individual Formative & Summative Weeks 5 & 9 3. 6. 7. 8. Performance Criteria Oral Presentation 7 Group Summative Week 6 1. 2. 3. 4. 7. 8. 9. Interim & Final Reports 40 Group Summative Weeks 8 & 11 1. 2. 3. 4. 7. 8. 9. Presentation to Client (Video) Peer Assessed 2 Group Summative Week 10 1. 2. 3. 4. 7. 8. 9. In class test 10 Individual Summative Week 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. Total 100
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Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are expected to attend all workshops and participate in all group meetings for the Engineers Without Borders Challenge project, and to attend industry site visits.
Lectures and presentations by guest speakers are recorded. All material presented in the course is examinable.
Assessment DetailAssessment criteria are provided on MyUni for all assessment tasks.
The research discussion papers and tests will be assessed as individual tasks. Marks for group assessment tasks related to the Engineers Without Borders Challenge will take into account peer assessment for the work of all members in the group.
Tests during semester will be online multiple-choice.
The Class Test in Week 12 will be a combination of online multiple choice, short answer and essay-type questions.
SubmissionSubmission details for each assessment task will be provided on MyUni. Late submissions will attract a late penalty of 10% per day.
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
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