ENG 1000 - Introduction to Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Elizabeth Yong

    This course is taught by Elizabeth Yong and a number of mentors for the Small Group Discovery Experience (SGDE).
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On 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
    6,8,9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Reference 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 Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    2 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)
    Workload

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


    Contact hours
    Lectures - 6 hours
    Workshops/Small Group Discovery Experience - 13 hours
    Site visits/Industry Speakers - 17 hours

    Workload hours
    Group/Individual Project Work - 58 hours
    Exam & Exam Preparation - 12 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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
    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
    * 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   
     
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students 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 Detail
    Assessment 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.
    Submission
    Submission details for each assessment task will be provided on MyUni. Late submissions will attract a late penalty of 10% per day.
    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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