ELEC ENG 2103 - Design & Innovation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

The course introduces the engineering processes of planning, design and innovation, including ethical, social and environmental responsibilities of professional engineers. Topics include; The work of engineers and their outputs; systems engineering concepts; the life cycle of systems; risk, safety and sustainability; the engineering method; design thinking; innovation and creation; managing engineering projects; engineering and business; engineering and society; regulations and social constraints; ethics; working in teams; professional competencies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 2103
    Course Design & Innovation
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge Proficiency in the application of basic principles of electric circuits, analog electronics and digital electronics, such as may be obtained by passing Level I courses on these topics
    Course Description The course introduces the engineering processes of planning, design and innovation, including ethical, social and environmental responsibilities of professional engineers. Topics include; The work of engineers and their outputs; systems engineering concepts; the life cycle of systems; risk, safety and sustainability; the engineering method; design thinking; innovation and creation; managing engineering projects; engineering and business; engineering and society; regulations and social constraints; ethics; working in teams; professional competencies.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Sorell

    Course Coordinator:
    Name: Dr Matthew Sorell
    Email: Matthew.sorell@adelaide.edu.au
    Room: Ingkarni Wardli 3.37
    Phone: 8121 8493

    Name: Dr Richard Matthews
    Email: richard.matthews@adelaide.edu.au
    Room Ingkarni Wardli 3.37
    Phone: 0414 275 570
    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 Explain the engineering method and how it applies to the product life cycle from conception through to sustainment and decommissioning;
    2 Practise the creative processes of engineering design and innovation;
    3 Explain the nature of professional responsibilities and ethical practice;
    4 Critically compare proposed engineering solutions in terms of sustainability, environmental and social impact;
    5 Apply basic engineering project management techniques; and
    6 Contribute effectively to project team outcomes

    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   1.3   1.4   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, 5
    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
    2, 4
    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
    5, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
    2, 3, 4, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Primary Reference:
    Dandy, G.C., Walker, D.J., Daniell, T.M. and Warner, R.F. Planning and Design of Engineering Systems (2nd Edition), Taylor and Francis, Oxfordshire, UK, 2008.
    Available as an e-book:  https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781482265859 

    All additional required learning resources will be made available online, through MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Dowling, D., Hadgraft, R., Carew, A.,  McCarthy, T., Hargeaves, D., Baillie, C.: Engineering Your Future: An Australasian Guide (Third Edition), Wiley, 2016.  ISBN: 9780730314721.
    Online Learning
    Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 in South Australia:

    - Lectures will be delivered via synchronous online Zoom recordings. 
    - One workshop will be delivered in an online stream
    - one workshop will be delivered in a face to face stream

    These are subject to change as further restrictions are implemented. 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Learning in this course will be achieved through a variety of modes including: background reading; synchronous online lectures; workshops conducted in face-to-face or remote stream; case studies and group project work.

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

    Activity Contact hours Non-contact hours TOTAL
    Lectures 10 10 20
    Tutorials/workshops 24 12 36
    Quizzes (2) 2 10 12
    Assignments (2) 0 10 10
    Project 11 60 71
    TOTAL 47 102 149
    Learning Activities Summary
    In this course lectures will provide background information on the process of in engineering design and the method that engineers of all specialisations use to undertake the design of all projects, large and small.  The nature of creativity and innovation and their roles in this provess will be discussed.  Similarly the social and ethical responsibilities of engineers will be discussed.  Workshops will be used to explore thise topics in greater detail and to illustrate the multi-facted aspects of engineering design through case studies.

    A group project, focussing on the design of a complex engineering system will be undertaken, to give students the opportunity to practise  innovation, group work, professional responsibilities, project management processes and ethical and sustainable design.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The group project will form basis of a small group discovery experience in this course.  Throughout the project groups will meet up to four times with an experienced researcher to discuss their ideas and designs and to receive advice on how to plan and execute their project.
  • 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
    Assignments 30 Individual Formative Weeks 2, 8 **  1. 2. 3. 4
    Group Project 50 Group Summative Week 12 ** 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
    Project seminar 10 Group Summative Week 12 ** 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
    Self and peer assessment SPLAT 10 Individual Summative Weeks 4, 6, 10, 12 ** 5. 6.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    ** A minimum of 40% must be obtained in each component in order to pass the course.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    All assignment submissions will be online, in PDF format.  Submission instructions will be provided when the assignment specifications are released.  Unless instructed otherwise, all submissions will be due at 3:00pm sharp on the due date.  Any late submissions will be subject to mark reductions according to School policy.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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.

    This course was offered for the first time in semester 2, 2018.  Some student feedback questioned the relevance of the course to their studies.  Some were unhappy with the non-quantitative content of the course.  Other students requested more guidance in the conduct of the group project.  In 2018 we will include a guest lecture from an experienced engineer to help contextualise and explain the importance of the content.  Additional lecture and workshop content will be provided to help guide the progress of the project, particularly in the early stages.

    In 2019 this course was offered again. Feedback included the need for further use of personal anecdotes from experienced lecturers with industry practice and for project management skills to be introduced earlier in the subject so as to better be used in the group project. In 2020, a new lecturer is teaching the course who has significant industry experience. As part of this new teaching method, the course material has been reordered to better align with the workshop assignment and project work. The individual quizzes have also been removed to allow students to focus on the group project as continuous assessment.
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