ENG 1001 - Introduction to Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

As a student engineer, you are part of the engineering profession. In this course, you will develop your identity as a modern engineer who will collaboratively contribute to sustainable and equitable communities. This course will broadly introduce the engineering profession and highlight the socio-technical and interdisciplinary nature of engineering. The themes of the course will enable students to: distinguish and practise professional conduct; communicate and interact in a style appropriate to academic and professional contexts, including oral, written, and graphical styles; explain the engineering method from problem formulation through the complete life cycle; generate and assess ideas and solution alternatives for engineering problem solving; critically evaluate proposed engineering solutions in terms of sustainability, economic, environmental and social considerations; and apply basic project management strategies and processes. These themes will be explored through a variety of team and project-based learning activities.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENG 1001
    Course Introduction to Engineering
    Coordinating Unit Centre for STEM Education and Innovation
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 Hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible ENG 1000, CHEM ENG 1010, MECH ENG 1006
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods
    Restrictions Not available for non-English language background international students doing an Engineering degree with an English language score for admission or via a Foundation Studies Program. Engineering students falling into this category should enrol in ENG 101
    Assessment Tutorials, Peer assessment, Oral presentation, Group report, Reflective practice
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Leonard

    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 Distinguish and practice professional conduct.
    2 Communicate and interact in a style appropriate for academic and professional contexts.
    3 Explain the engineering method from problem formulation through the complete life cycle.
    4 Generate and assess ideas and solution alternatives.
    5 Critically evaluate proposed engineering solutions from safety, sustainability, economic, environmental and social perspectives.
    6 Apply project management strategies and processes.

    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: 1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Detailed resources for the major project will be located on the Engineers without Borders Australia first year challenge website when released.
    Recommended 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.

    Dowling, D.G., Carew, A., and Hadgraft, R.G. (2013) Engineering your future : an Australasian guide. Second Edition. John Wiley
    & Sons Australia, Milton, Qld.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will be delivered through multiple modes and activities. All information and resources will be available through MyUni.

    All lectures will be delivered online. Other classes will be held in person each week, with arrangements in place to make them as safe as possible. While students are encouraged to attend these classes in person, there will also be the option to participate in these workshops entirely remotely. The course comprises:

    Online lectures,
    Team workshops,
    Digital Engineering workshops.

    No information currently available.

    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
    Reflection Report 15 Individual Summative Weeks 5 & 11 1. 2. 6.
    Individual Design Report 15 Individual Summative Weeks 7 & 10 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Team Design Report 30 Group Summative Weeks 6 & 12 Yes 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Presentation 10 Group Summative Week 9 2. 3.
    Quizzes 15 Individual Summative Weeks 1-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
    Digital Engineering 15 Individual Summative Week 2-4 1. 2. 6.
    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 Detail
    Details of all assessments will be available through MyUni.
    All submissions will be electronic, through MyUni
    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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