ENG 3004 - Systems Engineering and Industry Practice
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code ENG 3004 Course Systems Engineering and Industry Practice Coordinating Unit Centre for STEM Education and Innovation Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 48 units at Levels I and II of the Program Incompatible ELEC ENG 3100, MECH ENG 3027, MECH ENG 3105 Assumed Knowledge ENG 1001 or TECH 1003 Course Description Good engineering solutions require consideration of systems thinking, including elements such as stakeholder requirements, life cycle management, and design documentation. This course will show how to apply a systems engineering approach to all of the elements of a universal engineering project: the consideration of the various stages of design, which include problem identification, concept generation, concept selection and design embodiment; and the fundamentals of good design practice, including aesthetics, ergonomics and safety. This course provides graphical, written and spoken language development in professional engineering industry contexts, as well as an awareness of the importance of career planning. Industry concerns such as ethical practice, sustainability, and environmental impact are strongly emphasised.
Course Coordinator: Dr Cristian Birzer
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
- Communicate professionally and effectively through written, oral, and graphical means with others in the engineering profession and broader community, including conveying deep discipline knowledge to a generalist audience
- Demonstrate an ability for self-appraisal of strengths and weaknesses in cognitive and affective domains
- Judiciously apply interpersonal skills in team-based communication, including active listening, negotiation, problem solving, conflict management and leadership
- Apply a systems engineering approach to formulating and solving engineering problems
- Analyse a given problem and develop an appropriate problem specification
- Define, compare and select from coherent feasible solutions to meet the problem specification
- Recognise and apply the Engineers Australia Code of Ethics
- Explain workplace health, safety, welfare and environmental issues relevant to the industry
- Demonstrate awareness of the importance of career planning
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 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)
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.
1, 4, 6
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.
3, 4, 5, 6
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.
1, 2, 3
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.
1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9
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.
2, 3, 7, 8
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.
Recommended ResourcesThere are a number of resources that are relevant to this course. Where applicable, they will be referenced in the course material for further reading.
Online LearningMyUni will be used for the course. Course information, lecture slides, lecture recordings, assignments and additional resources will all be available on MyUni.
This course will operate with the MyUni Learning Management System platform, Canvas.
The announcement section will be used to notify students of important information, with critical announcements (changes to deadlines etc.) also emailed to students. It is assumed and expected that students take note of these announcements.
MyUni Discussion Board
The discussion board will also be used as a consultation channel for contact with teaching staff. Questions for teaching staff of a general nature relating to the course or assignment requirements are to be posted on MyUni. This allows the responses to be viewed by other students with similar questions and ensures that all students are given the same information.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course consists of a mixture of online lectures and material, face-to-face workshops and guest speakers from industry.
The course is framed around three types of assessments:
- a group systems design project - From initial problem statement through to the selected concept
- an individual project proposal for a client; and
- the student's own professional development.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
It is expected that students spend:
- Up to six hours/ week on lectures, online mateiral and assignments over the course of the semester.
- Two hours/ week attending the workshops
Learning Activities SummaryIndustry Practice
- Human Centred Design
- Life Cycle Analysis
- Environmental Impact Analysis
- Climate Change
Ethics & Standards
- Reflective Practice and Thinking Critically
- Expositional Paragraph Structure and Cohesion
- Articulating your work in Written Reports
- Developing an Executive Summary
- Sourcing & Applying for Practical Experience
- Resumes, Cover Letters, LinkedIn - Branding
- Systems Approach to Engineering
- Engineering Decision Making
- Systems Engineering Management
- Solve the Right Problem: Context, Scenarios, Requirements
- Ideas to Reality: Architecture, Selection
- Model-Based Systems Engineering
- Design Considerations: Quality, Safety, Test and Evaluation, Planning Verification & Validation, Lifecycle Properties
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Individual/ Group Weighting Online quizzes - weekly Online quizzes Individual 8% Professional practice assessments x 2 Industry practice Individual 8% Critical thinking x 3 Industry practice Individual 8% Client report Industry practice Individual 20% Video presentation Industry practice Individual 8% Systems design project - Problem definition artefacts Systems Engineering/ Articulation of technical content Group 8% Systems design project - Final report Systems Engineering/ Articulation of technical content Group (scaled) 35% Systems design project - Executive summary Systems Engineering/ Articulation of technical content Group (scaled) 5%
In accordance with the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 1a. i: An exemption from the stated requirement that group assessment activities total no more than 30% has been granted.
Assessment DetailDetails are provided in MyUni. A summary of assessment tasks is as follows:
Online quizzes - used to confirm knowledge from weekly pre-recorded lecture content
Professional practice assessments - CV and self-assessment tasks
Critical thinking - Exercises to develop your capacity for thinking critically and creatively about real world open-ended problems
Client proposal: Individual work focussing on sustainability in industry
- Report - developing a proposed solution for a real client
- Video presentation - present the proposed solution in a short video for the actual client
Systems design project: Group project work using systems engineering to solve a real problem
- Problem definition artefacts - systems engineering outputs for the problem definition phase
- Final report - group report on the development of a solution for the real problem
- Executive summary - Critical communication of your engineering
SubmissionAll submissions are via MyUni.
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.
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