ENG 3004 - Systems Engineering and Industry Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENG 3004
    Course Systems Engineering and Industry Practice
    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 ELEC ENG 3100, MECH ENG 3027, MECH ENG 3105
    Assumed Knowledge ENG 1001
    Assessment Online quizzes and tests, individual assessment, group assessment, peer assessment
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kim Harvey

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. 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
    2. Demonstrate an ability for self-appraisal of strengths and weaknesses in cognitive and affective domains
    3. Judiciously apply interpersonal skills in team-based communication, including active listening, negotiation, problem solving, conflict management and leadership
    4. Apply a systems engineering approach to formulating and solving engineering problems
    5. Analyse a given problem and develop an appropriate problem specification
    6. Define, compare and select from coherent feasible solutions to meet the problem specification
    7. Recognise and apply the Engineers Australia Code of Ethics
    8. Explain workplace health, safety, welfare and environmental issues relevant to the industry
    9. Demonstrate awareness of the importance of career planning
    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)
    4 - 8
    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 - 6
    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
    1, 3, 4 - 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
    1 - 3, 4, 7, 9
    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, 3, 5, 7, 8
    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
    1 - 5
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    There 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 Learning
    MyUni 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.

    MyUni Announcements
    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 Modes
    This 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.
    Weekly two-hour workshops will support the student's development and progress through the projects over the course of the semester.

    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 Summary
    Industry Practice
    • Human Centred Design
    • Life Cycle Analysis
    • Environmental Impact Analysis
    • Climate Change
    Risk Assessments

    Ethics & Standards

    Critical Thinking
    • 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 Engineering
    • 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
  • 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 Task Type Individual/ Group Weighting
    Online quizzes - weekly Online quizzes


    Professional practice assessments x 2 Industry practice Individual 10%
    Client report Industry practice Individual 20%
    Reflections x 3 Industry practice Individual 10%
    Video presentation Industry practice Individual (group presentations) 10%
    Systems design report Systems Engineering/ Articulation of technical content Group (scaled) 35%
    Systems design report - Executive summary Systems Engineering/ Articulation of technical content Group (scaled) 5%
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    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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