TECH 1003 - Engineering Technology and Digital Design

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

This core course provides an introduction to the role of a technologist. It will start the development of technical and professional attributes essential to perform this role effectively. Through participation in the learning activities, students will develop interpersonal communication and professional skills. Hands on experience with a modern digital design software suite commensurate with defence industry practices. This course will be delivered in a mixed mode, with intensive lectures complemented by workshops throughout the semester. Assessments will be a mixture of assignments, presentations and lab exercises.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code TECH 1003
    Course Engineering Technology and Digital Design
    Coordinating Unit Centre for STEM Education and Innovation
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Mixed: up to 30 hours during intensive period, and up to 4 hours per week in other weeks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods
    Restrictions Only available to students in BTech (Defence Industries)
    Assessment Professional portfolio, presentations, design report, in-class quiz
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Richard Matthews

    Lecturer: Dr Richard Matthews
    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 Apply professional conduct in order to effectively complete a course project.
    2 Communicate effectively in a professional setting
    3 Describe the complete product life cycle in the defence context
    4 Analyse and assess product solutions using modern digital tools in defence industries
    5 Use collaboration tools and enact cultural intelligence to order to work effectively in teams

    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)
    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
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture materials will be provided via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Dandy, G. Daniel, T. Foley, B and Warner R. (2017) Planning and Design of Engineering Systems. 3rd edition
    Dowling, D. Carew, A. and Hadgraft, R. 2013, Engineering your Future: an Australasian guide 2nd edition
    IEAust NOE/93/01 Engineering Drawing Handbook
    Blanchard, B. and Fabrycky, W. 2006. Systems Engineering and Analysis, fourth edition.
    Online Learning
    All required learning resources and course information will be made available on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course utilises a blended learning approach, consisting of a combination of face-to-face lectures, face-to-face design computer practical sessions and online activities.

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

    In line with University guidelines, it is expected that the average student should spend 12-13 hours per week on this course. In addition to the lectures (1 hours) and the design sessions (3 hours), students are expected to spend an additional 8-9 hours per week reviewing lecture material and working on upcoming assignments, development of an ePortfolio and design projects.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course will explore the following topics:
    • The Roles of an Engineering Technologist -This module will cover the basic concepts of what it means to be an engineering technologist as opposed to a technician or an engineer. Basic concepts of accreditation, licencing and safety are covered. Differences regarding career paths, skills and types of jobs will also be covered. The symbiotic nature of the three roles will be discussed as well as an introduction to the concepts of professional practice and culture.
    • Basic principles and methods - A preliminary introduction is made in to engineering decision making tools and the engineering method. An introduction to systems, system boundaries and system decomposition is made. 
    • Intriduction to engineering technology - Engineering technology is introduced through a historical context of industrial revolutions. While a predominately western focus is adopted, indigenous technology is included where appropriate. The influences of the likes of Demming, Taylor and Ohno is discussed. An introduction to the manufacturing environment is made along with computer numerically controlled machines, data driven design and advanced manufacturing techniques.
    • Fundamentals of design - An introduction to critical tools within the design and lifecycle of engineering technologies is made. This is contextualised through the Defence sustainment cycle and Defence product life cycle. An introduction to resilient systems, fault tolerant systems and security by design is also made.
    • Fundamentals of Technical Drawing - To facilitate the CAD package an introductory module on technical drawing will introduce the concepts of isometric, orthogonal and sectional drawings, how to use drawing implements, different types of lines and their applications. An introduction to GD&T and Australian technical drawing standards. 
    • Computer aided design - Stuidents will be introduced to and use the Dassault 3D platform. 

    Small Group Discovery Experience
  • 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
    Detailed handouts of each assessment task (including assessment criteria) are available on the Course Website (MyUni).

    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Design Project 25 Individual/Group Summative Week 9-12 1. 2. 5.
    Design exercise (x3) 30 Individual Summative Weeks 2,4 & 6 40% 2. 3. 4.
    Quizzes (x2) 20 Individual Summative Week 6 & 12 40% 1. 2. 3. 4.
    ePortfolio 20 Individual Summative Week 12 1. 2.
    Engagment 5 Individual Summative Weeks 1-12 1. 2.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.

    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    To support the changes to teaching, the following revisions to assessment have been made:-

    Group Project - 3% weighting, Group, Due week 8,5, CLO # 1,2,3,4,5
    Online Quiz - 20% weighting, Individual, Hurdle 40%, Due week 6,12, CLO # 1,3,4
    Design Exercises - 30% weighting, Group, Hurdle 40%, Due date TBA, CLO # 2,4,5
    ePortfolio - 20% weighting, Individual, Due week 4,6,9,12, CLO# 1,2,3,5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Details of all assessment tasks will be available on MyUni.

    This course includes peer assessment for the tasks undertaken within groups. Further detail of the peer assessment is contained on MyUni. To maintain the integrity of the assessment task(s) there is a requirement that all students within a group contribute to each assessment task. Where there is evidence that group members have not sufficiently contributed to a group assessment task, the Academic Honesty policy may be applied.
    Assessment Detail
    Details of all assessment tasks will be available on MyUni.
    Submission details for specific assignments are provided with the assessment details on MyUni. It is expected that all submissions are of a professional nature, have been self checked and are free of spelling and grammatical errors.

    A standard 10% per day late penalty will apply (unless specified otherwise on the applicable assessment requirements)
    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 ( 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.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.