Engineering Systems Design 1

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Engineering Systems Design 1

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Bioengineering, Biological Systems Engineering, Engineering Science, Systems Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Engineering Systems Design 1 introduces students to the world of engineering through a mix of design projects, interactive workshops and lectures. This subject centres on the engineering method, the approach to problem solving and engineering design that makes engineers unique. The subject will prepare students for an exciting and rigorous engineering education that will allow them to serve an increasingly complex society.
    This subject features designing a solution to a real-world challenge using skills from disciplines such as fluid mechanics, chemical engineering, water treatment, aerospace engineering, mathematical modelling and computer simulation.
    The engineering profession, engineering disciplines, problem solving, engineering method, mathematical modelling using appropriate software tools, data gathering, data analysis, fluid mechanics, conservation of material and energy in engineering processes, mass transport in two phase flow, report writing, communication skills.
    On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
    Explain the importance of engineers and the place of engineering in society
    Apply basic knowledge of fluid mechanics, chemical engineering and aerospace systems to solve design problems across multiple engineering disciplines
    Identify the nature of a technical problem and make appropriate simplifying assumptions, in order to achieve a solution
    Develop and construct mathematical, physical and conceptual models of situations, systems and devices, and utilise such models for purposes of analysis and design
    Analyse possible alternative engineering approaches and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in terms of functionality, cost, sustainability and all other factors
    Demonstrate competency in current tools for analysis, simulation, visualisation, synthesis and design, particularly computer-based tools and packages.
    Weekly subject reflective journal (10% in total, Hurdle requirement*). Intended Learning Outcome (ILO) 1 is addressed in the reflective journal
    Short quizzes, held during semester (5% in total, Hurdle requirement*). Addresses ILOs 2 and 6
    Team online blog, submitted three times during semester requiring 10 hours of work (10% in total**). Addresses ILO 1
    In-class team-based project assessments due throughout semester (15% in total**). Addresses ILOs 2, 3, 4 and 6
    Two hour written examination held in exam period (25%, Hurdle requirement*). Addresses ILOs 2,3 and 6
    A written end of semester group report, 40 pages in length (including diagrams and calculations), due in the exam period (35%**). Addresses ILOs 2 - 6.
    * The indicated individual assessment items (totalling 40%) are a combined hurdle requirement.
    ** Students work in teams of 5-6 on these indicated assessments and thus the workload is expected to be divided equally within the team.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.