Introduction to Engineering Practice
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewDesigned to introduce students to the scope and practice of professional engineering and the role it plays in today's society. Emphasis is placed on developing a range of technical skills and innovative thinking to find solutions to social needs within a sustainable framework. Teamwork and project management skills are also developed, and applied in a group design project.LEARNING OUTCOMES1. Explain and appropriately apply the general engineering method of problem solving.2. Explain and apply the concept of "the triple bottom line" (economic, social and environmental factors) to evaluate potential engineering solutions.3. Apply the engineering code of ethics in the context of engineering practice;4. Apply basic project management concepts and tools to a design project;5. Work effectively as part of a team;6. Communicate effectively in both written and oral form, including using the appropriate academic conventions of the discipline.CONTENTThe course includes introductions to the following topics:The role of engineers in societyThe engineering method: systems thinking and decision makingProject managementGroup work skills, such as effective meetings and dispute resolutionReport writing, including referencing and SI unit conventionsProcess economicsSustainability principles and life cycle analysisProfessional responsibility and ethicsPresentation skills.The group based project includes:Teamwork and organisational skillsProject managementDecision makingProcess selection and designEnvironmental impact, economic analysis and social considerations.Students may also be exposed to a limited amount of "discipline-specific" material so that they are able to better appreciate their chosen profession and complete their design project.
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.