Introduction to Engineering Practice

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Engineering Practice

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Engineering Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Designed 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.
    1. 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.
    The course includes introductions to the following topics:
    The role of engineers in society
    The engineering method: systems thinking and decision making
    Project management
    Group work skills, such as effective meetings and dispute resolution
    Report writing, including referencing and SI unit conventions
    Process economics
    Sustainability principles and life cycle analysis
    Professional responsibility and ethics
    Presentation skills.
    The group based project includes:
    Teamwork and organisational skills
    Project management
    Decision making
    Process selection and design
    Environmental 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.

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.