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ENGG4064: Advanced Engineering Design A (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ENGG4064: Advanced Engineering Design A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof White, Don
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: Distinction average WAM and department permission
Brief Handbook Description: The aim to this unit is to develop an understanding of the practice of engineering, utilising a diverse range of skills to solve complex problems. Students will gain skills in design, analysis and management by undertaking a significant project in a multi-disciplinary team comprising students from across the faculty. Each student will be required to work in a team to produce an integrated design in greater detail than is possible in ordinary classes and to write a significant design report presenting the results of the process. The ability to work in a team of engineers from different disciplines will be assessed as part of this design project.

We try to centre projects around a client, which can be an industrial facility, the Campus and Property Services Office of the University, Research departments within the university, or outside clients including non-profits and community groups.

Elements drawn from: Introduction to the design process, Clarification of the Brief, Inquiry, brainstorming, Design philosophy, Design optimization, Equipment design and costing, Hazard assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment, Project financial Analysis, Business planning.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: Only students with an AAM of > 75% at the end of Year 3 will be invited to join this interdisciplinary group
Lecturer/s: A/Prof White, Don
Timetable: ENGG4064 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Project Work - own time 10.00
T&L Activities: Project is run in second semester. Students enrol in the project in Semester 1

Students are split up into groups. Each group of students acts as a consulting Engineering team consulting on a project for a client. As far as possible we leave selection of the actual projects as late as possible so we can match the skills and interests of students enrolling with a real project with topical currency.

The projects over the last several years are listed later. All have been successful in their aims of

 Allowing students to work in a multidisciplinary team

 Giving students the experience of operating in a consulting engineering type of environment, requiring understanding across a broad range of disciplines and detail, in order to make professional decisions.

 Working for a client, and meeting their expectations for delivery of reports, regular meetings etc

 Developing your skills of Inquiry.

 To achieve these learning and development outcomes while contributing to a meaningful project and having some fun.

Don White supervises the projects overall, with various others involved with individual projects. Don has had thirty + years in manufacturing management and technical support principally in the Petrochemical, Chloralkali and Magnesium metal industries. He is now Adjunct A/Professor in the Engineering Faculty, runs an Engineering Consulting Business and has significant as Conservation interests, including being a Board member of the Environmental Protection Authority NSW (EPA) (until Feb 2012) and being the chair of the Nature Conservation Council NSW, the peak group for environmental non-government organisations in NSW.

The projects under consideration for 2013 will be developed during Semester 1. As far as possible, the selection of the actual projects is left as late as possible so we can match the skills and interests of students enrolling with real projects with topical currency. If students have projects in which they have an interest and may be suitable they are encouraged to propose them. Several projects have come from this route in the past.

Students will largely run the group project with guidance and advice from the clients’ supervisor and overall coordination by Don White. The arrangements will depend on the type of project and the number of students. A formal report to the client will usually be the final outcome, together with regular presentations and feedback to the client and preparation of a poster. At the end of the Semester, there will also be a presentation by each group to all students in the year, sponsors and industrial clients. The university and outside consultants will evaluate the final presentation and report. Individual members of the group are also expected to evaluate the performance of their peers as an input to the final mark.

The subject is “worth” 6 credit points, which is indicative of a quarter time commitment for the semester. We require group meetings for an hour or two once a week at a time to be mutually negotiated – but likely to be Wednesday. Team members arrange meetings at other times as is required. Regular meetings with the client will be required – often fortnightly – and usually at their premises.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Open ended project based methodology. Design (Level 4)
Project based on current industry requirement directly related to a specific field of Engineering Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Projects will be based on the prior engineering knowledge of the student with the aim of extending this knowledge Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Presentations and detailed reports will be required to complete the unit. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Reporting and oral presentation of results to both peers and an external audience Communication (Level 4)
The usual standards for a professional engineer will be applied to any assessment work within the unit Professional Conduct (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Project Management and Team Skills (Level 4)
1. Work in a Team and reporting to a client. Team is responsible for outcomes of their work Teams are largely self selected
Professional Conduct (Level 4)
2. Appreciation of the technical and financial trade-offs that exist in complex projects.
3. Environmental Impact Statement - process selection aspects
Communication (Level 4)
4. Ability to clearly present the results from both individual and group work in oral/written formats.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
5. Ability to use appropriate software to compare alternative designs -including the potential benefits of both process modification and process optimisation and factorial cost estimation. (Will vary depending on the Project)
6. Theory of hazard assessment and hazard operability studies. (Will vary depending on the Project)
Design (Level 4)
7. Ability to develop a wide range of alternative conceptual designs for a given product specification and market analysis.
8. Ability to evaluate process alternatives at the conceptual level with a view to creating a 'short-list' worthy of more detailed technical investigation.
9. Appreciation of the fact that technical considerations are only one component in an overall successful design project.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Attendance No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1,
2 Participation Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1,
3 Progress Report Yes 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
4 Project Report Yes 30.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
5 Presentation/Seminar Yes 10.00 Week 13 4, 5, 7,
6 Other Yes 10.00 Week 13 4, 5, 7,
7 Presentation/Seminar Yes 10.00 Week 13 4, 6, 8,
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 13 Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar
Assessment Due: Other
Assessment Due: Presentation/Seminar

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Advanced Engineering Program 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project Management and Team Skills (Level 4) No 25%
Professional Conduct (Level 4) Yes 10%
Communication (Level 4) Yes 20%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 0%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 17.5%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 0%
Design (Level 4) Yes 27.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.