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ENGD1000: Building a Sustainable World (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ENGD1000: Building a Sustainable World (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Faculty of Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Sakhaee, Ehssan
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: must be in the Dalyell stream
Prohibitions: ENGG1111 OR INFO1111.
Brief Handbook Description: This course is designed to introduce Dalyell Engineering & IT and students from other Faculties to the challenge of building a sustainable world, while also developing essential professional skills of leadership, communication, problem identification and solution, design, teamwork, project management and understanding of the social, cultural, global, ethical and environment responsibilities of the professional graduate. These skills are pursued through a real world Engineers Without Borders Challenge team-based project in a developing country, supplemented by a 'Fast Response Challenge' to identify and develop a major business opportunity.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: Unit is available only to students in the Dalyell Stream
Lecturer/s: Dr Sakhaee, Ehssan
Professor Johnston, Ron
Timetable: ENGD1000 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 1.00 1 13
2 Workgroup 2.00 1 13
3 Presentation
4 Meeting
T&L Activities: Tutorial/Project work - designed to expand upon concepts presented in lectures, and to apply them to the various phases of the project. Dalyell students are required to participate whole-heartedly in tutorials and project work to share and deepen their learning.

Team-based project: Students work in small teams to plan, design, build, test and report on a technology-based project to improve the lives of their target community.

Research: A central feature of the Dalyell Engineering program is a team-based project running throughout the semester, which will require independent research and application of the skills outlined in lectures and tutorials. Dalyell Engineering students are expected to conduct extensive independent research with minimal guidance from tutors and lecturers.

Presentation: Students are required to make a team presentation about their project to their peers, and supported by their prototype, to a public audience. In addition, groups of teams (cohorts) will make a major public presentation on their `fast-response challenge`.

Independent Study: Students will need to engage in a significant amount of independent study to absorb the lecture/tutorial material and develop the necessary skills to complete the project.

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.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
1. Ability to present and discuss contemporary issues and concepts in a range of writing formats, including essay and technical report.
2. Ability to produce written text at a high academic writing standard with regard to essential language features of structure, style, grammar, presentation.
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1)
3. To work effectively with a small team of students to address real world sustainability issues, with realistic goals, timelines and milestones.
4. Dalyell students will develop leadership, design, problem solving teamwork and project management skills by completing the Engineers without Borders (EWB) challenge, in competition with their fellow talented students.
5. Ability to speak to a live audience of peers and academics as part of a group presentation.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1)
6. Ability to identify professional issues relevant to a contemporary sustainability challenge and appropriate responses.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Academic Integrity Module No 0.00 Week 1
2 Tutorial Activities No 10.00 Multiple Weeks (During your timetabled class) 3, 5, 6,
3 Research and Evaluation Report* Yes 10.00 Week 3 1, 2, 3, 6,
4 Presentation* Yes 15.00 Week 6 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
5 Prototype Demonstration* Yes 15.00 Week 10 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
6 Final Report* Yes 20.00 Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 6,
7 Rapid Response Challenge Yes 10.00 Week 13 1, 4, 5, 6,
8 Reflection Report No 20.00 STUVAC (Week 14) 1, 2, 3, 4, 6,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration.

There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.

Late assignments will incur the following penalties: 5% per day up to 10 days; beyond 10 days the mark is zero.

Essay*: Individual assessment that assesses cognitive, logic and written communication skills.

Project Proposal*: Group written proposal of proposed solution to project problem.

Project Presentation*: Group project presentation designed to assess cognitive, teamwork, time management and verbal communication skills.

Prototype Demonstration* - a physical or software-based demonstration of the key aspects of the design.

Final Report*: Designed to assess leadership, teamwork, problem solving, creativity, project management and design skills.

Self and Peer evaluation*

Your group mark does not necessarily reflect on your final individual mark as level of contribution from group members to group project is considered through self and peer evaluation as well as other forms of observation.

There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Online Course Content: Learning Management System - Canvas

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Tutorial: Familiarisation with available resources and learning processes; completion of preferred team role diagnostic
Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to Building a Sustainable World; the key role of teamwork
Assessment Due: Academic Integrity Module
Week 2 Lecture: Effective Communication; introduction to EWB Challenge
Tutorial: Team formation; Research and Evaluation report writing; preparation of team constitution
Week 3 Lecture: Self Leadership, Mindset and Metacognition
Tutorial: Leadership Skills: effective communication and motivation; proposal development
Assessment Due: Research and Evaluation Report*
Week 4 Tutorial: Leadership skills - industry engagement; Research and Evaluation Report feedback
Lecture: Creativity and design; Project Management; Trade-off Tables
Week 5 Lecture: Presentation Skills
Tutorial: Proposal feedback; the industry mentoring component
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: Project presentation
Lecture/Tutorial: Project presentation
Assessment Due: Presentation*
Week 7 Lecture: Leadership Skills - system thinking
Assessment Due: Preliminary Report* (Edit from Assessments Tab)
Other: Q&A Session with EWB representative; feedback on presentation; briefing on preliminary report
Week 8 Lecture: Work, Health & Safety; Risk Assessment; Sustainability; Ethics
Tutorial: Preliminary Report development
Week 9 Lecture: The Business Challenge of Economic Development and Disaster Relief
Other: Prototype presentation rehearsals; feedback on preliminary report
Week 10 Other: Prototype demonstration
Other: Prototype demonstration
Assessment Due: Prototype Demonstration*
Week 11 Lecture: IT Tools and Skills to to support Sustainability
Tutorial: Leadership Skills - Mentoring & Coaching
Assessment Due: Final Report*
Week 12 Fast Response Challenge
Lecture: Briefing on Fast Response Challenge
Week 13 Fast Response Challenge Cohort Presentation
Assessment Due: Rapid Response Challenge
STUVAC (Week 14) Assessment Due: Reflection Report

Course Relations

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

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Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) No 32%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1) No 54.75%
(4) Design (Level 1) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1) No 13.25%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.