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ENGG4064: Advanced Engineering Design A (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ENGG4064: Advanced Engineering Design A [shell][not offered] (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: Faculty of Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Prof Johnston, Archie
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
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
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 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.

Archie Johnston supervises the projects overall, with various others involved with individual projects. Archie has had many years experience in environmental and civil engineering. He was Dean of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney from 2009 to 2017 and now has an Consulting Business that operates in Australia, China and Chile. He also serves on a number of corporate Boards.

The projects under consideration for 2019 have been 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 Archie Johnston. 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. Office space is available at 21 Ross Street do undertake design work and interact with industry partners. Regular meetings with the client will be required – often fortnightly – and usually at their premises or at Ross Street..

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.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. Work in a Team and reporting to a client. Team is responsible for outcomes of their work Teams are largely self selected
2. Appreciation of the technical and financial trade-offs that exist in complex projects.
3. Environmental Impact Statement - process selection aspects
4. Ability to clearly present the results from both individual and group work in oral/written formats.
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)
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,
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.

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

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 2015, 2016, 2017
Advanced Engineering Program till 2014 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2016, 2017
Civil 2016, 2017
Civil / Arts 2016, 2017
Civil / Commerce 2016, 2017
Civil / Design in Architecture 2016, 2017
Civil / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Civil / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Civil / Project Management 2016, 2017
Civil / Science 2016, 2017
Civil / Law 2016, 2017
Civil Mid-Year 2016, 2017
Electrical Mid-Year 2016, 2017
Electrical 2016, 2017
Electrical / Arts 2016, 2017
Electrical / Commerce 2016, 2017
Electrical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Electrical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Electrical / Project Management 2016, 2017
Electrical / Science 2016, 2017
Electrical / Law 2016, 2017
Software Mid-Year 2016, 2017
Software 2016, 2017
Software / Arts 2016, 2017
Software / Commerce 2016, 2017
Software / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Software / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Software / Project Management 2016, 2017
Software / Science 2016, 2017
Software / Law 2016, 2017

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 0%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 4) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 4) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 4) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 4) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 4) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 4) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 0%

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.