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ENGG1801: Engineering Computing (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ENGG1801: Engineering Computing (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: School of Computer Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Khushi, Matloob
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: COSC1003.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit introduces students to solving engineering problems using computers. Students learn how to organise data to present and understand it better using a spreadsheet (Excel), and also how to instruct the computer exactly what to do to solve complex problems using programming (Matlab). Real engineering examples, applications and case-studies are given, and students are required to think creatively and solve problems using computer tools.

Matlab will cover three-quarters of the unit. The remaining one-quarter will be devoted to the use of Excel in engineering scenarios. Furthermore, cross integration between Matlab and Excel will also be highlighted.

No programming experience is required or assumed. Students are assumed to have a basic understanding of mathematics and logic, and very elementary computing skills.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Anaissi, Ali
Dr Wu, Xi
Timetable: ENGG1801 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 12
3 Independent Study 8.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: computer laboratory

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.

(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1)
1. Employ good practices in developing MATLAB and EXCEL applications. Be aware of requirements for software benchmarking and validation.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1)
2. Develop a mini project report using ICT tools.
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1)
3. Examine digital images represented as matrices and operations on images abstracted as operations on matrices. Be aware of how imaging software products are based on matrix operations.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1)
4. Demonstrate ability to carry out simple matrix computations including matrix sum, product, dot product, calculating the determinant and elementary functions on matrix.
(4) Design (Level 1)
5. Identify the appropriate product for the particular class of engineering.
6. Evaluate data in Matlab from and in different formats and to interpret and process the data to obtain meaningful results. Able to plot data in 2 dimensions and use Matlab’s advanced 3-dimensional surface plots.
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
7. Reflect on basic concepts of computing such as abstraction, describing a solution of a problem as an algorithm and running Matlab programs. Ability to use MATLAB and EXCEL to model Engineering problems.
8. Demonstrate fundamental programming concepts such as flow of control, loops, functions and parameters passing. Able to use basic data structures such as arrays and structures of heterogeneous objects.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Lab Exercises No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 7, 8,
2 Lab Exam 1* No 5.00 Week 3 1, 7, 8,
3 Lab Exam 2* No 20.00 Week 8 4, 6, 7, 8,
4 Lab Exam 3* No 20.00 Week 13 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
5 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration.

Lab Exercises: Programming tasks done in weekly computer labs

Lab Exams: Practical programing tests in computer labs

Final Exam: Paper-based, written exam
Grading:
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 http://sydney.edu.au/policies . 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.
Minimum Pass Requirement It is a policy of the School of Computer Science that in order to pass this unit, a student must achieve at least 40% in the written examination. For subjects without a final exam, the 40% minimum requirement applies to the corresponding major assessment component specified by the lecturer. A student must also achieve an overall final mark of 50 or more. Any student not meeting these requirements may be given a maximum final mark of no more than 45 regardless of their average.
Policies & Procedures: IMPORTANT: School policy relating to Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

In assessing a piece of submitted work, the School of Computer Science may reproduce it entirely, may provide a copy to another member of faculty, and/or to an external plagiarism checking service or in-house computer program and may also maintain a copy of the assignment for future checking purposes and/or allow an external service to do so.

Other policies

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.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: www.it.usyd.edu.au/~engg1801

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 1 Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction, Excel basics
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Functions, Plotting, Solving equations, File I/O
Week 3 Lecture: Matrix algebra
Assessment Due: Lab Exam 1*
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: Matlab basics, If statements, Arrays
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: Loops
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: Functions
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial: Functions (continued)
Week 8 Lecture: Text and File I/O, Character strings
Assessment Due: Lab Exam 2*
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: 2-D and 3-D plotting, Surface plots
Week 10 Lecture/Tutorial: Matrix algebra
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Images, Movies
Week 12 Lecture/Tutorial: Interpolation and curve fitting
Week 13 Lecture/Tutorial: Help for the Final Exam
Assessment Due: Lab Exam 3*
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Aeronautical (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical (Space) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Law 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Arts 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Commerce 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Medical Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Project Management 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Science 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Mechanical Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Biomedical - Mechatronics Major 2013, 2014, 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010
Civil Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Construction Management) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Environmental) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Geotechnical) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Structures) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Aeronautical/ Project Management 2019
Aeronautical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Aeronautical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Aeronautical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Aeronautical / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Aeronautical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Aeronautical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Aeronautical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Aeronautical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Aeronautical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Aeronautical (Space) 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Arts 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Law 2015
Biomedical/ Project Management 2019
Biomedical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Biomedical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Biomedical / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Biomedical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical /Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Biomedical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2015
Biomedical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Chemical & Biomolecular/ Project Management 2019
Civil/ Project Management 2019
Civil 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Civil / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Civil / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Civil / Design in Architecture 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Civil / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Civil / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Civil / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Civil (Construction Management) 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2015
Civil / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Civil (Structures) 2015
Civil Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019
Mechanical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechanical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechanical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical/Science(Health) 2018, 2019
Mechanical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechanical (Space) 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Arts 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Science 2015
Mechanical (Space) / Law 2015
Mechatronic Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechatronic/ Project Management 2019
Mechatronic 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechatronic / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechatronic / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechatronic / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechatronic / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechatronic / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechatronic/Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Mechatronic / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Mechatronic (Space) 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Arts 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Commerce 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Project Management 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Science 2015
Mechatronic (Space) / Law 2015
Mechanical (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical (Biomedical) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Arts 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Medical Science 2010, 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Project Management 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Science 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical (Space) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic (Space) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Arts 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Commerce 2010, 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Biomedical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Project Management/Bachelor of Arts 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Project Management (Built Environment) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Built Environment) Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Software) Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Software) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Flexible First Year (2016+) 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Flexible First Year 2016+ / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Flexible First Year Program: STREAM A 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Arts 2015, 2013, 2014
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Commerce 2015, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Medical Science 2015, 2014
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Project Management 2015
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Science 2015, 2013, 2014
Mechanical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Mechatronic/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Flexible First Year 2016+ / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Flexible First Year 2016+ / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Flexible First Year 2016+ / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Flexible First Year 2016+ / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Flexible First Year 2016+ / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Flexible First Year 2016+ / Science (Health) 2019
Flexible First Year 2016+ / Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019
Flexible First Year 2016+ / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Flexible First Year 2019+ /Project Management 2019

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1) No 0%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1) No 7.65%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 1) No 9.15%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 1) No 16.15%
(4) Design (Level 1) No 25.29%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) No 41.79%

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.