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ENGG1061: Advanced Engineering 1 (2017 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ENGG1061: Advanced Engineering 1 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Faculty of Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Johnston, Ron
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: ATAR equivalent score of at least 98 and faculty permission
Prohibitions: ENGG1111.
Brief Handbook Description: Real engineering in first year! The course is designed to introduce Advanced engineering students to the essential generic engineering skills of communication, problem identification and solution, design, teamwork, and understanding of the social, cultural, global, ethical and environment responsibilities of the professional engineer. These skills are pursued through a real world Engineers Without Borders Challenge project in a developing country.
Assumed Knowledge: Good performance in HSC Maths, Physics and Chemistry.
Additional Notes: Enrolment by Dean`s invitation for high achieving HSC students (ATAR equivalent score of 98 or higher).
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Lecturer/s: Professor Johnston, Ron
Timetable: ENGG1061 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Tutorials are designed to expand upon concepts presented in lectures, and to provide demonstration exercises to support each key concept or skill. Advanced Engineering students are expected to participate well in tutorials and come prepared to actively discuss the week`s topic.

Team-based project: Students work in small teams to plan, design, build, test and report on a medium sized engineering project based on real world issues.

Research: A central feature of the Advanced Engineering program is a team-based engineering project running throughout the semester, which will require independent research and application of the skills outlined in lectures and tutorials. Advanced 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.

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.

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
The group based EWB project requires the extensive application of design and problem-solving skills. Design (Level 1)
Developing effective communication skills is a central objective of the Advanced Engineering program. Assessed exercises in verbal and written communication, and in preparing a project report directly address communication competences. Advanced Engineering students will complete an extensive group report and presentation on their solution to the EWB challenge. Communication (Level 1)
Professional practice is a core focus of the Advanced Engineering program. Specific components include teamwork, leadership, engineering design and problem-solving, ethical challenges, environmental sustainability, and professional liability. Advanced Engineering students work on the EWB challenge as a small team with a high level of Professionalism. Professional Conduct (Level 1)
The EWB challenge requires the application of strong skills in teamwork and project management. The EWB challenge requires focused, committed teams to work effectively together with strong project management skills and professionalism. Project and Team Skills (Level 1)

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 and Team Skills (Level 1)
1. To work effectively with a small team of students to solve real world engineering problems, with realistic goals, timelines and milestones.
Professional Conduct (Level 1)
2. Ability to identify professional issues relevant to a contemporary engineering challenge and appropriate responses.
Communication (Level 1)
3. Ability to present and discuss engineering issues and concepts in a range of writing formats, including essay and technical report.
4. Ability to produce written text at a high academic writing standard with regard to essential language features of structure, style, grammar, presentation.
5. Ability to speak to a live audience of peers and academics as part of a group presentation.
Design (Level 1)
6. Advanced Engineering students will develop engineering design and problem solving skills by completing the Engineers without Borders (EWB) challenge, in competition with their fellow advanced students.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Essay* No 20.00 Week 3 3, 4,
2 Project Proposal* Yes 5.00 Week 4 1, 2, 3,
3 Presentation* Yes 10.00 Week 7 5,
4 Preliminary Report* Yes 10.00 Week 8 1, 3, 4,
5 Prototype Demonstration* Yes 15.00 Week 10 1,
6 Final Report* Yes 30.00 Week 12 1, 3, 4,
7 Reflection Report* No 10.00 Week 12 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 5 days; beyond 5 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.

Preliminary Report: Group report on project progress, suitable for extensive feedback from lecturer

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.

Participation: Participation and attendance in all tutorials and team activities, plus reflection report.
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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Engineering Your Future
Online Course Content: Learning Management System

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

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) challenge.
Lecture/Tutorial: Introduction to the course
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Written Communication
Lecture: Engineering Methods / Skill development
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Detailed EWB Challenge
Lecture/Tutorial: Teamwork/Project Management
Assessment Due: Assessment Due: Essay (Edit from Assessments Tab)
Assessment Due: Essay*
Week 4 Lecture: Engineering problem solving
Lecture/Tutorial: Engineering in developing communities
Assessment Due: Project Proposal*
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial: EWB report construction
Lecture/Tutorial: Creativity and engineering design
Week 6 Lecture: Key Enabling skills for the Engineer
Lecture/Tutorial: Presentation skills
Week 7 Lecture: Liability
Other: Project presentation
Assessment Due: Presentation*
Week 8 Lecture: Occupational Health and Safety
Other: Feedback on presentation and preliminary report
Assessment Due: Preliminary Report*
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial: Sustainable engineering
Lecture/Tutorial: Industry perspective
Week 10 Other: Feedback on prototype and draft report
Other: Prototype demonstration
Assessment Due: Prototype Demonstration*
Week 11 Lecture: Working as a Professional Engineer
Lecture/Tutorial: Engineering ethics
Week 12 Other: Reflection preparation
Other: Final report work
Assessment Due: Final Report*
Assessment Due: Reflection Report*

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
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 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 Engineering 2016, 2017
Civil / Arts 2016, 2017
Civil / Commerce 2016, 2017
Civil / Design in Architecture 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 Engineering 2016, 2017
Electrical / Arts 2016, 2017
Electrical / Commerce 2016, 2017
Electrical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Electrical / Project Management 2016, 2017
Electrical / Science 2016, 2017
Software Mid-Year 2016, 2017
Software Engineering 2016, 2017
Software / Arts 2016, 2017
Software / Commerce 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
Project and Team Skills (Level 1) Yes 37%
Professional Conduct (Level 1) Yes 3.25%
Communication (Level 1) Yes 57.75%
Design (Level 1) Yes 2%

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.