This unit is based on a series of problems designed to both introduce students to systematic problem solving methods and to build on and apply knowledge introduced in other first year semester 1 units. The problems will focus on a range of issues related to engineering practice and sustainability. Students will be required to undertake data analysis and manipulation using various computing tools, including spreadsheet software and fundamental programming techniques.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply fundamental knowledge of mathematics and science to solving engineering problems;  
  2. Plan and adapt systematic approaches to solving engineering problems;  
  3. Undertake data analysis and manipulation using various computing tools, including spreadsheet software and fundamental programming techniques in solving problems;  
  4. Identify, propose and initiate solutions to broad sustainability issues related to engineering problems;  
  5. Work individually and collaboratively, as both a team member and leader, to complete tasks and evaluate own and others' performance; and  
  6. Exemplify safe laboratory practices and an ability to identify potential safety hazards.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Team Oral Presentation (15 Minutes/team and 5mins Q&A) 10%
Report Two Team Project Reports (1500 words each, per team) 2x20% each. 40%
Test Two Class Tests on computer programming 2x15% each. 30%
Test Two Class Tests on projects (2x5%each). 10%
Test After class quizzes (6) 10%
For any team assessment, a percentage of student's mark is based on observations of their contribution to the overall task, as such; attendance is mandatory in the workshops.

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