If you're studying this unit in Melbourne, it's delivered in our First Year Model from semester 1, 2018. Instead of juggling four units at once, you'll focus on this one unit across a four-week period. 

This unit is based on a series of problems designed to both introduce students to the design process and to apply knowledge introduced in other Year 1 units of study. The problems will therefore emphasise creative thinking in design, generating and evaluating alternatives against a range of technical, environmental, social and economic criteria, and making the final design decisions. The unit also incorporates a module on professional drawing practice including projections and views, dimensioning, different drawing types and using computer-aided design (CAD) software.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
NEF1204

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply a systematic approach to engineering design;  
  2. Find, organise and evaluate information on a range of topics related to problems in engineering design;  
  3. Identify and evaluate technical, environmental, social and economic factors impacting on the solution of engineering design problems;  
  4. Use computer-aided design (CAD) software to develop and present design solutions;  
  5. Communicate effectively with others orally, in writing and by means of engineering drawings;  
  6. Demonstrate an ability to learn individually and collaboratively in a team environment;  
  7. Use a personal reflective journal and demonstrate improvements in their effectiveness as learners; and  
  8. Respond to diverse learning situations in a socially and culturally responsible manner.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two (2) Short individual tests on design in class 10%
Report Teamwork including technical reports (4000-5000 words as a cumulative total for a team of four (4) students per semester) 45%
Portfolio Individual portfolio (additional 1000 words which excludes the copies of the reports which are part of the portfolio) 25%
Presentation Team Oral Presentation (5 minutes per student) 5%
Test CAD Skill 15%

Required reading

Sustainable Design: The Science of Sustainability and Green Engineering
Vallero, D.A, and Brasier, C., (2008)
Richmond: Wiley

PBL in Engineering Manual 2nd ed.
VU, School of Engineering and Science, (2009)
Melbourne: Victoria University

Communication Skills Handbook for First Year Students in the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science 9th ed.
VU, Faculty of Arts, (2009)
Melbourne: Victoria University

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