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.

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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; and  
  7. Use a personal reflective journal and demonstrate improvements in their effectiveness as learners.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two CAD skill tests (2D and 3D) 20%
Portfolio Individual portfolio of engineering designs 35%
Report Teamwork including technical reports and presentation (approx 1000 words per team member) 45%

Required reading

A comprehensive set of Unit Notes in electronic format will be available through the VU Collaborate.

Communication Skills Handbook for First Year Students in the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science 10th edn
VU, Faculty of Arts, (2013)
Melbourne: Victoria University

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