Industry demands graduate engineers to undertake all-encompassing design tasks that require a comprehensive range of skills often with minimal training and assistance. In preparation for this challenge, this unit requires students to undertake a range of advanced design tasks based on real life engineering projects. Students will work individually and in a team to resolve a complex engineering problem. Students will implement systems design and project management process, drawing on principles and theoretical knowledge developed in the prerequisite units. Depending on the project, students will get the opportunity to gain effective use of common engineering computer aided design software, numerical modelling, project planning, budgeting/costing, and scheduling and resource allocating techniques. To ensure that teams are working towards a realistic project outcome, regular assessments will include written portfolios and oral presentations on progress. Other assessments will comprise of two (2) design reports that will be supported by oral presentations. The reports will document the complete design process, the analysis of the design and comparison with the original project specifications. Students will be required to work with intellectual independence acting responsibly and accountably as professionals.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Reading material will be negotiated in consultation with the supervisor and will be appropriate to the topic under investigation. Design brief and specification documents will be provided.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):