Introduction to Engineering Design

    Unit code: NEF1204 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park


    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.

    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. Communicate effectively in a socially and culturally responsible manner in a Team Project demonstrating responsibility for individual contributions and the Team’s outcomes.

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    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Portfolio
    Grade: 20%
    Individual portfolio (additional 1000 words which excludes the copies of the reports which are part of the portfolio)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 30%
    Four (4) individual tests on design and CAD Skills
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 40%
    Teamwork including two (2) Technical Reports (3 students per team)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 10%
    Group presentation related to one technical report (3 students per team, 10 minutes per presentation)

    Required reading

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