Introduction to Engineering Design

Unit code: NEF1204 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
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.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

Learn more about single units of study at VU


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

Refer to VU Collaborate for recommended reading and additional resources.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

Search for units, majors & minors