ENGG1805: Professional Engineering and IT (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ENGG1805: Professional Engineering and IT (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Kennedy, Geoff
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: ENGG1805 aims to introduce students to the fundamental principles that underlie the study of engineering and information technologies. It lays the foundation for later studies, and presents to the students challenges common to a multidisciplinary engineering environment. The subject also provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of engineering ethics and of working as a part of a team.

Professional Engineering and IT (6CP) is composed from the following five parts: (a) Introduction to engineering: the engineer as problem solver, critical analysis of greatest engineering achievements and failure. (b) Introduction to common engineering software tools: word processors, project management tools (c) Ethics and workplace health and safety. (d) Testing – concepts of destructive and not destructive tests will be given on samples. (e) “Meet the professionals” – A selection of guest speakers will address students on the most important aspects of the engineering profession. (f) Design Process - The process of design synthesis as an important part of engineering: students will be required to complete an engineering design (from conception, to implementation and testing) maintaining proper lab notes.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Professor Nebot, Eduardo
Dr Ward , James
Dr Davis, Richard
Tutor/s: TBA
Timetable: ENGG1805 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Laboratory 2.00 1 13
3 Project Work - own time 2.00 1 10
4 Independent Study 4.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Lecture: Key concepts discussed and readings and practical tasks discussed

Laboratory: Practical, hands-on supervised tutorial/laboratory

Project Work - own time: Group project work to learn about all aspects of team work and group management.

Independent Study: Students are expected to undertake prescribed reading and homework exercises and assignments.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Problem Solving, Creativity and Design is taught explicitly in week 5 (lecture and laboratory). The group project also develops design and problem solving skills. Design (Level 1)
Students see examples of how problems are solved in Engineering and IT, through lectures (including guest lecturers from IT/ EIE/ AMME disciplines) and readings. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
A specific topic of this UoS is the acquisition of information literacy through lab activities and an on-line library tutorial, followed by a self-administered quiz. These skills are also drawn by all other assignments. Information Seeking (Level 2)
Developing effective oral and written communication skills is one of the objectives of this UoS. Assessed exercises in verbal and written communication, and in preparing a project report directly address these skills. Communication (Level 2)
Professional practice is the central focus of this UoS. Specific components include professional practices in IT and Engineering, design and problem-solving, ethical issues, project management and team leadership, occupational health and safety and professional liability.

Students undertake a group project, with 4 different assessments throughout the semester. The aim of the group project is to learn about all aspects of team work, problem solving and group management.
Professional Conduct (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 1)
1. Describe a systematic approach to problem solving and demonstrate ability to solve a problem solving in simple controlled situation.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 1)
2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of privacy and security issues in the information economy.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
3. Explain the principles of intellectual property and identify the most appropriate license or other type of protection for a given work.
4. Appreciate the basic principles of engineering and software design and testing, including finding compromise between user specification, feasibility and cost.
Information Seeking (Level 2)
5. Retrieve information about a particular topic using digital libraries and other sources.
Communication (Level 2)
6. Demonstrate ability to produce written and oral communication of a professional standard.
Professional Conduct (Level 2)
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and processes of professionals working in the areas of engineering and information technology.
8. Appreciate the importance of ethical behaviour in engineering and computing
9. Explain issues relating to occupational health and safety in the engineering and computing workplace
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
10. Understand the principles of leadership and group work and be able to work effectively in a group to accomplish a task
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Check point tasks No 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 4, 7, 10,
2 Team task Yes 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 4, 5, 10,
3 Quick Quizzes - reading and prelab preparation No 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
4 QUIZ 1 (Due by Mar 30) No 6.00 Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
5 Assignment 1: Article Review (Due Apr 4) No 12.00 Week 5 (Friday) 5, 6,
6 Assignment 2: Oral Presentation (Due Apr 4) No 13.00 Week 5 (Friday) 5, 6,
7 QUIZ 2 (Due by May 4 ) No 8.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
8 QUIZ 3 (administered in lab class) No 11.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
Assessment Description: Team task: Group project

Assignment: Written assignment: article review

Presentation/Seminar: Oral presentation

Quiz: Quizzes

Check point tasks: Practical exercises to submit at the end of each lab/tutorial
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • ENGG1805 Course Handbook
Online Course Content: Blackboard eLearning site for ENGG1805

Course material will be updated on weekly basis only on the Blackboard eLearning site for ENGG1805
Note on Resources: Textbook: There is no text required for this subject

Course Handbook: Students need to buy the Handbook at the University Copy Shop

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Success and Failure in Engineering and Computing.

Course introduction, outline and expectations.
Week 2 Writing Communication in Engineering and Computing

Producing Quality Documents using word processing.
Week 3 Another approach to document preparation, Latex

Oral Communications In Engineering and Computing
Week 4 Management problems in engineering and computing projects.

An introduction to project management tools and techniques.
Week 5 Problem Solving, Creativity and Design

Designing and Classifying Algorithms
Assessment Due: QUIZ 1 (Due by Mar 30)
Assessment Due: Assignment 1: Article Review (Due Apr 4)
Assessment Due: Assignment 2: Oral Presentation (Due Apr 4)
Week 6 Approaches Testing in Engineering; Engineering tools for testing

Examples and Problems in Testing in Engineering
Week 7 Working in teams: Guidelines for team work, the nature of leadership

Ethics frameworks. Codes of ethics and Best Practice in Engineering and IT
Week 8 Software Testing

Testing of Large Scale Software systems
Week 9 Meet the Professionals 1: Working on a large software project

The role of professional bodies: Engineers Australia and the Australian Computer Society
Assessment Due: QUIZ 2 (Due by May 4 )
Week 10 Meet the Professionals 2 : Thinking about a career in mechatronics?

Making use of Excel. Preparing a Budget.
Week 11 Meet the Professionals 3: Challenges facing the Electrical Engineer

Health and Safety Issues: Work, Health and Safety (WH&S)
Week 12 Computer Security: protecting data resources. Responsibilities of professionals

The impact of malware on computing community: viruses, spam, hacking, computer vandalism
Week 13 Intellectual property and its protection: patents and copyright.
Assessment Due: QUIZ 3 (administered in lab class)
STUVAC (Week 14) N/A
Exam Period N/A

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Computer Science) 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Computer Science)(Advanced) 2013, 2014, 2015
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Information Systems) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Information Systems)(Advanced) 2013, 2014, 2015
Computer Engineering 2010
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Bioelectronics) 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Commerce 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Medical Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Law 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Computer) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical 2015
Software 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Telecommunications 2010
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems)/Arts 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Flexible First Year Program: STREAM B 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Flexible First Year (Stream B) / Arts 2013, 2014
Flexible First Year (Stream B) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Flexible First Year (Stream B) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Flexible First Year (Stream B) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 1) Yes 13.75%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 1) No 4%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) Yes 15.75%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 20.5%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 16.5%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) Yes 15.75%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 13.75%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.