ENGG1803: Professional Engineering 1 (2015 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ENGG1803: Professional Engineering 1 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Fiford, Rod
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: http://www.eng.usyd.edu.au/webnet/ENGG1803/index
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ENGG1061.
Brief Handbook Description: Professional Engineering 1 is an introductory Unit of Study within the Faculty of Engineering. The semester 1 course is aimed at students from the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. It seeks to introduce newly admitted undergraduates to general principles of professional engineering practice, a range of contemporary professional engineering issues, plus outline skills related to academic study within an engineering environment. The subject is structured around a team based design and build project, in which students apply the professional engineering concepts they are learning to an engineering project. Professional engineering topics to be covered include: accessing information, teamwork, creativity, leadership, written and oral communication, project management, problem solving, ethics, liability, work health and safety and environmental issues.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Fiford, Rod
Tutor/s: To be announced in first lecture.
Timetable: ENGG1803 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 2 13
3 Independent Study 4.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Tutorials are designed to expand upon concepts presented in lectures, and to provide demonstration exercises to support each key concept or skill.

Team-based project: Students work in small teams to plan, design, build, test and report on a small engineering project with an end of semester competition.

Research: A central feature of the UoS is a team-based design and build engineering project running throughout the semester, which will require independent research and application of the skills outlined in lectures and tutorials.

Presentation: Students are required to make a team presentation about their project.

Independent Study: Students will need to engage in a significant amount of independent study to absorb the material and develop the necessary skills

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
The design and build project requires the application of design and problem- solving skills Design (Level 1)
Special attention is paid to developing information literacy through an on-line library tutorial, followed by a self-administered quiz. These skills are drawn by all other assignments. Information Seeking (Level 1)
Developing effective communication skills is a central objective of this UoS. Assessed exercises in verbal and written communication, and in preparing a project report directly address communication competences. Communication (Level 1)
Professional practice is the central focus of this UoS. Specific components include leadership, design and problem-solving, ethical challenges, environmental sustainability, occupational health and safety and professional liability. Professional Conduct (Level 1)
The design and build project requires the application of substantial skills in teamwork and project management. Project and Team Skills (Level 1)

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. Ability to undertake a simple design and build project in a competitive team-based environment.
Communication (Level 1)
2. Ability to present and discuss engineering issues and concepts in a range of writing formats, including essay and technical report.
3. Ability to produce written text at basic academic writing standard with regard to essential language features of structure, style, grammar, presentation.
4. Ability to speak to a live audience as part of a group presentation.
Professional Conduct (Level 1)
5. Ability to identify professional issues relevant to a contemporary engineering challenge and appropriate responses.
Project and Team Skills (Level 1)
6. Ability to work with a small team to plan and manage an engineering project and report on team performance.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Technical Report No 20.00 Week 5 (Wednesday, 12 pm) 2, 5,
2 Engineering Design Report Yes 10.00 Week 7 (Wednesday, 12 pm) 1, 2, 6,
3 Prototype Testing Yes 5.00 Week 8 (Thursday) 1, 6,
4 Project Presentation Yes 10.00 Week 10 2, 3, 4,
5 Reflective learning exercise No 5.00 Week 11 (Wednesday, 12 pm) 3,
6 Project Report Yes 20.00 Week 13 (Friday, 12 pm) 1, 2, 3, 6,
7 Project Performance Yes 10.00 Week 13 (Thursday) 1, 6,
8 Quizzes No 15.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3, 5,
9 Participation in tutorial exercises No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 5,
Assessment Description: Quiz: Assessment of student ability to address a contemporary professional engineering challenge and communication skills

Essay: Individual assessment that assesses cognitive, logic and written communication skills.

Technical Report: Preparation of an article for an engineering magazine on a contemporary professional engineering issue.

Project Presentation: Group project presentation designed to assess cognitive, teamwork, time management and verbal communication skills.

Project Report: Designed to assess leadership, teamwork, problem solving, creativity, project management and design skills.

Project: Performance in a competitive project; prototype and final contest.

Participation in tutorial exercises: Make sure all tutorial exercises are completed and submitted.
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.
  • Engineering Your Future
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Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Aeronautical (Space) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Law 2010, 2011
Civil 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Construction Management) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Structures) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Civil / Arts 2015
Civil / Commerce 2015
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015
Civil / Medical Science 2015
Civil / Project Management 2015
Civil / Science 2015
Mechanical 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical (Space) 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical (Biomedical) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Arts 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Commerce 2010, 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Flexible First Year Program: STREAM A 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Medical Science 2012, 2013
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Science 2012, 2013
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Arts 2013

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 1) Yes 19.17%
Information Seeking (Level 1) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 1) Yes 52.92%
Professional Conduct (Level 1) Yes 15.42%
Project and Team Skills (Level 1) Yes 12.5%

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.