ENGG1800: Introduction to Engineering Disciplines (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ENGG1800: Introduction to Engineering Disciplines (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
Unit Coordinator/s: Prof Kent, John
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit introduces students to specialisations in the Engineering discipline areas of Aeronautical, Biomedical Chemical, Civil, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, and Project Engineering and Management. By providing first-year students with an experience of these various engineering streams, the unit aims to develop the students’ professional identity as an engineer and thus provide a suitable basis on which students can choose their discipline for further study.

Introductory sessions in the School of Aerospace,

Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

-4 weeks-

An overview of the degree requirements in each stream. The roles of the engineer in each stream (employments, skills, etc). How each of the subjects taught relate to the skills/knowledge and applications required of the engineers. Basically make sure students fully understand what engineers are in the discipline areas and why the students do the subjects they do. In each stream, one engineering technical topic will be taught as a problem solving exercise, and this topic will be the focus of the laboratory.

School of Civil Engineering

-4 weeks-

Introductory lectures in Engineering Economics and Construction Planning, Foundation Engineering, Structural Engineering, Materials, Environmental Engineering. Each student will be involved in the erection and dismantling of an 8 metre high steel and timber tower in the Civil Engineering Courtyard. Preliminary lectures related to the tower will include safety issues, loading, statical analysis, foundation calculations, construction management, engineering drawings and detailing, geometric calculations, and survey measurements. Exercises related to these issues will be performed before assembly and disassembly of the tower.

School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

-4 weeks-

This course will enable students to gain an appreciation of: the methods and materials of construction of items of process equipment; the role of this equipment in building an entire chemical processing plant: its operation and maintenance and safety requirements and procedures. Students will dismantle, disassemble and operate items of process equipment. They will present written answers to questions, supplemented by drawings of process flowsheets, diagrams of dismantled equipment, and discussions of heat and mass balances and of process parameters.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Valix, Marjorie
A/Prof Wheen, Robert
Timetable: ENGG1800 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 1.00 1 12
2 Laboratory 3.00 1 12
3 Independent Study 6.00 13
T&L Activities: Laboratory: Students will spend 4 weeks (called a Block) in each of the School of Biomolecular and Chemical Engineering, the Department of Civil Engineering, and the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. This module will be taught by a few key skills lectures, tutorials and project. In each block students are required to work in teams to explore each of these disciplines and to “put into practice” the concepts learnt through a series of mini projects. Putting into practice, the main components of this module, is an effective extension of learning from theory and tutorials Not only does it provide the students with the opportunity to understand how these concepts are used but their integration in solving real problems and relationship to other aspects of their course.

Independent Study: 6 hrs per week.

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 skills; Critical thinking; Application of conceptual material; Lifetime or self-directed learning skills. Design (Level 1)
Develop an understanding of the skills and tools needed for engineering practice. Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals in solving problems from diverse areas of engineering Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
Research problems using available resources. Information Seeking (Level 1)
Reporting and Communication skills Communication (Level 1)
Professionalism; Understanding of social aspects of engineering; Ability to cope with change; self-assessment skills. Professional Conduct (Level 1)
Project Management; Interpersonal, group and teamwork skills. Ability to cope with change. 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. Appreciation of practical problem-solving aspects engineering work.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
2. Ability to undertake elementary applications of basic science and engineering concepts in a range of engineering disciplines.
3. Ability to undertake and report on basic experimental laboratory tasks
Communication (Level 1)
4. Ability to produce clear, concise written explanations of basic engineering processes and products.
5. Ability to produce appropriate sketch illustrations of basic engineering processes and products.
Professional Conduct (Level 1)
6. Appreciation of teamwork aspects of engineering work.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Laboratory Yes 15.00 Multiple Weeks 2,
2 Laboratory Yes 15.00 Multiple Weeks 3,
3 Laboratory Yes 30.00 Multiple Weeks 4,
4 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: #1 Laboratory: Chemical and Biomolecular Project.

#2 Laboratory: Civil Engineering Project.

#3 Laboratory: Aerospace, Mechanical, Mechatronic, Biomedical Engineering Projects

Final Exam: 1.5 hour examination
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.

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 See Block allocation timetable provided at start of semester.
Week 2 See Block allocation timetable provided at start of semester.
Week 3 See Block allocation timetable provided at start of semester.
Week 4 See Block allocation timetable provided at start of semester.
Week 5 See Block allocation timetable provided at start of semester.
Week 6 See Block allocation timetable provided at start of semester.
Week 7 See Block allocation timetable provided at start of semester.
Week 8 See Block allocation timetable provided at start of semester.
Week 9 See Block allocation timetable provided at start of semester.
Week 10 See Block allocation timetable provided at start of semester.
Week 11 See Block allocation timetable provided at start of semester.
Week 12 See Block allocation timetable provided at start of semester.
Week 13 See Block allocation timetable provided at start of semester.
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Chemical & Biomolecular 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
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 2011, 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
Chemical & Biomolecular / Arts 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Commerce 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015
Civil / Arts 2015
Civil / Commerce 2015
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015
Civil / Medical Science 2015
Civil / Project Management 2015
Civil / Science 2015
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
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Flexible First Year Program: STREAM A 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Arts 2013, 2014
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 1) Yes 0%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) Yes 50%
Information Seeking (Level 1) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 1) Yes 50%
Professional Conduct (Level 1) Yes 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 1) Yes 0%

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.