Engineering Systems Design 1

Subject ENGR10004 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 x one hour lectures + 1 x three hour workshop per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated 170 hours


A mark of at least 25 in VCE Math Methods or equivalent


Admission into the B-SCI Bachelor of Science OR B-BMED Bachelor of Biomedicine OR B-COM Bachelor of Commerce



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Gavin Buskes



Subject Overview:


Engineering Systems Design 1 introduces students to the world of engineering through a mix of design projects, interactive workshops and lectures. This subject centres on the engineering method, the approach to problem solving and engineering design that makes engineers unique. The subject will prepare students for an exciting and rigorous engineering education that will allow them to serve an increasingly complex society.

This subject features designing a solution to a real-world challenge using skills from disciplines such as fluid mechanics, chemical engineering, water treatment, aerospace engineering, mathematical modelling and computer simulation.


The engineering profession, engineering disciplines, problem solving, engineering method, mathematical modelling using appropriate software tools, data gathering, data analysis, fluid mechanics, conservation of material and energy in engineering processes, mass transport in two phase flow, report writing, communication skills.

Learning Outcomes:


On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Explain the importance of engineers and the place of engineering in society
  2. Apply basic knowledge of fluid mechanics, chemical engineering and aerospace systems to solve design problems across multiple engineering disciplines
  3. Identify the nature of a technical problem and make appropriate simplifying assumptions, in order to achieve a solution
  4. Develop and construct mathematical, physical and conceptual models of situations, systems and devices, and utilise such models for purposes of analysis and design
  5. Analyse possible alternative engineering approaches and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in terms of functionality, cost, sustainability and all other factors
  6. Demonstrate competency in current tools for analysis, simulation, visualisation, synthesis and design, particularly computer-based tools and packages.

  • Weekly subject reflective journal (10% in total, Hurdle requirement*). Intended Learning Outcome (ILO) 1 is addressed in the reflective journal
  • Short quizzes, held during semester (5% in total, Hurdle requirement*). Addresses ILOs 2 and 6
  • Team online blog, submitted three times during semester requiring 10 hours of work (10% in total**). Addresses ILO 1
  • In-class team-based project assessments due throughout semester (15% in total**). Addresses ILOs 2, 3, 4 and 6
  • Two hour written examination held in exam period (25%, Hurdle requirement*). Addresses ILOs 2,3 and 6
  • A written end of semester group report, 40 pages in length (including diagrams and calculations), due in the exam period (35%**). Addresses ILOs 2 - 6.

* The indicated individual assessment items (totalling 40%) are a combined hurdle requirement.

** Students work in teams of 5-6 on these indicated assessments and thus the workload is expected to be divided equally within the team.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Brockman, Jay B., Introduction to Engineering: Modeling and Problem Solving, 2009, Wiley.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to interact with people in other engineering disciplines and professions to broaden their knowledge and achieve successful outcomes in an engineering design project
  • Ability to realistically assess the scope and dimensions of a project or task, and employ appropriate planning and time management skills to achieve a substantial outcome
  • Communication skills in order to make effective oral and written presentations to technical and non-technical audiences and with other team members
  • Ability to apply creative approaches to identify and develop alternative concepts and problem solving procedures
  • Perception of their own learning and development; understanding the need to critically review and reflect on capability and undertake appropriate learning programs.



The key element of the subject is the series of workshops that take place throughout the semester. Students work in teams to complete a series of projects, gathering and analysing data, and designing, building and testing a solution to an engineering challenge. The lectures support the workshop activities.


Students will have access to lecture notes and lecture slides. The subject LMS site also additional resources included readings.


This is the first engineering subject that most students will normally undertake. It starts building some of the key skills that employers look for when recruiting graduates.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Chemical Engineering stream
B-ENG Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering stream
B-ENG Civil Engineering stream
B-ENG Electrical Engineering stream
B-ENG Mechanical Engineering stream
B-ENG Software Engineering stream
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED
Related Breadth Track(s): Chemical Engineering

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