Engineering Systems Design 2

Subject ENGR10003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Summer Term, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 04-Jan-2016 to 14-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 26-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 08-Jan-2016
Census Date 15-Jan-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-Feb-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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

170 hours.


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


Admission into the Bachelor of Science course, the Bachelor of Biomedicine course or the Bachelor of Commerce course


Both of MAST10014 Foundation Mathematics 1 and MAST10015 Foundation Mathematics 2

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
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


Dr. Gavin Buskes


Subject Overview:


Engineering Systems Design 2 will develop the students' understanding of the engineering method and the importance of engineering in society. Engineering Systems Design 2 focuses on inter-relationships in engineering systems drawing on important examples from lightweight structures and digital electronic circuits. This subject will prepare students for an exciting and rigorous engineering education that will allow them to serve the needs of an increasingly complex society. The subject ENGR10003 Engineering Systems Design 2 provides a foundation for various subsequent subjects in the second year of study.


Topics include:

Digital systems – analog-to-digital conversion, number systems, codes, truth tables, logic gates and Boolean algebra, combinational logic design, trade-offs, modularity and PLDs;

Programming – Introduction and history of programming, Operators, Functions, Branching, Loops, Iteration, Algorithms;

Mechanics – Vectors, forces and analysis of spring systems, Analysis of structures – loads, support and forces in joints and bars, method of joints, strength of materials and buckling, Describing motion in rectangular coordinates, Newton's second law and equations of motion, work and energy in dynamical systems.

Learning Outcomes:


Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  1. Analyse and design simple combinational logic circuits
  2. Describe the inter-relationships in modelling a truss from the statics, materials and geometric perspectives
  3. Apply Newton’s second law and analyse simple particle dynamics in one and two dimensions
  4. Write MATLAB programs of moderate complexity to assist in the design and analysis of engineering systems
  5. Explain the concept of top-down design and give examples of design trade-offs
  • One written examination, not exceeding three hours at the end of semester, worth 60% (Assesses ILO's 1-4);
  • Continuous assessment of submitted team (2-3 students) assignments, in-class laboratory exercises and project work, not exceeding 30 pages in total over the semester (approximately 30- 35 hours of work per student), worth 30% (Assesses ILO's 1-5);
  • Regular online assessments(approximately 10- 13 hours of work ), worth 10% in total (Assesses ILO's 1, 3 & 4).

Hurdle requirement: Students must pass the written exam to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

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

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:

At the completion of this subject, students should have developed the following skills:

  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Capacity to tackle unfamiliar problems
  • Communication skills through written and oral presentations
  • Ability to plan work and be efficient in time management
  • Hands-on skills through practical projects
  • Sense of intellectual curiosity
  • Appreciation of different learning styles; and
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.

Students enrolled in the BSc (new degree only) will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

This subject is available as breadth for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Environments and Bachelor of Music.


The subject is delivered through lectures and workshop classes that combine both tutorial and hands-on laboratory activities.


Students are provided with lecture slides, additional lecture notes, workshop worksheets and solutions, reference text lists and online quiz material.


Exposure to industry standard engineering design automation tools through workshop activities.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Biomedicine
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): Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

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