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This subject provides students with the opportunity to integrate technical knowledge and generic skills gained in earlier years. This is to be achieved within the context of an engineering project conducted in a small group (typically two or three students) under the supervision of a member of academic staff and where appropriate an industry partner. The project component of this subject is supplemented by a lecture course dealing with project management tools and practices, organisational structures, engineering standards and the social and environmental responsibility of professional engineers.
Topics include: Technical report writing, engineering design, planning and conducting experiments and test, data acquisition and analysis, public speaking, project presentation skills.
This subject has been integrated with the Skills Towards Employment Program (STEP) and contains activities that can assist in the completion of the Engineering Practice Hurdle (EPH).
Intended learning outcomes
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs)
Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:
- Conduct an electrical engineering project
- Effectively communicate the outcomes of various stages of an engineering project
- Apply standard engineering project management tools
- Identify standard organisational structures and the relative merits of different approaches
- Describe the role of standards in engineering projects.
On completion of this subject, students will have developed the following skills:
- Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large;
- In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline;
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution;
- Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance;
- Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member;
- Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development;
- Capacity for independent critical thought, rational inquiry and self-directed learning;
- Intellectual curiosity and creativity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological bases of research activity;
- Openness to new ideas and unconventional critiques of received wisdom.
Last updated: 2 December 2019