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Engineering Systems Design 1 (ENGR10004)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeENGR10004
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


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 areas such such as fluid mechanics, water treatment, image analysis and online sensing, mathematical modelling and computer simulation.


The engineering profession, engineering disciplines, problem solving, engineering method, mathematical modelling using appropriate software tools, image and data gathering, image and data analysis, online sensing, fluid mechanics, conservation of material and energy in engineering processes, how to work in teams, report writing, communication skills.

Intended 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, process engineering, water treatment, image analysis and online sensing 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.

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.

Eligibility and requirements


A mark of at least 25 in VCE Math Methods or equivalent approved by the Subject Coordinator


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


Both of MAST10014 Foundation Mathematics 1 and MAST10015 Foundation Mathematics 2

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
MAST10014 Foundation Mathematics 1
Semester 1
MAST10015 Foundation Mathematics 2
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Weekly subject reflective journal (15% in total, Hurdle requirement*). Intended Learning Outcome (ILO) 1 is addressed in the reflective journal;
  • Mid-semester quiz, held during Week 7 (5% in total, Hurdle requirement*). Addresses ILOs 2 and 6;
  • 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 (40%**). Addresses ILOs 2-6.

* The indicated individual assessment items (totalling 45%) 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.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorRay Dagastine
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 3 hour workshop per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorRay Dagastine
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 3 hour workshop per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

Estimated 170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Subject notes


    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 website also has additional resources including 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.

  • Breadth options

    This subject is available as breadth in the following courses:

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    Subject coordinator approval required

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019