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Engineering Systems Design 2 (ENGR10003)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeENGR10003
Summer Term
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


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.

Intended 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.

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.

Eligibility and requirements


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

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



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ENGR10004 Engineering Systems Design 1
Semester 1
Semester 2

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


Additional details

  • One written examination, not exceeding three hours at the end of semester, worth 60% (Assesses ILOs 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 ILOs 1-5);
  • Regular online assessments (approximately 10-13 hours of work), worth 10% in total (Assesses ILOs 1, 3 & 4).

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

Dates & times

  • Summer Term
    Principal coordinatorGavin Buskes
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 x one hour lectures and 1 x three hour workshop per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 8 January 2019 to 22 February 2019
    Last self-enrol date17 January 2019
    Census date18 January 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail15 February 2019
    Assessment period ends 2 March 2019

    Summer Term contact information

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorGavin Buskes
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours3 x one hour lectures and 1 x three 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

170 hours.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    ENGR10003 Engineering Systems Design 2: Introduction to Digital Systems, Programming and Mechanics, Hanselman et al, Pearson, 2012.

  • Subject notes

    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.

  • 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