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Engineering Technology and Society introduces students to the impact engineers have on society through the development and application of new technologies to solve large scale challenges facing society. This is achieved through a mix of a design project, interactive workshops and lectures with hands-on testing and analysis. 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 relevant to the environment, energy or health using skills from areas such as fluid mechanics, water treatment, image analysis and online sensing. The exposure of students to emerging technologies is critical in the training of engineers for a modern workforce, especially in developing computer literacy in solving engineering problems. Students will gain experience with appropriate software tools for engineering calculations and simple logic structures as well as 3D computer aided drawing to empower students to 3D print components to test and refine your design solution.
The juxtaposition of the engineering profession and disciplines with society, how engineers develop and use technology to solve problems, using appropriate software tools and fabrication technologies including 3D printing to design and test engineering solutions, image and data gathering, image and data analysis, online sensing, fluid flow and pumping, water treatment, how to work in teams, report writing and communication skills.
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Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Explain the importance of engineers and the place of engineering in society
- Apply basic knowledge of fluid mechanics, process engineering, water treatment, image analysis and online sensing to solve design problems across multiple engineering disciplines
- Identify the nature of a technical problem and make appropriate simplifying assumptions, in order to achieve a solution
- Develop and construct mathematical, physical and conceptual models of situations, systems and devices, and utilise such models for purposes of analysis and design
- Analyse possible alternative engineering approaches and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in terms of functionality, cost, sustainability and all other factors
- Demonstrate competency in current tools for analysis, simulation, visualisation, synthesis and design, particularly computer-based tools and packages.
- 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.
Last updated: 2 December 2023