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Water Engineering Intuition and Analysis (ENG516)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit introduces the research skills that students will need in order to stay abreast of future innovations in engineering technology and to provide creative, well-integrated solutions to the problems they will face in the professional practice of water engineering. The unit will take students through full cycles of generating new knowledge and testing ideas by applying the scientific method. Through this experience students will build a base of engineering intuition which is indispensable to engineering practice.
Unit Learning Outcomes The completion of this unit enables students to
1. Learn how to generate new understanding by applying the scientific method of inquiry.
2. Detect patterns and behaviour in data sets obtained from tests or literature.
3. Integrate different research techniques (e.g. literature, experiments, modelling) to derive well supported conclusions and new knowledge.
4. Use current technology to visualize and disseminate knowledge to the community.
5. Develop technical scientific writing skills while being critical towards own conclusions.
6. Become an effective team worker.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; workshops: 1 x 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures are designed to prepare students with the necessary background to carry out inquiry driven knowledge generation. Most of the guided research will be initiated by group-work in workshops. Research outcomes are presented in a professional and visual form and preserved online for the coming year to form the basis for further refinement or extension of knowledge.
Students will carry out a number of discrete experiments after having thoroughly established the hypothesis or idea that the experiment will test. The experimental outcome will be contrasted against either literature knowledge or modelling outcomes produced.
The principles of hypothesis testing by simply numerical modelling (using software the students are familiar with) will be explored in a number of computer lab workshops. This theoretical approach will complement the literature research and simple physical experiments to test hypotheses formed.
Group brainstorming sessions will engage students in the different roles a successful research team has
(e.g. idea generator, idea killer). Interactive workshops with existing research students will be used to exchange examples of successful application of the scientific method.
Other Learning Experiences Students may be required to attend site visits (i.e. field trips) that will give a context for the content and learning objectives of this unit.
Practicals may also be employed within this subject, again to underline the important elements of the students' expected learning outcomes.
Assessment Assessments include a mixture of peer review and written feedback on a range of tasks, research paper, teamwork and modelling project. Feedback from peers includes a scoring sheet versus set criteria. Verbal feedback by tutors during teamwork is available to improve the assessed tasks.
Prerequisites Enrolment in graduate coursework in a Murdoch Environmental, Energy, Physics, Electrical, Chemical or Metallurgical Engineering discipline. Other Murdoch graduate students with equivalent qualifications may be enrolled with permission from the unit coordinator.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Water Treatment and Desalination
Graduate Diploma in Engineering (GradDipEng)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Phil Schneider
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering in Desalination

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2220
e: P.Schneider@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003K - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Associate Professor Phil Schneider
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering in Desalination

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2220
e: P.Schneider@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.003K - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
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