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Transitioning into Engineering (BEN100)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description Skills learnt include critical, logical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, computer programming and problem solving. Students will learn structured essay writing to show evidence of arguments, academic integrity; report writing for experiment design and documentation of results; graphical and CAD drawing for visualisation of problems, evidence and solutions; and reflective writing for self-development. Numeracy skills will highlight the importance of mathematics and statistics to engineering research and practice.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit students should be able to
1. apply engineering knowledge to the systematic investigation, interpretation, analysis and innovative solution of complex problems
2. identify and understand the interactions between engineering systems, people and the environment
3. understand the need to be accountable for the safety of other people and for the protection of the environment
4. communicate effectively in professional and lay domains
5. apply knowledge and open ended problem solving skills to design systems and/or processes to satisfy user requirements
6. apply a systematic approach to the conduct and management of engineering projects
7. manage their self-development and professional conduct
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; workshops: 1 x 2 hours per week; laboratories: 1 x 2 hours per week for 7 weeks.
Unit Learning Experiences * Workshop activities and essay-style assignments that develop critical thinking, research, and referencing skills
* Workshop activities that develop skills in applying symbolic logic to validate arguments
* Workshop activities that develop skills in solving mathematical problems in linear and non-linear systems
* Laboratory experiments and project that uses a robotic system (NXT Mindstorms) to aid the development of logical thinking skills
Assessment Assignment 1: Reflective Essay: Apply critical thinking. Value 10%
Assignment 2: Engineering Design Essay: Critique the impact and consequences of a significant engineering achievement. Value 30%
Laboratory experiments and project: Application of logical thinking to computer programming, which includes programming a robot to perform specific tasks. Value 30%
Exam: Logical and mathematical problem solving. Value 30%
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Bachelor of Engineering, or Bachelor of Engineering Honours or Bachelor of Science (Engineering Technology) or Bachelor of Engineering Technology.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed a Foundation Unit (units beginning with FDN) may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech)
Bachelor of Engineering + Bachelor of Commerce (Management) (BE(Hons))+(BCom)
Bachelor of Engineering + Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (BEI)+(BE(Hons))
Electrical Power Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) (BE(Hons))
Industrial Computer Systems Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) (BE(Hons))
Instrumentation and Control Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) (BE(Hons))
Renewable Energy Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) (BE(Hons))
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
Dr Chris de Silva
Lecturer in Engineering

e: C.deSilva@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Chris de Silva
Lecturer in Engineering

e: C.deSilva@murdoch.edu.au
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