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Design Concepts in Engineering (BEN150)

School School of Engineering and Information Technology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Topics covered in this unit will include engineering design, sustainability, climate change, ethics, social justice and engineers' engagement with the community. The material will be delivered using historical episodes to illustrate concepts such as response to needs, learning from the mistakes of others, unintended consequences, and the relative merits of soft and hard path technologies. Case studies will be used to illustrate current practices by organisations that address the need to engage local communities in large scale engineering projects.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; workshops: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences On completion of this unit students should be able to

* understand the advantages of applying a structured documented approach to design a product or experiment
* apply a structured design process to complete an assigned design task
* understand the importance of ethics, safety and sustainability in product and experiment design
* communicate to engineers and lay persons the purpose, processes and results of a
* utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
* understand the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development
* understand professional and ethical responsibilities and commitment to them
* appreciate the need to undertake lifelong learning, and develop the capacity to do so
* appreciate the value of diversity in generating creative solutions to problems
Assessment Assignment 1: Mini Design Project 10%
EWB Project: Engineers Without Borders Challenge: Presentation 10%
EWB Project: EWB Final Report 40%
Assignment 2: Essay on a Social Justice Issue 20%
Exam: 20%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed ENG141 Design Concepts in Science and Engineering may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Electrical Power Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Environmental Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Industrial Computer Systems Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Instrumentation and Control Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Renewable Energy Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
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 Gareth Lee
Deputy Head for Teaching and Research

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6098
e: Gareth.Lee@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.008I - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Gregory Crebbin
Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7592
e: G.Crebbin@murdoch.edu.au
o: 220.2.008C - Engineering and Energy, Murdoch Campus
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