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Design Concepts in Engineering (BEN150)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
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.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit students should be able to:

1. apply a structured design process to complete an assigned design task
2. understand the importance of ethics, safety and sustainability in product and experiment design
3. communicate to engineers and lay persons the purpose, processes and results of a design
4. understand the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development
5. appreciate the need to undertake lifelong learning, and develop the capacity to do so
6. appreciate the value of diversity in generating creative solutions to problems
7. be an effective team member and team leader
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; workshops: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures - cover key concepts, with examples of good and bad engineering practice; includes a presentation on the EWB Design Challenge from an EWB representative.
Workshops: case studies for practising the engineering design process; group activities based on case studies in ethics, social justice and community engagement; group activities based on the EWB Challenge that promote an understanding of team dynamics and the development of project management skills
Other Learning Experiences Workshops focus on a major team-based design challenge that is proposed and resourced by Engineers Without Borders. This project covers a range of student outcomes, including teamwork, research, ethics and social justice, sustainable design, and written and oral communication skills.
Assessment Project 1: Small design task - use a formal design approach to design a relatively simple object. Value 15%
Project 2: EWB Challenge - design a solution that meets community needs for the EWB Engineering Challenge. Value 40%
Assignment: Essay on a Social Justice topic associated with the EWB Challenge. Value 25%
Exam: Short answer questions covering topics on design and social justice. Value 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
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
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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Chris de Silva
Lecturer in Engineering

e: C.deSilva@murdoch.edu.au
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