Prerequisites: none

Semester 1

Engineering design and problem solving

Engineering is one of the oldest professions and its disciplines encompass a diversity of specialty sub-disciplines. Many engineers are involved in projects and hold supervisory or administrative positions whilst others work in design, construction, research and teaching.

Key skills for a successful engineer include: written and oral communication, perception, visualisation, logical reasoning and problem solving; management of oneself, other people, time and equipment. Engineers are capable when working with other people and using mathematics and science in design and problem solving. The subject provides a perspective and exposure to discipline specific engineering practice. Through project-based learning, you will develop a range of generic skills together with experience in complex problem solving and an appreciation of the complete project cycle.

Duration: weekly

  • 1 hour lectures (available online)
  • 2 hour laboratory class on campus
  • 2 hour problem based workshop

Semester 2

Computer aided design

Computer Aided Design (CAD) encompasses a variety of computer tools which enable engineers to design, simulate and model an engineered product.

In addition, quite often the person that designs an object is not the same as the one that builds/manufactures it. Therefore, CAD drawings are the tool of communication between the designer and the manufacturer/builder. This subject develops understanding and problem-solving skills necessary to interpret and use CAD tools.

Duration: weekly

  • 1 hour lecture (available online)
  • 2 hour laboratory class on campus