Studying engineering at QUT offers unique learning experiences, outstanding research opportunities and real-world experience so that you can become sought after in the global workforce. Study in our award-winning Science and Engineering Centre, which features innovative technologies that support collaborative learning and research.
Units you can study
Design your own study abroad or exchange semester by selecting individual units or a set of related units in your field of interest.
If you study one of our one-off engineering practical units (EGB, ENB and ENN units) you can change your practical classes up to the end of week 13, as long as places are available.
All students can study these units, regardless of your academic background. These units will be approved on your QUT study plan after you apply.
Project managers face a number of challenges operating in a complex project environment that is characterised by cross-cultural teams, high levels of uncertainty, and global competition for competent human resources. The successful delivery of projects requires that project managers develop basic knowledge, competency and skills to organise, lead and manage an effective project team, especially in the construction or related industry. This unit introduces key theories and concepts to assist you in developing greater insights into your own thinking and behaviour so as to increase your personal effectiveness in working with others. Case studies will be used to embed key learnings in a real-world context. This unit is part of the ‘project collaboration minor’ and the knowledge and skills developed are relevant to construction management and related majors.
This Project Collaboration Minor unit introduces you to the development and implementation of strategies and processes required to manage quality outcomes within projects. Using a problem-solving approach, the unit will also teach you how to determine quality requirements, develop a quality plan, implement quality assurance processes and use systematic review and evaluation procedures to make quality improvements in current and future projects. Quality is integral to all aspects of successful project delivery and is important in ensuring that the end-quality of all project deliverables will be 'fit for purpose' and will satisfy both internal and external customers. This BEB111 unit provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop a project quality management plan, perform quality audits, undertake broader quality improvement activities, and expand outcomes into process improvements and ultimately help drive organisational change.
Project Management is the overall planning, control and coordination of a project, from inception to completion, aimed at meeting a client's requirements in order to complete the project on time, within budget and to the client’s quality, safety and environmental standards. This unit introduces you to project management for the built environment, engineering or infrastructure projects, which includes an overview of the framework, processes and key knowledge areas of project management. Developing a project plan to manage the project through its life-cycle, identify and engage project stakeholders, monitor project cost, mitigating project risks and opportunities are core skills that you will need to develop to be an effective project manager. Case studies will be used to embed key learnings in a real-world context. This unit is part of the ‘project collaboration minor’ and the knowledge and skills developed are relevant to construction management and related majors.
Introduces the basic principles, processes, relevant techniques and methods of planning, estimating, budgeting, monitoring and controlling project costs. It provides an understanding of project costs within the broader context of project management and from the project life cycle perspective. It examines the relationships between project cost and other project dimensions such as project scope, time/schedule, quality, procurement, and illustrates their trade-offs. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to professional practices and those working on projects that require basic understanding of cost planning and management to prepare project cost estimates, budget, and conduct cost performance analysis so that project can be completed within the approved budget.
Project is growing in complexity and size. Many projects never get off the ground due to insufficient financing. It is therefore necessary for project managers to know the sources and cost of project finance in order to package a financially viable project for approval. This unit is part of the Project Collaboration minor. This unit provides you with the understanding of the main features of project finance and apply it in the project management environment.
The aim of this unit is to provide a broad introduction to the discipline of architecture and an overview of the fields of knowledge with which architects must concern themselves. Design is arguably the core activity of architecture. This design unit offers a broad introduction to the practice of design in an architectural context and is therefore offered at the commencement of the course. It uses developmental exercises to enhance your perceptions of the built environment. Analysis of the constructed environment leads to design projects that engage with issues of context, tectonics, planning, form, and spatial quality. Orthogonal drawing exercises, freehand sketching, presentation graphics and model-making all form part of the unit content. Teaching and learning activities are spread across lectures and studio-based activities.
This unit examines technological and artistic processes of design within an architectural context. It seeks to provide the ability to develop architectural designs of controlled complexity, focusing on aspects of spatial quality. As such, this unit will expose you to the design of a small public building in the Brisbane area. Architectural design as a manageable process is explored through a number of exercises and design projects. Discrete steps in the process of architectural design are made explicit through staged activities that build to a complete design project. Orthogonal drawing exercises, freehand sketching, presentation graphics, and model making all form part of the unit content.
This unit provides you with an ability to develop architectural designs with a focus on aspects of problem solving through an appreciation of architectural principles and process. It advances research skills and investigates architectural principles through the examination of precedents. The unit focuses on dwelling design in the form of houses in a semi-urban or suburban context. It uses developmental exercises to enhance student perceptions of dwelling. Design problems of moderate complexity are tackled through a process of abstraction, experimentation, representation, imagination, and testing. This unit is part of the sequence of design units of the course that continues the development of your architectural design knowledge and skills. This design unit exposes architectural design as a rigorous process with measurable qualities with particular focus on dwelling, spatial qualities of residential living, and the relationship of a building to its landscape.
This unit applies theories of landscape ecology related to sustainable landscape design and planning in combination with an understanding of geomorphological structures and processes. It prepares you for further expansion of your intermediate-level design skills into Landscape Planning theory and application. It expands your understanding of landscape from a small site to a broad and holistic level. Landscape architects need to understand the systems that create and are created by the landscape and so this unit will develop your ability to comprehend the interconnectedness of landscape structures and processes, and how they interact within landscape systems, essential to the formulation of sustainable landscape design propositions. You will apply this knowledge in a semester-long landscape study project, extending the communication techniques you learnt in first and second year units.
This foundation unit introduces the history of the built environment that will inform your study of global architectures that have occurred over several millennia putting the present into its relative context. It is designed to integrate the discipline specific content of architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture within the broad context of a global understanding of spatial histories from multiple perspectives. The unit addresses key designs, ideas and issues that have shaped the aesthetic, environmental, socio-cultural and political factors that related to their production. It enables you to become familiar with the critical moments and paradigm shifts of the built environment through global perspectives and spatial justice theories; to develop an understanding of yourself as a participant in the continuum of the rich cultural tradition of designing and making places for human inhabitation.
This unit will furnish you with an appreciation of the nature and role of project management as a professional discipline. With a specific focus on aspects of project planning and project development, the unit will describe, clarify, and formalise project management of the front end of projects to prepare you for further postgraduate study or bring new knowledge and skills to your professional endeavours.
This unit is to further develop the student's knowledge and skills in considering and applying systems thinking and a systems approach towards all processes and aspects of project management. A systems approach to project be more effective and will best integrate a project with it final user customer and all other stakeholders. The student will understand that the PMBOK processes are based on system thinking, and how to apply them.
This unit will provide you with fundamental skills and knowledge that a project manager needs to manage and engage internal and external project stakeholders for project success. The unit will specifically focus on the competencies required to effectively lead, motivate and manage individuals within the project team. It will also explore the role and importance of project stakeholders, and introduce strategies to engage and manage complex stakeholder dynamics. The unit provides an understanding of how to undertake negotiation and conflict resolution, recognise individual and cultural differences and different communication styles, and appreciate ethical issues appearing in projects.
In this introductory unit, you will gain a big picture view of the strategies and interactions that influence the sustainable development of the built environment. Using design-thinking, you will consider the end user of built spaces and the social and cultural impacts of decisions at every stage of the project development and planning process. You will analyse problems and consider various innovative solutions. You will learn appropriate terminology and communication strategies to communicate and negotiate with diverse stakeholders including clients, design managers, architects, project managers, urban planners, construction managers and quantity surveyors and cost engineers. You will also learn how and when these roles intersect and how you can have a strategic impact on the project development and planning process.
This unit develops your knowledge, skills and application for residential construction management. The unit introduces current domestic construction techniques and materials that are the core of any construction process. You are taught to read plans and build a house by studying construction theory and legislation, visiting building sites, sketching construction details and drawing simple plans. This first year unit complements UXB100 and prepares you for Integrated Construction Management and Commercial Construction Management.
Imagine what your future construction management career will be like. This unit introduces you to the essential professional skills and practices you will need throughout your studies and professional career in construction, and provides a sense of identity as a construction management professional. Key concepts such as fundamentals of construction management, occupational health and safety, professional practice, ethics and sustainability are explored.
This unit introduces resource sector technology associated with on and off Shore Oil and Gas (LNG), open cut and underground mining and power generation and distribution infrastructure including processing plants/plant design and infrastructure systems. Students will also develop introductory knowledge of safety and risk management within these sectors and develop an appreciation of mineral economics. It links to the work being undertaken in units Imagine Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering.
This unit introduces the broad scope of contemporary quantity surveying activity and cost engineering. It focuses on three broad areas of professional quantity surveying and cost engineering and in doing so, considers the similarities and differences across Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering. Firstly, what it means to be a professional is considered including image and status, fees, codes of ethics, professional competence and continuing professional development. Secondly, ways in which professionals engage with a workplace including terms of appointment are explored. Finally, the work of quantity surveying and cost engineering takes place within a social and environmental context and the unit will relate interactions between business and environmental interests including the natural environment, environment economics and ecologically sustainable development.
During this unit you will examine the interactions of forces and events that act to produce elements of the built environment, and actively explore the role played by the built environment in shaping human history through the use of historical examples from around the world. The development of your professional understanding of our built environment is based in an appreciation of the role that you will play as part of the ongoing historical processes that shape human settlement patterns. In particular it is important to actively explore the social and environmental forces involved in the evolution of the many ways that the built environment expresses itself both across time and in different locations. The aim of this unit is to explore the role played by culture, technology, and the environment in the historical development of cities and regions.
This unit will provide you with an understanding of how the environment informs the decisions and activities of built environment professionals. You will be introduced to principles, tools, and approaches for the identification, assessment and management of environmental impacts and environmental risk. Through interaction with practitioners, you will learn about theories for environmental decision making and gain knowledge about the application of theories for environmental planning and management in practice. Lectures present environmental planning issues, policies, and methods. You will engage in dialogues on contemporary environmental dilemmas, exploring ethical and practical aspects that underpin conflict in environmental policy-making processes. Computer labs will refine the skills you acquired in site analysis units, providing you with tools to facilitate collaborative problem-solving with spatial models. This unit will aid your preparations for professional practice.
This is a foundation unit that provides opportunities for acquiring, refining and applying quantitative, qualitative and spatial skills required for analyses of cities and regions. The unit introduces techniques required to undertake thematic and emergent qualitative analyses, descriptive statistics, communication and analyses of spatial data, use of software in professional practice of urban analyses, and contemporary real-world urban analyses. Gaining skills to confidently apply these techniques is critical for an urban planning practitioner whether working in public or private sector. The unit also helps in gaining knowledge and skills in managing collaborative projects using structured timelines and assistive technologies, reflecting on collaboration in a clear and professional manner to communicate growth in skills and competencies, and interpreting, synthesising and effectively communicating data analysis results to inform policy.
This unit introduces you to the various demographic, economic, social and physical aspects of our cities to help understand the nature of cities we live in. You will be exposed to various theoretical perspectives focusing on the growth and development of cities and their regions, with an emphasis on their spatial structure and the spatial distribution of population, land uses and economic activities within them. You will develop your knowledge and skills in understanding the growth and development of cities, using real-world examples.
This is a foundation unit that provides opportunities for acquiring, refining and applying knowledge of and skills in land use planning and geographic information system in an integrated way. The unit introduces spatial analysis techniques required to undertake contemporary real-world urban analyses required for land use planning. Gaining skills to confidently apply spatial analysis techniques in land use planning is critical for an urban planning practitioner whether working in public or private sector. The unit also helps in gaining knowledge and skills in analysing substantive theoretical and practical concepts involved in land use planning, evaluating data and applying regulatory frameworks to inform land use decision-making, communicating land use planning concepts both visually and in writing, and proposing solutions to complex land use problems.
Conflict, whether explicit or hidden, underlies all decisions, such that development of conflict management and negotiation skills is essential for those tasked with shaping the built environment. In this unit, you will acquire skills in effective communication, analysis of disputes and creative problem-solving through active participation in role-playing and reflective activities and intense investigation of real world conflicts that arise through the development of land. Learning to think about and respond to conflict in a rational manner will prepare you for group work within your studies and into professional practice. This unit is placed within the first year of the urban and regional planning course to ensure that students build negotiation and conflict resolution skills in advance of engaging in work placements. Stakeholder Engagement and Planning Law units undertaken in the second year of the course build on this unit.
This is an introductory unit for all engineering disciplines. It provides you with a wide appreciation of the engineering profession, its achievements and current and future challenges. It will introduce you to the concept of sustainability and how sustainability impacts current and future engineering ventures. It will also develop your professional skills that will be essential to your functioning as an effective professional engineer both individually and as part of a team.
This is a foundation civil engineering unit that will introduce you to civil engineering systems and thinking through local urban site investigations and large industry project contexts. You will integrate systems thinking and information science with skills in investigation, analysis and synthesis, and written and visual literacy that underpins civil engineering practice. You will develop both independent and collaborative strategies for managing and completing tasks on time in real world contexts taking into account technical, social, economic, and environmental issues with guidance from academic and industry leaders. This unit provides the foundation for most of your second year units in a major civil engineering study area. It also exposes you to areas of future work and study choice (e.g. Study Area B options).
This is a foundational civil engineering unit addressing core concepts, acquisition, manufacturing and testing of civil engineering materials such as concrete, steel, timber and soils and the factors that influence their quality, properties and application in real life construction and infrastructure projects. It introduces the common and advanced construction materials with respect to their demand in Australian and global market context. The ability to select best building material, prepare mix design and provide evidence on the structural/architectural suitability and economy is a requirement for a range of graduate entry civil engineering positions. This is an introductory unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to all structural and geotechnical majors. Basic and Advanced Concrete and Steel Design courses build on this unit by extending your materials and their applicability knowledge for basic and complex design needs and project requirements.
This unit is designed to optimise your communication skills, so that you gain a range of language tools to articulate research and convey complex scientific and mathematical ideas. You will learn how to engage different audiences and gain awareness of responsible communication in these areas.
This is an introductory level unit that introduces structural and non structural materials used in the construction process Most common types of construction engineering materials (timber, building boards, fibre composites, concrete, masonry, metals, ceramics, glass and granular materials) used to create modern structures are introduced and their basic properties, construction applications, behaviour, strength, durability, suitability, sustainability and limitations are discussed. The knowledge for which is vital for the construction of any building project. The unit also provides foundation to the design of structures through introduction to the statics at an elementary level. The unit develops strong foundation to the construction management disciplines and further studies on the design of structures.
Analysis, designing, building, testing and maintaining are the core elements of engineering; Foundations of Engineering Design provides you with fundamental knowledge and skills to design, build and test simple engineering systems through a number of exploratory, hands-on activities, leading to the design and build of a practical engineering system. This unit is the first of a series of engineering design units which form the backbone of the engineering program.
It is essential that chemists and process engineers involved in industrial chemical production translate fundamental knowledge of chemistry and process engineering into practical outcomes. In this unit you will focus on green chemistry, industrial biotechnology and catalysis which underpins 90 % of all chemicals made today. You are introduced to catalyst fundamentals and their application to industry for bulk chemicals, production of polymers and plastics, zeolites for green chemistry and bio-catalysts such as enzymes. You will also be guided through the development of professional skills which includes creation of a MindMap, completion of a Dynamic SWOT analysis, and presentation of business ideas in a poster. This unit primarily builds upon fundamentals learned in Process Principles and Unit Operations courses.
This unit fosters a deeper understanding of the unit operations which are the main components in process flow diagrams. The students will be introduced to among other concepts in the water and wastewater treatment industry disinfection, filtration, ion exchange, adsorption and desalination. Complementary theory regarding mass and heat transfer operations will also be used to ultimately provide a comprehensive overview of water treatment and chemical processes. This unit aims to bridge the gap between academic learning and industrial practice. Examples relating to key industries such as the coal seam gas, mining, manufacturing and wastewater sectors will be provided and cutting edge problems discussed. Students will learn the key skills which industry expects graduates to possess in order to rapidly integrate into project teams.
This is a foundation engineering unit to introduce the fundamental concepts that are applied by engineers to understand the interaction and transfer of energy between components of an engineering system that result in motion and transmission of energy using simple examples from various engineering disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, process, civil, etc. Engineers in all discipline areas often work with numerous kinds of systems where consideration must be given to the motion within, and associated energy of, the system and how this energy can be transferred through the system, often in different forms. The unit will provide the ability to recognise and apply the basic relationships required to solve problems involving forces, motion and energy. The unit is built upon in further engineering units within various degree programs.
This unit introduces students to the fundamental approach involved when taking a chemical reaction from the laboratory to full scale industrial implementation. Aspects such as health and safety considerations, environmental issues, quality control, product design, process constraints, economics, mass & heat balance, chemistry and process engineering will be discussed. Examples of how professionals integrate this knowledge into practice will be provided and the design process for improvement illustrated. Students will gain an understanding of how to interact with a multi-disciplinary team to obtain satisfactory technical solutions to a wide range of problems. This introductory (second year) unit prepares you for more advanced study in process modelling.
To grow in the highly competitive global marketplace, organisations must maximise customer value and minimise process waste. Lean philosophy advocates that enterprise make optimum use of resources, technology, equipment, and the skills and knowledge of employees, suppliers and customers. This unit introduces the key concepts of Lean Manufacturing such as continuous improvement, just-in-time production and ‘pull’ philosophy. The main focus of the unit is on the methods and tools used to analyse the existing state of a business process and to develop a globally competitive organisation using Lean Manufacturing and Management principles. Designing, implementing and managing Lean systems require careful planning and advanced skills in Lean strategies, Lean enterprise development, value stream mapping and more. This is where the Lean Manufacturing and Management unit gives the students an edge. This unit is available in a number of Study Area B engineering options.
This unit introduces Knowledge management as an innovative process that needs to be closely aligned to organization goals. The development of knowledge management systems requires a sound understanding of the various building blocks of knowledge management. The unit introduces critical building blocks such as; knowledge identification, knowledge development, knowledge preservation, knowledge representation and knowledge distribution and sharing. All engineering managers must have the fundamental skills and knowledge to understand, design and develop and manage knowledge management systems in an organization. This unit provides the basic knowledge and skills to understand the complex issues of knowledge management that are essential to the career advancement of engineering managers. In addition the unit also introduces organizational culture and organizational behavioral charges that are needed to transform a traditional organization to a knowledge oriented enterprise.
To grow in the highly competitive global marketplace, organizations must maximize customer value and product quality. Total Quality Management (TQM) advocates the enterprise make optimum use of resources, technology, equipment, and the skills and knowledge of employees, suppliers and customers. Total Quality Management unit provides students with an understanding of the underlying philosophy, theory and practice of modern day quality management process. Quality Management has evolved beyond its roots in statistics and the quality control functions. Many consider TQM to be a framework for "excellent" management. The main themes of TQM are: a data-based approach to problem solving; an emphasis on organisational and behavioural considerations; a customer-oriented market-sensitive approach to designing and delivering both products and services; and finally, a desire and system approach for continual improvement. TQM practice is a pathway to the achievement of world class competitiveness.
Professionals are often involved in the management of infrastructure including transportation, water, energy, buildings and telecommunications. In today's business environment, the efficient maintenance and management of these assets and associated risks is critical. The professionals need to know how to manage the whole of life cycle of assets; organise maintenance based on condition and reliability assessments; and create as well as implement effective asset management and maintenance plans so as to meet the business objectives of the organisation.
The unit introducing recent development of materials and their potential applications. The advances in microanalysis and modelling techniques will be also covered. The unit teaches the inter-relationships amongst the microstructure, properties and processing so that the fundamental principle of structure-property relationship and materials selection can be understood. The unit also provides students an opportunity to apply the knowledge to analyze a typical material problem through project work and practice class. Understanding of the fundamental relationships between the microstructure and properties in materials is critical to development of robust designs and/or manufacturing methods. This unit provides knowledge in advanced materials, their properties, application, processing, characterization and simulation. This is an advanced unit which is relevant and built on other materials and manufacturing units.
Enterprise Systems are now essential infrastructure to both large as well as to small-to-medium (SME) organisations, as they realise the necessity of a single central database instead of a large number of separate databases. By integrating core business processes in one single application, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) helps companies maximize the efficiency of business processes across the entire organization including increases in on-time delivery, productivity, forecasting demand and production capacity. This unit aims to provide the fundamental understanding of various Enterprise Systems, functions and modules and how they can be integrated in a business context. The students will be trained to develop a real life ERP system based on actual data from industry. This unit will also aims to help students to refine their communication and group work skills, and assist in the development of research-based skills. This is a core unit for Master of Engineering Management.
Units requiring approval
Students need specific academic background knowledge to study these units, so the faculty will assess your eligibility and determine if you’re able to take these units after you apply. We will let you know the outcome through the application portal as soon as possible.
This unit explores the global movement of modern architecture from its European roots. As many contemporary architects state, the movement still influences architecture and theory and this unit will enable you to locate contemporary global architecture within a framework of rich, complex and interconnected cultural, societal and historical contexts and traditions. You will acquire the facility to read seminal texts, to begin to understand your own design projects in an historical context, and to engage with the global architectural debates which inform architecture today. This unit is part of the history and theory stream in architectural studies. As an architect, you should be able to analyse developments in architectural history from multiple perspectives. Following on from DYB112 Spatial Materiality and DYB114 Spatial Histories, this unit explores and critically examines significant issues, influential individuals and exemplary works of the modern movement.
This unit provides you with an ability to develop architectural designs of limited complexity with particular focus on aspects of urban context, planning and form through an understanding of site specificities, topography, urban infrastructure and the natural landscape. In particular the unit focuses on a small civic building design. It builds on prior knowledge gained in the first three design studios, but introduces a higher level of architectural thought via the practice of formalism in architecture, involving established aesthetic concepts of architectural object and language that underlie global architectural praxis. It also introduces urban design into the design studio thereby expanding your previous knowledge of site planning to a new level. It will teach new skills in architectural design, urban analysis, and architectural drawing, modelling and visualisation toward the formal synthesis of the architectural object in urban space.
This unit familiarises you with the basic design principles and passive strategies for heating, cooling and daylighting necessary for architectural designs that respond to human needs (human comfort), regionalism and climate. Understanding the importance of climate-responsive design and environmental factors on the design development of buildings provides you with the tools to integrate environmental design principals in buildings. In a world of finite resources, understanding the physical phenomenon we have to deal with in design is essential for responsible professionals. Technical and scientific issues are an integral part of design projects. It is a fundamental task of architectural design to achieve maximum comfort requirements of the users while minimising energy consumption.
This unit introduces building construction principles, an essential part of the vocabulary and knowledge of an architect. It increases your understanding of applied construction technologies and materials as key concepts for design development and resolution. It examines the role of building standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) in building design, including its housing provisions and associated codes for all types of buildings to achieve the requirements for building approvals. It also looks at domestic construction with emphasis on general material and structural properties of building components and systems; and common construction practices used in dwellings, single storey and class 10 buildings. Comparison of building systems and their effect on domestic building design will be explored in detail.
The unit will aid you to develop architectural designs of intermediate complexity with focus on the integration of issues pertinent to commercial architectural projects that address modern technology, society and culture. This design unit expects you to start undertaking your own, independent research and project development, aiming for a real-world design environment. It builds upon design skills developed in previous units focusing on commercial architecture of industrial and mixed-use projects. Particular emphasis is placed on effective and professional communication of the design intent with the aid of digital tools. Design theory, sustainability, sociology, heritage and adaptive re-use, history and critique, as they all apply to architectural design, all form part of the content.
This unit advances your architectural design skills in an urban context focusing on ethical and sustainable solutions for residential communities. Design is the core activity of architecture and the architectural design studio is a major component of the course. As part of the research and learning focus in the School of Design, it centres on the exploration and application of concepts of sustainability in design through the development of residential communities. This unit aims to develop the skills to engage with challenging Australian urban contexts, sustainable solutions for housing urban populations and mixed use architecture. It also addresses the interdependencies among social, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions at local and global levels crucial to sustainable design for human settlement.
This unit develops visual communication skills previously acquired with emphasis on the ability to communicate technical intentions. Architects recognise that visualisation or communication of process, decisions and outcomes is crucial. To date, you know how to effectively communicate your architectural intentions using both analogue and digital means, skills primarily intended for the communication of design and technical aspects of buildings. However, the ability to communicate technical intentions is equally important. This unit integrates both these aspects through technical communication and documentation skills using Building Information Modelling (BIM).
This unit addresses the qualitative influences of structural and construction systems on the design of buildings. In particular, the possibilities and limits of building structure as related to architectural intention through the use of exemplars. The unit explains how to understand and use structural and construction systems to advance the design development of medium scale commercial and public buildings that achieve sustainable outcomes. You will become familiar with various construction systems where an emphasis is placed on the criteria to be used for the selection of appropriate building systems and their associated materials.
This unit addresses the principles and application of building services and the Building Code of Australia for low-rise buildings. It looks at the principles, the equipment and the architect’s role (building services procurement, consultation on design decision making, establishing selection criteria for systems and equipment, an understanding of the spatial requirements of building equipment and communication systems for low-rise buildings). The unit also offers the skills to transform technical design ideas into built form through technical documentation while introducing you to Building Information Modelling. It focuses on indoor conditions control through the effective design and integration of building services. You will simulate office practice, producing Building Code of Australia compliant documentation. In this unit, building services, fire safety, and building code requirements are offered as drivers of architectural design.
This unit offers an overview of the main urban studies theories and illustrates techniques and tools to investigate an urban landscape. Understanding the structure of a city as well as the relationship between urban form, environment, and architecture is necessary to function as a reflective practitioner in the real world. Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical thinking and analytical approaches to problems associated with the city and its design. In this unit you will learn how to investigate an urban environment to inform and support your design activity; you will develop your problem-solving skills experimenting with theoretical principles in different real-world scenarios. Teaching and learning activities are spread across lectures, online activities and online workshops. The unit will include consideration of urban morphology, urban design, urban planning, and social justice concepts in relation to the urban landscape.
This unit focuses on design as applied to architecture, engaging with the concept of building typologies at different scales. In terms of the building scale, you will be requested to develop a complex industrial building. At the urban scale, you will apply the concept of building typologies to develop a mixed-use, medium-density masterplan. On completion of this unit you will be conversant with building typologies; the forces shaping their development; the critical, analytical, and speculative research skills applicable to architectural projects; ways to address architectural issues and to design from that position; and the application of knowledge and skills in architectural technology to the design process.
This unit is your first landscape design studio introducing you to foundational landscape design knowledge, skills and applications. You will acquire these in stages, covering a range of design principles, theories and processes which you will apply to real or simulated design scenarios. The first stage is an immersion in, and familiarisation with, understanding space and landscape architectural works, to interpret, test and represent space making and its logic. Next you will learn to apply basic design problem solving processes to articulate landscape architectural propositions in response to your interpretations. You will learn and experiment with design and discipline-specific language including application of the representational techniques. This studio prepares you for the ongoing series of landscape design studio units.
This unit introduces landscape design principles, theories and processes, and their application in problem solving and articulation of landscape architectural propositions. It consolidates and provides foundational skills and knowledge to develop ongoing landscape design studio units. Through critical thinking and experimental design propositions you will explore the relations between the process and concepts of landscape, space, scale, time and landscape atmospheres. You will experiment with design development processes and the language of landscape design to articulate and communicate ideas. This unit builds on DLB101 Landscape Studio 1 and DYB111 Create and Represent: Form, inviting you to interpret wider dimensions of landscape and experiment with design development and representation. It guides you to apply the representational techniques you will learn in DYB113 Create and Represent: Materials.
This unit provides foundational landscape technology principles of landform and tectonics and processes allowing you to understand and apply the technical manipulation of landforms as part of the landscape design process. This unit continues your development of finer scale of detail and precision including landform grading for drainage and circulation. It extends the technical graphic design development and communication skills developed in Create and Represent units and prepares you for the subsequent Landscape units.
This unit introduces a range of theories, principles and approaches to contemporary place making through site planning skills and the critical examination of how people perceive and respond to their environment, both individually and collectively. It explores theories of environment and behaviour, place-making and environmental psychology essential to the formulation of sustainable landscape design propositions. These investigations and design propositions develop your research and design communication skills and will provide an intellectually rigorous foundation for the rest of this course and for later professional practice. This unit advances your skills to research and apply design theory in the creation of places for people. It addresses key physical, psychological and cultural theories that underpin our knowledge of the reciprocal relationship between people and their environments. You will also have the opportunity to improve your design communication skills.
This second year unit builds on your knowledge of environmental sustainability and introduces you to scientific, horticultural and planting design principles and their application in sustainable site-based planting design, including the specific conventions of planting design communication. As such, the unit engages with the basic plant sciences (botany, ecology and horticulture) including: botanical nomenclature, morphology, plant forms, assemblages and systems, and plant cultivation requirements. You will apply this knowledge to develop and articulate sustainable site-based planting design propositions and extend your communication techniques.
This unit introduces landscape structural theories, material properties, and design and construction principles and processes. Its content will help you analyse technical briefs and critically evaluate and select appropriate materials and construction techniques to formulate sustainable landscape design propositions and implementation strategies. This unit also addresses the legislative environment governing landscape construction.
This capstone unit builds on the critical thinking and design resolution skills that students have developed though their earlier design studios and associated units. The studio begins with students researching and presenting exemplar projects and threatened landscape case studies. This will be conducted through the framework of relevant landscape resilience theory. This research will then provide the standpoint upon which students develop design propositions to the identified problem site and/or scenario.
This unit addresses landscape design and technology / construction principles and processes. It is your first advanced-level landscape design studio unit, and your first 24-credit-point unit in the 4-year landscape architecture course. As such, it unites and builds on technical landscape design principles and processes in a program of advanced design resolution through the development of technical documents commensurate with those produced by the profession for landscape construction contractors. It shifts your learning toward greater creative and technical design specificity and independent application, providing a solid foundation for your final year landscape design studios beginning with DLH700.
This capstone unit aims for you to be able to apply theories of Landscape Planning and Landscape Urbanism in landscape appraisal and design development. You will undertake a sustained thesis-style project at an advanced conceptual and schematic landscape design level based on substantial independent research and rigorous design development. Understanding landscape architecture as a contextual and relational discipline, you will formulate innovative and sustainable landscape planning and design propositions and implementation strategies to balance competing social, cultural, economic, and ecological constraints and opportunities. This unit develops independent skills in investigation and practice enabling you to engage with a wide range of projects. It consolidates your individual expression of the knowledge, skills and application of landscape design principles, theories and processes developed in your landscape architecture core units to date.
This unit introduces the legal and regulatory environment in which landscape architects operate. Design practice requires the understanding and adherence to a range of ethical, cultural, business and legal concerns and requirements. This unit provides you with the knowledge to understand and participate in professional design practice by introducing key issues in the design professions, including: the organisation and roles of the regulatory and professional bodies governing the professions; the cultural and legal context for contemporary design practice; essential skills in consultancy and construction contracts; and the ethical values and attitudes which govern professional practice. An emphasis on integrated scholarship and collaborative links with other professions will build your capacity and resilience as you transition from life as a university student to life as a beginning professional.
This unit addresses a critical and non-linear examination of the histories of landscape, how societal and cultural events reshaped the raw milieu, exploited the land and transformed space. Landscape history and landscape architectural criticism are intertwined to support in-depth study and discussion of cultural landscapes, of a series of typologies and archetypes and landscape architectural works. Landscape, its space and significant works are examined and explored through the application of theoretical frameworks and conservation methodologies and techniques. This unit builds on historiography and criticality to decipher broad and specific interactions between society and the environment, and to address a critique on landscape and heritage.
Plants are a key element in our landscapes and a critical component of the landscape architect's toolkit. This unit will provide an in-depth look at individual plants and plant communities that occur and are used within natural and urban systems. Understanding how plants can be used to enhance ecosystem services and green infrastructure within a variety of ecological and social conditions is critical to create resilient landscapes within the context of significant environmental change. You will learn about the functions of vegetation as related to biodiversity, drought and flooding mitigation, erosion control, carbon sequestration, evapotranspiration and cooling.
This unit investigates contemporary ecological perspectives on issues of climate change adaptation, mitigation and resilience, as critical theory informing advanced landscape architectural design. Landscape architects employ ecological concepts in their work, yet may not have a deep understanding of the science, nor of the many sub-ecologies developed in response to a destabilised world. This unit does not aim to create expertise in the science of ecology, but to discuss the range of contemporary ecologies as lenses through which to examine and respond to the most pressing challenges of contemporary times. It delves into ethical issues concerning the relationships amongst humans, nonhumans and built and unbuilt environments.
This unit will explore planning and policy as a critical component of landscape architecture practice, and design practice more broadly. Working at scales that include catchments, corridors, cities, regions, and states, landscape planning requires an understanding of how individual project sites are connected and have implications beyond their boundaries. This unit will solidify your understanding of relevant planning policy required to develop a resilient and socially just environment. Landscape architecture projects must be informed and often abide by a set of planning regulations, plans, and visions and designers must be aware of this context. You will critically explore global planning strategies and initiatives that have led to positive decision-making and problem solving. This will inform your in-depth understanding of the local and regional policies that have implications for addressing critical contemporary issues.
This studio-based unit is focused on climate-responsive landscape design, applying advanced skills in design development and communication in an intensive studio model. The design project will harness knowledge from research and landscape architectural exemplars, and through industry stakeholder-informed design challenges, address critical contemporary issues related to climate change reduction, adaptation, mitigation and resilience. Skills used in this studio such as problem articulation and research, advanced design concept development, collaborative design, detailed design, graphic and 3D visualisation and professional presentation are essential for landscape architects to respond effectively to the challenges of global environmental change. This studio is positioned early in the degree in order to advance knowledge and skills in climate-responsive design, as well as advancing communication skills which inform the other studio units in the degree.
This hands-on intensive studio unit introduces holistic approaches in environmental design by using the concept of ‘play’ to understand non-linear conditions of urban spaces. This explorative journey provides you with an opportunity to push conceptual boundaries that challenge preconditioned thinking with respect to the internal and external dimension of the human condition. This unit will solidify your research, analysis and mapping skills to gain insights related to cognitive behaviour, and environmental perception to improve health and well-being outcomes in urban spaces. Students will apply a range of design methods to understand how spaces may lose or gain playfulness through targeted design interventions. Informed by real world examples, students will work through multiple design phases, that includes design detailing for aesthetics, function, and constructability, in order to create a design that results in a more socially-just urban space.
This unit exemplifies the dual themes of the Masters course - environmental change and social justice. Through a propositional and projective design narrative, the thesis project must demonstrate knowledge in landscape architectural design research, theories, technologies, and skills. The convincing and holistic design project must also encompass projective practices, representational methods and techniques. Throughout the semester, you will complete a thesis that thoroughly examines a selected and approved topic that shows deep and critical engagement with the themes. You will create a project that unfolds from a clear and theoretical sustained argument to a methodically resolved project that is visually and verbally presented. The Thesis must represent a proposed intervention in the real world that could create a significant contribution to the field of landscape architecture.
This unit introduces the principles and elements of design in the interior design context with an emphasis on dwelling and associated concepts of embodiment and interiority. Learning to design for interior design practice requires the development of coherent and advanced knowledge of design process, practice and content pertinent to the production of meaningful and socially responsive environments. This unit introduces you to this knowledge through lectures, readings, tutorials and projects that enable you to appreciate the knowledge and skills you already have that have application in design and how to enhance these with a specific focus on learning for interior design at a foundational level. The learning in this unit will be progressively developed through subsequent design units in the course.
This first year Interior Architecture unit introduces the understanding of design not only as a language, but also as a spatial design activity through which you visualise your designs atmospherically and experientially. It addresses introductory concepts and approaches found in cinematic techniques and site-based research as applied to interior design. It builds on the elementary principles of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design introduced in DTB101 Interior Design 1. This unit comprises teaching activities, readings, and projects with a specific focus on learning for interior design at a foundational level. The learning in this unit will be progressively developed through subsequent design units in the course.
This unit develops sound competency in the technical communication of commercial construction and detailing of interiors in order to apply this knowledge to project work. It provides opportunities to develop your knowledge of the information required to assemble a set of construction documents for a commercial interior design scenario. It links to other core interior design units by introducing you to the commercial sector, in particular exploring 2D and 3D digital drafting conventions and the application of building codes and standards with an emphasis on interior construction assemblies and access. This unit will develop your knowledge of the techniques and conventions required for digital documentation of technical material. It also covers the technical knowledge required to document a commercial project to meet relevant codes and standards. These are fundamental skills required by a professional interior designer.
This unit addresses aspects of multifunctional interiors within commercial contexts, focusing on large-scale spaces with vertical circulation as part of the greater urban social fabric. It integrates theoretical, technological, sociological and design methods to address design problems. A holistic view of the situation presented will be undertaken so that a synthesis of complex relationships can be managed. It provides you with opportunities to build on, practise and evidence your individual and collaborative sensory design process, design theory, and understanding of social urban context, which will provide a foundation for any subsequent units with more complex designs. Through the application of research-based design approaches, you will realise that complex design outcomes are multi-layered and therefore rich in meaning and significance, whilst responding to multi-function specific and realistic project requirements.
Drawing on environmental psychology relevant to spatial design, this unit provides the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the transactional nature of the relationship between people and the built environment. The unit complements the socio-cultural aspects of design addressed in the Design in Society unit providing core theoretical and technical knowledge to support evidence-based design and ethical and sustainable practice. Interior designers require an understanding of how people and the built environment engage physically, psychosocially and existentially if they are to help produce individually meaningful and socially responsive environments. They also require skills to explore person-environment interaction relevant to practice-based projects. This unit builds on introductory understandings of the nature of human engagement and inhabitation and, in so doing, prepares you to consolidate your design knowledge and skills.
This unit develops a broad and coherent understanding of colour, its psychology and complexity, and interdependence with light in the context of design theory and application in practice. As such, it introduces you to the attributes, influences and principles of implications of colour and light within the built environment. It develops broad knowledge and the skills to apply theoretical concepts relative to colour and lighting in the creation of spatial design projects. It focuses on the human response to colour and light through an understanding of the histories, theories, and methods of application relevant to two and three-dimensional environments.
This unit explores the complex nature of material and product selections to further enhance interior design project outcomes. Your knowledge of materials and products relevant to commercial interior design applications will be developed with a focus on sustainable manufacturing processes. This unit then introduces you to appropriate documentation to communicate your research and understanding to relevant project stakeholders. Specifying appropriate products for a variety of interior design scenarios is a fundamental process in the delivery of an interior design project.
This unit addresses the relationships between design and everyday socio-cultural practices enabling you to apply this knowledge in contemporary designed environments analysis such as work and exhibiting environments and service scapes. It provides theoretical and analytical opportunities to develop knowledge of the way the designed world intersects with social life. These insights are crucial to the capacity of design to respond in an evidenced-based and socially responsible way to the designed world as lived and experienced. The unit reviews theories and case studies to illuminate the relationships between design and everyday practice across cultures and time and provides an opportunity to apply these insights in an analysis of a designed environment. It focuses on socio-cultural aspects of design and complements the psychologically oriented unit, DTB205 Design Psychology, while also helping consolidate your final year learning in preparation for professional practice.
This unit provides you with the opportunity to undertake a ‘real world’ design project at a level which is developed in empirical and conceptual knowledge and application. It refines your design methods to undertake an informed design exploration; critically analyse and generate solutions to unpredictable and complex problems; and present those design processes and solutions at a beginning professional standard. You will develop your critical knowledge of contemporary social contexts within actual built spaces, focusing on ‘process’ and ‘solution’. It addresses the role and relevance of research, while applying theoretical, technical, ethical and legislative constraints. Through semi-directed learning and studio communications, the project allows for the exploration of public space interaction in interior environments at an increased scale, level of complexity and resolution. The unit also looks at design methodology and further develops methods of oral and visual communication.
This advanced unit aims to develop an understanding of the relationship between design, environmental quality, access and egress and technology while developing your technical communication skills. It introduces a greater complexity in commercial interior construction, services integration and code compliance while also developing your technical documentation skills. The unit links directly to your previous studies in DTB200 and provides the necessary knowledge, skills and application required to document the construction of your designs through all of your core units. DTB306 sits at the developmental stage of your course and provides you with opportunities to develop your knowledge of services integration, digital drafting and documentation requirements in a commercial workplace application with an emphasis on meeting codes and standards relating to fire safety.
Furniture and its role in the built environment is fundamental to creating an enhanced user experience. This unit develops at an intermediate level your knowledge, skills and their application regarding furniture and joinery in the interior and exterior context with a specific focus on experimental design and prototype construction. It builds upon the technical issues introduced in prior design and technology units, such as design, detailing and working drawing documentation, materials and ergonomics. Through an investigation of furniture and its design, this unit introduces you to the broad base of knowledge and the well-developed skills necessary to the field of interior design. Furniture and joinery are integral elements in an interior environment aesthetically, socially and culturally. You will therefore investigate aspects of the interior environment through the design of furniture and joinery within an appropriate and authentic real world context.
This unit provides the knowledge, skills, and practical abilities to understand and participate in an architectural/interior design practice as a beginning professional. It introduces the management and technical requirements associated with operating a design practice, the organisation and roles of the regulatory and professional bodies, the cultural and legal context, and values and attitudes that govern professional practice. Interior designers require knowledge of management theory, of building contract requirements and project management techniques, of building technology and techniques, contract documentation and administration, and technical communication skills. This unit covers a range of ethical, cultural, legal, operational, and technical concerns related to the practice. It links to related stakeholders and professional disciplines, providing authentic learning opportunities.
This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application in regards to the person-environment relationship, and the implications for dual-function, sensory spatial design, as well as building on foundational design processes. As such, it aims to integrate theoretical, technological, sociological and design methods to address design problems. You will define individual tasks and research such that design theory and collaborative design process become integral to the resolution of your design. You will investigate the fundamental aspects of immersion (Space/time 4th dimension, Reverie, Presence and Phenomenology) and Interaction (Participation, Experience, Responsibility, Inclusivity and Activism) in relation to interior design practice and associated fields through explorative digital craft making and the refurbishment of an existing two-storey building with vertical circulation.
This capstone unit aims to further prepare you to engage with and inform the discourse of the interior design discipline and profession in a way that is ethically and socially responsible. Assuming the role of a professional requires an attitude of service - to the client, the user and the wider community. Integral to this is attention to your own ongoing development as a professional as well as the ability to communicate proficiently within and contribute actively to the discourse of the discipline. While many of these attributes of professionalism have been addressed in your prior learning in the course, this unit provides the opportunity for a more direct focus while also providing a context for further developing and consolidating design practice knowledge and skills covered in DTH702 Interior Design Practice Studio 1.
This unit introduces you to the foundational visualisation skills and applications needed to formulate design propositions such as sketching, technical drawing, simple physical and digital model-making, rendering, composition and presentation. Visualisation is a crucial part of design thinking. The ability to use appropriate techniques and media to communicate design ideas is a vital part of the design process. Designers need to conceptualise and communicate two dimensional/three dimensional forms and spatial qualities. Therefore it is important for designers to learn how to imagine, visualise and communicate these ideas effectively. The unit is paired with DYB113 Create and Represent: Materials as part of the foundation block in the first year of study that will enable you to acquire the preliminary skills required for design communication in the Spatial Study Areas. These skills will be progressively applied throughout your course.
This unit provides an exploration of the materials of the built environment. It will focus on a number of thematic issues of materials: their physical properties, their histories, their environmental impacts, and their applications in making architecture, interiors and landscapes. Through activities of analysis, observation and research, you will discover materials’ tectonic ability to heighten the human experience of the spatial environments around us. As such, the unit aims to foster a spirit of enquiry into the creation of spatial environments. As a foundation unit for architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture students, it offers a broad view of the spatial disciplines and the materiality of their design and creation.
This unit introduces you to the fundamentals of building materials and their representation through the development of foundation digital visualisation skills and applications and their integration with manual skills and analogue media. You will develop visualisation skills and techniques within the design process through understanding the drawing conventions associated with the representation of materials, as well as the ability to select the right visualisation technique for each phase of the design process. Visualisation and representation are crucial aspects of design thinking, with a particular emphasis on understanding the physical quality of building materials. This unit is paired with DYB112 which introduces representation techniques in the design process. In this unit you will learn to use two- and three-dimensional software applications and physical model making to present your ideas, which demonstrates an appreciation of the fundamental aspects of building materials.
This unit challenges you to take design-led approaches to analyse, evaluate and deliver innovative and ethical responses or design propositions. It builds upon the skills and experiences gained in the first two impact labs, introducing a new scale of investigation through the exploration of complex issues that have a global impact. You will collaboratively analyse and evaluate these issues to develop responses or design propositions that provide avenues for more sustainable and ethical behaviours or systems. This approach will allow you to consider how design methods and approaches can be used to address complex global issues such as those defined by the United Nations (UN.org, 2017).
This unit is project-based and introduces students to research methods and methodologies that have relevance to designers. An understanding of research is important for design practice in order to understand existing conditions and needs, to test ideas, to understand the implications of design-decisions, to evaluate how a design intervention is used, and to anticipate changes that will need to be made. Research is critical to advancing design practice and ensuring decisions can be made based on evidence.
This unit explores multiple dimensions of integrated approaches and principles in urban design. It is about adding quality to products and processes related to urban spaces that shape our everyday life experiences and reinforce sustainability and landscape resilience. Participants will gain an appreciation and deeper understanding of the complex urban problems and different ways of thinking in order to respond to these multifaceted challenges and translate them into policy and design solutions. Key principles, frameworks and associated methods will be explored which enable good urban design practice that leads to socially just spaces for all.
This unit offers the opportunity to develop a rich appreciation of Indigenous culture in Australia, exploring how this influences landscape architectural and architectural design, practice and planning. It provides an overview of Indigenous Australian history, examining what the natural environment afforded and continues to afford First Peoples, their customs and traditional land management. Students will gain an understanding of the deep connection to country that resulted from this intergenerational occupation of the Australian landscape. The unit discusses the ongoing impacts of colonisation, the responsibilities of designers working with Indigenous communities and what design ethics and landscape resilience mean for working in Indigenous contexts. The notion of relationships built on trust and respect is fundamental to learnings in this unit. International literature and design case studies will be presented throughout the unit.
This unit introduces and consolidates key issues in discourses about the professional practice and business of a design office. The unit is delivered in two key modules. Module 1 investigates how to become, and what it means to be, a professional designer, specifically examining the organisation and roles of the bodies that govern the professions and the necessity for an ethical orientation in professional life. Module 2 expands on this knowledge, by providing a detailed understanding in the processes of professional relations, with a specific focus on leadership skills, collaboration, communication, discrimination, and health and wellness issues. This unit enables students from Landscape Architecture and Architecture to collaborate and share learning experiences.
This unit builds upon and consolidates key issues in understanding an architect's and landscape architect's management, documentation and contract administration of projects, as spatial designers. The unit examines various phases of spatial design projects including the inception, schematic design, design development, documentation, contract administration and completion stages. The unit is delivered in two key modules. Module 1 provides a detailed understanding of the various ways in which spatial designers manage key phases of a project, including areas such as project programming, and professional correspondence. Module 2 examines various forms of contracts, emerging codes and standards that must be adhered to in Australia, the contract administration phase of projects, and includes a review of the laws and statutory regulations that impact the practice of architecture and landscape architecture.
This is a studio based design unit, with a cohort comprising students of both the Masters of Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs. Your skills in designing highly resolved design propositions that address critical real-world scenarios will be developed via intensive collaborative processes within the design studio. Here, transdisciplinary collaborations and industry-led scenarios simulate the opportunities and constraints of professional practice and how these play out across the project lifecycle. With a focus on designing with disadvantaged communities and underpinnings of social justice principles, you will conduct design-led research while working jointly with others from outside your discipline area to create new conceptual, theoretical, methodological and translational propositions that integrate and move beyond conventional discipline-specific boundaries and approaches.
This unit will provide you with tools and techniques to design and analyse performance benchmarks in dynamic project environments that can be implemented across different disciplines. The changing dynamics of workplace and emerging performance indicators make performance measurement and management a key issue in modern project management practice. The comprehensive review of project performance guidelines will be followed by specific analytical tools to enable students to have hands-on experience with complex management problems. Lastly, due to the dynamic nature of the topic, you will conduct limited research into emerging performance indicators such as sustainability that compliments the traditional cost and schedule compliance, and new analytical tools afforded.
This unit will provide you with advanced skills and knowledge to manage organisational and human resources issues required to achieve outcomes critical for the success of a project. The unit will focus on the aspects of project governance, organizational culture, organizational development and change, high performance teams and leadership in organisations. It will provide the understanding of effectively leading and managing project teams and their performance while managing constraints in time, cost and quality, as well as social, political and environmental influences.
Problems that confront Project Managers are ill-defined and complex. Problem identification, evidence-based literature searching, research design and planning and effective communication through reports and presentations are essential attributes of the modern Project Manager. This unit provides you with the knowledge of applied and evidence-based methods to critically appraise and solve discipline-specific real world problems and effectively communicate processes and solutions verbally and in writing. This unit will also assist you in the development of clearly-defined questions and techniques to plan and execute an applied project of your own design in PMN606 Project Investigation 2.
This unit explores the detailed links between the organisational business strategy and the projects, programs and portfolios delivered by organisations. It teaches you how to use tools and techniques to extract maximum value from the program and portfolio that organisations espouse to, hence developing strategies for delivering optimal benefit for both client and provider organisations. This unit builds on a sound understanding of project and business lifecycles and informs program and portfolio planning and development activities. Teaching and learning approaches ensure that the skills acquired are applied by engaging in a range of real-world case-studies and through the development and delivery of your own project strategies and reports. This will help you to develop optimal programs and portfolios for a client or provider business, by extracting maximum value from these through linking and aligning these to your business strategy.
This unit identifies the optimal procurement strategy for a project. It takes a strategic approach and positions procurement in the project lifecycle. It also provides the detail required to be an effective client or tenderer for projects. A broader range of procurement strategies and contract forms are now available to the market and clients and providers need to understand the risk profiles of each of them before entering into such contracts. The tools and techniques required are not the same for every contract and so both clients and providers must be prepared with both systems and suitably qualified people. It builds on a sound understanding of projects and the project lifecycle and informs the project risk assessment and risk allocation for the project.
Problem definition, evidence-based literature searching, applied research, reflective practice and effective communication of solutions through reporting are essential attributes of the modern Project Manager. This unit enables you to plan and execute an independent and applied research project addressing a relevant real world problem in a related project management discipline area and effectively communicate processes and solutions in a reflective way. It provides an opportunity to individualise your studies by concentrating on a specific problem and build on the applied, evidence-based research skills and knowledge you have gained in PMN603 Project Investigation 1.
This unit takes a strategic approach to risk in the project and business lifecycles. A broader range of risk management frameworks are now available and clients and providers need to understand the features of each before any implementation. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit contribute to effective identification, analysis, evaluation and treatment of risk to the project and the organisation in an integrated way. This unit builds on a sound understanding of risk and opportunities in projects to inform decision-making and the project and program risk allocation between client and provider. Teaching and learning approaches ensure that the skills acquired are applied.
The purpose of ’Managing the Project’ is to integrate your learnings from the other units that you have studied in the MPM in order to plan, manage and execute a major and complex programme comprising multiple and related projects within a topical case study involving a real-world styled venture. ‘Managing the Project will occur within robust governance and assurance settings, which will guide the programme and projects through a well-defined stage-gate process, into commissioning and hand-over, and finally benefits realisation after the transition to business as usual. In ‘Managing the Project’, you will develop and acquire practical programme/project management experience in a ‘real-world styled’ venture within an authentic learning environment.
This unit is predominantly concerned with the activities undertaken by construction cost management professionals in preparing Bills of Quantities (BQs) for construction work of a simple nature. It teaches you to how formally measure to BQ items for residential and small commercial building works in accordance with the Australian Standard Method of Measurement in the context of the tendering/procurement process. The unit also provides a basic appreciation of virtual building graphical models as they relate to integrated practice concepts used in industry, by way of the graphical representation and spatial relationships of digital building models, and an introduction to cost management/building area measurement. The unit is an integral part of the Quantity Surveying-Cost Engineering degree, in linking with foundation units in construction technology and preparing you for further advanced units in building and infrastructure measurement and construction estimating.
This is a foundation unit integrating residential/ small commercial construction processes in a collaborative digital environment by utilizing building information modelling and related technology. The ability to use building information modelling and related technology in construction processes in a collaborative digital environment involving a project team from different disciplines is important to work in the industry. This unit prepares you for UXB211 Building Services and other units.
This is a fundamental construction management unit that provides you with extensive theoretical knowledge to understand concepts, principles, and construction techniques and procedures to commercial construction. It critically evaluate projects in terms of procurement, constructability, construction methodology, planning, scheduling techniques and site organisation. The ability to manage and supervise the construction process of a cross section construction types such as low rise residential apartment buildings and commercial and industrial buildings is an essential requirement for construction management professionals. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to both construction management and quantity surveying and cost engineering and build upon earlier units in residential and integrated construction, building services, preparing you for further advanced units in design for structures and high-rise construction management.
This foundational construction management unit focuses on fire, mechanical and electrical services in preparation for further advanced units in Commercial & High-rise Construction and Sevices and Heavy Engineering Measurement. It introduces fire detection, suppression and control; building hydraulic services including water supply, hot and cold water reticulation, stormwater, and sanitary waste disposal systems; types of ventilation; air-conditioning systems and heating and installation procedures; electrical transformers, mains, sub-mains, switchboards, protection devices, power and lighting systems, data, communication, and security systems; systems monitoring; and energy management and efficiency. You will learn how to interpret building services drawings; evaluate services systems; apply calculation methods to critically analyze building services elements and propose solutions to related problems.
Measurement is a core skill and attribute among building and infrastructure professionals, particularly important in relation to the production of descriptive and quantified documents within the design cost management process for the purposes of tendering, estimating and construction cost management practices within the construction and infrastructure sectors. This unit develops a deeper appreciation of the measurement of more complex work sections and trades and the development and application of suitable and accurate construction cost management documents in a concise and systematic manner. More advanced strategies will be explored with virtual building graphical models as they relate to integrated practice concepts used in industry. This unit builds on the measurement attributes developed in the first year studies and prepares you for further advanced units in Services & Heavy Engineering Measurement, construction estimating and other Cost management areas.
This unit develops deeper knowledge, skills and application of the measurement of more complex areas of services and heavy engineering including building services (hydraulics, drainage, mechanical and electrical) and heavy engineering works within the resources and infrastructure sectors. It builds on units previously undertaken in the earlier years of the course such as the Measurement of Construction, Heavy Engineering Sector Technology and Building services.
The objective of this unit is for you to learn, practice and apply site planning processes, techniques and skills on a selected project site. Topics include information retrieval, site appraisal and analysis techniques, constructive critique, and presentation skills.
This is a core planning unit that will address the theory, principles and methods for effective stakeholder engagement in planning processes. It introduces when and how to use different engagement methods to address planning conflicts and gain important practical experience in stakeholder engagement.
You will be provided with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the basic political, policy, and legislation essential for planning professionals, whether they work in the public or the private sector, and the capacity to apply this understanding to basic development assessment related problems. Your capacity to understand the law as it relates to the regulation of development and the planning of infrastructure is integral to being a built environment professional. Your grounding in the legal framework surrounding planning and development is an important aspect of professional development, particularly with respect to employment that requires skills related to development assessment, and urban policy development.
This unit is generally taken by third year students and builds on concepts from earlier planning units in QUT’s planning course. In this unit you will study the dimensions of urban design and learn techniques in urban design and public space analysis to produce informed urban design strategies that respond to the social, economic, environmental and political context of contemporary Australian cities. Urban designers work with a variety of public and private stakeholders and confront a range of issues that impact urban development outcomes. An understanding of the influences on urban design decisions is necessary to prepare you to work in this context.
According to the Australian Institute of Builders (2017), built environment professionals must be able to identify and critically evaluate a broad range of sources of complex information, to inform proposed courses of action and “challenge established positions using evidence and reasoning.” This emphasis on innovation and communication also is advocated for by the Planning Institute of Australia (2019) and the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (n.d.). UXH300, sitting within the second semester of your penultimate year of studies, emphasises critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and introduces a range of methods used in research. UXH300 is a pre-requisite for the two semester UXH400 sequence. In the UXH400 sequence, you will apply skills developed in UXH300, along with knowledge gained throughout your course, to design (UXH400-1) and implement (UXH400-2) a capstone research project under the guidance of an academic mentor.
This unit covers the construction of high-rise buildings – generally buildings above 12 storeys high. The major differences from other buildings lie in the impact of increased height on design and construction processes, with structural systems, services and safety being the most significant. The topics covered include: •%emsp;demolition; •%emsp;temporary services; •%emsp;deep excavations and foundations; •%emsp;retention and shoring systems; •%emsp;general engineering of structural components; •%emsp;multilevel formwork systems; •%emsp;selection of construction methods and equipment; •%emsp;interaction of building components, systems and services; •%emsp;common building faults and failures and rectification; •%emsp;external cladding systems; •%emsp;general cost planning relevant for high rise construction. This unit builds upon the principles and theory learnt in Commercial Construction, Designing Structures, and Building Services.
This unit develops knowledge, skills and application in the administration of construction type contracts which represents one of the core applications for construction managers, quantity surveyors and cost engineers. To gain an appreciation of the commercial implications of contract administration you will study administrative implications for both parties to the contract. It links to the work previously undertaken in the earlier years of the course such as Introduction to Law and Commercial Construction and prepares you for the final semester projects.
This unit introduces the Australian statutory requirements, building laws and legal frameworks that regulate building works and construction activities to provide a broad understanding of how the mandatory technical requirements dictate the selection of the materials, construction elements, facilities and services in buildings. It articulates the potential risks and issues associated with non-conformance and non-compliance and their impact on project cost, time, and quality. The ability to identify, assess and resolve issues of non-compliance in relation to the application of National Construction Code (NCC), relevant building act, Australian Standards and associated legislative frameworks is critically important to achieve the minimum necessary performance requirements of buildings in relation to health, safety, amenity and sustainability. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to building professional practice in all areas of the built environment.
This unit applies the fundamental principles of cost management including design and construction cost planning (pre-construction) and project controls (during construction), including important techniques in managing project cost in the context of working closely in multidisciplinary teams. It covers cost management in both building and non-building sectors (for example, civil engineering and resource sectors).
This unit increases your understanding of environmental analysis and planning issues, policies, and methods, aiming to prepare you for incorporation of environmental objectives and constraints in professional practice. In this unit you will engage in dialogues on contemporary environmental dilemmas, exploring ethical and practical aspects which underpin conflict. You will further refine skills acquired in site analysis units by learning to create and modify spatial models to facilitate collaborative problem-solving. These skills will aid in preparations for final year planning studio units as well as professional practice.
This fourth year unit in the Construction Management (CM) course builds on the basic and intermediate knowledge, skills and understanding already gained in earlier units of the course. The unit is set within the real-world scenario of a medium-sized construction company that is planning to locate into a new and emerging sector of the Australian construction market and also trying to improve business growth and profitability. The learning in this unit is provided by study and practice using real-world case-studies and tools and techniques, some within a computer-based setting, that simulate the challenges, problems, issues and solutions that students will face in CM practice in the workplace.
This unit develops your knowledge, skills and resource planning techniques in the process of time management. Controlling time and resources is an essential task in construction project management. This unit provides students an understanding in time management and real world practical skill sets in preparing project programs. This unit occurs in the final year of your course as it consolidates skills you have develped in the area of construction and project management.
This fourth year unit in the Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering course builds on the basic knowledge, skills and understanding already gained in UXB120 and UXH321. The unit is set within the real world scenario of the Heavy Engineering/ Capital intensive/Resources sectors, and relates to facilities management and procurement within the Engineering and Construction Management cost controls (capital expenditure/project controls) and procurement areas. It links to work previously undertaken in Introduction to Heavy Engineering Sector Technology, Cost Planning & Controls and Contract Administration and provides opportunities to undertake further research within the final year capstone projects. The learning in this unit is provided by study and practice usin real world case-studies and tools and techniques, some within a computer-based setting, that simulate the challenges, problems, issues and solutions that students will face in the QS & CE practice in the workplace.
This is a foundational theory and ethics unit that prepares students for planning practice and the dilemmas they will face as a professional. The substantive and procedural theories that inform how and why we plan provides a bases to justify planning in private and public practice. An appreciation of diverse views and disciplinary insights that are reflected in alternative theories of planning assists students to be able to articulate their own personal philosophy of planning and the importance of ethical behaviour and codes in professional practice.
Urban planners collaborate within project teams to find and implement solutions to complex contemporary issues. In this unit, we will simulate a planning consultancy with a local government client to provide strategic directions to guide the future development of a specific geographic area. You will work in small groups to prepare a proposal or a strategic planning consultancy and develop a strategic plan, relying upon a set of staged steps and support from teaching staff and industry partners. As final year urban and regional planning students, you have developed the technical and communicative skills required to undertake this work throughout your course and professional practice placements but will need to invest significant time and collaborate effectively to produce high-quality deliverables.
This unit provides opportunities for acquiring, refining and applying knowledge of and skills in community planning. The unit introduces planning techniques and urban theory applicable to communities that define successful community planning initiatives. Gaining skills to confidently apply community planning techniques in urban planning is critical for a planning practitioner whether working in public or private sector. This unit discusses principles of community planning, the relationships of community planning to community development, issues of power and participation in the planning processes, and the linkages and tensions between local and professional knowledge in planning and policymaking. The unit also helps in gaining knowledge and skills in understanding key community planning theories and concepts, and in applying methods and analysis to identify and respond to complex community issues.
You will learn to focus and apply material from a wide range of disciplines and locations to understand and develop current regional and metropolitan policy and apply the knowledge of policy formulation and skills of analysis and synthesis to real world problem-solving at a scale which is larger than a single local government.
This is an intermediate level unit addressing the principles of construction, and its tools and techniques necessary for turning the infrastructure designs to the reality. It introduces the understanding of fundamental construction techniques so that the choices can be made between competing methods with due cognisance of the practicality, environmental effects, and safety. This unit is taught in the second year that builds upon prior units to further develop knowledge and skills on construction project capabilities. It develops the learning skills to manage increasingly complex projects in later units.
The knowledge and skills associated with site investigation and planning for sustainable development are essential for civil and environmental engineers, as is the ability to work within multidisciplinary teams to achieve balanced solutions on social, economic and environmental grounds. This sustainable development design project requires you to undertake typical site investigations, analyses and designs for a selected site covering sustainability issues in the following areas: Sustainable Transport, Land Planning including assessment of the surrounding suburbs, Water and Wastewater Management and Environmental Impact Assessment. This unit extends and applies the knowledge developed in first year design based engineering units to important issues such as site analysis, site investigation, development of site planning criteria, site planning, environmental management and quality, pollution prevention and control, and resource and waste management.
Structural Mechanics is an essential knowledge to develop safe, economical and sustainable design of civil engineering structures. Structures are analysed in modern times using computer software; improper usage of these software can lead to disastrous consequences. A clear and in-depth understanding of the principles and methods of analysis of structures is vital for successful practicing in the civil engineering discipline. The aim of this unit is to introduce structural mechanics principles and their applications to enable you to analyse structures prior to their design. The topics taught include moment distribution, bending moment and shear force diagrams for structures using indeterminate analytical and computer methods, principle of virtual work for deflection calculations, transformation of stresses, Mohr’s circle, torsion, shear flow, shear centre, unsymmetrical bending, the principle of compatibility and combined loading of structural members.
Engineering Hydraulics is a second year Civil unit, providing an understanding of hydraulic principles and their use in civil engineering applications. The importance of Hydraulics to civil engineers is that the fundamental knowledge gained in this unit is intimately related to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of bridges, dams, pumping stations, water and wastewater treatment plants, water distribution systems for water supply and sewerage systems are among many other features deemed important in modern day society. The unit focuses on the engineering applications of water and other liquids (fluids). Topics covered include practical applications of hydrostatics, pipe flow, energy loss in pipes and pipe systems and water distribution systems to communities for drinking water that includes pumps and storage reservoirs. New concepts introduced during lectures are explained through examples and demonstrated with real-world problem solving tasks.
This is a Geotechnical Engineering unit addressing the theoretical concepts required for geotechnical design such as retaining walls, soil slopes, earth dams, and shallow/deep foundations. It provides knowledge to estimate the stresses in soils due to geotechnical structures and the settlement /deformation of soil due to these external loads. This unit also provides hands on experience for students in laboratory soil testing to obtain the soil properties for design. You will learn about soil testing apparatus, testing procedures and testing standards required for determining soil properties for geotechnical engineering design. This unit requires the prior knowledge of Engineering mechanics (EGB121), Civil engineering systems (EGB123) and Civil Engineering Materials (EGB270). EGH473 (Advanced Geotechnical Engineering), EGH479 (Advances in Civil Engineering practice) and projects (EGH400-1 and EGH400-2) in Geotechnical/structural engineering require the knowledge of this unit.
This unit introduces the core concepts of the design principles and methods of the reinforced and pre-stressed concrete and its application to structural elements such as the beams, slabs, columns and footings of buildings and infrastructure. It develops the principles of safe and economical design of concrete structures that are essential to further advance your knowledge in this area prior to graduation and working in design offices or at construction sites. There are two compelling reasons for the students to develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of design of concrete structures; these are: (1) Safety in Design to prevent constructability related incidents at sites and (2) Sustainability through use of low-embodied energy binders and reinforcing bars.
This is an intermediate civil engineering unit that will provide in-depth knowledge and understanding of the behaviour, analysis and limit states design of steel structural elements such as tension and compression members, beams and their connections. It will also provide you the necessary skills and experience in analysing and designing simple steel structures including continuous beams and trusses through group projects on real world examples. The ability to analyse and design buildings, bridges, cranes and transmission towers constructed in steel under various loadings is a requirement for a range of graduate civil engineering positions. This unit is the first one in the civil engineering course that provides the knowledge and skills required for this purpose. It forms the foundation for a number of advanced civil engineering units in later years of the course. EGB476-Advanced Steel Design builds on this unit by extending your knowledge and skills for more complex steel structures.
Water and wastewater engineering is a third year elective Civil Engineering unit, providing the fundamental principles and application of (i) drinking water and (ii) wastewater treatment processes. The subject of water quality is also introduced to show how to link source water quality to treatment process selection. The wastewater component covers principles of wastewater treatment in order to enable wastewater to be disposed safely, without being a danger to public health or polluting receiving watercourses. New concepts introduced during lectures are explained through practical examples and further demonstrated with real-world complex practical problem solving tasks during tutorials. There are two site visits, one to a water treatment plant and to a wastewater treatment plant. These real-world experiences will help consolidate concepts, principles and methodologies learned in the classroom.
Success in civil engineering construction projects is dependent on the selection of correct construction procedures matched with the correct equipment and ancillary temporary work. To do this, a construction engineer must have command of a range of options and the judgement to integrate these options for optimal outcomes for all stakeholders. This unit covers the fundamentals of project execution and start up of civil engineering projects. The subjects to be covered will include: site investigation, survey, identification and provision of temporary facilities, selection of equipment, material management, methods of construction, environmental protection practices, workplace health and safety requirements. The emphasis of the content will be on heavy, civil engineering projects existing or relevant to Queensland with a focus on environmental concerns and safety.
This unit prepares you for the essential civil engineering work of investigating, designing and constructing solutions to manage urban wastes with detailed discussions of the technologies available to convert wastes to valuable resources. The unit primarily addresses the management of solid wastes generated from domestic, commercial, and industrial sources and stormwater generated in urban regions, which is polluted with ecologically hazardous and toxic substances. The technical content of this unit includes waste minimisation, promotion of efficient use of resources, promotion the use of waste through recycling and energy production, viewing waste as a resource, reducing the mass, volume and toxicity of waste, disposing of waste in a socially and environmentally acceptable manner; stormwater treatment and reuse and water sensitive urban design. Environmental resource management is an important aspect of civil and environmental engineering education and general engineering practices.
This is an advanced Civil Engineering unit that will:1.Develop the theoretical and analytical knowledge and practical skills for the preparation of a “contractor's estimate” and tender submission for civil engineering projects, including the planning of construction activities, identification of appropriate equipment and structure of the estimate itself2.Provide an understanding of the use of specifications and contracts while preparing estimates3.Provide an understanding of the stages of capital works and the type of estimating process for each stage4.Provide an introduction to the use of estimates in cost control systems and the type of cost estimation that is carried by contractors in the preparation of bids5.Develop skills in teamwork and collaboration needed to produce a competitive tender
This unit deals with the application of structural masonry to buildings with the core concepts of the design principles and methods of assessing the structural performance of masonry walls subject to earthquake and gravity loading. Most masonry buildings have heritage value and require knowledge for preservation; masonry structures are also popular in medium rise residential and industrial buildings. Therefore, this unit introduces the principles of safe and economical design of masonry walls for fire and combined compression, flexure and shear. Unreinforced, partially reinforced and fully reinforced masonry structures are covered.
In addition to design competence, Engineers require a sound understanding of construction and management principles and engineering economic analysis to fully meet the expectations of employers and the broader community. This unit addressing a complete financial and economic evaluation of project using several evaluation criteria commonly applied in the assessment of engineering project alternatives. This is a construction engineering second major unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit will help engineers to think creatively and to understand the decisions required in a project planning and feasibility environments as well as understanding projects within the economic (value and price) environment. This advanced unit significantly integrates your prior knowledge and skills to effectively perform specific management tasks in typical civil engineering projects.
This advanced level civil engineering unit provides the required knowledge and skills for the analysis, design and construction of multi-storey steel-concrete composite buildings. Building on the structural, material, construction and professional studies units of previous semesters, it provides detailed knowledge, skills and experience in load evaluation, selection of suitable structural framing systems, modelling, analysis and design of multi-storey steel-concrete buildings and their components including composite slabs and beams by engaging in a 12-storey building project on a real site. The ability to analyse and design multi-storey buildings is a requirement for selected graduate civil engineering positions. This unit provides the knowledge and skills required for this purpose. It will prepare you to pursue a career in structures and/or construction.
This is an advanced structural engineering unit in which topics that are regularly used by structural engineers as well as some topics that become useful for special cases will be covered. Using knowledge from previous years, you will develop and present the computer based stiffness method for analyzing structures in order to design them. Dynamics and vibration of structures will be introduced with applications to buildings. Structures collapse when loaded beyond their capacity. The predictable pattern of structural failure through the formation of plastic hinges (or failure points) will be treated. The application of dynamics and vibration to structural health monitoring and damage detection and to seismic engineering will be covered. The Australian Standard AS1170.4 for seismic analysis will be used in the studies. On completion of this unit, students will be well prepared to face the challenges of a structural engineer.
This is an advanced level civil engineering unit that provides the required knowledge and skills for the analysis, design and construction of steel buildings. Building on the structural, material and construction units of previous semesters, it provides detailed knowledge, skills and experience in determining the wind effects on buildings, modelling, analysis and design of steel framed buildings and all their components by engaging in a single storey steel portal frame building project on a real site. The ability to analyse and design steel buildings is a requirement for a range of graduate civil engineering positions. This unit is the second one in the civil engineering course that provides the knowledge and skills required for this purpose. It will prepare you to pursue a career in structures and/or construction. EGB473-Composite Structures builds on this unit by extending your knowledge and skills for more complex, composite steel-concrete structures.
The transport engineer must be familiar with the role of each transport mode in the overall transport task, along with operational aspects of each mode. This must be overarched by an understanding of the system and tools for planning, operation and management of transport projects, particularly in context of economic, environmental and social attributes. The aim of this unit is to develop your awareness and understanding of important concepts and analytical tools for operations, planning, designing, and management of transport systems including transit systems. This unit builds upon your transport related knowledge and skills developed in EGB123 Civil Engineering Systems and EGB272 Traffic and Transport Engineering, and provides a useful foundation to EGH479 Advances in Civil Engineering Practice.
The quality of civil infrastructure has significant impacts on the quality of life, the health of the social system, and the sustenance and growth of regional and national economy. This unit in infrastructure asset management is a response to the growing need for civil engineers to be proficient in infrastructure asset management topic that requires a broad and practical knowledge of infrastructure characteristics and fundamental management techniques. At the completion of this unit students will have sound understanding of the whole of life-cycle assessment of infrastructure assets, practical asset-management techniques, and some of the economic and governance related issues that pertains to infrastructure. These skills should enable students with better decision-making capabilities that can increase resilience and sustainability of infrastructure.
A construction engineer must have an appreciation of the commercial environment in which they work. The law and particularly the law relating to construction has a significant impact upon that commercial environment. This unit will provide a framework and sufficient detail to increase your awareness of how the law governs you and your organisation's actions within the industry. In addition, you will understand the operation of a construction contract and the claims and disputes commonly associated with the administration of such a contract. The lectures provide a solid foundation required for Construction Engineers, and embedded in the tutorials are discussions of real-world cases of the past month to highlight the importance of understanding the impacts of day-to-day decisions in the world of construction.
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a computer based method for analysing structures under static or dynamics loadings. It has applications in all areas of engineering and is used by practising engineers and researchers to analyse and design all types of structures including buildings, bridges, dams, multi-purpose towers, cooling towers, etc. FEA enables multiple and repeated analyses with ease and hence facilitates the optimum design of the structure. It is available through a number of well- known packages such as Strand 7, ANSYS, ABAQUS, LSDYNA, etc. It is now possible to treat complex problems such as dynamic seismic analysis, impact and blast analyses and structural health monitoring and damage detection, all of which were impossible prior to the advent of FEA. Students who complete this unit will be well prepared to face the challenges of modern design offices.
You will develop knowledge in bridge engineering integrating what you have learnt in your earlier years on structural analysis and design. You will develop your skills in pursuing a career as a bridge engineer. You will learn about various bridge types, then some detailed discussions on formulating the required loading cases will be provided. This will be followed by influence line diagrams which will enable you to obtain maximum effects in bridges. Various bridge analysis methods will be introduced enabling you to obtain design forces for subsequent design. The importance of bridge articulation will be discussed. The introduction of cable supported bridges will be given so that you will consider this type of bridges as an option. It is expected that students will have an understanding of the highest levels of structural analysis and design consistent with undergraduate level study in civil engineering. Knowledge gained in the units EGB375, EGB376 and EGB 475 is a must for this unit.
This is an advance transport engineering unit that develops theoretical insights with their practical applications of transport modelling and simulation. The unit covers various levels of modelling (micro and macro) techniques. The theory is supported by its real world practical modelling applications. It provides hand-ons use of state-of-the-art modelling tools through an authentic assessment. Modelling of transport networks is an inevitable part of the planning, design and operation of complex transport systems. For instance, strategic models are exploited for the planning of new transport infrastructure and traffic flow models are utilised for evaluating the efficiency and reliability of existing networks. A transport engineer should understand the suitability of various modelling and simulation techniques for particular tasks and assess their strength and weakness. The unit will acquaint students with essential transport strategic and operational modelling, and evaluation skills.
This advanced unit covers the fundamental topics of Australian hydrology and hydraulics. It builds on previous study in engineering hydraulics in EGH371. This unit introduces the hydrologic cycle and its applications in runoff estimations from small catchments, probability and risk of flooding, selection and estimation of design floods, hydrologic data analysis, flood estimations using the Rational Method and advanced computer modelling of catchments. Ability to accurately assess catchments for their hydrologic and hydraulic characteristics is a fundamental attribute of water engineers and designing and managing urban infrastructure. The unit also introduce design techniques of important infrastructure elements so that students get a good grasp of the design codes and specifications. This unit is one of Civil Engineering's work integrated learning (WIL) units, which includes a professional learning task designed with the support of industry professionals.
This is an advanced civil engineering unit that will develop your theoretical knowledge of highway and pavement engineering science and engineering analysis, and design. It will develop applied skills in investigation, analysis, synthesis and problem solving, written and visual literacy for communication and reporting. It stresses both independent and collaborative strategies for managing and completing tasks on time. It contextualises this civil engineering activity across social, economic, and environmental lenses, and emphasises application of standards and codes of practice in the civil engineering discipline. This is an advanced unit and therefore the prior knowledge on Traffic and Transport (EGB272) and on basic geotechnical engineering concepts (EGB373). Capstone projects (EGH400-1 and EGH400-2) in Transport/Pavement engineering require the knowledge of this unit.
This is an advanced Geotechnical Engineering unit addressing the core design requirements for retaining walls, soil slopes and earth dams, shallow and deep foundations, and basic concepts of rock mechanics. It provides the ability to accurately understand laboratory and field geotechnical testing reports to extract the required design parameters, to consider complex ground conditions and challenging loads such as earthquake loads, and to use appropriate design codes and guidelines in the design of geotechnical structures. Further, it provides the knowledge and skills on using software that are widely used in geotechnical engineering practice. This is an advanced unit and therefore the prior knowledge on basic geotechnical engineering concepts (EGB373), on engineering mechanics (EGB121) is required. EGH479: advances in Civil Engineering practice and projects (EGH400-1 and EGH400-2) in Geotechnical/structural engineering require the knowledge of this unit.
This is the final design unit of the civil engineering first major and will apply and refine advanced knowledge, concepts, methodologies and systematic thinking to prepare the student for professional practice. It will develop advanced cognitive skills in review, analysis and synthesis in civil infrastructure planning and design contexts, including critical, creative and innovative solutions to complex problems. It stresses the ability to communicate advanced knowledge and concepts in written, modelled and graphical forms to civil engineering professional audiences. It also stresses both independent and collaborative strategies in team working contexts, including reflective practice, to manage a civil infrastructure planning and design project in a timely manner with a focus on delivering outcomes. Emphasis is placed on awareness and understanding of social and economic factors in civil engineering practice, and on ethical practice.
This is the final design unit of the civil engineering first major and will apply and refine advanced knowledge, concepts, methodologies and systematic thinking to prepare the student for professional practice. It will develop advanced cognitive skills in review, analysis and synthesis in civil infrastructure planning and design contexts, including critical, creative and innovative solutions to complex problems. It stresses the ability to communicate advanced knowledge and concepts in written, modelled and graphical forms to civil engineering professional audiences. It also stresses both independent and collaborative strategies in team working contexts, including reflective practice, to manage a civil infrastructure planning and design project in a timely manner with a focus on delivering outcomes. Emphasis is placed on awareness and understanding of social and economic factors in civil engineering practice, and on ethical practice.
This is an intermediate level unit addressing the basic principles of structural engineering applicable to basic structure. Quantitative and qualitative techniques are used as the basis for learning structural analysis. Construction Managers must have the ability to analyse engineering components and have a sound understanding of how a structure achieves structural stability through load paths. Furthermore, Construction Managers are required to interpret engineering designs and convert the designer's intent and components specified, into a project. This demands proper understanding of structural actions and basic design and analysis of simple structures to ensure economy and safety. This unit introduces these concepts and builds upon knowledge of materials from UXB112 Introduction to Structures. It develops the learning skills to manage increasingly complex projects in later units.
This unit introduces you to the components inside a computer and how these components work together. The design and development of modern digital electronic systems requires a knowledge of the hardware and software to program the system. This unit identifies design requirements and lets you develop embedded microcontroller-based system solutions. Practical laboratory exercises progressively expose features of a typical microprocessor; and explain how an embedded computer can interact with its environment. This provides a valuable foundation for further studies in areas such as robotics and networking.
This foundational unit introduces the basics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) ranging from Intelligent Search techniques to Machine Learning. AI strives to build intelligent entities as well as understand them. AI has produced many significant products; from AI chess champions to state of the art schedulers and planners. This unit introduces state representations, techniques and architectures used to build intelligent systems. It covers topics such as heuristic search, machine learning (including deep neural networks) and probabilistic reasoning. The ability to formalise a given problem in the language/framework of relevant AI methods (for examples, a search problem, a planning problem, a classification problem, etc) and understand a fast evolving field is a requirement for a range of graduate entry software engineer positions. This unit lays the foundations for further studies in Games, Robotics, Pattern Recognition, Information Retrieval, Data Mining and Intelligent Web Agents.
Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. This unit provides you with a broad introduction to machine learning and its statistical foundations. Topics include: definition of machine learning tasks; classification principles; dimensionality reduction/subspace methods; support vector machines, graphical models and deep learning. Application examples are taken from areas such as computer vision, finance, market prediction and information retrieval.
This is a foundational electrical engineering unit which covers concepts around the relationship between electrical energy, electronic instrumentation and measurements. It introduces techniques for circuit analysis, instruments for measurement and practical applications in an engineering context. The ability to analyse and understand electrical circuits and related concepts plays a key role in all engineering disciplines, but plays a key foundation for students studying electrical related majors. The concepts in this unit will be built upon in future units. EGB120 combines real world focused lectures, tutorials and practicals to give a hands on experience learning about these fundamentals.
Mechatronics Design 1 is a project unit with a hands-on introduction to mechatronics. You will be introduced to the basic concepts in mechatronics, focusing on the mechanics, electronics, and embedded software principles. The unit focuses on the research, design, and implementation of a mechatronic product to conform to a customer's needs. This is the first in a series of design units specifically for Mechatronics, building on your Introduction to Design unit in first year.
An introduction to applied electronic circuit design. You will develop experience and confidence to draw upon theory, literature and CAD tools to synthesise electronic circuit designs to solve real world problems. You will complete two practical projects to design, build, evaluate and document simple electronic circuits. EGB240 introduces you to the practical aspects of electronic circuit design that underpins the practice of electrical engineering. The unit provides an opportunity to apply and extend circuit and electronic theories developed in first year, and the theoretical knowledge gained in EGB120, EGB242 and CAB202 to real-world engineering problems. As the second of three design units, you will further develop your professional and project management skills through application to a practical project. This is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) unit, which includes engagement from industry professionals to contextualise the project work you will be undertaking.
The unit covers static electric and magnetic fields and carries on to time varying fields used in transformers AC and DC machines. The generalised concepts of capacitance and inductance as well as the interaction of fields with materials are developed. It also covers electromagnetic induction, wave propagation, transmission line theory and the basics of the DC machines as well as 3 phase power. It links to work previously developed in EGB120 Foundations in Electrical Engineering, and prepares students for more advanced studies in RF and Power Engineering.
The concepts of signals and systems arise in a wide variety of fields, and play an important role in such diverse areas of science and technology. These include communications, modern control, astronautics, circuit design, acoustics, seismology, biomedical engineering, and speech processing. This unit provides foundations of signal and system analysis in the time and frequency domains in the context of electrical and electronic circuits, to enable the study of engineering techniques and applications employing Fourier series and transform, Linear time invariant systems, filtering, convolution, and Laplace transform. Engineering and Maths Lectures will provide the knowledge base required. Tutorial sessions will involve problem-solving tasks to understand, integrate and apply mathematical concepts to signal analysis. Individual and group assignments consist off problem-solving tasks, requiring hand calculations and programming in Matlab. The final exam assesses major concepts.
This is a foundational aerospace engineering unit addressing the aerodynamic principles of flight, aircraft systems and the airspace environment in which aircraft operate. The unit covers basic aerostatics, aerodynamics and equations of motion to gain a technical appreciation for how aircraft fly. Core aircraft systems including navigation, surveillance, guidance and control system are covered, linking their functionality and importance to air traffic management and air safety aspects of the airspace. These topics are delivered in conjunction with multiple problem solving tasks, providing you with both the technical knowledge and high level picture of how aircraft are able to operate in the world today.This is second year engineering unit and the knowledge and problem solving skills developed in this unit are relevant to aerospace and electrical, electrical and mechatronics majors.
Mechatronics Design 2 is a project unit with a hands-on application to advanced mechatronics principles. You will focus on the mechanics, electronics, and embedded software principles behind mechatronics. In this unit, you extend your knowledge and skills from Mechatronics Design 1 to the research, design, and implementation of an advanced mechatronic product to meet a customer's needs. You will further extend your skills and knowledge in mechatronics design in Mechatronics Design 3.
This unit introduces you to the components, systems and mathematical foundations of robotics and computer vision. The unit introduces the technologies and methods used in the design and programming of modern intelligent robots, and encourages critical thinking about the use of robotic technologies in various applications. The unit emphasizes the practical application of robotic theory to the design and synthesis of robotic systems that respond accurately and repeatably.
This is an advanced unit which aims to extend your design skills, professional skills and technical knowledge in the context of teamwork on a challenging project. Design communication skills will be developed through teamwork, regular presentation, written reports and studio-style critique. Professional skills developed include those in problem exploration, solution generation, problem scoping, teamwork, time management, flexible problem solving, critical thinking, information retrieval, report writing and presentation. This unit plays an important role in developing many professional skills by approaching problems from a user centred design methodology. EGB340 is situated after the first and second year electrical design units, and prepares you for your final year honours project.
The unit (EGB341) covers the technical aspects of electric energy generation and delivery. The structure of energy conversion and delivery from power stations through transmission and distribution to customers will be addressed, including the concept of electricity markets. Models of transformers, transmission lines, synchronous and induction machines will be studied as key components of electricity network. This subject will lay the foundations for EGH441 Power System Modelling.
This a foundational unit addressing core concepts, characteristics and performance requirements in analog and digital communication systems. It introduces basic building blocks of analog and digital modulation techniques for single and multi-user communications. Use time and frequency domain signal analysis, apply information theory to compress digital data, choose appropriate modulation techniques to transmit digital and analog signals and the ability to analyse the performance in noisy channels are important skills for electrical engineering graduates. This is an introductory unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to communication and signals stream in the electrical engineering major. EGH443 Advanced Telecommunications, EGH444 Digital Systems and Image processing, and EGH442 RF Techniques and Applications units build on this unit by extending analytical understanding of basic building blocks for design and analysis of more complex signals and systems
Control systems engineering is at the heart of most of the modern electrical and mechanical systems that you will encounter in your careers as practicing engineers. The unit provides theoretical and practical understanding of control systems to enable you to better apply and design engineering technologies. The unit is an intermediate level unit to be undertaken once you have sufficient mathematical and analysis skills to understand the theory and to apply the theory in practice.
This unit introduces you to unmanned aircraft systems which builds upon your knowledge gained in aircraft systems and flight, and applies it to the field of unmanned aircraft systems. In this unit, you will apply principles of aircraft systems understanding in the context of unmanned aircraft systems, identify and analyse the context and implications of unmanned systems in the airspace environment, and apply a risk based approach to the operation of unmanned aircraft systems. Completion of this unit equips you with the knowledge and skill to undertake advanced unmanned aircraft systems.
Electronic devices and circuits are the building blocks of most electrical and computing devices. In this unit, you will identify the characteristics and operation of discrete and integrated circuit semiconductor devices, including diodes, transistors and op amps. You will learn how they are combined into circuits to perform useful operations on signals, such as amplification, filtering or switching. This unit also introduces digital electronics, including devices such as logic gates and flip-flops, and combinational logic, and digital circuit design. This unit is an Intermediate Electrical Option, which builds on basic the electrical circuit theory learned in EGB120. It forms the foundation for later units in Advanced Electronics and Power Electronics.
Engineers who work on large projects need a specific suite of additional skills when compared to engineers who work on smaller projects. Systems Engineering provides the framework to allow the interoperability to be addressed. These skills include technical design and implementation, management of the project and teamwork coordination. Compliance to Australian and International standards is also an essential requirement of the designs. This unit provides skills and knowledge for a project teamwork activity, and builds on the work you learned in foundation of engineering design and electronic design. This unit will develop the necessary competency in dealing with aerospace systems.The objectives of the unit are to provide a grounding in systems engineering methodology according to the various standards in use throughout the world, to expose you to the experience and the problems of working as a member of a design team, and to have you undertake a group design exercise.
This unit develops skills in the theory and practice of mobile robotics. Theory includes the principles of motion models, motion control, motion planning, localisation, map making and simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM). Practice requires the translation of theory to working software which is evaluated using online tools. This unit builds on skills developed in EGB339.
Mechatronics Design 3 is an advanced project unit with a hands-on application to interdisciplinary mechatronics principles. You will focus on the mechanics, electronics and embedded software principles of mechatronics as an interdisciplinary team with individual strengths ranging across these areas. The unit focuses on the research, design, and implementation of an advanced mechatronic product to conform to a customer's needs. This unit extends your knowledge and skills from Mechatronics Design 2 and prepares you for your capstone project.
The unit covers the technical aspects related to power system modelling. Electric Energy systems consist of various components such as generators, transmission lines, transformers and loads. Power system modelling helps to simulate these components appropriately for reliable operations and planning of the electricity grid. This unit includes discussion about industry practices in load flow, fault calculations, protection and stability.
This unit develops skills and knowledge on radio-frequency (RF) devices, components and systems used in wireless communications. The unit focuses on microwave network theory, impedance matching and high-frequency effects for the design of RF circuits and systems, including antennas and antenna arrays. The unit also develops knowledge of antenna measurement procedures, RF system noise figure calculations and measurement, optic fibres and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). It links to work previously undertaken in EGB241 Electromagnetics and Machines and EGB342 Telecoms and Signal Processing.
With the increasing importance of telecommunications systems and services in people's lives, a unit covering the fundamentals and applications of advanced communication systems is indispensable in the Electrical Engineering Curriculum. Therefore, this unit provides an understanding of the evolution of mobile communications systems from 1st generation to 5th generation, efficient cellular planning, wireless channel characteristics and modelling, transmitter and receiver diversity, multi-carrier systems, error control coding and decoding, and optical fiber communications. Emphasis is placed on fundamental principles of advanced communication methods so that on graduation, you will be able to interpret existing and emerging communication technologies. This is an advanced unit and therefore the prior knowledge on the basic signal analysis (EGB242), and telecommunications and signal processing (EGB342) is required.
The unit covers the area of digital signal and image processing with detailed study of Statistics of multiple random variables, detection of signals by feature extraction using Fourier, wavelet, discrete cosine transform features, Z-Transform and filter design. The unit also covers digital image processing including image representation and acquisition, Image spatial and frequency domain techniques, Image enhancement and filtering.
This unit develops fundamental concepts and methods used for modelling, analysis and control design of complex engineering systems. The unit introduces a general class of models for complex systems known as state-space. This class of models allows the development of control techniques and designs that shape and modify the behavior of the system. In particular, the classical state and output-feedback regulators, integral action, observer design, and optimal control are studied and used to solve stabilisation problems. The control design problem is discussed in both continuous-time and discrete-time domains, allowing for the study of both ideal and real systems. The implementation of digital controllers is included, building knowledge in the practical application of control designs into real systems. Thus, this unit provides a set of modern tools for control design of engineering systems currently used in real-life applications.
This advanced unit will present the principles operation of modern sensors necessary for robust navigation. This unit provides the required knowledge to develop state of the art navigation approaches in complex environments. Navigation is a fundamental building block for all aspects of autonomous systems. This unit draws upon previous studies in mathematics and control systems that underpin navigation system.
This is a higher level unit that aims to introduce the principles of operation of basic power electronic circuits and systems used in industrial applications. This unit enables the learner to understand, interpret and compare the characteristics of power devices such as power diodes, thyristors, BJT, MOSFET, IGBT etc,; analyse common types of diode and thyristor converters, inverters, and DC-DC converters; use simulation tools to model and analyse simple power electronic circuits; perform experiments on power electronic hardware circuits; obtain measurements. Power processing can be considered as one of the major applications of electronics in industrial applications. A broad understanding of industrial electronic circuits and systems will provide the foundation not only to design advanced power processing circuits for complex systems but also to operate and maintain them properly. Such knowledge is essential for a graduate electrical engineer who intends to work in the industry.
This Advanced Electrical Option builds on the electronic and computing building blocks and concepts covered in Electronics (EGB348) and Microprocessors and Digital Systems (CAB202). This unit explores the extension and application of general electronic circuits to specific topic areas where special consideration and approaches are required. These topic areas include precision electronics, low noise electronics, the interface of analogue and digital electronics, digital systems, and Field Programmable Gate Arrays. The advanced unit EGH448 Power Electronics is complimentary to this unit's content.
This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application of aerospace concepts, building on aircraft systems and flight and unmanned aircraft systems. The unit focuses on experimental design, integration and test of an Unmanned Aerials System. You will also gain skills in setting design specifications and carrying out detailed design analysis to design, build and flight test a UAV.
This advanced unit further develops your investigation, analysis, synthesis and problem solving skills when solving complex engineering tasks. The unit focuses on experimental design using a systems engineering approach to work on an engineering concept, starting from a basic need and opportunity description. You work in teams to identify customers, formulate a basic business case, establish a basic concept of operations, develop the system requirements, generate concepts, conduct trade studies, determine the most promising design, and pursue a design and testing and verification of the system. The unit replicates industry or government systems engineering practices as closely as possible.
This advanced unit gives you practical experience with advanced software development for embedded systems. It leads on from fundamental computer architecture and C programming covered in first and second year units. It covers programming with C and assembly, input/output programming, concurrent software, shared memory, scheduling and real-time aspects. It involves practical laboratory exercises and a group project implementation of a device driver. Embedded systems builds on the knowledge and skill you acquired in systems programming.
This is a specialisation unit in the area of computer science and data analytics. The aim of this unit is to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to design and implement artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions that can effectively and efficiently solve complex problems which traditional approaches often fail to handle. The main advantage of intelligent systems is that they can combine the traditional computer's capacity to remember millions of facts with the human being's cognitive skills, including learning and refining the existing body of knowledge, solving problems with reasoning, helping businesses with strategic planning, diagnosing mechanical faults or human diseases, playing games, and so on. It is important for information technology professionals to understand the concepts and techniques for building intelligent systems. This unit is to provide you with an understanding of the principles and basic techniques to develop ..............
This is a foundation engineering unit that will develop the necessary skills in analysing mechanical and civil engineering systems (cranes, buildings, bridges and mechanical equipment) to maintain equilibrium leading to the determination of direct, bending and shear stresses that will aid you in design. The principles of engineering mechanics are essential for the purpose of accurate design and analysis of mechanical components and structures. This is an introductory unit and provides the basic knowledge and skills in statics and mechanics of materials including mechanical properties of rigid bodies. It forms the foundation for advanced engineering units such as Stress Analysis, Structural Analysis and Mechanical Design by developing your basic knowledge and skills that are important to your engineering degree and career.
Mechanical Design forms the backbone of the Mechanical Engineering Degree. This unit is an introduction into Mechanical Design. It brings together fundamental engineering units such as Applied Mechanics, Mechanics of Solids, Fluid Mechanics and Materials Study and is a common unit for students studying Mechanical Engineering, Medical Engineering and Mechatronics. It will develop systematic knowledge and practice of methods of engineering problem solving, design procedures, design analysis, and introductory mechanical components design, highlighting the need for sustainable and contextually appropriate solutions. It lays the basis for advanced study in Mechanical Design.
Mechanical engineers are required to have a sound knowledge in motion of particles and rigid bodies, which is essential in the design and production of machines and other engineering systems. Dynamic forces in systems such as motor vehicles, aircrafts and robotic devices are determined by kinematic and kinetic analysis of these systems. These forces play an essential part in the design of these systems. In this introductory unit, you are introduced to the concepts of dynamics in the context of real engineering systems. The basic principles for dynamics of particles and rigid bodies in 2D are introduced and discussed as related problems within various engineering systems. On completion of this unit, you will be able to apply fundamental principles of kinematics and kinetics in formulating and solving dynamics problems for particles and rigid bodies and analyse kinematics and kinetics of basic mechanical components and mechanisms.
This unit introduces the fundamentals of engineering materials and their manufacturability, deformation of materials at the micro-scale and how mechanical properties of materials can be tailored by mechanical processing and heat treatments. This knowledge along with a range of complex manufacturing processes (casting, bulk deformation processes such as rolling, forging, extrusion) and sheet metal forming processes such as blanking, piercing, bending, drawing and deep drawing. This knowledge is important for graduate engineers in their engineering study. This unit develops appreciation to engineers around design and how to make a product out of materials using both primary and secondary production methods with minimum environmental impact and costs. They will improve their understanding about the interactions and interrelationship between processing, microstructure, properties and performance of various engineering materials in order to utilize new designs and fabrication.
This unit fosters a deeper understanding of the unit operations which are the main components in process flow diagrams. You will be introduced to, amongst other concepts, chemical reactor design, distillation theory, absorption processes, ion exchange and adsorption. Complimentary theory regarding mass and heat transfer operations will also be used to ultimately provide a comprehensive overview of chemical processes.
This unit will provide an appreciation and understanding of the environmental degradation mechanisms of the primary engineering materials. The chemical and combined mechanical degradation of metals, ceramics and polymers will be studied across a wide range of examples. Practical illustrations and experimentation of materials degradation will be provided. Also an introduction to the importance and methods used to select materials for various applications will also be covered. The unit will cover topics such as corrosion and mechanical failure of metals, polymer degradation, and the combined effect of mechanical stresses and chemical change such as stress corrosion cracking, hydrogen embrittlement and fretting.
You will learn advanced theories of mechanical design analysis, and will apply this in the design and analysis of a variety of machine elements. Methodical design process is emphasized, as is the application of relevant design standards, and advanced simulation using the Finite Element Analysis package ANSYS. A key focus of the unit is the repeated application of a practice based design analysis workflow to real machine components. Weekly application of the design skills being developed, make you comfortable with both mechanical systems as a whole, and the determination, estimation, or selection of open ended quantities within the design process.
Large proportion of engineering systems share common key machine components such as linkages, slide-cranks, gears, and cams. The motion and consequently the forces give rise to design problems. As a mechanical engineer you must be able to apply the theory of kinematics and kinetics to real machines for motion analysis and their safe operation. Developing the capability to formulate and solve the most critical problems of the key machine components is a requirement for you as a graduate engineer. This unit follows from the introductory Dynamics unit to enable you to synthesise (design) and analyse (validation) common machine components (linkages and slide-cranks), as well as the analysis of vibrations in mechanical systems. This intermediate unit will precede the Vibration and Control unit at an advanced level.
This is an intermediate unit in engineering thermodynamics, focused on the application of thermodynamic laws and theory to practical engineering problems in the analysis or design of energy systems. This can vary from the analysis of a single thermodynamic process, such as the compression of a gas, to the complex analysis of power plant or refrigeration systems. This unit is designed to introduce the fundamental principles of thermodynamics, together with the use of state diagrams to describe thermodynamic systems. In this unit, you will also apply these principles and analysis methods to real world engineering problems involving air compressors, internal combustion engines, steam power plant and refrigeration systems. This unit relies on a prior understanding mathematics and mechanics studied in your first year or equivalent units. The material covered in this unit will form a base upon which subsequent engineering units in thermodynamics and fluid dynamics will be built.
This is a second year unit introducing the fundamental concepts of fluid mechanics applied by engineers to understand and characterise these systems with simple examples of the relevant principles. Engineers work with numerous kinds of systems where consideration must be given to the motion within, and interactions between, the system and its environment. The concepts of fluid mechanics, in the context of real engineering systems are studies and the basic principles and equations of fluid mechanics presented and discussed in the context of various engineering systems. The unit will provide you with the ability to apply and solve problems related to hydrostatics, explain and report how basic fluid mechanics is used in the design of hydraulic structures and fluid systems, apply the energy and momentum equations to hydraulic systems and machines, and have an introduction to computational fluid dynamic methodology to evaluate engineering problems and interpret and reflect on the results.
This an intermediate level unit for chemical process engineering, addressing concepts to allow an engineer to understand the factors that affect the operations and profitability of a chemical process. The operations management subsection covers quality management, operational scheduling and an introduction to project management. The financial implications of decisions are covered in the process economics subsection through cost estimation, Discounted Cash Flow analysis and sensitivity analysis as measured against standard financial performance measurements. The knowledge and skills are core knowledge for chemical process engineering students and are useful to those studying other majors, particularly mechanical and medical engineering.
This unit builds on the introductory concepts learned in EGB262 Process Principles, moving from simple steady-state mass and energy balances towards complex balances involving chemical thermodynamics and/or dynamic systems of interacting unit operations, i.e. an industrial process. The theory for the underlying numerical methods and chemical thermodynamics for commercial process simulation software will be introduced. Process simulation software will be applied in context. The unit leads into EGH462 Process Control which focuses on dynamic behaviour.
With a rapidly growing and ageing world population, the need for novel materials with advanced properties to address critical issues from energy to environment and healthcare is increasing. You are introduced to the breadth of advanced materials research and their engineering applications. Selected structural and functional metallic, ceramic and polymer materials, their composites, and nanostructured materials are examined in more depth in the context of their processing, characterization, performance and applications in robust designs. Where appropriate, relevant engineering cases, research papers that outline the latest developments in research, and laboratory experiments provide an in-depth understanding of the selected material or applications. The processes by which these scientific discoveries can be taken to the commercial world are also discussed.
After studying Fundamentals of Mechanical Design and Design of Machine Elements, in this unit you will study design of different systems of motor racing vehicles. This will accomplish systematic study of Mechanical Design and will enable you to carry out design of race vehicles and prepare them for a competition. Attention will be paid to styling and ergonomics as well as construction methods used in building race vehicles. The topics covered include: Concept development of a race vehicle, tyre selection, suspension geometry, components and alignment; brakes, race car handling, engine and engine tuning; drive train (gearing and differentials), frame and body, external and internal aerodynamics of a race vehicle, driver compartment (fitting and comfort), testing and preparation for a competition; safety in motor racing (accident avoidance and driver protection).
This unit introduces the basic principles of HVAC and refrigeration systems in the context of buildings in sub-tropical environments. In buildings, health and comfort level of people are highly related to the indoor thermal environments. Many methods have been developed to alter our immediate environment to achieve 'comfortable' conditions, particularly within the built environment. Using the principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, engineers have developed efficient HVAC systems that process ambient air to conditions deemed to be comfortable for most people. HVAC systems are designed to create a comfortable and safe environment and are one of the most important systems in modern buildings. On the other hand, HVAC systems are most energy consuming systems in commercial and residential buildings and therefore energy efficiency is a prime concern for these systems.This unit provides detailed analysis and implementation of the design practices required for engineers.
Provide fundamental knowledge of numerical methods to solve partial differential equations that form the governing equations of fluid dynamics problems. Acquire fundamental and technical knowledge of computational fluid dynamics to solve practical mechanical and design optimisation engineering problems using commercial CFD package. Apply the skills and knowledge gained in the fluid mechanics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and mathematics for engineering units to practical engineering flow problems. Develop the skills and knowledge required to perform accurate numerical simulations, critically discuss the results and assess fluid mechanics problems commonly encountered in mechanical engineering applications. Core unit to the Computer Modelling for Engineering Minor and option unit to the Computational and Simulation Science second major.
Engineers are often involved in the acquisition, maintenance, and renewal of equipment. The ability to analyse maintenance data and develop effective maintenance plans remain important skills for today’s engineers. The focus of this unit is on the development of techniques to manage the life cycles of engineering assets effectively to maximise their value. The unit will introduce students to the theory and techniques of Reliability Engineering, develop tools for the analysis of maintenance data, and address the development of optimised maintenance strategies.
Tribology is the study of friction, wear and lubrication. In this unit, the knowledge you acquire is applied to solve problems prevalent in engineering. Topics covered range from the theory of friction, lubricant properties and chemistry, to the control of friction and wear by proper selection of both materials and lubricants, pad bearings, journal bearings, hydrostatic lubrication, elastohydrodynamic lubrication, boundary lubrication, dry rubbing solids, and also new trends in tribology including nanotribology and biotribology.
The analysis, design, and control of many practical engineering systems require analysis of rigid bodies in three dimensions, e.g. gyroscopes, amusement park rides, space vehicles, and robots. The aim of this unit is to develop skills and techniques to analyse the behaviour of mechanical systems in three dimensions using both Newton-Euler and Lagrangian approaches. This capstone unit builds upon the concepts of 2D kinematics and kinetics from earlier units (EGB211, EGB321) and introduces Lagrangian methods, which are powerful tools in developing equations of motion for complex engineering systems.
Mechanical/Medical engineers need to analyse components and systems to produce safe effective designs, innovate new products and improve existing devices. To do this, an understanding of how engineering components respond to loads to produce stress and strain, and the nature of the stresses and strains is required. Modern engineers also use computational methods to analyse, design and optimize more complex components and systems. Successful stress analysis results in light, reliable and robust structures with significant implication for cost saving and durability. This advanced, honours level unit builds on the concepts introduced in the introductory and intermediate Engineering Mechanics units, and aims to extend your knowledge on basic mechanics of materials to more advanced stress analysis methods.
Biomedical engineers require the ability to analyse the mechanics of the human body for a large variety of applications. The first type of problems deal with prosthetic design, design of assistive devices for people with disabilities, sporting performance, and ergonomic tasks which can be addressed within the context of rigid-body dynamics. The second type of applications is related to characterisation of tissue mechanical properties to bone fracture fixation, development of cartilage and ligament replacement materials and dynamic adaptation of living tissues.In this advanced unit, the concepts of dynamics and continuum mechanics are further developed in the context of biomechanical systems and human movement. Skills for the measurement of human movement and lab-based testing of biological tissues are developed.
This is an advanced unit that builds on previous introductory and intermediate design units which forms the backbone of the mechanical engineering major. Design knowledge and skills are brought together and expanded upon to facilitate the design and analysis of systems of increasing complexity and interdependence which also makes them of greater practical value to society. You also will be given the opportunity to consider the broader role mechanical engineers often play in relation to human interaction, quality, safety, ethics and sustainability in design. This unit will synthesise your knowledge and skills for your final year project.
The ability to analyse and control the dynamic behaviour of machinery and processes is core competency for mechanical engineers. The focus of this unit is the introduction of the theory and techniques that underpin dynamic systems analysis and control system engineering, including: transfer function representations, stability, steady-state behaviour, and frequency response. These techniques form the basis for the root-locus and proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller design techniques introduced later in the unit. Together, these concepts and analysis tools provide a solid foundation to develop real-world controllers to achieve the desired transient and steady-state behaviour. This is a capstone unit that builds on the earlier dynamics units (EGB321 Dynamics of Machines, EGB211 Dynamics).
This unit focuses on the fundamental principles of fluid dynamics that are used to explain the mechanisms of biological flows and their interrelationships with physiological processes, in health and in disease/disorder. The properties of biofluids, such as blood and synovial fluid, and techniques to analyse their viscous behaviour are discussed. It introduces the basic concepts and theories of biological fluid dynamics and explains the simple numerical methods in solving the flow of biofluids. This leads to an understanding of how biofluids interact with medical devices and of criteria for the design of devices. This unit is designed to help medical engineers to examine the particular properties of the fluids that might be encountered and to introduce techniques to analyse their behaviour.
This advanced unit develops your knowledge and skills in analysing biomechanical components and systems in the course of medical device development. The unit focuses on modelling and simulation techniques using industry standard software. It applies content introduced in EGH418 Biomechanics, builds upon the finite element capabilities introduced in EGH414 Stress Analysis and adds quantitative analysis tools to the medical device design process commenced in EGB319 BioDesign.Traditional analytical and experimental techniques can often not be applied to investigate the mechanics of devices in biological systems. Biomechanical systems exhibit substantial non-linearity due to complex geometries, materials and interactions. Medical engineers are required to use modelling and simulation techniques in the design of biomechanical components and/or systems. This unit introduces the principles of modelling and simulation techniques and their applications in Biomedical Engineering.
Topics covered in this unit include: an understanding of the relationships between the properties, failure mechanisms, processing and microstructures of various materials used for medical applications and their interaction with human tissues; an understanding of the fundamentals of the use of materials in a medical environment and an understanding of the fundamentals of materials properties and processing; consideration of metallic, ceramic, polymeric implant materials; composites as biomaterials; structure-property relationships of biomaterials; tissue response to implants; soft tissue replacements; hard tissue replacements; and regulatory aspects of biomaterials.
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