Why study in the Science and Engineering Faculty?
Studying in our Science and Engineering Faculty 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.
What can I study?
- choose individual subjects (units)
- study a group of units in your field of interest over one or two semesters
- research with our faculty on study abroad and exchange.
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.
Depending on your academic background and experience, you may be eligible to apply for research-based projects, which are carried out under academic supervision. You need to arrange a QUT academic supervisor before you apply for our research projects.
Some units require previous study and have entry requirements, while other units don't require any academic background in the areas of study. You should check the full unit details to make sure you meet any requirements.
All students can study these units, regardless of your academic background.
This foundation chemistry unit covers the core concepts and laboratory practices that we use to define the nature of atoms and the different forms of matter, to quantify chemical reactions & chemical reaction processes through the application of thermochemistry, kinetics and chemical equilibria. The understanding of these chemical concepts is essential to knowing why matter in our universe exists in specific forms and how it transforms. This knowledge is the foundation upon which the other scientific disciplines and applied disciplines are based. This is an introductory unit. The knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to both chemistry major students and non-majors alike. CVB102 Chemical Structure & Reactivity builds on this unit by focusing on applications to chemical reactions and their relationship to chemical structure, with a particular focus on organic chemical synthesis and laboratory practices and reporting requirements with regards to organic chemistry.
Chemistry relates to all aspects of our lives. An understanding of chemistry is necessary to make sense of our world and to address the global challenges faced by our society. Together with its companion unit, CVB101 General Chemistry, this unit provides you with a foundation in the science of Chemistry. It focuses on how atoms bond to form molecules, and the models chemists use to understand molecular structure. You will learn how to predict the reactivity and properties of molecules and will get a foundational introduction to organic and biological chemistry. You will develop your ability to apply theoretical knowledge and critical thinking to solving chemical problems. You will also complete a suite of laboratory practical experiments, where you will develop professional skills in chemical manipulation, analysis, safe laboratory practices, data recording and analysis. This unit is a foundation for higher-level courses in organic chemistry, materials science and biochemistry.
The unit introduces students to the principles and methods of making quality measurements in the context of chemical analysis and calibration. Students will gain relevant 'hands-on' experience from the practical and workshop programs, which will enable them to understand the theory in the context of 'real world' examples. The practical component involves a representative examples of wet-chemical and instrumental exercises that provide an introduction to Analytical Chemistry and practical experience for students pursuing any area of Science, Health and Engineering that needs quantitative chemical measurements. Skills developed in the unit will be important for students aiming gain an understanding of the internationally-recognised quality framework for chemical testing and calibration, the ISO/IEC 17025.
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.
Criminalistics is the definitive source for forensic science because it makes the technology of the modern crime laboratory clear to the non-scientist. This unit will introduce the students to the realm of forensics and its role in criminal investigations. The student will be introduced physical evidence collection, preservation and analysis techniques. The unit will bring to the students comprehensive hands-on experience in questioned documents examination, fingerprinting, crime scene investigations and facial recognition.
Forensic Chemistry is a special field of chemistry dedicated to the analysis of matter and substances that may have been used in unlawful activities, abused or caused harm to individuals or the public. A forensic chemist is a professional chemist who analyzes evidence that is brought in from crime scenes and reaches a conclusion based on tests run on that piece of evidence. In the Forensic Chemistry unit, students will gain expertise in all the major branches of chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical and especially analytical) as related to forensic investigations. The analytical aspect of the course has been broadened from a more traditional chemistry focus to include modern and special types of analysis of importance to forensic science.
Cyberspace is increasingly turning into a place where criminal acts are committed. This requires law enforcement agencies, businesses and other organizations to develop new competences. The evolving sophistication of computer crime, together with the methods and tools required to detect and deal with it, demand the timely development underlines the need for forensic scientists with relevant IT skills required by employers. In the case of forensic computing, there are two main areas of possible employment. Firstly, the police force with its need to develop high technology crime units, and secondly the private companies that wish to deal with a variety of illegal behaviour involving their technology. Both areas are predicted to grow quickly in the coming years and it is expected that the job market for graduates skilled in forensic computing will grow concomitantly. This unit will introduce you to a new area of next generation forensics.
This unit provides a brief introduction to the history and evolution of drug discovery, including the role of the pharmaceutical industry, to current-day methods including rational computer-aided drug design, drug targets and screening libraries. Case studies may include synthetic hormones, narcotics, chemotherapeutic agents and performance-enhancing compounds. You will be introduced to the concepts of chemical structure and structure-activity relationships. The unit complements 'Drug Action' offered in the same semester.
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 unit provides an introduction to the basics of bio-analytical methods used for the detection and identification of bio-active substances in different matrices. The methods are demonstrated to bio-active compounds that are frequently encountered in pharmaceutical, forensic, molecular diagnostics and environmental industries. The unit will introduce modern instrumental analytical platforms such as spectroscopy, chromatography, electrophoresis, nanosensors and immunoassay.
The extensive use of biological evidence to identify victims and offenders as well as indicate attempts to control victims prior to abuse or attack has had a significant bearing on the course of law enforcement investigations, criminal court proceedings, and victim service providers. DNA and toxicology evidence have become a highly influential piece of the crime puzzle. You will be introduced to the concepts of DNA profiling and analytical toxicology and their applications in forensic case work. Develop the necessary skills for analysing and interpreting the DNA and toxicology evidences and be introduced to the basic concepts of forensic anthropology. This learning will be through the study of the theory, hands-on practices relevant to real life scenarios as well as training on the forensic interpretation of the evidence.
This is a foundational chemistry unit for all students of the health sciences in which basic concepts of general, organic and biological chemistry are covered. The organization of the human body begins with chemicals (atoms and molecules) making up its simplest or smallest scale level of organization. Chemistry allows us to understand how cells, tissues and organs are formed, how these substances react with each other and their environment, and how these substances behave. This unit will develop the essential concepts of chemistry necessary for students studying health and biological sciences with topics introduced and applied in a contextualized manner relevant to their discipline. As part of early health science training, it is important to explore and have an understanding of the chemical composition and processes relevant to human body. This unit will form an essential foundation to further study in the areas of health sciences.
An understanding of chemistry is needed to make sense of our world and to address big challenges faced by our society both in the natural and unnatural environments. This unit will provide both a theoretical and practical introduction into understanding chemical changes on a molecular level. The unit will focus broadly on topics including synthesis, analysis and quantification within chemistry while drawing on pertinent examples from materials, nanotechnology and complex biological systems.
Engineers work with numerous kinds of systems where consideration must be given to the energy within the system. This unit introduces the student to the concepts of energy in the context of real engineering systems. The inter-relationships of between forces, motion and energy (in systems composed of liquids, solids or gases) is described as related to the flow of energy within these engineering systems. After an introduction to engineering units, concepts and data, Newton's first and second laws are used in the description of system motion and the concepts of force and energy, conservation of momentum and conservation of energy are introduced and described. Thermodynamic processes, certain thermo-physical parameters and the first and second law of thermodynamics are introduced and used to describe simple engineering systems. This is then expanded to include the generation and transport of energy through these systems.
EGB213 adopts an integrated systems approach to the provision of energy services that are responsive to the global imperative for a transition to a low-carbon society in the 21st century. You will investigate the interactions between Earth's systems, energy systems and social, technological and economic systems. Within the context of system boundaries and interactions you will identify, analyse and evaluate existing, transitional and future energy systems and technologies. The main focus will be on understanding the energy service needs of people in different contexts and how to identify and optimise the integrated system and sub-systems through effective knowledge-driven decision making.
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.
The built environment consumes a very large percentage of the earth's resources and contributes significantly to air, land and water pollution. A low carbon environmentally sustainable future is dependent on the optimisation of energy efficiency and embedded renewable energy systems at a building and precinct level. This requires an integrated systems approach by all professions involved in the design, construction, operation and performance evaluation of our built environment. In this unit you will explore the fundamental concepts of energy use in buildings and learn tools and techniques for the evaluation, measurement, operation and optimisation of building subsystems, buildings and collections of buildings that form precincts and communities. A key element will be developing your understanding of building occupants and what they need energy for.
Aim of this unit is to develop skills and understanding the concepts and techniques of lean manufacturing (methods engineering). These includes identifying wastes using Value Stream Mapping (VSM), 5S, SMED, JIT, plant layout, cell design with proper material handling and balance and job design with due consideration to ergonomics.
Knowledge management is an innovative process that needs to be closely aligned to organisation goals. The development of knowledge management systems requires a sound understanding of the related issues such as knowledge identification, knowledge development, knowledge preservation, knowledge representation and knowledge distribution. All engineering managers must have the fundamental skills and knowledge to understand, design and develop and manage knowledge management systems in an organisation. 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.
Quality Management has evolved beyond its roots in statistics and the quality control functions. Today, many consider Total Quality Management (TQM) it to be a framework for "excellent" management. The dominant themes of TQM are: a data-based approach to problem solving: a strong emphasis on organizational and behavioral considerations: a customer-oriented market- sensitive approach to designing and delivering both products and services: and finally, a desire 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.
Design, material selection and processing play a vital role in developing products and structures. This unit is designed to introduce the recent development of advanced materials and their potential applications. The advances in characterization and simulation techniques will be also covered. The unit teaches the inter-relationships between 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 analyse a typical material problem through project work and use of state-of-the-art material selection software.
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.
An introduction to the physical properties that underlie the science and technologies used in these fields. Professionals in the applied sciences require an understanding of the processes of making and recording measurements and an understanding of the physical principles that govern the behaviour of both the physical parameters being measured and the instruments being used to make a measurement. The unit introduces you to the processes of making measurements and estimating, processing and interpreting the uncertainties associated with the measurements. The physics of mechanics, heat, sound and light will be introduced and explained to enable you to understand the physical parameters being measured and the limits of the measuring instrument. The unit will include a broad introduction to the imaging technology that underpins the diagnosis of many diseases.
This unit includes a study of selected topics in optics particularly related to aspects of optometry. Topics include geometrical optics in mirrors and lenses, including thick lenses, cylindrical, spherical and toric lenses, colour and colour measurement, photometry, lens aberrations and optical instruments.
This unit offers an introduction to nuclear medicine, radioactive decay, radionuclide production, imaging systems and internal dosimetry. There is a strong emphasis on the application of new technologies in the clinical discipline of nuclear medicine. The second part offers an introduction to programming techniques and algorithms and digital image processing techniques that are important for the practicing medical physicist. The techniques will be authentically applied to different types of medical images preparing you for the workplace on graduation.
This unit includes the following: radioactivity and the interaction of ionising radiation with matter; applied radiation counting techniques; radiation detectors; radiation dosimetry.
Most medical imaging modalities now produce images in digital form. These digital images frequently undergo processing such as enhancement, registration, fusion and 3D reconstruction. Digital image processing and 3D image visualisation techniques are also extensively used in nuclear medicine and radiotherapy planning. Consequently, computing, numerical methods and digital image processing are necessary skills of a practising medical physicist. This unit is designed to make the student familiar with image visualisation methods and imaging in nuclear medicine, and to develop skills in digital image processing.
This unit provides an overview of the application of physics to radiotherapy including theoretical and practical aspects of the major topics in radiotherapy physics. The unit builds on your previous knowledge of radiation physics and applies it to radiotherapy.
This unit covers radiation protection of humans, primarily aimed at radiation in the workplace. Topics include sources of radiation, effects of ionizing radiation on the human body, radiation protection in diagnostic radiology, and laser safety.
In the rapidly changing technological environment of medical physics and medical ultrasound it is essential that students develop basic research skills, data interpretation skills and written communication skills. Topics include the research process, data collection and analysis techniques, and writing and evaluating research reports. Students also require knowledge of the professional, basic management, legal and ethical issues involved in their particular speciality area. Topics include the role and purpose of professional bodies, professional communication, legal and ethical issues, and basic professional management techniques and issues.
The complexity of chemical systems studied in a research program and the sophistication of the modern instrumentation demand deeper theoretical understanding than that acquired in an undergraduate program. This unit provides students with the appropriate advanced level theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for the completion of their research program and for a research career in the academia and the relevant industry. The exact content of the unit depends of the nature of the research project that the student is undertaking. However, this could typically include a selection of topics such as Advanced Materials Characterisation Techniques, Advanced Chemometrics Techniques, Advanced Chemical Testing and Calibration, and Advanced Methods of Data Interpretation.
The complexity of the chemical systems studied in a research program and the sophistication of the instrumentation used demand that deeper theoretical understanding than that acquired in an undergraduate program. The aims of this unit are to extend and deepen the theoretical and practical background required for undertaking a research program and to provide the candidate with the appropriate theoretical and practical background, at an advanced level, necessary for the completion of a research program.
Modern societies are becoming increasingly aware of potential environmental problems associated with conventional energy production technologies. Application of alternative technologies is therefore increasing, with ambitious targets and plans to support research and development for reducing energy related environmental consequences. This unit is designed to offer science and engineering students an opportunity to gain awareness about the expanding field of alternative energy technologies and to understand relationships between use of energy and its impact on local and global environment.
The fundamental concepts of physics seek to describe, predict and explain phenomena at all scales from the observable universe down to subatomic particles. They underpin all the sciences. This unit introduces you to those underlying physical processes that relate to the behaviour of the macroscopic world we observe in our daily lives - motion, forces, energy, gravity – and not so familiar - special relativity - and see how they help us to also understand thermal interactions, fluid dynamics, global warming, optical instruments, space travel, the motions of the planets and to theorise about the nature, history and future of the universe itself. You will learn how to think about scientific concepts, and solve problems like a physicist. These theoretical concepts are grounded in experimental verification, and you will develop technical and reporting skills in laboratory experiments which investigate the relationships between measurable physical phenomena both individually and in teams.
The fundamental concepts of physics seek to describe, predict and explain phenomena at all scales from the observable universe down to subatomic particles. They underpin all the sciences. This unit introduces you to those underlying physical processes that relate to the behaviour of the microscopic world. By observing the behaviour of waves, electric and magnetic fields, we have come to a deeper understanding of the nature of sound and light, and found experimental evidence for the structure of atoms and their nuclei, eventually leading to the Standard Model of particle physics. These are the principles at the heart of developing new materials and technology. You will learn how to think about scientific concepts and solve problems like a physicist, and critically apply what you have learnt to practical exercises in laboratories progressively developing both your experimental and scientific report writing skills that will provide the foundation for all future studies in science.
Astrophysics is the application of physics to the study of the heavens from above atmosphere to the furthest reaches of the universe. This unit is one of the units in the astrophysics minor and covers the essential aspects of stellar astrophysics and naturally follows on from PVB101, The physics of the very large. The unit covers the birth, life, death of stars and is a mix of theory and laboratory exercises. The laboratory exercises cover astrophysical topics relevant to everyday physics.
Cosmology is the study of the universe as a whole including the origin and development of the universe. This unit is an introduction to modern cosmology and covers a wide range of topics related to cosmology, for example, general relativity, the Big Bang, the history of the universe from the Big Bang to now (inflation, nucleosynthesis, dark ages, surface of last scattering, origin and evolution of galaxies, cosmic microwave background radiation etc). The unit also explores the observational techniques of modern cosmology, for example, optical and radio galactic surveys, gravitational lensing, laser interferometry for detecting gravity waves. We will also explore the evidence for dark matter and dark energy. In the laboratory component of the unit you will gain experience in analysing original astrophysical data, for example measuring the red shift velocity of galaxies.
Science is the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. To this end scientists employ a unique methodology termed the Scientific Method. “Experimental Science 1” focuses on the applied principles and concepts embodied by the Scientific Method as it relates to the fields of Chemistry and Physics. You will conduct experimental science, via inquiry-led practice, working both individually and collaboratively. Through classroom activities, workshops and laboratory experiences, you will focus on real-world applications.
The unit focus is on the dynamics of managing and organising project teams involved in delivering built environment, engineering or infrastructure projects. Recent literature has identified the need for managers and leaders to acquire knowledge in the areas of self management and the management of others to contribute to project effectiveness. You will be introduced to key managerial and human resource theories to assist in the development of analytical and interpretive skills to enable you to proactively and effectively lead project teams.
This unit is one of four within the BEE minor in Project Collaboration and is designed to provide you with appropriate knowledge and skills needed for your involvement in delivering projects in professional organisations in the public and private sectors, by ensuring that the achieved project quality outcomes accord with client requirements and satisfy customer expectations.
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 funds in order to package a financially viable project for approval. This unit introduces capital budgeting, project finance, and risk analysis. It covers the capital allocation framework, project cash flows, cost of capital, financial risk analysis, and how various types of projects are financed.
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 social, economic, environmental and political 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 module starts with an overview of the world of materials and materials selection, followed by an analysis of why and how concrete is used in construction and the fundamental knowledge of soils and structural steels. The constituent materials used in concrete (cement, sustainable cementitious materials, aggregate, and admixtures) are studied with emphasis on their influence on the microstructure of concrete. The focus is then on the fresh properties and mechanical performances, behaviour of concrete under different types of loadings and temperatures, and durability. The module also introduces structural steel and steel corrosions. And it will end up with introduction of soil concepts and materials which will provide a basis for soil mechanics. The module is taught as a series of lectures and embedded informal tutorials. This unit prepares you for the further study in analysis, design, and maintenance of concrete structures. It also equips you with basis for steel structures and soil mechanics.
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.
The unit is aimed at giving students practical skills in developing a high performance project culture. It focuses on the interpersonal; and intrapersonal dynamics and offers solutions to managing risk; setting objectives; monitoring performance in the non technical aspect of the project system. It looks at the project as a sociotechnical system. Strong focus on developing a collaborative culture in a project environment.
Building Big builds on the construction fundamentals covered in the unit UXB110 Residential Construction and further develops these concepts and applies them to the industrial property, retail centres, high rise commercial and high rise residential property. The unit provides the construction and design background that defines good quality building materials, design, layout and construction. These concepts will provide the basis for the understanding of how construction type and quality are reflected in the market demand and value of these property types from a development, valuation and investment perspective.
This unit provides the opportunity for you to learn basic accounting and investment principles within the context of the property industry. You will also develop basic financial, cost and management accounting and financial management skills. This unit will support you to conduct more advanced financial and statistical calculations in later valuation and property units and is complementary to units in market analysis and property investment analysis
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 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, and sketching construction details. 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 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.
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, generally taken by first year students in QUT's Planning course, will introduce you to planning and design in urban and regional planning. You will learn about basic theories and practices of planning and design, planning policy and the planning profession. This unit involves both individual and group work and you will also develop project management, research and communications skills necessary for professional practice. This is the first of several planning and design studio subjects for the Bachelor of Urban Development (Urban and Regional Planning) course over four years. The unit draws on real world urban planning examples to develop spatial analysis and visual communication skills which are key to conducting planning analysis and making recommendations. The aim of this unit is to introduce you to planning and design principles, techniques for analysing places and important tools for planning communication.
The unit provides opportunities for you to acquire, refine and apply quantitative, qualitative and spatial skills required for analyses of cities and regions.
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.
Biology is the study of living things. But what is “living”' Cells are considered the basic structural unit of life, existing in diverse forms from simple single-celled microbes to complex multicellular organisms such as plants and animals. Using collaborative approaches in workshops and the laboratory you will investigate the diverse nature of cells and consider how they are built and powered and how they interact and reproduce. You will use the concepts developed in this unit to discuss more complex questions such as “are viruses alive” and “can we synthesise life”'
Studying Evolution provides students with the fundamental basis for understanding biological patterns and processes from data sources spanning research from genomes to ecology and fossils. As stated by the famous biologist, Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973), "nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution". Evolution gives an overview of the nature of inheritance, biological variation, natural & sexual selection, adaptation and how these underpin biological diversity and the distributions of all species, both extinct and extant. The primary aim of the unit is to provide the context for you to be able to interpret any biological observation in an evolutionary framework in fields as diverse as conservation and medical genetics. As a foundational unit, knowledge and skills that you gain will be built upon in subsequent units in the biology major as well as in Wildlife Ecology and Biotechnology & Genetics minors.
This unit provides you with an introduction to the classification of bioactive compounds according to the various physiological systems they influence, such as the cardiovascular system, nervous system and respiratory system. The principles of drug action will be discussed, including the concepts of drug specificity, potency and efficacy. These principles will facilitate a basic understanding of toxicology, the development drug tolerance, addiction and withdrawal. The unit will be taught in the context human and veterinary medicine, as well as the use of drugs in sport, as poisons, or as food or environmental contaminants. The unit complements 'Drug Discovery and Design' offered in the same semester.
Fundamental concepts and practical skills relevant to plant medicinal biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmacology. It introduces the general classes of medicinal plant compounds, their biosynthesis and function in planta, their purification and analysis, and clinical applications. The unit introduces the pharmacology of specific plant-derived compounds, thereby building upon the knowledge of drug action developed in BVB212. It provides a deeper understanding of the broader technical, social, cultural, and legal challenges in the transition from discovery to application via focused evaluation of existing/emerging global health challenges. The ability to critically evaluate scientific literature, synthesise information, and write effectively is further developed in this unit. This unit develops a broad range of knowledge and practical skills of direct relevance to the pharmaceutical sector, as well as natural product chemistry, plant science, botany, and allied health.
Cells are the basic structural unit of life. They exist in diverse forms from simple single-celled microbes to complex multicellular organisms such as plants and animals. In this unit you will investigate the diverse nature of cells and consider how they are built and powered and how they interact and reproduce. You will extend these foundation concepts to examine more complex problems involving molecular biology, plant and animal biology, and ecology.
Earth Science impacts every aspect of modern life. The concepts of Earth Science are fundamental not only to the field of Geology, but also to Environmental Science, natural resource management, civil engineering and society at large. Earth Systems introduces Earth Science, including earth materials, geologic history, geological and physical geography process at the Earth's surface, and the complex interplay between the lithosphere and landscapes. Additionally, the unit provides readily accessible examples of the use of scientific reasoning for understanding complex natural systems. Hence, Earth Systems is a foundation unit for further studies in Geology and Environmental Science, but more importantly, serves as a broad introduction to the very world we live on, and to the ways of science in general. Such a background is highly desirable for any informed citizenry for understanding complex issues of resource, environment, and societal development.
In ERB102 Evolving Earth you will focus on key events in the history of our planet – the formation of our planet, the concept of geologic time, the origin of the oceans and atmosphere and the evolution of life. You will learn about the connections between the evolution of life and geological processes and events, to appreciate the complexity of life that exists on Earth today. This provides a fundamental introduction to evolution and geological time, building on the knowledge and skills developed through Semester 1, Imagine Science, and prepares you for more in depth exploration of Earth system connectivity, natural hazards, environmental management and climate change.
In ERB201 Destructive Earth, we will focus on the Science of Natural Hazards. By understanding the conditions and processes that lead to, and cause, severity of natural processes such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, landslides, cyclones, tornadoes, storms/blizzards, floods, bushfire, and asteroid impacts, you will be better informed as to why there are natural hazards and disasters, and how to prepare and mitigate for future events that will have a range of social, economic and political impacts. We will build on the knowledge and skills developed in Year 1 to provide you with a global perspective of how we, as a society, will continually be confronted by natural hazards.
Oceans make up 70% of the Earth's surface, yet less than 5% of them have been explored. There is therefore still much to learn about the marine environment, marine resources and management. This unit will develop a detailed understanding of oceanography, carbonate geology and reef structures, marine biota and interpretation of depositional processes and products in the shallow through to the deep marine environment.
Earth Materials comprises the study of minerals and rocks which form the solid Earth. The study of Earth Materials is essential for understanding the structure and composition of the earth and the detailed processes of the rock cycle. Earth Materials forms the basis for petrology (the study of the genesis of rocks) and geochemistry.
Like all other species on the planet, humans extract energy and materials from their surrounding environment and as a result of that activity, modify ecosystems. We are part of the earth's ecological systems, and our ability to understand and manage our impact on the environment must be based on a sound knowledge of ecosystems ecology. This first year unit provides an introduction to ecosystems science through a series of lectures, workshops and field work. The unit focuses on broad-scale factors that shape ecosystems, such as energy transfer, materials cycling, climate and soils and examines the ecological patterns that emerge as a result. This knowledge is then used to assess ecosystem change and human impact on the environment. This foundational unit is relevant to environmental science and biology students and those with an interest in understanding the natural science components of sustainability.
This unit will provide the student with a sound knowledge and understanding of cartographic communication principles, processes and contemporary presentation methods in a variety of mapping formats applied to Geospatial Information.
Grand Challenges in Science explores world events, problems or phenomena from a scientific perspective, discovering the many ways in which science is used and misused by practicing scientists and the public. You will understand the problems and challenges of modern scientific inquiry using a range of multidisciplinary perspectives and explore solutions focussed approaches.
Science is concerned with developing testable, quantifiable models of the world around us for the purpose of creating a sustainable, safe future for humankind. To this end, scientists employ a unique methodology termed the Scientific Method. “Experimental Science 2” focuses on the applied principles and concepts embodied by the Scientific Method as it relates to the fields of biological, environmental and earth science. You will conduct experimental science, via inquiry-led practice, working both individually and collaboratively. Through field and/or laboratory experiences, you will focus on real-world applications.
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.
Cybersecurity breaches, from database hacking to malware campaigns, are increasing. The interconnectedness of information systems means actions of individuals may impact on others on a global scale. This unit is important in developing an understanding of the challenges involved in protecting information, introducing essential information security concepts. Security goals including confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication and non-repudiation are defined. Threats to information and vulnerabilities that could be exploited are identified. Technical and non-technical measures to provide security for information are discussed in areas including access control, cryptography, and network communications. Security management standards and guidelines on best practice implementation are reviewed. You can take this unit as a stand-alone course to raise your information security awareness, or as a pathway into information security units, including network security and cryptography.
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.
Computer networks have become an integrated part of the fundamental infrastructure in modern industries and societies. Building new networks or upgrading existing networks requires a deep understanding of the concepts and principles of network engineering. Building on previously acquired knowledge and techniques of computer networks, this advanced level unit further introduces students to systems approach, service oriented network planning, performance evaluation, traffic engineering and other advanced topics. Then, it exposes students to the theory and practice of the analysis and planning of local and wide area networks through assembling various network technologies in a cohesive fashion with emphases on the connectivity, scalability, reliability, security, QoS and recent developments of computer networks.
Wireless communications, mobile networks and navigation have been widely deployed and integrated into various mobile platforms for value-added services. This unit highlights the recent advances in wireless local area and wide area networks, vehicular networks and Internet of Things with focus on selected standards and network protocols. The unit also provides an overview for satellite navigation systems, wireless positioning technologies and location-based services.
This is an introductory computer science unit concerning computer systems, in particular how modern computer systems work, how they are structured, and how they operate. Computer systems are ubiquitous and yet they are unlike any other man-made product or system; they appear magical and are notoriously difficult to work with and manage in projects. This unit’s goal is to demystify computer systems so students can appreciate, understand and utilise computer systems in their subsequent learning, and effectively participate in the IT industry. Students will study computers, networks, operating systems and the Web. Raspberry Pi computers will be used throughout the unit and at the end students will build their own small computer system using a Raspberry Pi.
This unit provides a hands-on introduction to computer programming for students with no prior coding experience at all. It introduces the basic principles of programming in a typical imperative language, including expressions, assignment, functions, choice and iteration. It then shows how to use Application Programming Interfaces to complete common Information Technology tasks such as querying databases, creating user interfaces, and searching for patterns in large datasets. The emphasis is on developing skills through practice, so the unit includes numerous coding exercises and assignments, using a simple scripting language and code development environment. The unit establishes a foundation for later subjects that teach large-scale software development using industrial-strength programming languages.
This is a fundamental programming unit presenting programming concepts, enforcing good style, logical thinking, and the object-oriented paradigm using the C# language. The unit introduces the language by letting one to create working C# programs using both the simple command line and the Visual Studio environment. It introduces data and how to input, store and output data in C#. The unit will teach decision making, looping and array manipulation. Then it will introduce the object-oriented concepts such as method and classes. It will provide a thorough study of methods, including passing parameters into and out of methods. It then teaches how to create classes, and then to construct objects that are members of those classes. This unit provides the necessary knowledge and core skills needed to continue on or to study more advanced programming, data science and software design units.
This unit introduces the core concepts of a computer system. It teaches the student to be able to work effectively with the modern computer environments and gain sufficient knowledge to be able to adapt to the evolution of computer systems in the future. The unit describes the different components of a computing environment such as computer architecture, operating system concepts, virtualisation and interactions of networked systems, cloud computing and the inherent security management of these systems. The unit teaches how data is stored and processed in a computer system. The relationship between high-level programming languages and the machine language is introduced. Operating system concepts such as process scheduling, parallel processing, memory management, inter-process communication and threads. The unit provides the necessary knowledge and core skills needed to continue on or to study advanced units in networking, security, data science and software development.
There is more to programming than knowing any specific language. Programming has a well-established mathematical basis. Crucial properties such as the correctness and efficiency of a program can be formally defined, and it is possible to reflect about them at the algorithm level, before writing and running the program code. This knowledge is essential when developing 'critical' computer programs, where strong guarantees are required. This unit describes some of these underlying principles and applies them to well-known computational problems, to help give you a deeper understanding of your chosen field. Building on your previous programming experience or fundamental units, you will learn how to analyse algorithms and develop better programs.
This is a foundational networks unit addressing the core concepts, layered architecture and detailed protocols of computer networks and the Internet. It introduces network architecture and models, hardware and software, TCP/IP protocol stack, addressing and routing, wireless networks, network security, and network services and applications. The ability to understand, analyse, design, configure and manage computer networks and network services is a requirement for a range of graduate entry information technology positions. This is an introductory unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to computer science, computer engineering, networks, information security and other related majors. Other advanced-level networks and information security units build on this unit by extending your fundamental understanding of computer networks for more complex needs and various network application requirements.
In the information age, with astronomical amounts of data produced and made available every minute, information retrieval, predictive models and data visualisation become a central node of decision support for individuals and businesses alike. This unit will cover the basics of data representation and data analytics methods and how they should be used by applications. Through this, you will also gain an understanding of the big data challenges and acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue Data Science related studies.
Information security is about protecting information and the systems that use, store and transmit information. This unit provides a foundation for understanding the field of information security, including information security goals, the threats to information assets, the associated risks, and best-practice approaches to managing information security. This unit is important in developing an understanding of the challenges involved in providing appropriate protection for organizational information assets.
Data mining has been used intensively and extensively in many organizations around the globe as an efficient method of finding useful knowledge about their customers and business processes. It has been applied in many fields of business, industry and science to discover new knowledge. It is an exciting new field that combines databases, machine learning, artificial intelligence, high performance computing, and visualisation. The astronomical amount of data generated by organisations, and the application thereof, is too complex and voluminous to be processed and analyzed by traditional methods. Data mining provides the technology to transform huge amounts of data into useful information for decision making. This unit will cover the concepts necessary to understand data mining techniques and apply them in various application settings.
This unit is designed to give you a clear understanding of the socio-cultural issues that affect the computer game industry. Through critical review of games and games industry literature, playing games and actively participating in classroom discussion you will develop your capacity to join in the discourse about the design, impact and future direction of computer games in our society.
This unit provides foundational knowledge about the development processes, project management strategies and game development technologies used in the games industry. The unit focuses on the processes from game design through to project management and release within the context of the technologies used. It covers the essential phases within the game/interactive environment development process and life cycle.
This is an introductory unit that will provide you with the foundational skills and knowledge required for understanding, designing and analysing information systems. The unit aims to develop an appreciation, and an ability to manage, the complexity of contemporary and future information systems and the domains in which they are used. Further, it will provide you with the skills to design artefacts, fit for purpose and audience, that can be used to solve real-world problems related to information systems. Unit content will play an important role in future units and a wide variety of professional IT activities. This unit expands on knowledge acquired in IFB103 IT Systems Design by introducing conceptual modelling techniques that underpin most modern systems modelling languages. Subsequent units will build on the conceptual modelling skills learned in this unit, for example, by applying it to the techniques covered in IAB203 BPM and IAB204 Business Requirements Analysis.
Building on the principles of Business Process Management (BPM), this unit will develop a deep understanding of business process modelling as the core activity in BPM initiatives. You will learn about the main components of a business process modelling language. You will also learn how to apply standard modelling languages such as BPMN to develop abstract yet relevant representations of complex business processes in a consistent and unambiguous way, and to reason about these models. Finally, you will learn how to identify relevant processes to be modelled, how to discover models from these processes and meaningfully organize the models in a process architecture. The unit will use a hands-on approach to allow you to learn the art of process modelling incrementally.
Developing an innovative, practical and cost-effective IT solution that is user-focused is a complex task for IT experts. It requires a systematic process that includes: 1) identifying and clarifying a business problem that an IT system can help to resolve; 2) collecting and interpreting requirements; 3) decomposing the system into its components; and, 4) prototyping techniques to ensure that all the components of the system satisfy the requirements. This unit presents students with authentic industry challenges in which you apply your IT knowledge, fundamental analysis and design techniques. It exposes you to design contexts, theories, processes, principles and methods that IT experts use, either individually or in a group, to analyse and design an IT system. The unit builds your skills towards any career related to operational analysis and design of a specific business scope, including Business Systems Analyst, Solution Architect, and Project Manager.
This is an introductory unit on database addressing the core concepts, requirements and practices of databases. It introduces conceptual data modeling to address a key area of concern of modeling structured data to build a comprehensive understanding of the data aspect of a problem. You will learn how to transform such data model into a relational database design as well as how to effectively retrieve data through SQL queries. Normalization, database security/administration, other special topics and ethical aspects related to information systems are also covered. IAB207 Rapid Web App Development, IAB303 Data Analytics for Business Insights and the Capstone units IFB398 Capstone 1 and IFB399 Capstone 2 build on this unit for data storage/retrieval and business insights. IAB206 Modern Data Management extends this unit earning to unstructured data such as graphs and documents which are also gaining popularity in the real world.
As emerging technologies provide increasing opportunities for innovation, design thinking is becoming a much sought after skill as it provides an effective approach to understand and develop user centred solutions. In this unit, you will be introduced to design thinking as an approach for innovation and problem solving and how to apply this technique to develop IT solutions to real-world problems. This unit features a strong teamwork component. You and your team members will pitch your ideas and designs using oral and visual communication skills to gain user and peer feedback. You will then implement your design proposals, realising several design prototypes, evaluating and refining each throughout the semester. This unit lays the foundational design skills that will be integrated and practised through a design project in this unit, as well as throughout the degree.
There is an increasing need for information technology professionals to understand emerging and disruptive technology, evaluate its impact on the firm and its ecosystem, and to appreciate its strategic value within that firm's context. This unit will teach you how to conceptualise, analyse, and create an IT disruptive innovation. You will learn and execute a systematic approach to examining and generating IT disruptive innovations. You will investigate and understand fundamental theories and employ a set of techniques to identify and expand a potential value proposition. Activities include customer intimacy exploration (creating personas, scenarios, and journey maps) and expansion of value (service logic innovation, customer-dominant logic) and implementation (business model canvas).
Information systems form the backbone of a corporate IT landscape, which integrates software (such as Cloud-hosted application services, mobile apps, Web sites) and hardware infrastructure (like for user interactions, data storage, environmental sensing, computational number crunching, and network connectivity). Organisations deploy information systems to implement new business models, rejuvenate their product and services portfolio, answer competitive threats, and improve their environmental, financial, or social sustainability and other purposes. In this unit, students are introduced to information systems in a corporate setting. In a case-based manner, students learn how to combine and deploy information technology components to form corporate systems, supporting newly conceived business cases. This unit introduces key IT concepts, related to prevalent and emerging trends in corporate information systems.
This unit provides an in-depth introduction towards the management of Business Processes. It walks you through the fundamental stages of a typical Business process improvement initiative, from process identification, to monitoring, covering along the way process modelling, analysis redesign and automation.
This unit introduces fundamentals of Enterprise Systems (also referred to as ERP systems) configuration. It uses the market leading SAP Enterprise System as the example to demonstrate how organizations could adopt packaged Enterprise Systems to its organizational and user requirements. It builds on your existing knowledge and skills in business information systems, organisational structures and modelling, which can be acquired through the Corporate Information Systems unit.
This unit builds on high school calculus by exploring derivatives, integrals and differential equations. It also introduces the basic theory of matrices, vectors and complex numbers. The ability to apply these concepts and techniques, and express real-world problems in mathematical language, is essential in quantitative fields such as science, business and technology. This is an introductory unit, which attempts to establish foundational skills that you will extend in subsequent discpine-specific units. This unit is particularly intended for students whose mathematics preparation does not include Queensland Senior Mathematics C or an equivalent.
This unit provides you with an introduction to probability and shows you how to apply its concepts to solve practical problems. The unit will lay the foundations for further studies in statistics, operations research and other areas of mathematics and help you to develop your problem-solving and modelling skills. The topics covered include: basic probability rules, conditional probability and independence, discrete and continuous random variables, bivariate distributions, central limit theorem, goodness-of-fit tests, introduction to Markov chains.
Mathematics is, at its heart, axiomatic: each new mathematical statement follows logically from previous statements, and ultimately derives from the axiomatic foundations. This unit establishes the foundations of abstract mathematical reasoning, introducing the view of mathematics as axiomatic and emphasising the role of proof in mathematics. Fundamental concepts and tools including logic and sets, number systems, sequences and series, limits and continuity are covered. The tools established in this unit will serve as a foundation throughout your mathematics studies.
Many real world phenomena are modelled by mathematical models whose solutions cannot be found analytically. To solve these problems in practice, it is necessary to develop computational methods, algorithms and computer code. This unit will introduce you to numerical methods for addressing fundamental problems in computational mathematics such as solving nonlinear ordinary differential equations, finding roots of nonlinear functions, constructing interpolating polynomials of data sets, computing derivatives and integrals numerically and solving linear systems of equations. This is an introductory unit providing fundamental skills in computational mathematics and their practical implementation using relevant computational software. This unit will be essential throughout the remaining parts of your degree. MXB226 Computational Methods 1 builds on this unit by extending your computational and programming skills to more challenging problems and more sophisticated algorithms.
Calculus and differential equations are used ubiquitously throughout mathematics, statistics and operations research. In this unit, you will build upon the foundations of calculus established in high school or in earlier university mathematics study, to greatly enhance your repertoire of theory and practice in these areas. The application of calculus and differential equations in the description and modelling of real-world problems will also be considered. This unit will extend your problem-solving skills, range of knowledge and use of techniques in differential and integral calculus. These theoretical concepts and their applications will be pursued further in MXB202 Advanced Linear Calculus.
This unit introduces you to university level linear algebra and ordinary differential equations. Linear algebra, assumed knowledge for this unit, is extended with you investigating non-square linear systems of equations and the Eigenvalue problem. Differential equations, also assumed knowledge for the unit, are investigated in more detail including exposure to second order equations. This unit builds fundamental skills for you to transition to second year units and the Majors of the Bachelor of Mathematics, including applications of interest in each major area of study.
Statistical modelling provides methods for analysing data to gain insight into real-world problems. The aim of this unit is to introduce a wide range of fundamental statistical modelling and data analysis techniques, and demonstrate the role they play in drawing inferences in real-world problems. This unit is designed around the exploration of contemporary and important issues through the analysis of real data sets, while simultaneously and necessarily building your statistical modelling expertise. You will learn how to propose research questions, analyse real data sets to attempt to answer these questions, and draw inferences and conclusions based on your findings. The importance of ethical considerations when dealing with real data sets will be emphasised. The R programming language will be introduced, and you will gain experience and build your expertise in using this industry-leading software to conduct statistical analyses.
This unit develops the learner's understanding of a range of foundational mathematical concepts related to number systems, algebra and calculus, including a range of additional function types. The development of these concepts is done in context through their application to a range of life-related problems, in particular the physical world. Throughout the unit, technology will play a prominent role in developing conceptual understanding and the solution of problems. The knowledge developed in this unit provides a foundation for the units MZB201 and MZB202.
This unit provides an introduction to foundational mathematical concepts that enable mathematical and numerical problem solving in engineering disciplines. It prepares engineering students for their transition from high school to university, particularly those who have not studied Queensland Senior Mathematics C or equivalent. Major topics covered are elementary functions, their derivatives and integrals, the algebra of complex numbers, vectors and matrices, and an introduction to programming using relevant software. Mathematical techniques and problem solving skills are employed in a range of mathematical exercises and contextualised problems, illustrating how these concepts and techniques are used in real-world engineering systems.
MZB126 teaches foundational mathematics and programming for engineers, following on from what students learnt in either MZB125 or MXB161. Throughout the unit, students will learn three main topics: programming, ordinary differential equations and statistics. All topics are taught in a real-world context by providing problems that emphasise critical thinking, analysis, interpretation and exposition, in applications across multiple disciplines in engineering. This gives students the necessary problem-solving skills heading into their chosen engineering discipline, where they will then learn discipline specific mathematics through embedded mathematics lectures.
Many applications within Computer Science use standard mathematical methods as tools for analysing and processing information. This unit provides an introduction to some basic mathematical methods that will be useful to you in your further studies in Computer Science, including basic matrix and vector operations (storing and manipulating geometrical or other information), introductory probability and statistics (modelling random events) and basic concepts in differentiation and integration (modelling rates of change and accumulated quantities). By introducing the fundamental concepts underlying these methods and developing your skills in using these methods, the unit will provide a foundation for later studies in computer science, in fields such as computer graphics, games design, machine learning, robotics, information retrieval and data mining.
SEB113 is a foundational science unit for developing core quantitative skills of analysis, modelling and simulation that underpins all modern scientific practice. These quantitative skills are taught in the scientific context using R, a popular open source computing software, to prepare students for the practical aspects of designing, conducting and analysing experimental and other scientific study. Tools for analysing scientific phenomena include differential and integral calculus, which can model change in system behaviour, and linear modelling and regression, to estimate models while accounting for uncertainty. Such concepts and techniques, in addition to software skills relating to data handling and visualisation, are central to the scientific study of real world biological, environmental, physical and chemical systems. This unit thus serves as a foundation and prerequisite for many subsequent units in the science degree.
This unit investigates the transformational relationship between information technology (IT) and individuals, society and organisations. It focuses on determining and evaluating the impact IT can have from a range of perspectives. By examining contemporary technological advances, students will gain a perspective on their application in social and organisational settings, how they are used to advance social and organisational goals and how IT professionals enable these technologies. Case studies across a variety of domains will link theory with practice, and build your understanding of the depth and breadth of change, both positive and negative, that is driven by information technology. This unit will help inform your future career path and unit selection over the course of your degree.
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This unit provides detailed coverage of the chemistry of inorganic compounds with particular emphasis on the bonding in complexes of transition metals, including valence bond theory and orbital hybridisation, coordination theory and crystal field theory. Aspects of molecular geometry and symmetry are also developed. The chemistry of inorganic compounds and transition metal complexes is introduced and explored deeply. The unit builds on the fundamental concepts introduced in the first year units “General Chemistry” and “Chemical Structure and Reactivity” and prepares you for the final semester units “Coordination Chemistry” and the major capstone project “Chemical Research”.
This unit is an introduction to modern chemical analysis, including some common instrumental techniques, which are firmly linked to the theory and practice of the discipline in a modern, working laboratory. You will gain essential analytical and deductive skills for chemical science as well as laboratory-based experience in sampling, treatment of samples, principles and practice of making high-quality chemical measurements with chromatographic and spectroscopic instrumentation. This unit further develops your knowledge and technical laboratory skills in chemical instrumentation and analysis. It links to the work previously undertaken in CVB101 General Chemistry and prepares you for the final semester major capstone unit CVB304 Chemistry Research Project.
This is a developmental unit that covers concepts that determine how chemical systems behave. It covers the discrete nature of atoms and molecules through spectroscopy, and develops understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical processes. Theoretical and practical-based approaches are to develop understanding of the nature of the physical properties and dynamic transformations of matter essential to all branches of chemistry and to other disciplines based on physical materials, or that use and rely on chemical reactions. This unit builds on knowledge and practical skills introduced in CVB101 General Chemistry, it expands on the concepts introduced in CVB101 and prepares for CVB302 Applied Physical Chemistry.
Build on the organic chemistry knowledge and laboratory skills gained in CVB101 and CVB 102. The deeper understanding of reaction mechanisms, instrumental characterisation and stereochemistry are important in facets of all subsequent chemistry units. Perhaps most importantly, this unit will be used as the foundation for advanced studies in organic chemistry in CVB 301 Organic Chemistry: Strategy for Synthesis. To successfully complete this unit you will: -Describe the electronic effects and mechanistic concepts which govern the reactions of organic compounds. -Predict the outcome of a set of reaction conditions when applied to organic compounds. -Design syntheses based on the major functional groups. -Deduce the solution of synthetic problems in organic chemistry -Apply modern spectroscopic techniques as an aid to structure elucidation -Demonstrate a range of practical skills in safe laboratory practice applied to the synthesis, isolation and purification of organic compounds.
Modern chemical industry requires comprehensive analytical measurement relating to the raw materials, process streams and outputs in order to control quality and to confer error prevention. This unit develops your knowledge and application of the fundamental principles of Analytical Chemistry upon which modern industrial analysis techniques are based. This unit is complementary to the more empirical approach adopted in “CVB202 Analytical Chemistry”, providing you with grounding in the theory and practice of qualitative, quantitative gravimetric and wet chemical analysis; together with spectrometric and electrochemical methods of analysis for a wide range of industrial applications including foods and beverages, mining, metals, waste waters and related areas. This unit develops your theoretical and applied knowledge of chemical analysis and further develops your technical and laboratory skills in sample treatment, gravimetric and wet chemical methods of analysis. It links to work undertaken in CVB101 General Chemistry, prepares you for the 3rd year unit CVB320 Instrumental Analysis and the final semester major capstone unit CVB304 Chemistry Research Project, as well as a career in a chemically-based industry or industry-related research.
This advanced unit complements and further develops the concepts introduced in CVB102 “Chemical Structure and Reactivity” and CVB204 “Organic Structure and Reaction Mechanisms”. The main focus of this unit is on the strategies chemists employ in the synthesis of complex molecules. This will provide the necessary practical and theoretical skills for those of you wanting to continue your exploration of organic chemistry as a capstone project in CVB304 Chemistry Research Project.
Physical chemistry is a discipline of chemistry in which the physical factors which govern chemical reactions are described, quantified and explored. After an introduction to thermochemistry and the principles that govern the macroscopic behaviour of solids, liquids and gases, the fundamental physical properties which determine the extent of reaction of pure substances are illustrated. These thermodynamic principles are extended to mixtures substances and the properties of solutions.
Coordination chemistry - the chemistry of transition metal complexes - encompasses aspects of organic, physical and transition metal chemistry. Deep understanding of the electronic structure of these remarkable compounds is developed along with an exploration of fascinating topics of current international research interest including organometallic compounds, bioinorganic chemistry, coordination polymers, metal-organic-frameworks (MOFs) and other metallo-supramolecular species. Synthesis and characterisation skills are honed through laboratory exercises drawing on knowledge developed throughout the chemistry major including magnetometry, thermogravimetric analysis and UV-visible, infrared and NMR spectroscopy.
Environmental Analytical Chemistry provides the tools and techniques necessary to make quantitative measurements of the extent of environmental alteration by natural or man-made activities. Principal areas of study include the chemical evaluation of air quality; water quality; soil and sediment contamination; and pesticide residue contamination in agriculture. Students will gain an understanding of the relevant methods of analyses through the lectures and a complementary laboratory practical program. This will allow students to develop technical skills such as: sample collection and treatment; use of modern instruments, including receptor modelling, atomic spectrometric and IC instruments for inorganic elemental analysis, GC, GC-MS and HPLC instruments for organic components. Experience gained in the unit will be important for students seeking positions in environmental protection agencies, environmental laboratories and environmental consultancy.
Modern instrumental methods are capable of producing large quantities of data and it is becoming common practice to use data driven chemometic and cheminformatics techniques as an adjunct to instrumental analysis. These techniques are introduced through a project-based investigation of bio-analytically related datasets where you develop understanding of applications of instrumental analysis and further develop your analytical thinking, problem-solving, communication and deductive skills using real-world examples. This unit builds upon the theoretical and practical framework for chemical analysis in the unit CVB202 Analytical Chemistry to develop advanced instrumental and analysis techniques for modern laboratory practice.
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.
Engineers design and make product out of materials using appropriate processing methods with minimum environmental impact and costs. They need to know the interactions and interrelationship between processing, microstructure, properties and performance of various engineering materials in order to utilize new designs and fabrication. This unit introduce 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 deformation and machining processes (including casting, bulk deformation, material removal, mechanics of metal cutting and other non-traditional manufacturing processes) are important to graduate engineers in their design and decisions.
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.
As a mechanical/medical engineer, you must have the expertise to analyse components and systems of components to produce safe and efficient designs. Strength of Materials is an intermediate level unit which investigates how external loading produces internal stresses and strains in a solid body, and the implications of these stresses and strains for components’ strength, stiffness and robustness. Understanding this subject is an essential part of the design process that ensures the structural integrity of various structures, electromechanical devices and mechanisms. When used effectively and this process can result in lightweight, reliable and robust structures. This unit builds on the concepts from the introductory Engineering Mechanics unit.
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 the fundamental 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 solid modelling software packages. A key focus of the unit is the repeated application of design concepts to real machine components that you interact with each week, to make you comfortable with both mechanical systems as a whole, and the determination, estimation, or selection of open ended quantities within the design process.
This unit builds on Fundamentals of Mechanical Design to further develop your engineering design skills, with particular emphasis on the role of computer-aided design (CAD), materials selection, manufacturing processes, assembly and maintenance in the design and management of bio-engineering devices. Knowledge of manufacturing processes, fundamentals of engineering design, engineering drawing and engineering materials is assumed. Content includes design for manufacture, materials selection, computer-aided design and solid modelling, rapid prototyping techniques, user interface, and case studies of selected medical devices. This unit provides knowledge required to complete Modelling and Simulation for Medical Engineers, leading to your capstone projects.
This unit is focuses on the application of the theory of kinematics and kinetics to the typical components of real world machines. This unit will enable you to analyse displacement, velocity, acceleration and forces in machine components (gears, cams, linkages) including vibrations in multi degree of freedom systems. . Mathematical concepts required for this unit will be introduced in the lectorials to scaffold the learning of Dynamics of machines. The capability of analysing these are essential to graduates in Mechanical Engineering, to ensure safe operation of the engineering system to improve productivity hence eliminating waste and leading to a sustainable environment.
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 of physics, 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.
Engineers work with numerous kinds of systems where consideration must be given to the motion within, and interactions between the system and its environment. This unit introduces the student to the concepts of fluid mechanics in the context of real engineering systems. The basic principles and equations of fluid mechanics are presented and discussed as related fluids within various engineering systems. After an introduction to the units and properties of fluids, pressure, hydrostatics and the energy and momentum equations are presented followed by an application of these principals to real fluids in piping systems. A brief introduction to the methods of computational fluid dynamics is presented and this methods utility to the solution of real world problems illustrated.
Provide the knowledge and skills to derive and implement numerical methods (Finite Differences, Finite Elements, Finite Volumes) to solve partial differential equations (PDEs) that govern many of the physical processes encountered in real world engineering problems. Become familiar with the methodologies for developing numerical algorithms that can be employed for problems that would otherwise be unsolvable, and with the skills to communicate the results. Numerically solve common equations encountered in practical engineering problems using MATLAB. Acquire fundamental and technical knowledge of numerical methods to solve partial differential equations. Core unit to the Computer Modelling for Engineering Minor and option unit to the Computational and Simulation Science second major.
The unit will provide an understanding of the principles of physical and chemical mineral processing operations. An emphasis will be placed on: 1) characterisation of ores, 2) ore preparation, 3) physical separations and 4) chemical separations. This unit will use current Australian mining industries to demonstrate the importance and significance of each stage of mineral processing.
The unit will cover material that allows the Process Engineer to maximise the profitability of a factory. The Operations Management subsection covers quality management, operational scheduling and project management systems. 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.
This unit builds on the introductory concepts learned in EGB262 Process Principles, and introduces the theory and steps required for building mass and energy balances for a complex interacting system of unit operations, i.e. an industrial process. The mass and energy flows of interacting and competing unit operations impact on overall profitability and sustainability. There is an introduction to a process simulation software which is used in the context of a process design project. This allows profitability and technical viability of simple processes to be evaluated. The focus is on steady-state behaviour and 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, characterisation, 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. EGB414 is built from knowledge you previously learned in EGB214 Materials and Manufacturing.
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: Introduction. 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).
Global energy issues are having a profound effect on engineering practice in relation to energy utilisation. Energy management is generally regarded as an effective solution for immediate energy consumption reduction and to address global warming. It is also concerned with increasing productivity, improving standards of living and saving money. You will learn how to apply the principles of thermodynamics, heat transfer and electricity along with an introduction to financial analysis and managerial practice. This will enable them to conduct an audit of energy systems and develop a sustainable energy management plan. This unit also details energy auditing of commercial buildings, industrial energy systems and processes, and explore their energy-saving opportunities. It equips students with the skills and knowledge required to conduct energy audits, analyse data, and provide reports for their energy-related customers. This unit also includes guest lectures from industry experts.
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) is closely related to human habitation, comfort and productivity. It also consumes considerable amount of energy. With increasing global warming, it is becoming one of the most important engineering systems in modern buildings. This unit will introduce you basic principles of HVAC and refrigeration systems. It will discuss the design factors and practices related to the design and operation of HVAC systems. It will also provide you with other relevant knowledge commonly used in the building services industry. This course should therefore provide you a good basis to undertake further study, research and professional work in this field.
This unit will provide core knowledge of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) for engineers based on the numerical methods and computational techniques that are incorporated in current CFD software. Commercial codes Ansys-CFX and Fluent will be used to accurately perform CFD simulations and critically analyse practical engineering flow problems. Experimental techniques and measurements will be introduced to validate the numerical simulations.
This unit includes the following: engineering asset management policy statement; overhaul and replacement of engineering assets; organisation for maintenance; maintenance planning and control; failure mode and effect analysis; reliability, maintainability and availability analysis; risk assessment; spare parts inventory management.
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.
This unit is built on the earlier unit Materials and Manufacturing (EGB214) with a particular focus to advanced manufacturing technique. The unit further develops student knowledge and skills around advanced manufacturing processes, in particular various machining techniques such as turning, milling, shaping, drilling and grinding and various other super finishing techniques. In addition the students will develop appreciation of the mechanics of metal cutting (orthogonal), tooling considerations and economics of tooling. In particular this unit introduces various non-traditional manufacturing processes such as ECM, EDM, Ultrasonic Machining etc. In a broad sense this unit will provide all necessary knowledge about manufacturing a product/assembly/machine including process capability and process sequencing.
Industrial Automation unit is a project based unit and gives opportunity to students to work on inter-disciplinary teams to design and develop a product/assembly system by applying knowledge that was obtained from earlier studies. The students will be introduced to various techniques for design, development and control of manufacturing systems with the emphasis on a hands on practice of developing a new product/machine/control system for a given process and/or product in order to automate the process. Topics include the following: Automation requirements, systems design methodology, sensors, actuators and PLC programming. This unit will prepare the students to undertake their final year honors project more confidently and perform to their best. Assessment in this unit consists of a series of individual and group presentations and problem solving tasks throughout the semester and a final group report with individual contributions to the overall success of the chosen project.
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.
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.
As a mechanical engineer, you must have the expertise to analyse components and systems to produce safe effective designs, innovate new products and improve existing devices. To be competent in doing this, you must understand how engineering components respond to loads and the nature and impact of the stresses and strains that are set up in them as a result of loading. Stress analysis is an essential analytical process that is used to ensure that structures are safe for the intended service condition. In its traditional form it combines basic mathematical manipulations and theory of elasticity with engineering design decisions, while in the modern era computational analysis add to your capacity to analyse and design and optimize more complex product. If appropriately done, stress analysis results in light, reliable and robust structures with significant implication for cost saving and durability. This unit is located in third year and builds on your first and second year's work in Engineering Mechanics in EGB121 and Strength of Materials in EGB314.
Biomedical engineers require the ability to analyse the mechanics of the human body for applications such as prosthetic design, design of assistive devices for people with disabilities, sporting performance, ergonomic tasks, and other health related areas In this advanced unit, the concepts of dynamics are further developed in the context of biomechanical systems and human movement. Skills for the measurement of human movement 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.
This is a capstone unit that builds on the earlier dynamics units (EGB321 Dynamics of Machines, EGB211 Dynamics). The focus of this unit is design of control measures for machinery and processes. Dynamic behaviour of a system, its stability, steady state behaviour forms the basis of the control system design using root-locus and frequency response methods. Mathematical concepts will be introduced to scaffold the learning of control concepts.
This is an energy-focused advanced engineering unit addressing core fundamentals and applications of heat and mass transfer. It introduces and discusses the key concepts of heat conduction, convection, radiation and mass diffusion while implementing conceptual and mathematical design exercises under each key concept. Such an understanding is crucial for engineers and scientists to evaluate and improve the heat transfer efficiency of various natural and man-made processes as well as machinery. At the same time, this knowledge is useful to design optimal heat/mass insulations and efficient heat/mass exchangers. In other words, for a professional who is going to be working on a role related to energy and/or heat transfer, this unit is an important source of knowledge and guidance. This is an advanced engineering unit which aims to strengthen and broaden your analytical and practical skills through realising how energy and matter propagates via conceptual and mathematical lenses.
This is an advanced level unit in fluid dynamics, which builds on your understanding of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and mathematics by studying viscous, transient and compressible fluid flows, together with the analysis and design of fluid machines including pumps and turbines. Analysis methods involve experimental studies using dimensional analysis, theoretical and analytical studies based on idealized versions of real engineering systems, and numerical studies based on the application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). This unit relies on a prior understanding of dynamics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics studied in introductory and intermediate units.
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.
In this unit, you will learn fundamental knowledge of heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and structural design as these are applied to the design of process plant equipment.
Radiographers require a basic knowledge of general physics and more detailed theoretical background to the physical basis behind the equipment design, construction and materials and the increasing technological support for developing modalities. The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of radiation physics related to x-ray production and radiographic practice and how radiation interacts with matter.
This unit covers radiation protection and the biological effects of radiation on the human body. It is aimed towards those who are likely to be working with ionizing radiation in the workplace.
This is a foundational physics unit designing to provide strong mathematical knowledge and skills required by a physicist and demonstrate the application of computational methods to solve problems in physics. It builds on prior maths study in Maths C or equivalent and teaches tactics in MATLAB programming, numerical methods and the implementation. The strong computational skills are important attributes of any physicist, whether working in research or industry, experimental or theoretical. This is an introductory unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to physics, chemistry or some engineering majors. PVB302 Classical and Quantum Physics needs the mathematical knowledge and computational skills from this unit to understand the complex quantum world.
Strong mathematical skills are important attributes of any physicist, whether working in research or industry, experimental or theoretical. This unit is designed to provide the key mathematical methods to solve physical problems. It builds on MXB100 and first year.
Strong experimental design and execution skills are some of the most important attributes of any physicist, whether working in research or industry, experimental or theoretical. This unit aims to develop your skills in project planning, time management, experimental setup, and reporting. You will undertake several self-managed experiments along with supervised practicals using research equipment.
Electromagnetism is one of the fundamental forces in the universe and is present in almost all aspects of modern technology. In this unit you will develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of electromagnetism from electric charge to more advanced topics such as electrostatics, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves and applications such as waveguides. It will extend your mathematical knowledge and techniques from earlier units to explore and analyse these advanced physics concepts.
This unit provides you with an overview of materials science and of the basic crystallographic and thermodynamic principles that describe the behaviour of solids and fluids. The three areas you will study in this unit, thermal physics, physical properties and the physics of solids are core concepts that underpin a physical science degree. This unit builds upon knowledge and skills obtained in PVB102 and PVB203 and it is a companion unit with PVB302 (Classical and Quantum Physics).
Quantum mechanics is the last great conceptual hurdle for a physics graduate to overcome in an undergraduate degree, irrespective of any bias towards the theoretical or experimental aspects. Counter-intuitive concepts such as quantum tunnelling are the cornerstone of many technological advances in recent times and other quantum mechanical concepts form the physical basis of the universe. The ability to find counter-intuitive solutions to problems when necessary is one of the attributes that sets physicists apart.
This unit explores the microscopic universe from the nucleus down to the fundamental particles and forces from which matter is built. It will examine the development and the modern state of models of the nucleus, drawing on Quantum Mechanics (PVB302) to explain the stability and the properties of nuclei. Some of the current theories of particle physics and nuclear forces will be introduced. The second part of the unit will explore applications of nuclear physics, e.g. nuclear reactions, nuclear power and nuclear medicine. Lectures will be complemented by experimental laboratory work, enabling you to advance your experimental, communication and scientific writing skills.
This is the capstone unit for the Physics course, which gives you the opportunity to engage in real-world physics research. Students will undertake a project in which they explore computational and/or experimental approaches to generating new understanding in active research areas, and summarize their findings through scholarly writing and presentations. This unit provides students with the chance to develop their skills around gathering data, interpreting data, assessing uncertainties and presenting results in a clear and compelling way, helping them to develop skills that are required in both industry and academic contexts. This unit builds on all the previous learning in the Physics course, and enables students to draw on their developed expertise and to apply it to a well-defined research problem.
This unit will introduce you to experimental nanotechnology and will give you the essential tools to study matter at the nanoscale.
This unit deepens the understanding of nanotechnology, which is an emerging field focused on understanding and exploiting the novel chemical and physical properties of matter at the nanometer scale. Nanomaterials offer substantial advantages in many applications due to their small size, which can lead to, for example, improved thermal conduction or insulation or exceptional low electrical resistivity. These properties are relevant to the improved sustainability of electrical devices, buildings, cars, etc. This is an advanced unit and comprises an introduction to the physics and chemistry related to nanoscale science, which will lead to the understanding of nano-objects and nanomaterials, with a bias towards technological applications derived from the fundamental sciences. This unit builds on PVB321, providing extra skills in computation to calculate properties at nanoscale that are relevant to physics, chemistry and engineering.
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.
This is an intermediate level unit that provides knowledge on hydraulic principles and its application in engineering. The topics to be covered are: Units and properties of fluids, Forces in static fluids, Buoyancy, Kinematics and continuity, The energy equation and the momentum equation for real fluids, frictional flow in pipes, application of pipe resistance formulae, fitting losses, pump characteristics and selection and pipes network analysis, similitude and dimensional analysis and lift and drag. The knowledge gained in this unit will be further developed in an advanced level unit later in the course.
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 is an intermediate civil engineering unit that will develop the knowledge essential for the design of concrete structural elements using part of the information covered in two basic level units: (i) Civil Engineering Materials and (ii) Engineering Mechanics. Design principles of concrete structural elements subject to bending, shear and axial forces will be developed from the fundamental principles of engineering mechanics. Appropriate clauses in concrete structures design standards (AS3600/ AS5100) will be referenced where applicable. The information covered in this unit will be developed further in the Advanced Concrete Design unit later in the course.
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.
The aim of this unit is to develop your awareness and understanding of important concepts and analytical tools for designing, planning, economics, and operation of transport systems including public transport systems. The unit focuses on understand characteristics of transit infrastructure in Australia, systems operation and management, and service planning and quality assessment. Students will learn how to apply common techniques to plan, design, and evaluate public transit services. The unit also presents the concepts of advanced traffic engineering including traffic control and systems management, Intelligent Transport Systems, and work zone traffic control for students to gain a basic understanding and appreciation of current and emerging traffic engineering technologies and industry applications of the field.
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.
This unit develops your knowledge, skill and application for construction methodologies. Having studying this unit you will identify, develop or modify construction methodologies to deliver infrastructure project. It ensure the solutions are quality, safe and environmentally and community sensitive.
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 is core unit for study area B (Structural Engineering) that will develop the knowledge essential for the design of masonry structural elements. Design of masonry structural elements subject to bending, shear and axial forces will be developed from the fundamental principles of engineering mechanics. Appropriate clauses in masonry structures design standard (AS3700) will be referenced where applicable. Application of these principles to the design of a medium rise residential or industrial building.
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 an construction engineering second major unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit will help engineers to think creatively, work collaboratively 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 is an advanced structural design unit that provides in-depth knowledge about composite multistorey building design and construction where students will be introduced to the various theoretical and practical issues of composite multistorey building construction in the context of a real building project.
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.
A construction engineer must have an appreciation of the regulated environment in which he/she works. The law and particularly the law relating to construction has a significant impact upon that working environment. This unit will provide a framework and sufficient detail of the law for you to have a significantly increased awareness of how the law governs their and their organisation's actions within the industry.
This is a final year unit which will develop advanced knowledge and methodology in computer based structural analysis. These will enable the analysis of complex structures under both static and dynamic load the use of vibration data in structural health monitoring.
Bridge Engineering is an important discipline in Civil Engineering. This unit will help you develop knowledge in bridge engineering integrating what you have learnt in your earlier years on structural analysis and design. You will develop your skills for bridge analysis and design equipping yourselves in pursuing a career as a bridge engineer.
This unit will develop the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge of transport demand and supply models and simulation techniques. It will develop skills in applying advanced transport modelling techniques at micro and macro levels. The focus will be on strategic models for network planning and traffic flow models for operational analysis and control.
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.
The unit covers geotechnical site investigation and the applications of geotechnical engineering which includes the followings: site investigations and in-situ soil tests, slope stability, retaining walls, trenching & cutting, buried structures, deep foundations, and basic concepts of rock engineering and their application to stability of rock slopes. Computer simulation and analysis programs are used where appropriate. It links to the work previously undertaken in Geotechnical Engineering and prepares you for Applications in CE Design & Construction, and the final semester Capstone project. It also exposes you to the areas of future work and study choice (e.g: Study area B options).
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 unit will provide students 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, the students 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 human resources issues required to achieve outcomes critical for the success of a project. The unit will focus on aspects of effectively managing human resources at an organisational level, including project organisational structures, human resource planning, stakeholder management, high performance teams and organisational development.
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 shows how your project or program grows out of the business lifecycle and also feeds into that lifecycle. The unit shows how the project or program adds value to both the client and provider organisations and that value can be sustained for a long periods if managed appropriately. It details contemporary program and portfolio management approaches and practically relates them to organization dynamics and project benefits realisation.
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.
This is a capstone unit where students are required to consider a work based case study to apply learnings gained through completing the units across the MPM. You will apply advanced knowledge of project management to real project management problems, and investigate, select and apply appropriate tools and techniques to analyse and resolve typical project management issues and challenges related to the case project. Managing the Project does not include any new content. It is mainly meant to refresh and implement the learnings from the MPM program completed to date. This capstone unit can provide opportunities for you to acquire an authentic learning experience in an industry setting and also help you develop strong industry linkages. As the capstone unit, it will also help you understand how the prior units fit together and help you to apply it to a real life situation.
Market Analysis builds on the knowledge and technical skills developed in the foundation property and valuation units (USB142 or USB140, and USB144 or USB242). You will apply demographic, economic and key urban economic theories and policies in the property market environment. Understanding property markets will assist in the creation of marketing and investment strategies to meet targeted consumer supply and demand. You will gain knowledge and skills on how to conduct property market research and interpret the findings from a range of research publications. The knowledge of this unit will be further developed in USB245 Property Investment Analysis, USB300 Development Process and USB344 Property Project.
A practicing property professional and property valuer needs a good understanding of several areas of property related legislation as it applies to property transactions and property practice to be able to manage and avoid risk, identify property and valuation legal issues as they arise and identify when specialised legal counsel is necessary. This unit focuses on extending and applying the theoretical knowledge obtained in Experience Property and Urban Development Law to explore how Commonwealth and State legislation is applied to property practice and property transactions, with particular focus on statutory valuation and property acquisition and resumption. The unit covers areas of property rights, contract, agency, statutory valuation, consumer protection and dispute resolution as applicable to a practicing property professional in Queensland.
Asset performance provides a good grounding in property and asset management, as it applies to the diverse real estate property sectors and to demonstrate how property asset performance can be maximised, measured and benchmarked. Efficient asset management can result in significant cost benefits to both the owner and the occupier of the property. There has been a growing property industry awareness of the need to develop reliable, accurate and professional property management systems and analysis tools to ensure that property occupation costs are minimised, and space allocations are maximised in accordance with the short, medium and long term business goals of the organisation or company.
This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the investment markets and the role of property as an investment asset class. The unit further develops the skills and techniques required for the analysis of property investment objectives, strategies, and performance. The students will explore the concepts of return and risk, the discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis, the basics of investment decision (NPV, IRR, Financial ratios), measurement of property investment performance, the impact of financing and taxation on investment returns, portfolio theory and the role of real estate in mixed asset portfolios. This unit will help students develop the understanding and skills necessary to become successful property investment analysts and/or investors.
Property sale, acquisition and leasing transactions are a fundamental to property development, investment and valuation activities. An understanding of the elements of these transactions and the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders is essential to all practicing property professionals and will enable the property professional to act responsibly to best represent their own or their client's interests and investment. The aim of the unit is to develop your understanding of property sale, acquisition and leasing transactions and the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders throughout the process.
Property Development provides understanding of property development, which is fundamental to the practice of property professionals. This unit brings together concepts gained on strategic evaluation, risk, organisational structure, planning, construction and development feasibility analysis. This unit provides an in depth look at the multi-disciplined, multi-faceted process involved in property development from site selection through to disposal of completed projects.
Property is a major asset class of all available investment options. Due to its distinct characteristics, debt and equity financing plays a major role in investment decisions. As such, this unit further develops students' understanding of property investment and financing techniques and the place of property assets within the capital markets. This unit covers the financing of a range of asset types including residential, income producing, development and property funds.
This unit introduces students to a range of industry-standard property software products. Students will gain knowledge in the operation of a variety of industry specific software for the analysis and management of a range of property types. Students will develop their competency in using these products, as well as skills in the analysis of the outcomes generated, using the property software as a decision making tool to support investment recommendations. This capability will help students to prepare their readiness to work in the industry. This unit is an advanced unit that builds upon the skills and knowledge you developed in USB245 Property Investment Analysis and it links with USB300 Property Development.
This is the capstone valuation unit and applies the valuation principles and procedures developed in the units USB140, Imagine Property, and USB242, Experience Property, to the more complex property classes such as rural property, special premises, retail and business based property that require a greater level of student expertise for analysis and value calculation. Assessment items will provide students with the opportunity to undertake practical valuation exercises to link this unit with the property knowledge and valuation principles developed throughout their studies.
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.
The aim of this unit is to provide you with extensive theoretical knowledge to manage and supervise the construction of a cross section construction types such as low rise residential apartment buildings and commercial and industrial buildings. Incorporated within the unit is a sound understanding of how a building achieves structural stability and equilibrium through its load paths through basic study and analysis of engineering components and systems. It links and builds on the earlier studies undertaken in your first year including residential and integrated construction; building services and prepares you for further advanced units in designing structures and highrise construction management.
This unit develops your knowledge, skills and application for Building services focussing on fire, hydraulics, mechanical and electrical services. It links to basic work and understanding previously undertaken in your first year of study and prepares you for further advanced units in Commercial and High-rise Construction Management and Services and Heavy Engineering Measurement.
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.
Measurement is a core skill and attribute among building and infrastructure professionals. This attribute is 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 focused on more complicated structural trades and the development and application of suitable and accurate construction cost management documents in a concise and systematic manner. With the introduction to Measurement software applications you will develop strategies and abilities in dealing with more advanced virtual building graphical models as they relate to integrated practice concepts used in industry. This unit occurs in the second year of your course as it builds on the measurement attributes developed in the first year and assists you with 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.
During this unit you will learn, practice, and apply site planning processes, techniques and skills on a selected project site. You will gain practical experience in information retrieval, site appraisal and analysis techniques, interpretation of planning regulations, and the development of site appropriate land use concepts. Your professional development within the built environment involves learning how to apply planning principles at a variety of scales. In this unit, you will learn to appraise and analyse site conditions in order to articulate development recommendations that reflect stated planning intents for an area. Upon successful completion of this unit, you will have learned processes, techniques and skills that will prepare you to take part in many aspects of professional planning practice. Through this unit you will investigate and gain experience in the application site appraisal and analysis techniques through a series of workshops and practically based projects.
You will learn about theory, principles and methods for effective stakeholder engagement in planning processes. You will gain important practical experience in stakeholder engagement. This will help you to evaluate when and how to use different engagement methods to address planning conflicts and identify opportunities for incorporating diverse engagement strategies into plan making processes.
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.
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.
With the built environment professions needing to stand up to new and different challenges triggered by rapidly changing socio-economic, environmental, cultural, political, and technological/digital trends, how can innovation and creativity serve to address these challenges? In order to answer questions and solve problems related to the future of the built environment, this unit will provide you with an overview of research theory, philosophy, methodology and future-oriented applications. You will have the opportunity to apply the critical and innovative thinking skills that you have developed in your degree to your own research questions. You will further consolidate and carry forward this approach to your capstone project. The aim of this unit is to guide you in the creative, holistic mindset that underlies successful innovation in scholarship and to explore how critical and innovative thinking can improve the research process to make us more innovative problem solvers. Looking to an uncertain and ever-changing future, you will need a deep understanding of theory, methodology, and analytical and digital techniques and applications to understand and conduct your research in an interdisciplinary context.
You will be taught how to construct a high rise structure from the basement to the roof. The unit has a focus on protection of the public during construction, and temporary support, and also covers issues around: demolition; temporary services; deep excavation and foundations; retention and shoring systems; general engineering of structural components; multilevel formwork; interaction of building components, systems and services; common building faults and failures and rectification; alternative forms of external cladding; waterproofing problems; and general cost planning relevant for high rise construction. It builds upon principles and theory learnt in Commercial Construction, Designing Structures, and Building Services.
This unit develops your skills and application for the administration of construction contracts which represents one of the core applications for construction managers, quantity surveyors and cost engineers. In order to appreciate some 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 Management 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 explores the role of construction firms as business entities in the construction industry. It introduces the business, social and economic environments in which construction firms operate, and the industry-specific challenges of starting up and growing a socially responsible, forward thinking and profitable construction business. The ability to develop a business plan to competently guide business direction and growth is a core skill needed to navigate the dynamic and competitive nature of construction business. Key elements of the business plan include a competent analysis of the market, identifying and engaging key stakeholders, mitigating business risks and opportunities, and building a caring and inclusive corporate culture. This unit provides a strategic focus on the processes of operating and growing a construction business leading into your final year in Constuction Management studies.
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 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 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 unit develops your knowledge, skills and application within the Heavy Engineering/ Capital intensive/Resources sectors relating to facilities management and procurement within the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management (EPCM) cost controls (capital expenditure/project controls) area building on earlier links to units like Cost Planning & Controls. Planning and scheduling will be studied developing an appreciation and linkage between current Integrated project delivery methods and programming software within the context of productivity logistics and safety and risk management. The unit will also analyse mega projects and social impacts within a case study context. 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.
This unit will introduce you to ethical and planning theory. Classical theories in ethics provide an essential foundation to planning practice. Planning theory offers an insight into different justifications of how and why we work as planners. The application of theory to practice defines the essence of planning. An exploration of planning theory provides important insights into the justification for planning and enables you to respond to critiques from other disciplines or project protagonists. Theory provides you with an opportunity for reflection and self-evaluation and a justification for entering the profession. By helping you to understand the forces shaping the profession, theory adds depth to your practice and better enables you to contribute fully to the advancement of the profession.
This unit is designed to develop and apply analysis, synthesis, problem-solving, and policy formulation skills to strategically plan the development of a local government area or a neighbourhood. Contemporary planning techniques are introduced during the lectures, where these techniques are then applied during tutorials on the real-world projects. As an urban planner you will be required to collaborate within project teams to find and implement solutions to complex contemporary urban planning issues. This studio develops the necessary skills for you to complete these tasks through applied urban analysis, synthesis, problem-solving, and policy formulation to strategically plan the development of a distinct geographic area.
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.
An understanding of processes which occur at the cellular level is fundamental to all aspects of biology. Using a combination of theoretical and laboratory-based approaches to enquiry you will explore the biochemical pathways and processes that facilitate biological function and the genetic mechanisms that control them.
The design, analysis and interpretation of experiments are critical skills in biology. Biological and environmental systems are often characterised by high variability and so specific approaches of observation, experimentation and analysis are required. Experimental Design and Quantitative Methods provides you with an introduction to foundational skills that are essential for the effective design, analysis and interpretation of experiments.
This unit builds on earlier units to develop a deeper understanding of plant biology. Topics covered will include an in-depth examination of plant structure and physiology, including anatomy and morphology (e.g. cells, tissue and organs; growth, development and morphogenesis); photosynthesis and productivity (C3, C4, CAM); transport and mineral nutrition; reproduction; plant hormones and responses to stimuli. Practicals will build on these broad areas with an emphasis on hands-on learning and experimentation.
Ecology is the study of the factors and interactions that influence the distribution and abundance of organisms. It is a key component of biology and is central to managing species and ecosystems. This unit examines the major concepts of ecology and develops the conceptual foundation for later subjects in the biology major and minors.
This unit examines the diversity and evolution of vertebrates. There is a focus on field- and lab-based identification and understanding of Australian vertebrates, set within the broader context of the global fauna, both extant and extinct. The unit encompasses various aspects of vertebrate life on planet earth: behaviour, phylogeny, physiology, morphology, taxonomy and management.
This unit builds on Foundations of Biology and Evolution, to develop an understanding of animal biology. Topics include a range of physiological systems, with a particular focus on respiration and transport, sensory systems and movement. The interaction between animals and society will also be explored. The unit will be delivered by intensive mode, involving a significant on-line component, plus four full days of intensive on-campus activities including workshops and laboratory classes.
This Capstone unit requires you to think critically about an important problem in biological sciences and to integrate the knowledge gained through earlier units to provide an effective solution. You will conduct a research project, applying your knowledge of quantitative techniques and experimental design, to answer a specific challenge. Through critical analysis and reflection on your work and that of your peers, you will gain a deeper understanding of the scientific method and will become confident in applying it. The unit will provide a foundation for future Honours studies, or higher degree research.
Microbiology and the Environment will explore fundamental principals in the biology and ecology of microorganisms in the context of the environment, agriculture industry and research. You will deepen your understanding of the problems and challenges of modern scientific inquiry using a range of multidisciplinary perspectives. This unit links to the work previously undertaken in BVB201 Biological Processes.
The theory and practice of conservation biology is essential for maintaining viable populations of rare, threatened or endangered species and for maintaining essential ecosystem processes. In this unit, you will synthesise a diverse range of information including high quality scientific literature, apply field skills in biodiversity monitoring and prepare written reports that provide an incisive and decisive analysis of key conservation issues. Specific modules will train you to critically analyse the link, or lack of, between theory and application in current conservation management approaches.
Understanding the dispersal and movement of genes in populations is fundamental to the management of invasive species, the management of fisheries and wild resources and the conservation of rare species. This unit will provide the theoretical and practical training required for practicing ecologists to use genetic techniques in theoretical and applied settings. The skills learnt in this unit will be further developed in later units of both the Genetics and Genomics and Applied Ecology minors.
Biotechnology describes the use of biological organisms to make products or to solve problems of importance to society. It is anticipated that biotechnology will provide solutions to emerging challenges facing humanity including food security, pest and disease management, quality of life as well as issues arising from climate change. This unit will provide you with an understanding of the fundamental principles that underpin biotechnology.
Invasive species cause substantial and costly negative effects to native ecosystems and threaten food security. An understanding of the ecological processes by which they are introduced, establish and spread in new regions is essential for their control. Invasive species are now so widespread that they will be encountered in some way in a wide range of careers in ecology and environmental science. Similarly, while pest species are typically dealt with within agro-ecosystems, managing and reducing large populations in a sustainable manner requires science and sophistication, and often similar ecological principles to dealing with invasive species. Integrating and extending work introduced in earlier units, you will learn the skills and concepts that are necessary to understand, analyse and manage pests and invasive species,and the processes of biological invasion.
Biological scientists are currently turning to genomic and phylogenetic approaches to explore biological diversity, improve agricultural practices, develop better drugs, understand the genetic basis of disease and manage endangered or invasive species. This unit showcases variation in genomic structure and function across life. You will also be introduced to analytical tools for database mining, gene discovery and genome exploration, which will provide an understanding of how genes interact with each other and the environment. You are apply theoretical knowledge to develop advanced data analysis skills, carry out genetics work in a laboratory and use data from active research programs to evaluate and analyse genomic and phylogenetic datasets to solve problems in the biological sciences.
This unit provides you with an introduction to sedimentology and stratigraphy, incorporating sediments and sedimentary rocks and how they relate to depositional environments. The unit focuses on the link between features preserved in sedimentary rocks and what those features tell us about how the rock was emplaced, the environment it was emplaced into and the subsequent burial history of the rocks. Sedimentology and stratigraphy is a fundamental part of the education of any earth scientist, and especially of those who wish to be involved in fossil fuel (i.e., coal, petroleum and gas) exploration, water resource management, and environmental geology, such as geosequestration of carbon dioxide, landscape remediation and soil science, investigation of extreme events (e.g., landslides, tsunami and storm surge) and climate change.
This unit develops the knowledge and skills required to recognise, classify, describe, record, and interpret deformation structures in rocks, from the scale of millimetres to kilometres. Rock deformation driven by plate tectonics is a fundamental process that shapes the lithosphere of our planet and the complex 3D spatial distribution of rocks within it. It is integral to the study of the solid Earth and touches almost all geological disciplines.
Petrology is the study of Igneous and metamorphic rocks. These rock types compose the bulk of the Earth. Understanding what these rocks are and how they form is an essential part of the study of geoscience and is fundamental to a wide range of higher level units. This unit focuses on the description, classification and origins of igneous and metamorphic rocks.
Earth Science examines the interaction of physical, biological and chemical processes in the fractionation and differentiation of the Earth. Geochemistry is therefore an essential component of understanding the origin of the Earth, its evolution through time and the functioning of systems that are active today. This unit aims to apply and develop your theoretical knowledge and practical skills, to use and apply a wide range of environmental and geochemical tools available to the modern scientist to address a variety of environmental and geological problems.
Applied geophysics provides geoscientists with the tools to investigate the generally inaccessible subsurface. These tools enable us to detect temporal and spatial changes in the physical properties of Earth. Knowledge of material properties such as density, electrical resistivity, magnetisation, elasticity and natural radioactivity is essential for the exploration of minerals, hydrocarbons and groundwater. Beyond exploration geophysical methods are used in disciplines as diverse as plate tectonics, environmental geology, engineering geology, and seismic hazard assessment.
The vast majority of the world's energy is derived from fossil fuels. Advanced concepts of stratigraphy and basin analysis are fundamental for exploration, evaluation, exploitation and conservation of oil, gas, coal and water in sedimentary rocks. Knowledge of subsurface geologic methods using core, well and geophysical data is essential for anyone wishing to enter the petroleum, coal or strata-bound minerals industry. This unit will cover advanced basin analysis concepts and combine project based learning and practical exercises to provide insight into the exploration of petroleum and other natural resources.
How we think about Earth processes and evolution has been revolutionised by the recognition that rigid lithospheric plates forming the outer layer of the Earth move relative to one another and interact at their boundaries. This notion is a cornerstone of the unifying theory of Plate Tectonics. In this unit, you will be introduced to the fundamental physics of the Earth and how it relates to the driving forces of Plate Tectonics. You will become familiar with the igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary responses associated with specific tectonic environments, and how they have evolved through Earth's evolution. This is a synthesis course integrating all knowledge that you have gained from your Earth Science Major units.
Field experience is an essential part of the professional training of geologists, environmental scientists and natural resource specialists in general. The theory and practice of methods to map, measure and interpret important geological features and characteristics are essential to the study of geology. Methods of mapping, orientation and interpretation are necessary skills for resource assessment, geo-exploration and environmental impact assessment. This unit assumes knowledge of geological principles and methods, namely structural geology and lithology (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks). It provides professional experiences that is essential for the employability for geology graduates.
A mineral resource represents an enrichment of an element or mineral that can be mined for a profit, and Australia's wealth and future economic growth depend largely on these resources. Develop a theoretical background and understanding of the major aspects of mineral resource formation; develop the practical skills to describe and interpret mineralised rocks and their host sequences; and plan and execute an exploration program. Teaching and learning approaches inculde, lectures (including guest industry lectures) and practical sessions using samples from famous ore bodies across the globe (hand samples and thin sections for microscopic study). Students are assessed based on a group project and theoretical and practical exams. Many students find the semester-long mineral exploration group project a highlight, as students get an opportunity to use a variety of real datasets to ‘explore’ for mineral prospects. The JK Education Endowment Award is given to the group with the top mark.
This unit focuses on the origin, occurrence and movement of groundwater; aquifer properties; chemistry and quality of groundwater; exploration methods for groundwater; drilling methods and well testing equipment; assessment of groundwater problems, both supply and quality; and introduction to modelling of groundwater systems. Groundwater resources of Australia and current issues associated with these resources are covered. This unit builds on knowledge of soil and water chemistry from “Soils” and “Environmental pollution”. Through working on real world assessment tasks, you will learn how to collect, analyse and interpret groundwater data. These skills will prepare you for any role where groundwater may be encountered (including government, industry and consulting roles).
This unit encourages spatial thinking by introducing geographic information sources, presentation and basic spatial data collection skills. It explores real world applications of geographical information technologies including GIS, remote sensing and global positioning system for scientific understanding of the environment. It builds on knowledge and skills from Ecosystems and the Environment (EVB102) or Earth Systems (ERB101) from first year.
This unit provides a theoretical and practical introduction into geographic information systems and science that incorporates modern processes of acquisition, manipulation, validation, storage, extraction, analysis, modelling and presentation of spatial information.
This Unit provides an introduction to Earth observation using remote sensing that includes properties of the basic resolutions of remote sensing, and interaction of the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) with different features and phenomena. The technology and science that allow data collection, calibration and analysis are covered using a range of satellite and sub-orbital imagery sources. Students develop digital image processing and classification workflows to prepare and present geospatial information products with quantified accuracy. Students also develop and demonstrate their ability to use spectrophotometers, active remote sensing platforms and modern digital photogrammetry workflows. Students will be able to accurately use and create remotely sensed information products suitable to other geospatial and environmental applications. This Unit applies theoretical concepts to develop basic remote sensing skills suited to a range of environmental and development related fields.
Spatial Analysis is a rapidly evolving area of expertise aiming at using analytic approaches for describing spatial distributions and patterns, and analysing relationships of geographic features. This unit builds on EVB211 - Geographic Information Systems and Science, to further develop your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in spatial analysis as a support for decision-making and for spatial planning in different applied disciplines. Upon completing this unit you will demonstrate intermediate-advanced skills in acquiring, extracting, storing, analysing, modelling and presenting spatial information in a GIS environment and some knowledge of spatial analysis in R.
This unit deals with major problems of pollution of water, the land surface and the atmosphere. It covers processes responsible for the occurrence and release of pollutants in the environment, dispersion mechanisms, the hazards associated with different types of pollutant, accumulation of toxic substances, and procedures for the reduction of emissions and remediation of contaminated environments. It applies your learning from the Quantitative Skills in Environmental Science unit, EVB202 to assess and report on environmental pollution.
This capstone unit requires you to think critically about an important problem in environmental science and to integrate the knowledge gained through earlier units to provide an effective solution. You will identify and research a real world environmental problem, apply your knowledge of quantitative techniques and experimental design and think critically to address the problem and provide an answer to the research question posed. Through critical analysis and reflection on your work and that of your peers, you will gain a deeper understanding of the scientific method and its application to environmental science.
This unit will provide you with grounding in soil science and its application to environmental soil analysis and management, the importance of soil for ecosystem function in a changing environment, and the critical role of soils in the context of climate change. The unit links biological, ecological and geological systems and contributes to your understanding of the complexity of environmental systems in general.
This unit builds on the gentle introduction to programming provided in IFB104 or MZB126. In those units students learn how algorithms are constructed by combining the logical structures of Sequence, Selection and Iteration. Students also learn how functions can be used to abstract and reuse sections of code. These concepts are reinforced in this unit and extended with additional applications of abstraction necessary to combat complexity when building larger systems. Object-oriented principles are introduced where the program is structured around classes of objects that are identified from the real-world providing a high-level architecture that is better able to stand the test of time as requirements evolve throughout the lifetime of the system. This unit provides the foundation for the other more advanced and specialized programming 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 unit provides the mathematical background necessary for understanding, analysing, modelling and evaluating computer-based systems and problems. You will learn how to use mathematical notation and concepts to model problems in computer science, to apply standard solutions to a wide variety of problems, and to communicate precisely with other professionals. This material is especially important for later understanding of data structures, algorithms (CAB301), and theoretical models of computing (CAB403).
This is a human-computer interaction unit focussed on user experience research to inform the implementation of interactive technologies, like mobile applications, web services and games. It introduces user experience methods to study people’s needs in a real-world context, and to evaluate the usability and experience with technologies. This unit is important to inform the design and development of technologies that meet the needs of people who are going to use them and the context within which they will be used. A stronger understanding of people, context and technology will provide students with an edge in the market place for jobs such as interaction designers, usability engineers, game designers, app developers, information architects, and user experience designers. This unit builds on the design thinking skills developed in IFB103, and it provides the foundation for advanced interaction design skills through unit CAB310.
This unit teaches you the fundamental principles used to assess the efficiency of software algorithms, allowing you to distinguish solutions that can process large amounts of data or perform complex calculations effectively from those that run unacceptably slowly or not at all. In this unit you will examine a range of different algorithm types, review the principles used to predict their efficiency and perform empirical measurements of specific algorithms to confirm the theoretical predictions.
This unit teaches you how to work effectively in a team to develop large-scale software systems. It includes principles of teamwork, modern software development methodologies and tools that are needed when working in a team on a large project.
Building on your digital systems knowledge, you will be introduced to practical and theoretical knowledge on a wide range of modern networking topics to be able to design, implement and maintain network-based applications. You will participate in practical networking exercises to provide hands-on experience with network-based computing.
Human centred design is investigated from theoretical and practical perspectives. This unit extends on the fundamental human-centred view of technology to explore theories and design approaches for particular kinds of interactions, relations and technologies. We will explore interactional stances (e.g. embodied interaction, persuasive technology, game interaction, mobile interaction), emerging human-technology relations (e.g. technology in developing countries, interaction with the internet of things, human-robot interaction), and holistic service approaches (service design, experience design). Methods that respond to the particular interaction/technology context are explored. Methods and philosophical perspectives on engaging participation from stakeholders in design are investigated. The co-evolution of interaction and technology is explored from a historical perspective to inform and examine current and future human-computer interaction approaches. Students will develop an innovative interaction/experience design and construct a theory of interaction that they will then test.
This unit introduces you to the basics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) ranging from Intelligent Search techniques to Machine Learning. It lays the foundations for further studies in Games, Robotics, Pattern Recognition, Information Retrieval, Data Mining and Intelligent Web Agents.
Data analytics has become a popular way to support decision-making by turning an organization's large collection of data into useful knowledge about their customers and business processes. Data analytics has direct applications in several fields such as social networks, business processes, search-engines, e-commerce, digital libraries, bioinformatics and web information systems. This unit provide fundamental knowledge and skills of data analytics to help with data-driven decision making. You will learn the different types of data mining techniques to apply classification, clustering and association mining. You will learn how the processing can be applied to text and web usage data. This is an introductory unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to all IT professionals. It builds on CAB220 - Fundamentals of Data Science which introduces the basic concepts of data manipulation.
Proliferation of Internet technology allows users to access information and services from everywhere at anytime. Unfortunately, the price users have to pay is an increased risk that their sensitive information is going to be intercepted by an adversary who may use it and violate users' privacy or/and to impersonate them. This unit investigates advanced topics in Cryptography. It exposes students to tools that can be used to provide security in increasingly insecure Internet environment.
Building on your skills in "sequential" programming, this unit teaches you the tools and techniques needed to exploit multi-processor computer systems to achieve dramatic performance improvements for computationally intensive problems. This unit gives you both an understanding of why future computer hardware will be increasingly parallel, the challenges this poses for software development as well as a set of practical skills in creating high-performance programs using today's best tools and techniques.
This advanced unit exposes you to special-purpose programming languages that operate under different paradigms than the conventional "imperative" languages you have used in the course so far. A paradigm is a distinct set of concepts and pattern of thinking. The way software developers think and express themselves is profoundly influenced by the programming paradigm that they adopt. A variety of different programming paradigms have been developed over the years, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. This unit will expose you to new ways of thinking about and expressing software solutions. It will explore advanced programming language constructs, principles for the sound design of new languages and how they evolve. We take a look under the covers, and remove the "magic" by exploring how high level programming languages are practically implemented and ultimately executed as machine code on contemporary hardware. The unit provides both a deep theoretical foundation for programming languages by abstracting them to basic mathematical forms as well as showcasing practical application of those advanced principles for software development in the real world.
This unit uses operating system concepts to teach the foundations of systems programming and advanced concepts for producing software that provides services to computer hardware. Through this study you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the principles and techniques of process management, memory and file management, data protection, and distributed systems. It discusses the concepts, structure and mechanisms of modern operating systems for systems programming, e.g., processes, concurrency, storage management, and so on. It also looks at distributed systems and security issues that are required to support systems programming. It builds upon the low level programming concepts introduced in CAB202: Microprocessors and Digital Systems.
Machine learning concerns the construction and study of systems that can learn from data by generalizing from examples. This approach is often feasible and cost-effective when traditional programming is not. 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.
The ever increasing variety (values, raw text, sensors, etc.) and volume of data available, together with recent advances on standards to describe and organise data (e.g. semantic web, relational databases, noSQL) brings both new opportunities and challenges for innovation. In particular, data integration can lead to a better understanding of business processes, increased security of systems and improved decision making. The challenges lie in selecting the data, transforming the data in a way that computers can deal with, and also organise the data in a scalable manner in order to provide powerful visualisations of important phenomena. The unit will start with the principles of data warehouse and data visualizations with OLAP (on- line analytical processing). The students will then be exposed to information extraction techniques meant for non-relational data using NoSQL and others.
This unit aims to equip you with a solid foundation in a broad range of topics that are required in order to effectively design, develop and improve Web search and text analysis systems. Through this study, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the principles and techniques of Web search, information retriveal, information filtering, text classification and topic modelling.
Cloud Computing is among the most important developments in the IT industry in recent years, and one which has received enormous attention. Cloud is a natural progression from earlier trends in service and infrastructure outsourcing and virtualisation, but is distinguished by its elasticity and scale: service and infrastructure provisioning may change rapidly in response to variations in demand, allowing clients to cater for unexpected spikes in load without tying up capital in expensive and potentially underutilised assets. Cloud services and technologies are becoming increasingly diverse and sophisticated, moving rapidly from the initial, 'bare metal' offerings of a few years ago, and providing a rich set of options and APIs. This unit provides a technically oriented introduction to Cloud Computing, giving you experience in developing modern cloud applications and deploying them to the public clouds of the major vendors.
Computer networks are essential for the running of organisations today. To ensure the effective and efficient operation of computer networks, they need to be administered and managed by competent technical people. This unit introduces the theory and practical aspects of network administration, management and security policies in an environment (Unix or Linux) commonly used in industry. It includes aspects of system administration relevant to networking.
As a system administrator or information security professional you are expected to have an in depth understanding of the vulnerabilities and threats that system services under your protection may be exposed to. As a result it is important that you are familiar with system exploitation techniques and tools that may be used against your system services and applications. This knowledge and skill will allow you to better defend your system services and applications.This advanced unit will discuss security design principles that produce secure networks and applications. This unit will also introduce techniques and tools that demonstrate how to secure systems as well as to exploit system services and applications so that you are aware of the impact of insecure systems.This unit is considered an advanced networking unit with no following units.
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.
This unit is an introduction to applied electronic circuit design. It will provide you with experience and confidence to draw upon theory, literature and CAD tools to synthesise electronic circuit designs to solve real world problems. In this unit you will complete two practical projects (individually and as part of a team) to design, build, evaluate and document simple electronic circuits.
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 the unit's major concepts.
Aircraft systems and flight introduces you to aircraft systems and the principles of flight. Utilising the skills and knowledge you acquired in Introductory Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Computation, this unit introduces the principles of flight through aerodynamics, examines the systems on an aircraft with a particular focus on aircraft avionics, and examines the regulatory and air management environment in which aircraft operate. Your skill and knowledge in this area will be further advanced in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems unit.
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. 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.
Detailed design and realisation of typical electronic subsystems used in all areas of electrical and electronic systems engineering. The unit enhances the student's ability in solving complex engineering problems. The design builds on the theoretical knowledge gained in other units. The student is required to write a detailed technical report and also give an oral presentation on her/his design.
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.
This intermediate unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application of design concepts introduced in electronic design. This unit focuses on experimental design. Using a systems engineering approach, this unit aims to replicate industry or government systems engineering practices as closely as possible.by providing the opportunity for you to work on an aircraft concept. Working in teams you will start from a basic need and opportunity description, identify customers, formulate a basic business case, establish a basic concept of operations, develop the system requirements, generate concepts, conduct trade studies and determine the most promising aircraft design, and pursue a conceptual design of the systems. This will provide you with the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to undertake the capstone projects.
This unit extends the robotic concepts introduced in Introduction to Robotics and introduces you to the components, systems and mathematical foundations of mobile robots. The unit introduces the fundamental approaches and techniques which enable modern mobile robots to usefully and safely navigate an environment to perform useful tasks. The unit encourages critical thinking about the use of robotic technologies in various applications, and emphasizes the practical application of robotic theory to the design and synthesis of mobile robotic systems that can understand their environment and plan their actions accordingly.
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 system consists of various components from generation transmission and distribution. Power system modelling helps to simulate these components appropriately and plan the system operation for reliable distribution of electricity to the customers. This unit includes discussion about industry practices in load flow, fault calculations, protection and planning.
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 Process .
Telecommunication serves as an enabling technology for many industrial applications such as sensor networks, smart grid and remote health services. Relevant concepts include cellular planning, traffic engineering, transmission systems such as cellular networks and optical fibre and error control in communications networks. This unit focuses on various standard and components of advanced communication systems. This unit builds on prior knowledge of telecommunications and signal processing fundamentals.
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 unit presents the principles of modern sensors and navigation approaches for autonomous systems moving in a 2 and 3 dimensional world. It introduces the student to the systems common to most autonomous vehicles with focus on those that deal with perception, path planning and navigation. Specific emphasis is placed upon multisensory navigation and its integration with vehicle guidance.
Power processing or energy conversion can be considered as one of the major applications of electronics in industrial applications. A broad understanding of basic 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. This background will be beneficial for all electrical engineering disciplines. You will learn the basic characteristics of power semiconductor switches and how to modulate, protect and apply them in DC-DC, AC-DC and DC-AC power converter circuits.
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.
The aim of this unit is to provide you with a deep understanding of the advanced technical issues pertaining to the management of organisational networks of various sizes. You will use the Unix environment as the learning platform for attaining additional technical skills and for the enhancement of existing problem solving skills necessary to be a successful network administrator or manager.
We are increasingly dependent on IT systems, often interconnected, for storage and transmission of information. However, there are many threats to information security. This unit will provide an in-depth understanding of modern cryptographic algorithms and their application to provide practical security services such as confidentiality, integrity assurance and authentication of entities. These services are important in addressing the security of information, particularly in networked systems; including IT networks, web services, and mobile and wireless systems. This unit will investigate the application of cryptographic techniques to protect information in modern network security scenarios.
Computer system security is comprised of policies, processes and methods that apply to operating systems, services, tools and applications on computer systems for the purpose of preventing or limiting the effect of an attack. This unit provides an overall understanding of malware analysis techniques, digital forensics and penetration testing methods which can be used for securing a computer system. It provides you with unique opportunities to build and practise a complex security techniques to detect and mitigate an attack or to perform forensics analysis on a compromised system. It encompasses analysis and problem-solving skills for developing solutions by synthesising a variety of methods using a collaborative approach. This advanced unit is available to network and security majors. It builds on the concepts introduced in IFN511. Together with IFN642, this unit provides the opportunity to build and evaluate security solutions for small to large scale networked computer systems.
This advanced unit provides an understanding of the principles and techniques underlying the development of information storage and retrieval solutions to some of the varied and complex problems that involve heterogeneity of data (structured, unstructured, text, image, etc.), with very large amounts of data. It covers advanced structures for the representation of data for efficient representation, storage and retrieval that are imposed by modern systems, and practical experience of using tools and programming to solve real-world problems. This unit is motivated by the ubiquity of unstructured data in search engines, social networks, messaging, etc., for which it provides to future professionals and researchers in computer science and data science complimentary approaches to traditional systems. This advanced unit builds on a solid understanding of data structures and algorithms (IFN501), as well as an appreciation for mathematical models of data in multi-dimensional spaces (IFN509).
This unit introduces the theory underlying computer programming language implementations. It explains how human-readable computer program code is translated into machine-executable instructions, and thereby helps understand the rationale for the design of various programming language features, the commonality between such languages, and the functions and limitations of program development environments.
Artificial intelligence aims to develop computer systems 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 computational solutions to complex problems and also some insight on the theoretical foundations of the techniques.
Theories and frameworks help us to understand how people interact with computers and devices and with other people. In particular, theories that are well grounded in studies of the contexts and cultures of human interaction give us ideas for how to design for those contexts and cultures. This unit introduces various theories and frameworks of human-computer interaction and recognizes the significance of theory for designing human-computer interaction. You will critically discuss and evaluate human-computer interaction theories. You will establish a reflective practice of observation, questioning, design intervention and evaluation. This practice will support you to use human-computer interaction theories in the workplace to support effective work and to guide effective user-centred design and research.
The unit builds upon theories of human-computer interaction, game design and psychology in the development of technology designed to change attitudes and behaviours through persuasion and social influence. The unit focuses on gamification (i.e. the application of game elements and game design techniques to non-game problems) as a mechanism for addressing business and social challenges.
In this unit you will engage in the tasks that designers and developers carry out in order to create engaging game experiences. You will apply your emerging discipline expertise, as well as explore different game development roles, to create Mini Games that utilise simple game mechanics and rules.
In Game Studio 2 you will develop a digital game-based experience to meet a defined project brief. Game Studio units are fundamental to the BGIE, and focus on the integration of design principles with practical development skills. In many contexts, game designers and developers work towards a predefined design brief, and in this unit you will build a game to meet the requirements set by an industry partner. You will work in teams to create this interactive experience, applying your discipline expertise and emerging project management skills. You will employ an agile development process that allows for evaluation of the emerging product. The processes employed throughout the unit will extend your understanding of industry practices, allowing you to develop the professional and interpersonal skills required to succeed within this profession.
It is crucial that a game designer understands how to create a game world, the rules that govern game play and other high level design tasks, as the result of these activities can determine whether the player finds the game enjoyable or not. This unit provides an introduction to game design, by starting with high level conceptual design tasks before moving to more concrete tasks. You will develop practical and theoretical knowledge of game design issues such as: how game systems work, how to define rules for the world, and how to balance the rules to ensure enjoyable game play. At the end of the unit, students will have worked individually and in a small project team to demonstrate their understanding of these concepts. In this unit you will analyse relevant theory, create a design document, build a prototype and undertake playtesting.
This unit will introduce you to the mathematics for computer graphics and games. Instead of just teaching mathematics, this unit focuses on taking mathematical theory and learning to program small examples in a game engine. The core parts of any game engine are the mathematical representations and algorithms. This unit will give you a basic understanding of the mathematics behind 3D graphics and games and the ability to apply the theory to solve problems in game engine development and software development in related areas. The unit is placed early in the course in order to provide you with foundation knowledge and skills for programming and using 3D game engines. It is a pre-requisite for following advanced units that will build on these skills to provide you with enough knowledge to develop your own game engine and to have a deeper insight into popular commercial engines and tools used in the course.
Level design is a critical, key component to any video game, no matter how abstract or realistic. It is crucial that a level designer has the ability to lay out levels, construct levels within game engines, plan gameplay scenarios and place non-player characters. This unit will help students develop these abilities as well as skills such as building terrain, building architecture and spaces, balancing gameplay, integrating narrative elements and goals, playtesting and implementing iterative design improvements, designing lighting and atmospheric effects and other genre-specific level design skills. Students are expected to have some degree of high level game design skills and preliminary scripting abilities for this unit.
Modern game engines are a complex combination of multiple technologies. This unit will extend your knowledge of game programming by providing you with theory and practice in using advanced engine technology elements such as geometry manipulation and real time rendering techniques. Game engines simulate physics to provide a basis for the development of game worlds. This unit will give you a thorough understanding of the mathematics behind these visual simulation components and the ability to solve problems in related game engine development. The unit is placed later in the course to provide you with advanced knowledge and skills for programming 3D game engines, in conjunction with IGB383 AI for Games. The theory and skills learned in this unit will help you create a high quality game in your capstone project units IGB300 and IGB301.
The aim of this unit is to provide students with an intermediate to advanced level course in computer game AI, involving computational approaches to solving a wide range of problems in the interactive entertainment and game industries.
In this unit you will combine the knowledge and skills you have developed so far to complete a significant systems development exercise in a team environment. You will extend your ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others from myriad backgrounds, leveraging the different knowledge and skills available in your team, to design and develop solutions that meet real world requirements. The unit will cover topics of IT management and governance.
Whether you are launching an internet start-up or advising your company on how to embark on a successful technical direction you need to have an understanding of the basic business building blocks to enable your decision making and interact with the other (non-IT) people involved. This unit will help you to explore these necessary business practices and concepts by engaging you in the development IT business initiatives which are primarily internet-based. By considering case studies, you will learn a practical approach to developing IT business initiatives. The concepts include business models, revenue models, digital marketing, and digital strategy.
Introduce you to the role, knowledge, skills and techniques required of a business analyst. This unit focuses on the tools and methods used by a business analyst, as well as the soft skills such as creativity and communication, all of which are critical to successful business requirements analysis.
This unit provides you the opportunity to explore the latest and emerging mobile and ubiquitous technologies, critically review real case studies, expand your awareness of interconnections between technologies, networks and user contexts and design a solution to a smart IT context problem. Using compelling concrete case studies, including personalised health, connected health, smart transport, connected home applications, smart cities, smart buildings, smart farms, and smart manufacturing, you will learn the components of a mobile ubiquitous system and design a technical solution meeting the information needs of specific key user in a specific context.
Configuration is a critical step of ES implementation. Configuring an Enterprise System is largely a matter of balancing the way the organisation wants the system to work with the way it was designed to work, as per the business requirements of the organisation. Configuring an Enterprise System is completed through the in-built changeable parameters that modify system operation. For example, an organisation can select the type of inventory accounting to use, whether to recognise revenue by geographical unit, product line, or distribution channel and whether to pay for shipping costs when a customer returns a purchase
Social technologies are changing the way we work, learn and play. This unit takes a hands-on approach to learning and encourages you to play with social technologies. You will critically explore a range of established, new and emerging social technologies, and how they can be used in different contexts. You will explore how people experience social media and consider your own professional and personal identities and how these are related in an increasingly hyper-connected world. The unit explores the complex social, political, legal, economic and ethical issues related to use of social technologies in everyday life. It also introduces you to the role of social technologies in education, lifelong learning, business, and society more generally.
The effective use of data to address business concerns is accepted as a critical success factor for small, medium and large enterprises alike. Data Analytics is central to contemporary approaches to Information Systems (IS) Architecture, contributing to the modelling of information for the purpose of addressing key business problems. In this unit you will draw on your knowledge and skills learnt in the core units Building IT Systems (IFB104) and Database Management (IFB105) to learn how to problem solve with data for the purposes of extracting business insight. Through the practical sessions you will explore the relationship between common business concerns and the data and analytics that can be used to address them, developing the skills to use a range of analytics techniques with a variety of data. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to present analytics in a meaningful way for business use. Through the lectures, you will be able to increase your understanding of different kinds of data, their importance to business, and why certain analytical and visualisation techniques can be used.
This unit covers the essential activities in information systems lifecycle management. An important role of business analysts and IT managers is to analyse and understand business strategies, capabilities, and objectives to define, select, and implement information systems within organizations to achieve their organizational objectives. This unit provides students with skills and knowledge related to information systems definition, acquisition, development, integration, transformation, implementation, and maintenance within organisations. This unit will expand skills in analysing and designing an IT system from IFB103 Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design and their information systems modelling knowledge from IAB201 Modelling Techniques for Information Systems by introducing how information systems can be incorporated with business models, processes and strategic business needs. Skills learned in this unit will be utilised and further developed in IAB301 Enterprise Architecture.
This unit fosters developing process analysis, improvement, and design skills of students. These skills and capabilities will prepare you to undertake the digital transformation challenges of today’s organisations. You will understand and apply a variety of methods, tools, techniques, and approaches for organisational-wide process improvement initiatives. You will be exposed to a robust selection of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques as well as key process redesign paradigms used in the industry. This will involve developing your knowledge and expertise in different process improvement methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma and Process Reengineering using a hands-on teaching approach with real-life case studies to enable authentic learning outcomes.
Whether you will be a business analyst, a process owner, a solution architect or a software engineer, it is essential that you understand the principles and value of business process automation, in order to fully realise the benefits of Business Process Management. This unit introduces the fundamentals of "business process automation”. You will learn how to develop an executable business process based on a business-oriented process model. You will practice how to automate an executable process using a business process management system (BPMS) and how to monitor its progress. The unit further presents various post-execution techniques for analysing the behaviour of automated processes. The hands-on approach allows students to design, control and analyse automated business processes using a variety of well-known business process technologies.
Mobile, tablet and wearable devices are the emerging computing platforms, resulting in a high demand for creative developers to build innovative cross platform applications, and given the variety of platforms there is a major skills shortage. This unit aims to provide the theoretical and technical knowledge and skills to design, develop, and publish mobile apps. You will extend your design and development skills by working collaboratively in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams to acquire a solid practical foundation for the design and development of innovative mobile and pervasive systems.
Organisations invest substantial resources in acquiring enterprise systems from vendors such as SAP and Oracle, presumably expecting positive impacts to the organisation and its functions. Despite the optimistic objectives, failure of enterprise systems to attain benefits is common. This unit provides the knowledge and skills into how to successfully manage enterprise systems projects throughout their entire lifecycle, from acquisition to use to retirement. Drawing on real-life case studies, concepts related to requirements analysis, implementation strategy, training, knowledge management, and change management will be discussed throughout the unit. The knowledge and skills taught in this unit are relevant for anyone pursuing a career involving the management of large IT projects.
This unit covers Enterprise Architecture (EA) theory and practice, concerning the ways in which business and IT systems are planned and designed using modelling techniques. EA focuses on organizational capability maps, which reflect what businesses do, independent of business. The techniques for capturing different artefacts at business and IT levels relevant to systems planning will include business services, processes, information and resources. Students will be taught how to develop a multi-layered EA based on state-of-the-art modelling techniques in TOGAF Archimate and UML. Importantly, this unit extends your knowledge and skills to model, design and problem and pursue careers in EA, modelling, design and solution architecture of individual systems. The unit links to and extends learning from previous units in Data and Information Management and Process Modelling.
You will gain an appreciation of the management of consulting practices and an understanding of the consulting sector generally. Having developed business requirements analysis skills in IAB305 to identify systems problems or opportunities and specify solution-approaches, Business Analysts and other IT professionals must be able to convincingly communicate these (problems, opportunities, requirements, solution-approach) to managers, colleagues and clients in the form of a proposal. The development and promotion of such proposals is a core activity in contemporary projectised organisations, and is the mainstay of IT consulting firms.
In your information technology career, you will participate in and then lead project teams that are expected to deliver real benefits to stakeholders. This unit builds on your previous studies of earlier units to define a high-level solution by using a range of approaches of project management methodologies and frameworks. You will enhance your learning of these approaches (Agile, PRINCE2 etc.) by practicing it collaboratively with other students. To be successful in a complex environment, you need to employ appropriate project management strategies, tools and techniques for a given context. This unit provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable you to effectively manage your project in the IFB398 Capstone Project (Phase 1) and IFB399 Capstone Project (Phase 2) and to be prepared for a project environment in industry.
As a professional, regardless of your discipline or context, you will be required to gather the best available evidence to make decisions, solve problems, establish best practice, as well as innovate and develop creative solutions. This unit will equip you with knowledge of the research skills and practices in order to master these capabilities. This unit will develop your understanding and higher-order thinking related to the key concepts, principles, methodologies and skills required in the application of research within academic and professional settings.
Business Process Analytics introduces you to a number of state-of-the-art business process intelligence techniques that can be used at various phrases of a business process management life cycle. In particular, the unit focuses on techniques that can be applied as a prelude to process execution as well as techniques that can be used to analyse historical process data. You will be exposed to a set of tools, techniques and methods to analyse different perspectives of business processes. This unit builds upon the foundational knowledge gained from the Fundamentals of BPM unit and showcases advanced techniques in process-oriented data mining and their applications in various domains to improve processes.
This unit introduces the Lean Six Sigma methodology for improving Business Processes. You will learn how to combine statistical analysis techniques from Six Sigma with the principles of Lean Management, and apply these in the context of a Business Process Management (BPM) initiative. Hands-on case studies will provide you with direct exposure to common process issues that can be fixed through the application of Lean Six Sigma. The goal of this unit is to broaden and deepen your knowledge about different process improvement methodologies and their application to real-world business problems.
This unit will provide an overview about all factors that impact the enterprise-wide deployment of Business Process Management (BPM). The unit will follow the six factors of a BPM maturity model and cover the impact of emerging technologies in the design and management of business processes.
Smart phones, smart watches, and wearable sensors are commonplace with most adults in the OECD countries having multiple devices. Machines and components of machines are now equipped with 'intelligence', allowing machine to machine, machine to person and machine to computer connection. We live and work in the Internet of Things that can automate or support context aware processes, creating the Internet of Everything. This unit prepares you for this environment and develops your skills in designing products and applications that use these mobile and pervasive systems including sensors and smart devices. It provides a broad overview of pervasive computing, communication and security technologies. You will analyse real systems to understand and critically evaluate their design and you will analyse real-life problems and, develop innovative solutions to a problems found in domains such as transport, health, buildings, and defence. This advanced unit serves as a stepping stone to further specialised graduate studies in networks, security, data sciences, computer science and user experience and can be the basis for a project (IFN701 or IFN702).
IFN663 is an advanced unit on Enterprise Architecture (EA). The unit looks into the ways in which business and IT systems are planned using modelling techniques. It introduces how business and IT aligns and supports the scoping of IT solution architectures of individual systems and principles of enterprise architecture. It covers how to develop a multi-layered EA based on state-of-the-art modelling techniques in TOGAF Archimate and UML and provides skills for IT professional and senior roles. The unit builds upon pre-requisite knowledge from IFN500 Design Thinking for IT. Units such as IFN662 Enterprise Systems and Applications are highly related to this unit.
This unit will help you develop leadership and project management skills to successfully lead teams in complex and changing environments. The majority of information technology (IT) and organisational change initiatives, such as systems developments and implementations are introduced into organizations through projects, and the success of these projects depends on their effective management. This unit introduces you to a range of traditional and contemporary approaches including Agile and PRINCE2 and develops skills to select which approach is best suited for the particular project and its context. Agile project management will be covered in-depth as an example of a contemporary approach to project management. Agile project management values, principles, and practices that you learn in this unit are transferable to other project management approaches.
This unit provides you with the essential grounding in mathematical and statistical concepts, methods and analysis of data used in units you will encounter later in your course, and relevant to medical science laboratory data and situations in pharmacy, vision science, biomedical science and medical science.
This unit introduces you to techniques of computation and simulation across a range of application areas in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Computation and simulation are cornerstones of modern practice across STEM; practitioners skilled in these areas can explore behaviours of real-world systems that would be impractical or impossible to undertake using only theoretical or experimental means. In this introductory unit, you will develop your computation and simulation skills through individual and collaborative problem-solving activities. Further exploration is available through the faculty-wide second major or minor in Computational and Simulation Science.
The main aim of this unit, which is intended for students majoring in mathematics and students in other courses who require the foundations of linear algebra, is to develop the theory of linear algebra and to provide you with the necessary skills to apply this theory in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It seeks to foster an appreciation of the historical development and the value of the principles and methods presented. You will also be well prepared for later studies in computational mathematics.
Advanced calculus is fundamental to the study of applied mathematics and related quantitative disciplines such as physics, physical chemistry and engineering. This unit introduces you to new skills and methodologies in multivariable and vector calculus that are essential to the study of science, technology and engineering, and it also provides you with the necessary background to go on to more advanced study in applied mathematics, such as partial differential equations and advanced mathematical modelling. This unit builds on your introductory calculus and linear algebra skills developed in MXB105 Calculus and Differential Equations and MXB106 Linear Algebra, and will further develop your ability to decompose complex problems into smaller components, resolve these smaller components and hence solve the original problem.
This unit builds on your earlier studies of differential equations to consider how such models are constructed, how to obtain analytical solutions to these equations, and how to analyse and interpret the dynamical and long-term behaviour of such models to gain insight into real-world processes.
This is a foundational unit for Computational Mathematics. It introduces the design and implementation of mathematical models that can then be solved using techniques in Computational Mathematics. These techniques will be analysed for important properties such as efficiency, stability, convergence and error. The main topics that will be covered include: finite difference methods for models of heat diffusion in two dimensions; direct and iterative methods for linear systems; efficient storage of data; fast Fourier transforms; numerical integration; numerical methods for ordinary differential equations.
Operations research (OR) techniques are used in industries that apply scientific methods in decision making, especially for the allocation of limited resources. These industries need graduates who can apply techniques from mathematical modelling, statistical analysis, and mathematical optimization to decide how to best solve a particular problem using appropriate computer software packages. Building on earlier studies in mathematical modelling, this unit develops a number of basic OR techniques to solve generic problems and studies the theoretical foundations of these techniques. You will learn to apply various OR methods, algorithms and techniques in the solution of practical, real-world problems. This unit leads to study of more advanced OR problem solving techniques in 3rd year. Topics covered include: The general nature of OR, fundamentals of linear programming, network analysis, project scheduling, transportation problems, transhipment problems and assignment problems.
It is important to develop skills and knowledge in both statistics and mathematics. Building on the methodology and skills developed in previous studies in probability and stochastic modelling, this unit provides you with formal statistical tools such as stochastic process models and statistical methods for theoretical and applied development. These methods are useful in a wide range of areas, from communication systems and networks to traffic to law to biology to financial analysis, and link with other modern areas of mathematics. This unit will provide opportunities to learn how to build statistical models of real world processes, acknowledging the assumptions inherent in selected models. The skills developed in this unit will be integral in the understanding of material throughout your studies in statistics and mathematical modelling.
This unit is intended for students who have completed foundation studies in statistics and who wish to develop further skills in applied information analysis. Its exploration of regression, including consideration of covariates, model selection, sampling theory and experimental design will be of interest to students undertaking the mathematics course as well as students in other disciplines who need to quantitatively summarise and analyse data and/or collect data through controlled experiments. The focus is on the application of the theoretical building blocks that are constructed as part of the unit and this is enhanced by the introduction to and extensive use of mathematical and statistical software packages such as the R-package. The unit leads to further study for students who wish to obtain a strong background in applied information analysis.
With the rapid development in both computing hardware and its application to advanced scientific problems that require computational solutions, there is a need for IT, Maths and Science students to have a practical understanding of Computational and Simulation Science. This unit aims to provide you with the knowledge to apply computational simulation techniques in a selection of application areas where the scientific problems are characterised by widely varying scales, both in space and time. You will use relevant programming softwares to develop and implement simulation algorithms together with analysis of resulting data using multi-dimensional visualisation techniques. You can further develop visualisation skills through units MXB262 Visualising Data and MXB362 Advanced Visualisation and Data Science, as well as extending your knowledge of computational science through the unit MXB361 Aspects of Computational Science.
This unit introduces students to data visualisation concepts and techniques, along with practical experience in the use of modern day data visualisation software tools to allow students to explore complex systems and dynamically visualise simulations. These skills can developed further in a later semester through an advanced visualisation unit (MXB362 Advanced Visualisation and Data Science).
Applied Transport Theory is the study of the exchange of mass, momentum and energy in physical systems. An understanding of the equations that govern these transport phenomena is fundamental to understanding how the physical world behaves. This unit builds upon knowledge you will have developed in studies of advanced calculus. You will learn how to derive equations from fundamental conservation laws and develop an understanding of the commonality between the equations. Furthermore, in deriving analytical solution techniques for these equations you will develop further skills in calculus and differential equations. Completion of this unit will prepare you for the final semester capstone project.
Previously you have discovered the power of differential equations for modelling real world processes. In this unit you will extend your capabilities to problems that simultaneously exhibit both spatial and temporal variation. Such problems can be described by partial differential equations. You will learn a variety of analytical solution techniques for these equations, which bring together many of the skills you have learned in earlier study of advanced calculus and ordinary differential equations. You will also learn the techniques of Fourier and complex analysis, which have applications far beyond the realm of differential equations.
Dynamical Systems is a term used to represent the analysis of time-varying systems. Such systems exhibit a variety of behaviours including exponential approaches to equilibrium states, periodic or oscillatory solutions, or unpredictable chaotic responses to simple inputs. The study of dynamical systems employs topological and function space concepts to provide the analytic structure to systems of nonlinear and linear ordinary differential equations, and as such forms the basis for the mathematical interpretation and understanding of numerous real-world systems. This unit is an exploration of the more technical aspects of the theory of solutions to systems of ordinary differential equations and as such builds on your prior understanding of such equations as done in, for instance, MXB221 Ordinary Differential Equations and MXB225 Modelling with Differential? Equations, while providing the support for the exploration of an exciting area of modern mathematics.
This capstone unit provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in applied and computational mathematics to simulate complex real-world problems. You will be presented with several real-world case studies, which will involve model formulation, examining the impact of varying model parameters, and formulating and presenting recommendations for the best course of action to take based on model predictions. Your previous learning in deriving and solving partial differential equations that describe transport phenomena will be extended to include numerical methods of solution. Combined with the computational expertise you have acquired over your degree, you will be able to formulate and solve these complex mathematical models using MATLAB.
Among the variety of differential equations encountered in applied mathematics, equations modelling the transport of quantities such as mass and energy are especially important. This unit significantly extends your repertoire by considering models with greater mathematical complexity than you have previously encountered, drawn from and representative of a variety of important real-world applications. Such complexity necessitates greater ingenuity in the analysis and solution of the governing equations, which will harness and extend your full knowledge of modelling with differential equations.
Advanced computational methods underpin essentially all modern computer simulations of complex real-world processes. This unit will significantly extend your toolset of computational methods, particularly for the solution of complex partial differential equation models of real phenomena. You will gain critical expertise and experience at building practical, efficient computer codes which will leverage advanced theoretical and algorithmic considerations that draw upon your full range of mathematical and computational knowledge and skills in linear algebra and calculus.
Throughout your course, you have been building your discipline skills and your understanding of contemporary industry practice. This capstone unit provides you with the opportunity to bring together the skills that you have developed throughout the applied and computational mathematics major, combining them in a coherent manner to solve a significant and relevant real-world problem from industry. Your experience will reflect the genuine practice of an applied mathematician in the workforce.
Operations research techniques are used in numerous industries and are critical for decision making. These industries need graduates who can apply techniques of mathematical modelling, statistical analysis, mathematical optimization and simulation and can implement these techniques using appropriate computer software packages. This unit will build upon the content of MXB232 by introducing more advanced “intermediate” level operations research methods and techniques. The topics addressed in this subject are vital in this field and are critical for advanced applications and studies in this field. Topics covered include: model building in mathematical programming, modelling language - OPL, integer programming and branch-and-bound method, introduction to inventory theory, dynamic programming; and computer solutions of advanced linear programming problems and their analysis.
This capstone unit provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in operations research to guide decision-making for complex real-world problems. You will be presented with several real-world case studies, which will involve defining the context, formulating the decision model, solving the model to determine optimal solutions, and performing sensitivity analysis. You will present recommendations for the best course of action to take based on your decision model to industry partners. Your previous learning in deriving and solving operations research problems in complex stochastic systems will be extended to include numerical solution. Combined with the operations research expertise you have acquired over your degree, you will be able to formulate and solve these complex decision problems using computational tools.
Operations research techniques are used in numerous industries and are critical for solving the complex decision problems that companies face. Production planning and scheduling optimisation in particular are some of the most challenging and useful application areas of operations research. This unit leverages core concepts of optimisation modelling introduced in earlier units, and introduces students to development and implementation of bespoke algorithms to solve challenging problems.
Throughout your course, you have been building your discipline skills and your understanding of contemporary industry practice. This capstone unit provides you with the opportunity to bring together the skills that you have developed throughout the operations research major, combining them in a coherent manner to solve a significant and relevant real-world problem from industry. Your experience will reflect the genuine practice of an applied mathematician in the workforce.
This unit introduces advanced statistical inference techniques that are important tools in describing data and developing models. Indeed, such methods are essential when drawing conclusions from a data generation process that is subject to random variability. The theoretical and computational inferential methodology will be developed through software packages such as MATLAB and the R-package. This unit provides the statistical basis for the honours and postgraduate units in statistics.
In an information society there is an increasing range and variety of workplaces in which data and statistical analyses are important in enabling good management and decision-making. This unit will introduce a range of statistical techniques in usage in a variety of disciplines including how to plan experiments, how to model survival data and also how to manage large data sets. This will provide you with the skills to analyse data sets from a variety of areas in industry and government, such as health science and marketing research, and to also critically evaluate procedures, methods and inferences. You will be exposed to a range of computing packages such as MATLAB and the R-package.
In many studies, observations can be correlated. For example, we often see temporal lingering effects over time in time series, or genetic effects in litters or repeated measures from patients in medical trials. This unit is about using statistical methodology to achieve efficient inference that appropriately takes into account dependencies in such datasets. Many examples and analysis using software such as R packages are involved.
This capstone unit for the Statistics major provides methods for investigating relationships between variables that arise in data from a variety of areas including science, technology and commerce. You will partake in independent and guided learning exercises, culminating in a project with an industry partner, to tackle common challenges encountered in applied data analysis. Technical skills in modelling and analysis of continuous, binary, count and categorical data will be developed in addition to software skills for their implementation. In conjunction with this, project management, teamwork and communication skills will also be developed and applied to solve a real world problem for the industry partner. The learning outcomes for MXB344 are critical for future studies of statistics and in present day roles of data science in industry and government.
Throughout your course, you have been building your discipline skills and your understanding of contemporary industry practice. This capstone unit provides you with the opportunity to bring together the skills that you have developed throughout the statistics major, combining them in a coherent manner to solve a significant and relevant real-world problem from industry. Your experience will reflect the genuine practice of a statistician in the workforce.
This unit comprises a number of computational science modules from a variety of disciplines within the Science and Engineering Faculty. It allows students to develop computational techniques applied to a selection of application areas such as computational statistics, computational chemistry, computational physics, computational biology, environmental science and machine-learning. This unit further develops your skills in computational problem-solving, building on work that may have been previously undertaken in MXB161 “Computational Explorations”, MXB261 “Modelling and Simulation Science”, and MXB262 “Visualising Data”.
Data visualisation is an essential element of modern computational and data science. It provides powerful tools for investigating, understanding, and communicating the large amounts of data that can be generated by computational simulations, scientific instruments, remote sensing, or the Internet of Things. The aim of this unit is to explore the issues, theories, and techniques of advanced data visualisation. This unit develops theoretical and practical understandings of the major directions and issues that confront the field. A selected number of advanced data visualisation techniques will be examined in detail through specific examples. The practicals will reinforce lecture content and extend your applied skills and knowledge in data visualisation, including specific methods. A focus of the unit is the development of real world data visualisation skills and experience, based on a major data visualisation case study.
This advanced level unit offers the opportunity to undertake an in-depth examination of an advanced topic to acquire expertise in a discipline area. The skills gained in this unit are developed and refined through activities relevant to the discipline and topic. Such skills are essential to effectively take your place as an emerging expert in your discipline area.
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