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.
Chemistry deals with the fundamental building blocks of our universe. An understanding of chemistry is essential to understanding our world and to addressing big challenges faced by our society. The knowledge and skills you will learn in this unit, complemented by CVB102 Chemical Structure and Reactivity, provide the broad foundation to progress to more specialised topics in analytical, inorganic, and physical chemistry.
Chemistry relates to all aspects of our lives. An understanding of chemistry is needed to make sense of our world and to address big challenges faced by our society. Together with its companion unit General Chemistry, this unit provides you with a foundation in the science of Chemistry. It builds on the fundamental scientific concepts and skills introduced in first semester. For Chemistry majors, it provides grounding in the sub-discipline of organic chemistry that you will encounter in second and third year. For students majoring in Biology, it provides the chemical framework necessary for the understanding of the behaviour of organic molecules in complex biological systems.
This unit introduces students to the underlying concepts of quality in testing and calibration for chemical instrumental or wet-chemical laboratory measurements. It introduces the student to the internationally-recognised quality framework of ISO/IEC 17025-2005 for testing and calibration in the context of a practical laboratory program which makes the connection between the theory and practice in a relevant manner. The understanding and skills in quality measurement are complemented by further related studies in introductory chemometrics, process analytical chemistry and laboratory automation, together with a practical/workshop program in these areas. The practicals and workshops give the student the opportunity to develop technical skills, analytical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills. For instance, practicals and workshops will demonstrate how near-infrared chemical measurements can be used to determine the octane number of fuels using chemometric-calibration techniques and, importantly, to define the quality of those measurements.
This unit focuses on technologies central to the modern chemical industry such as catalysis and zeolites. Catalysts are used in the manufacture of 90 % of all chemicals produced in the world today. As such, students will be introduced to the basic theories of catalysis and surface science. These theories will then be expanded into industrial practice by discussion of real world industries such as methanol, ammonia, formaldehyde and nitric acid synthesis. The drive towards the implementation of green chemistry will also be shown and the translation of “old chemistry” into modern sustainable processes illustrated.
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.
The widespread use of computers, mobile phones, PDAs, digital cameras, USB drives, the internet, etc in everyday activates result in mass amount of electronically stored information. The information may be related to unlawful activities and cyber space security. Finding, interpreting and presenting such digital evidence in a manner that is acceptable to the investigating authorities and the court system is complicated and requires special skills in digital evidence analysis. This unit aims at introducing core knowledge and hands-on experience in relation to this modern discipline of forensic practice. The unit will introduce the nature of the digital forensic evidence and the tools to find, analyze and interpret the electronic evidence.
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 you with an introduction to the basics of analytical testing, detection and identification of synthetic and natural bio-active substances that are frequently encountered in pharmaceutical, forensic and environmental industries. You will also be introduced to biomedical informatics as applied to the discovery of new diagnostic techniques. The unit will introduce modern instrumental analytical platforms such as spectroscopy, chromatography and immunoassay. The unit will also outline the internationally-recognised quality framework of ISO/IEC 17025 for testing and calibration, in the context of a practical laboratory program.
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 evidence arguably has become the most well-known type of forensic evidence, probably because it can be uniquely identifying and because it is the genetic blueprint of the human body. In addition, analytical toxicology has become an essential tool to identify some the conditions under which a crime was attempted. For these reasons, DNA and toxicology evidence have become a highly influential piece of the crime puzzle. In this unit students will be introduced to the concepts of DNA profiling and analytical toxicology and their applications in forensic case work. Students will develop the necessary skills for analysing and interpreting the DNA and toxicology evidences. Students will also 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.
The study of chemistry forms an important foundation for all students of the health sciences. The organisation of the human body begins with chemicals (atoms and molecules) making up its simplest or smallest scale level of organisation. 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 science with topics introduced and applied in a contextualised manner relevant to their disciplines. As part of your early biomedical science training, you need to explore the chemical composition of the human body and have an understanding of chemical processes relevant to biology. 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.
This unit immerses students in 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. An Earth System Science (ESS) approach is utilised to develop an understanding the Earth's systems and the interactions between these systems, energy systems and social, technological and economic systems. The unit incorporates identification, analysis and evaluation of existing, transitional and future energy systems, with a core focus on the optimisation of 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 global built environment consumes a very large percentage of the earth's resources and contributes significantly to air, land and water pollution. A lowcarbon environmentally sustainable future is dependent on the optimisation of energy efficiency and embedded renewable energy systems at a building and precinct level, requiring an integrated systems approach by all professions involved in the design, construction, operation and performance evaluation of our built environment. The aim of this unit is to guide you in an exploration of the fundamental concepts of energy use in buildings, the processes to determine energy service needs of domestic, industrial and commercial buildings and energy efficient and low carbon options for providing these services in both new and existing buildings. You will also learn tools and techniques for the evaluation, measurement, operation and optimisation of the subsystems, the building as an integrated system, and collections of buildings that form precincts and communities.
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 resource planning (ERP) systems integrate internal and external information across an entire organization, for example, embracing manufacturing, sales and service, customer relationship management, procurement, finance/accounting, maintenance, inventories and interacting with suppliers. The purpose of ERP is to facilitate the flow of information between all business functions inside the boundaries of the organization and manage effective connections to outside stakeholders. ERP activities can be automated by the use of an integrated software application. This unit is designed to equip you with advanced knowledge of various processes that are essential to running manufacturing and service organisations and how ERP integrates these various functions into one complete system to streamline processes and information across the entire organization. The central feature of all ERP systems is a shared database that supports multiple functions used by different business units. In practice, this means that employees in different divisions can rely on the same information for their specific needs.
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 instrument being used to make the measurement. The aim of this unit is to introduce you to the processes of making measurements and estimating, processing and interpreting the uncertainties involved with these measurements. To enable you to understand the physical parameters being measured and also the limits of the measuring instrument; the physics of mechanics, heat, sound and light will be introduced and explained.
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 introduces the philosophy, protocols and practices of safety in the medical and industrial physics fields and the minimisation of hazards associated with radiation, and laser techniques.
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 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 teach and extend knowledge and comprehension of Advanced Chemical Techniques and assess application of knowledge; and to provide the candidate with the appropriate theoretical and practical background, at an advanced level, necessary for the completion of a research program.
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.
This unit introduces you to the physics that affects the universe on a large scale, stretching from the edge of the observable universe down to the Earth’s atmosphere, and addresses the underlying physics of some of the big questions of our time, for example dark energy and global warming. The topics presented include gravity, special relativity, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics and form a foundation for a degree in physics. Theory will be complemented by practical exercises.
This unit introduces physics which affects the universe on a microscopic scale. The concepts and phenomena studied here, such as atomic and nuclear physics, physical optics and waves are fundamental to later studies. Theory will be complemented by practical exercises.
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 that the project will be completed on time within authorized cost and to the required quality standards. The aim of this unit is to provide the key concepts and foundation knowledge in project management, and to describe, clarify, and formalise project management process.
Cost is a major metric of a successful project management. This unit introduces the process of managing project cost which includes planning, estimating, budgeting, and controlling costs so that the project can be completed within the approved budget.
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 focuses on the skills and knowledge required for a Systems Thinking and Integration approach to project management as it relates to scope management, schedule management, quality management and risk management. Other concepts and techniques covered as part of this unit include the interface with other organisational systems, innovation and multiple business environments, health and safety and environmental management.
This unit will provide you with the fundamental skills and knowledge to appreciate the nature and role of human resources required to achieve outcomes critical for the success of a project. The unit will specifically focus on theoretical aspects of effectively managing individuals within project teams, leadership, motivation, conflict resolution, individual and cultural differences, communication and negotiation skills; and human resource legislation and ethics.
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, and provides a sense of identity as a construction management professional. Key concepts such as occupational health and safety, professional practice, ethics, information management and sustainability are explored. Recent developments in construction will be highlighted and the future of construction will be explored.
The choice of material and the reliance on the material being “fit for purpose” is essential to the success of any building project. This unit provides an introduction to building materials, such as rock, soil, timber, masonry, concrete and metal and forms the basic building blocks of subsequent units. We will cover the structural and non structural materials used in the construction process and focus on the basic properties, construction applications, behaviour, strength, durability, suitability, sustainability and limitations.
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.
Imagine what your future Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering career will be like. This unit 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. This unit occurs in the first year of your course to provide you with the foundational context in quantity surveying and cost engineering and relates in particular to units in measurement and cost planning and controls.
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. This unit builds upon the knowledge introduced in Imagine Planning and Design and Urban Analysis, and provides the theoretical foundation for application in studio type units in subsequent years. As a built environment professional you will need to develop a keen understanding of the socio-economic, demographic, physical, political, cultural and institutional factors that shape our cities. This unit will expose you 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. This unit aims to develop your knowledge and skills in understanding the growth and development of cities, using real-world examples.
This unit provides you with knowledge of and skills in land use planning and geographic information system (GIS) in an integrated way. This unit provides you with a balanced and clear introduction into the substantive domains of land use planning, one of the primary functions of planners. This unit builds on the academic skills learnt in UXH100 Design-thinking and Commication for the Built Environment, UXB131 Imagine Planning and Design and UXB132 - Urban Analysis.
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”?
This unit introduces you to the concepts of genetics and evolution and how they underpin all biological sciences. The unit focuses on how genetic variation and evolutionary processes, explain patterns of biological diversity. It develops a contextual framework for a broad understanding of Plant (BVB203), Animal Biology (BVB301) and Ecology (BVB204).
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.
Much of our current pharmacopia is derived from natural sources including plants, animals and bacteria. Using a collaborative approach in workshops and the laboratory, you will investigate the sources, uses and production of medicinally-active compounds of biological origin.
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. Hence, 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.
In EVB102 Ecosystems and the Environment you will focus on broad-scale factors that shape ecological systems to assess ecosystem change and human impacts on the environment. As well as providing an introduction to the science of ecology, this unit further develops foundation knowledge and skills developed through Semester 1, and prepares you for the exploration of global environmental issues.
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.
Information systems are increasingly used to store, process and exchange information, with most sectors of the economy dependent on electronic and often automated information systems. Information systems are vital, but also vulnerable. Information security is about protecting information and the systems that use, store and transmit it. This unit provides an introduction to information security, from the perspective of an IT user, including how to identify fundamental security issues with information systems ranging from single-user systems to those of large multinational organisations. It considers both technical and non-technical measures used to provide security for information systems, and examines guidelines on best practice implementation of information security measures.
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 unit develops your knowledge and understanding of computer technology which will support your subsequent learning of IT. This unit covers certain examples of technology but does so in an integrated way which demystifies technology, providing a path to understand computer technology all the way from silicon to the web. The unit focuses on the architecture of computers, networks, and the Web, so that you will be able to understand how these components work and function now and will do so in the future.
This introductory unit gives you practical experience with the various kinds of computer languages used to build IT systems. Modern IT applications are built in a variety of ways using a wide range of computer languages. This unit uses small in-class exercises and larger practical assignments to give you hands-on experience, working both individually and collaboratively. The focus of the unit will be how technologies are used by IT developers and their potential.
In this unit you will learn the core theoretical underpinnings of programming and how these are applied in modern programming languages to implement software systems. You will learn how to design solutions to problems that can be implemented in a programming language. You will gain practical experience designing and implementing solutions to small problems in an appropriate programming language. Modern IT systems work in many different environments (e.g., mobile, desktop, cloud, web) and are built using a range of different techniques (e.g., programming, scripting, querying, mash ups, mark up). In this unit you will gain practical experience implementing solutions with a small selection of these environments and techniques. You will be introduced to database management concepts. This experience will give you the foundation knowledge to work effectively as an IT professional and to go on to further programming courses in the degree.
This transition unit assumes you have limited technical background in computer systems. You will learn the core concepts about hardware, operating systems and network environments. This will provide you with a sound foundation to take more advanced units that assume an understanding of these details. While the knowledge gained in this unit is valuable for all IT professionals it will be of particular importance in the Computer Science, Data Science, Networks, and Security majors.
This unit covers some of the foundational theory underlying the discipline of computer programming. Programming emerged from applied mathematics; computer programs have a 'semantic' basis founded in predicate logic and have predictable run-time performance. This unit explains various aspects of program semantics and how this knowledge can be used to reason about the properties of computer program code.
This introductory network unit provides you with fundamental skills and knowledge in network architectures, protocols, functions, components, and models of the Internet. It will also provide the core skills needed to continue on to more advanced network and security units in your major.
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.
As an Information Systems practitioner, essential skills are modelling and abstraction which you use to understand the problem in its widest context and develop conceptual and logical representations of solution components. In this unit, you are introduced to principles of conceptual modelling of information systems, such as abstraction, aggregation, decomposition and modularization. The unit develops a both broad and detailed understanding of the relevance of modelling to the analysis and design of complex systems by examining different modelling paradigms, including complex systems modelling, data modelling, process modelling, organizational modelling, object modelling and information modelling. The modular approach allows you to undertake modelling and abstraction processes required to understand complex systems in organizational and information technology domains.
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.
You develop a working knowledge of modern systems analysis and design principles. 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. You will learn techniques enabling you to analyse and design a user interface and the underlying structure (modelling the components, flow of data, processes and activities) of the system.
You are introduced to a "toolkit" of methods, techniques, and technologies with the formal conceptual data modelling method ORM (Object Role Modelling - the relational model), the data manipulation language SQL (Structured Query Language) and relational databases.
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.
This unit provides a discourse on the impact of technology across a range of contexts and then provides some guidance on how technology may be evaluated by those responsible for its conception, development and deployment. This overarching view of technology in its different contexts is operationalised in later technical subjects whereas advanced management subjects will provide greater breadth in strategizing the use of technology in context.
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 extends high school calculus as well as introducing concepts and skills in matrices, vectors and complex numbers. This unit addresses the need of some students for additional preparation in their transition from high school to university, particularly those who have not studied Queensland Senior Mathematics C or equivalent. Students completing the Bachelor of Mathematics may choose to study this unit as an “Option unit” only.
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.
This unit develops your knowledge, skills and application of computational methods and techniques for solving real world problems using computers. The units focuses on both theoretical development of computational methods and their pratical implementation using the world-leading computational software MATLAB. The fundamental skills you aquire will be essential throughout your degree. More advanced study is this area is provided in the Applied and Computational Mathematics major.
This unit introduces you to university level single variable calculus and simple multivariable calculus, building on prior assumed knowledge equivalent to high school differential and integral calculus. Topics include continuity and differentiability of functions, differential calculus (single and multi variable), Taylor series, integral calculus (single and multi variable). Multivariable and vector-valued functions are introduced and explored and natural extensions of the concepts of differentiation and integration to such functions are developed and investigated. This unit builds fundamental skills for you to transition to second year units and the majors, including applications of interest in each Major area of study.
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.
Describing and understanding relationships in data is important in both scientific exploration and understanding. Building on methodology from prior studies in probability and stochastic modelling, this unit focuses on the statistical modelling of data with an emphasis on relationships and effects for purposes of statistical inference, prediction and validation. Attention is also given to the challenges that analysing real-world datasets pose with alternative statistical techniques which yield the valid inference. This unit provides an introduction to some of the advanced material covered in the latter parts of the Statistical Science major.
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 introduces to you the foundational mathematical concepts of function, matrix and vector algebra, together with the operations of differentiation and integration. Through the exploration and solution of contextualised problems you will develop an understanding of these mathematical concepts as well as competency in appropriate solution methods.
The rational solution of real-world engineering problems often requires the combination of multiple skill sets across multiple disciplines. In this unit you will develop key skills in mathematics, statistics, modelling and programming that will equip you with a set of fundamental tools for problem solving in the engineering context.
Many application areas within Computer Science use standard mathematical methods as tools for analysis and processing of 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, introductory probability and statistics and basic concepts in differentiation and integration.
Mathematics and Statistics underpins Science and Engineering research and practice. In Quantitative Methods in Science you will learn to apply the tools and skills of mathematics and statistics, to analyse, model and represent data for scientific purposes. It develops your practical quantitative problem-solving skills in real multidisciplinary scientific contexts. You will apply and augment your quantitative skills using real-world data collected during field- and laboratory work. This unit also builds awareness of how the different Science disciplines use and represent data, which will facilitate your choice of a discipline major in second semester.
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.
Ultimately, chemistry is the study of change. Changes of state, the mixing of substances, chemical reactions and spectroscopic transitions are manifestations of change on an atomic and molecular level. This unit provides the tools to quantitatively analyse changes accompanying a wide variety of chemical and physical transformations. The fundamental factors that govern the extents (equilibria) and rates (kinetics) of chemical reactions can be understood in these terms. The aim of this unit is to demonstrate how reactions and chemical processes can be described, quantified and understood using macroscopic concepts and through understanding of molecular systems at the microscopic level.
This unit builds 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 such as CVB 301Organic Chemistry: Strategy for Synthesis and potentially your capstone research project in CVB304 Chemistry Research Project.
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.
This unit provides detailed coverage of the chemistry of coordination compounds. Topics include organometallic chemistry, including metal-carbon bonding, main group and transition metal organometallics and applications of organometallic compounds in synthetic chemistry; bioinorganic chemistry; structure and applications of coordination polymers (also known as metal-organic-frameworks); physical methods of structure determination, such as single crystal X- ray diffraction; and electronic spectroscopy and spectroscopic terms. The unit builds on the concepts developed in CVB201 Inorganic Chemistry and complements final year units in the chemistry major.
Analytical chemistry of the environmental provides the tools and techniques necessary to make quantitative measurements of the extent of environmental alteration by natural or man-made means. Principal areas of study include the analytical and instrumental methods used in measuring: air pollution; water pollution; soil and sediment contamination; and pesticide residue contamination in agriculture. Students will become familiar with the methods of analysis through the lectures as well as a complementary laboratory practical program. This will allow students to develop technical skills such as: sample collection and treatment; using modern instruments, including atomic spectrometric and IC instruments for inorganic elemental analysis, GC, GC-MS and HPLC instruments for organic components.
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. This unit forms the foundation for the units in Stress Analysis and Structural Analysis.
Mechanical Design forms the backbone of the Mechanical Engineering Degree. 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 procedures of design, design for sustainability, universal design, concept development, creative problem solving, basic component design, computational schemas in design, manufacture & materials. It lays the basis for advanced study in Mechanical Design.
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. A brief introduction to the vibration of the single-degree-of-freedom systems is also included.
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.
This unit introduces the analysis of stress and strain in engineering components and systems such as principal stress and maximum shear stresses, stress transformation, thin walled structures, combined loading, yield criteria, and introduces the buckling of columns. This unit is located in second year and builds on your first year work in engineering mechanics.
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.
Thermodynamic behaviour of substances; theory and application of the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics; thermodynamic cycles, including gas cycles, vapour power cycles and refrigeration cycles; gas-vapour mixtures and the principles of air-conditioning; fuels and combustion.
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.
An essential skill for engineers is the derivation and implementation of computer models for solving the equations that govern many of the physical processes encountered in research and industry. Through the investigation of specific case studies, the derivation of numerical techniques, the implementation of efficient algorithms and the visualisation of the simulation results, you will develop knowledge and skills in the application of numerical modelling for engineering problem solving. This unit is a 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 introduces the theory and steps required for building mass and energy balances for a complex system, i.e. an industrial process. The mass and energy flows of interacting and competing unit operations impact on overall profitability and sustainability. EGB364 covers the mathematical characterisation of key unit operations (theory), numerical modelling (supplementary theory), and then the integration of unit operations into an industrial process (application).
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).
Topics covered in this unit include: Global energy and climate issues, the systematic process by which energy use is monitored and analysed; individual treatment of electricity, fuels and their properties, compressed air, buildings, cycle requirements, energy recovery equipment; financial analysis of proposals. Environmental aspects will be considered for each topic.
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.
This unit further develops your knowledge and skills for analysing biomechanical components and systems. The unit focuses on modelling and simulation techniques applicable to the field using industry specific software. It links to the work previously undertaken in Biomechanics and prepares you for the final semester of the capstone project.
This unit provides students with a basic understanding of PLC programming for control of manufacturing systems with the emphasis on hands on practice of developing a control system for a given process. Topics include the following: Automation requirements, systems design methodology, sensors, actuators, PLC programming. Feedback Caret
This unit focuses on technologies central to the modern chemical industry such as catalysis and zeolites. Catalysts are used in the manufacture of 90 % of all chemicals produced in the world today. As such, students will be introduced to the basic theories of catalysis and surface science. These theories will then be expanded into industrial practice by discussion of real world industries such as methanol, ammonia, formaldehyde and nitric acid synthesis. The drive towards the implementation of green chemistry will also be shown and the translation of “old chemistry” into modern sustainable processes illustrated.
This is a capstone unit that builds on the earlier dynamics units (EGB211, EGB321). The focus of this unit is to extend the 2-D kinematics and kinetics learned in the earlier units to 3-D motion of rigid bodies and introduce energy methods.
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.
Applications of heat transfer theory in steam power plant, refrigeration and gas turbines; steady state and transient conduction; convection with internal or external flow; free convection in stationary fluids; boiling and condensation; thermal resistance networks; heat exchangers; radiation heat transfer.
Hydraulic and pneumatic systems; design, analysis and performance of pumps, turbines and fluid couplings; unsteady pipe flow; flow around solid bodies, including potential flow and boundary layers; compressible flow and shock waves.
This unit focuses 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 diseases/disorder. The properties of biofluids, such as blood and synovial fluid, and techniques to analyse their viscous behaviour are discussed. This leads to an understanding of how biofluids interact with medical devices and of criteria for the design of devices.
This unit further develops your knowledge and skills for analysing biomechanical components and systems. The unit focuses on modelling and simulation techniques applicable to the field using industry specific software. It links to the work previously undertaken in Biomechanics and Biodesign and prepares you for the final semester of the capstone project.
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.
Medical radiations procedures are the principal cause of non background radiation exposure. It is therefore important that you understand potential hazards of exposure to ionising radiation and techniques of protection. An understanding of relevant codes of practice is also required. The aim of this unit is to provide you with a basic understanding of aspects of radiation biology and radiation safety relevant to your future employment as a Medical radiation technologist.
Strong computational skills are important attributes of any physicist, whether working in research or industry, experimental or theoretical. This unit is designed to provide an introduction to computations in physics and build on your mathematical knowledge. It builds on prior maths study in Maths C or equivalent.
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 examines the microscopic universe from the nucleus down to the fundamental particles and forces from which matter is built. Some current theories of particle physics will be introduced, along with applications of nuclear physics such as chain reactions and medical applications. Theory will be complemented with experimental laboratory work. The unit synthesises previous study in the course including mathematics and classical and quantum mechanics to develop advanced scientific experimental, communication and report writing skills.
This is the capstone unit for the physics major. It further develops your knowledge, skills and application for carrying out physics based research. The unit focuses on experimental design, practical skills, critical analysis and communication. It links to work previously undertaken earlier in the course.
This unit will introduce you to experimental nanotechnology and will give you the essential tools to study matter at the nanoscale.
Nanotechnology is an emerging field focused on understanding and exploiting the novel chemical and physical properties of matter at the nanometer scale. Fundamental science suggests that materials with structure at the nanoscale may have unique optical, electronic, or mechanical properties. This unit provides the foundations to understand the origin of these properties, and through computer laboratory training provides the technical tools to calculate the properties of these fascinating materials.
This is an intermediate level unit that introduces students to the principles of construction, and its tools and techniques necessary for their infrastructure designs to be turned to reality. The student will learn how to combine these tools and techniques and apply them diligently to ensure safety and constructability of designs.
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.
As an engineer, you will need to understand the mechanics of structures through analysis for appropriate design of components and systems such as buildings and bridges. In this unit the principles learnt in the introductory unit of engineering mechanics will be developed to enhance your understanding of the methods of analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structures and their response to loads. The topics taught include moment distribution, bending moment and shear force diagrams for structures using indeterminate analytical and computer methods, principle of virtual work and its application 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.
The unit covers the aspects of geotechnical engineering at an intermediate level which includes: how water flows in soil (permeability and seepage), in-situ soil stresses, how the externally applied load distributed in soils, soil deformation, strength of soil, how to design a shallow foundation. It links to the work previously undertaken in Civil Engineering Materials and prepares you for Highways & Pavement Engineering, Advanced Geotechnical Engineering, 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 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 level civil engineering unit that will provide in-depth knowledge and understanding about the behaviour, analysis and design of steel structures. It will also provide you the necessary skills and experience in analysing and designing simple steel structures. This unit forms the foundation for a number of advanced civil engineering units in later years of the course.
By completion of this unit you will be able to demonstrate that you can: explain the need for water and wastewater treatment in safeguarding public health; able to identify and explain the main physical, chemical and biological processes for water and wastewater treatment; explain the need and availability of drinking water and discharge standards; able to explain the concept of unit processes in water and wastewater treatment engineering; able to design basic treatment processes; able to develop conceptual treatment plant layouts; and function effectively as a team member to work towards set objectives by managing time and available limited resources, in order to achieve your activity goals.
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.
This unit introduces the planning, design, analysis and maintenace of civil infrastructure systems. In particular, the unit will cover asset management concept and principles, technical aspects of infrastructure management within social, economic, and environmental context, infrastructure management planning and funding, and interdependent nature of various civil infrastructure across different sectors.
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 addresses management of solids and hazardous wastes generated from domestic, commercial, and industrial sources. It includes the following: 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 the waste; disposing of waste in a socially and environmentally acceptable manner; waste avoidance; recycling; energy production; treatment; disposal. Waste management is an important aspect of civil and environmental engineering education.
This is an advanced Civil Engineering unit that will: 1.Develop the necessary theoretical and analytical knowledge and practical skill for the preparation of “contractor's estimate” and tender submission for civil engineering projects. 2.Provide an understanding of the use of specification and contracts for estimating. 3.Provide an understanding of the different stages of capital works and the type of estimating process for each stage. 4.Provide introduction to the use of estimates in cost control systems and type of cost estimation is carried by contractors in the preparation of bids. It will also develop cognitive skills and applications of investigation, analysis, synthesis and problem solving, written and visual literacy, needed to be specialised in predicting the cost of construction.
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.
This unit covers in detail the project engineer role and tools and techniques they will use in infrastructure planning, Innovation and engineering economics analysis.
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 a third year unit which will develop advanced knowledge, concepts and methodologies in structural analysis. These will enable the analysis of complex structures, evaluation of collapse mechanisms of structures, dynamic and seismic analysis of structures and introduce the students to structural health monitoring techniques.
This is an advanced structural design unit that provides the required knowledge and skills for the analysis, design and construction of steel buildings by engaging in a steel building project on a real site.
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. The main topics to be covered are: the hydrologic cycle and its applications in runoff estimations from small catchments, probability and risk of flooding, selection and determination of design floods, hydrologic data, estimation of peak runoff using the Rational Method, estimation of runoff hydrographs using rainfall-runoff routing models, use of computer modelling tools for runoff estimations, the hydraulic characteristics of culverts and retention basins and the operation of urban drainage systems. This 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 methodologies along with computer and informational sciences. 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.
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 an advanced civil engineering unit that will further build your knowledge on the design of concrete structures. This unit will provide opportunities to develop your skills on conceptualising vertical load and horizontal load resisting concrete structural systems with reference to AS3600 Concrete Structures Design Standard and AS5100 Bridge Design Standard.
This is unit will apply and refine advanced knowledge, concepts, methodologies and systematic thinking to prepare the students to civil engineering 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 strategies, 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.
Focusing on the context and principles of performance management issues in projects, this unit examines the specific methods and tools that can be applied to improve key performance targets in projects will then be presented. Through reflective learning, the unit will also focus on developing your ability to gather information, apply the most appropriate methods, and make holistic and integrated decisions
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.
Modern Project Managers are required to gather the best available evidence to make informed decisions, solve problems, establish best practice as well as innovate and develop. This unit will equip you with the applied research skills and knowledge to solve discipline specific real world problems and effectively communicate processes and solutions verbally and in writing within the context of your professional practice.
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 shows the value of identifying and evaluating the procurement options for your project or program. It further details contemporary market options and the preparations both client and tenderers must make to effectively manage the engagement phase and delivery phase of procurement strategy and contract form chosen.
Problems that confront project managers are ill-defined and complex. Problem identification and the collection and analysis of relevant information using appropriate research methods are essential to professional practice. From a learning perspective, one of the most effective ways of achieving this is to consolidate and extend previously gained research skills through an activity that is relevant to industry and, where possible, is associated with a specific workplace. This unit will help you apply skills previously attained in your degree to an advanced project management problem domain, and to enable you to conduct a well-defined project of relevance to your profession and industry, with specific outcomes within a precisely defined project plan.
This unit shows how to identify, evaluate, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the risk and opportunities for your project or program. You will then allocate and effectively manage the risks. It further details contemporary risk treatments available for both client and tenderers/contractors to effectively manage their project or program.
In Managing the Project you will implement the knowledge, skills and tools developed throughout the Master's program. This will assist you to apply your learnings to a real world project from inception to closeout.
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.
Property Investment Analysis provides the basis to enable the property analyst to examine the property's investment worth over time using discounted cashflow techniques, including an introduction to the effect of financing and tax considerations, risk and return and comparison against investment objectives. In this unit you will be equipped to analyse property as an investment and provide investment recommendations. This involves a close scrutiny of property investment options, and selection of the most appropriate option given the investor's preferences, goals and market conditions.
The buying and selling of property is a critical point in any property development, valuation or property investment. This unit provides you with an understanding of the transaction process in respect to acquisition, contract negotiation, due diligence, taxation considerations, legal structuring, sales and/or lease negotiation, compliance with relevant legislation and settlement. It demonstrates the relevance and interaction of units such as property valuation, investment analysis, market analysis, property law and planning in all property transactions.
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 introduces aspects of the scope of the role of construction cost management professionals independently and for contractors. It examines the Australian standard method of measurement introducing formal measurement techniques and methodologies of residential and small commercial building works within the context of the tendering/procurement process and the introduction of cost management / building area measurement. 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. It links to foundation units in construction technology and prepares you for further advanced units in building and infrastructure measurement and construction estimating.
This unit further develops your skills and knowledge of residential construction. It has a focus on integrating residential/ small commercial construction processes in a collaborative digital environment by utilizing building information technology. It links to the work previously undertaken in UXB110 Residential Construction and 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.
The unit is an introduction to the basic principles of structural engineering applicable to basic structure. Quantitative and qualitative techniques are used as a basis for learning structural analysis. This unit requires an understanding of mathematical knowledge relating to the ability to work with equations.
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 a deeper appreciation 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 you to the Australian building law and legal frameworks specifically relevant to building work and construction activities. It introduces the National Construction Code, Queensland Building Act, Queensland Development Code, relevant Australian Standards and legislation. The unit builds upon your understanding of Urban Development Law, High-Rise Construction, Building Services and other construction management units to understand statutory building compliance and regulatory requirements to solve problems associated with building construction.
This unit prepares you to be part of a Modern Construction Business, integrating a range of legal, commercial, accounting and business concepts and practices within the specific context of construction. Topics you will cover include: commercial Law; sale of goods; hire purchase; trade practices; negotiable instruments; insurance law; partnership law and company law; bankruptcy and liquidation; standard accounting practices; taxation; business protocol and ethics; business plans; entrepreneurship; assessing business risk; professional liability; human relations; human resource and personnel management; business management; debt management. This unit builds on knowledge developed in Introductory Economics and Law, and complements Statutory Construction Law.
This unit develops your understanding of the fundamental principles of cost management including design and construction cost planning and project controls, along with your ability to apply important techniques in managing project cost in the context of working closely in multidisciplinary teams.
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.
Strategic Construction Management is a capstone unit. It is the last of a series of construction units and consolidates skills learned throughout your degree. This unit will prepare you for administrative and contractual interactions that occur between the contractors and sub-contractors during a project to efficiently and successfully operate a building company with a strategic focus on delivering multiple building projects on time, within budget and of a high quality, while maintaining a safe work environment on site. It will teach key skills you will need to manage a project, business and company, including effective resource management and the ability to model the performance of the company over prescribed business periods. Construction Managers need to develop critical skills, knowledge and capability to manage various tasks necessary to run a profitable construction business. This unit consolidates the key skills that you have learnt throughout your degree to advance your preparedness as a workready construction manager. UXH410 is a capstone unit and is the last in a series of construction units that include UXH110, UXH210 and UXH310.
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.
Acting as a team of planning consultants working for a government or industry client, you will develop and present a strategic plan for a distinct geographic area. It will include a refined vision, objectives, and strategic directions along with policy and land use maps, implementation strategies, and a monitoring framework. You will also describe detailed background information about the site and the method used to develop the plan. You will develop a final product that is attractively designed and highly visual so as to permit the communication of complex planning concepts to a wide audience, and guide the future development of the area. Community planning takes an integrated and participatory approach to developing community assets and addressing community issues. As a planner you will work with diverse communities to enhance their economic opportunities, social institutions, physical conditions, and political power. This unit explores urban theory applicable to community planning and introduces you to the techniques and practices that define successful planning initiatives.
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 and pests are globally recognised as a critical challenge to biodiversity and food security. With a primary focus on invasive and other pest organisms, Invasion Ecology will cover a range of topics that will provide you with knowledge essential for the effective understanding and management of these species in natural and human altered systems.
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.
Australia's wealth and future economic growth depend largely on its natural resources. A mineral resource represents an enrichment of an element or mineral that can be mined, processed and rehabilitated with financial and social benefit. The natural enrichment of an element or mineral to the levels of a mineral resource requires specific and complex interplay of a variety of geological processes. Thus, mineral resource exploration, delineation and extraction require skilled application of basic geological concepts and an appreciation of social implications.
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 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 a theoretical and practical introduction into remote sensing science and technologies applied for the acquisition of information about an object or phenomenon without making physical contact with the object. It explores the use of aerial sensor technologies to detect and classify objects on Earth by processing of electromagnetic radiation emitted from aircraft or satellites.
This unit provides a theoretical and practical introduction into the current and evolving practice of spatial analysis and spatial data modelling. The unit builds on the theoretical and practical skillset attained by the successful completion of all components of EVB211Geographic Information Systems and Science.
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 evaluate a case study, applying your knowledge of quantitative techniques and experimental design, to address a specific environmental problem and present a practical solution. 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 introduces modern programming concepts and techniques through an exploratory problem-based approach. You will design, code and debug programs of increasing complexity. The unit provides a foundation for subsequent programming courses within the Computer Science major.
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 unit develops a human-centred view of technology and information systems. Individuals and groups interact with information, technology, and other people in a wide variety of information environments of increasing complexity. Using a number of User Experience (UX) methods, you will learn to explore and model interactions from a variety of perspectives; cognitive, social, emotional, experiential, cultural, contextual and technological. You will learn to characterise users of technologies and to evaluate their interactions in order to understand their information, communication and learning behaviours. A variety of evaluation techniques will allow you to investigate and represent human experience of technologies and information systems at a variety of scales.
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.
With every organisations housing massive data sources, data analytics has become an increasingly popular way to turn an organization's data into useful information and knowledge about their customers and business processes. Data analytics has direct applications in social networks, information retrieval, business processes, search-engines, e-commerce, digital libraries, bioinformatics, web information systems and many other utilities. This unit covers the concepts of data and web analytics, both of which aim to improve decision making by discovering and making use of knowledge which might be found in large databases and on the Web.
Common information security goals are confidentiality, integrity and availability of stored or transmitted information. Cryptography provides a rich collection of tools that can be used to guarantee confidentiality (by encrypting private information), authentication and integrity of communicated messages (by appending a massage authentication code or a MAC). Cryptographic protocols can be used to achieve specific security goals in multiuser environments. In this unit, you will learn about symmetric-key cryptography and the adversarial model used in private-key cryptography, You will study basic tools for cryptanalysis (such as linear and differential attacks). You will investigate public-key cryptography (PKC) and its basic security notions. You will learn about cryptographic protocols such as zero knowledge protocols, multiparty computation and secret sharing.
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. Parallelism is the fundamental way to overcome the performance limitations of individual computer processors when solving computationally challenging problems or when processing massive amounts of data. However, expressing an algorithm in a form that can be executed efficiently on parallel hardware is generally a very challenging task even for experienced software developers. This unit gives you an understanding of why future computer hardware will be increasingly parallel and the challenges this poses for software development. It gives you an understanding of parallel hardware and 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 gives you experience in programming at the level of a computer's operating system, as is needed for IT system administration or to interface computer processors with peripheral hardware devices. Systems programming is one of the many specialisations of software development and maintenance. It concerns software that works at the level of the computer's physical architecture. This unit introduces some of the principles and practices associated with writing programs that operate at such a low level of abstraction. It builds on the knowledge you have already acquired about general applications software development and computer architectures.
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, and at times ill-informed, media attention. In many respects, Cloud may be seen as a natural progression from earlier trends in service and infrastructure outsourcing and virtualisation, but it differs in the essential characteristic of elasticity: service and infrastructure provisioning is scalable 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. This unit provides an advanced-level overview of the most important issues in the field, enabling you to understand the environment and the business and technical trade-offs at its heart.
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.
Government and private organisations currently face an unprecedented level of malicious computer network activity from a wide range of sources, including hackers, activist groups, organised crime syndicates and nation states. IT professionals are expected to have an understanding of the vulnerabilities and threats that computer systems under their protection may be exposed to. This unit provides the knowledge and skills needed to better defend electronic system services and applications. It introduces techniques and tools that demonstrate how attackers may exploit system services and applications. The challenge is illustrated using potential attacks on industrial control systems.
This unit introduces you to basic electrical circuit concepts. It requires you to perform circuit analysis, circuit synthesis, and the measurement and testing of relevant quantities within circuits.
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 unit introduces concepts of signals and systems in the context of electrical and electronic circuits. In particular, the unit introduces frequency domain analysis of signals and systems, and provides the foundation for later units in EGB348 Electronics, EGB342 Telecommunications and Signal Processing, and EGB345 Control and Dynamic Systems. The unit introduces important mathematical concepts and transforms, such as Fourier and Laplace, which are used across a large number of electrical engineering units.
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 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.
Revolutionary developments in the field of Analogue and Digital Telecommunications and Signal Processing Technology have enabled improvement in the characteristics of communication systems in order to meet the performance requirements for transmission of information for private, business and industrial applications. This unit addresses analogue modulation techniques (AM and FM), base-band digital data communication techniques using time and frequency domain analyses. It also covers elements of a Digital Communication Systems and provides students with an in-depth understanding of the theory and applications of digital communication systems and technology.
This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application for control systems. The unit focuses on classical control system modelling and design. It links to the work previously undertaken in EGB242 Signal Analysis and prepares you for control units at the advanced level.
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.
This unit focuses on Electronic devices and circuits, which are the building blocks of most electrical and computing devices. It builds on basic electrical circuit theory, and applies frequency domain analysis introduced in EGB242. 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 further develops your knowledge, skills and application for control systems. The unit focuses on modern and discrete-time control system modelling and design. It links to the work previously undertaken in the EGB345 Control and Dynamic Systems and is a unit at the advanced level.
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 unit builds on EGB348 Electronics, developing theoretical knowledge and application skills including experimental investigation in the areas of precision electronics, low noise electronics, low power electronics, high speed electronics (both analogue and digital), FPGAs, and the interface of analogue and digital electronics.
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.
Computers running vast variety of operating systems, tools and applications have become indispensible ingredients of our daily lives. However, current threat reports show that there are over 100 million malwares which exploit the security vulnerabilities on these computer systems and threaten the privacy of individuals and organizations in their daily activities. The aim of this unit is to provide a broad overview of computer system security covering operating systems, applications and software development. In this unit, you will learn how to analyse, design, and build secure computer systems and secure applications to limit the availability and impact of security vulnerabilities. You will develop skills to identify and use suitable methods to detect, mitigate and perform forensic analysis on an attacked or compromised computer system.
This unit provides you with an understanding of the principles and techniques underlying the development of information storage and retrieval (IS&R) solutions to some of the varied and complex problems that involve heterogeneity of data (structured, unstructured, text, image, speech, genomics, etc.), with very large amounts of data. Specifically, this unit introduces advanced structures for the representation of data for efficient representation, storage and retrieval that are imposed by modern very large and web-scale systems and varied interaction modes of users. The unit also provides you with practical experience of using hands-on tools to solve real-world problems using IS&R methods. Through this study, you will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills for developing IS&R solutions to complex IS&R tasks.
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.
This unit provides you with an understanding of the principles and techniques underlying the development of artificial intelligence solutions to complex problems that involve uncertainty, noise or ever-changing context. It will explore selected topics such as uncertain reasoning, decision making, and machine learning. Specifically, this unit introduces the concepts and techniques of Bayes rule and inference, probabilistic reasoning, decision networks and making complex decisions, learning from examples, and reinforcement learning. . The unit also provides you with practical experience of using hands-on tools to solve real-world problems using computational intelligence methods. Through this study, you will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills for developing artificial intelligence solutions to complex problems such as classification, prediction, and optimization problems.
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 this unit you will develop a digital game-based experience based on a defined design brief. 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.
Modern games production is a complex process involving various businesses and organisations, working with budgets in the tens of millions. One of the roles within a game production team is that of the game designer. 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. This subject provides an introduction to game design, by starting with high level conceptual design tasks before moving to more concrete tasks.
This unit provides a theoretical foundation for the development and use of games engine technology. The unit focuses on educating students about mathematical theory via a programming perspective. It covers mathematics essential to understanding the operations of a game engine as it visually synthesises a 3D virtual world.
Modern games production is a complex process involving teams in the order of a hundred people or more, working with budgets in the tens of millions. One of the roles within a game production team is that of the level designer. It is crucial that the 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.
This unit provides a foundation in the use of game engine technology, with a special focus on the programmatic generation of advanced 3D computer graphics.
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.
You will gain the knowledge and skills required of a graduate in the role of a business analyst or IT consultant. You will be equipped with practical skills to analyse business strategies, objectives, and requirements to tailor information systems lifecycle management activities to meet those objectives, IT systems, and application needs.
This unit will teach you how to conduct an end-to-end organizational process improvement project, from analysis to redesign. The students will be equipped with a comprehensive set of methods, techniques and tools that can be used effectively to progress with a process improvement effort. These include quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques as well as various process redesign paradigms. You will also develop knowledge about different process improvement methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma and Process Reengineering. The unit will use a hands-on 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.
Proliferation of mobile devices with everyday users have resulted in high demand for creative developers to build innovative applications, and given the variety of platforms there is a major skills shortage. Students with software and user interface design and programming skills will benefit from this project-based unit to start their portfolio in developing useful applications on emerging mobile devices.
Enterprise System lifecycle is lengthy and complex. It involves multiple parties; both internal and external to the organisation. During the lifecycle of these complex systems developed by software vendors (e.g. SAP AG., Oracle Corp.) are implemented by software consultants (e.g. Accenture, IBM). The selection of such an application suitable to the organisation involves such activities including: detailed business requirements analysis, request for information, request for quotations, then ultimately leading to the selection of the software packaged. After selecting the ES package, the organisation then implements the software package employing several methodologies and implementation strategies. Understanding of business process improvements & change management are also vital topics of discussions for Enterprise Systems lifecycle management. Once the ES is implemented, the organisation should then monitor its performance through key performance indicators derived for the organisation.
This unit addresses Enterprise Architecture (EA), the different ways it is applied in professional practice, and the key approaches and techniques for developing an EA. You will first be exposed to the principles of enterprise architecture, comparing these with the issues of modelling, design and solution architecture of individual systems. You will gain proficiency at developing different parts of an EA, based on the widely adopted EA framework, TOGAF, using state-of-the-art techniques. Finally, IT implementation issues will be addressed through technical architecture standards such as Service-Oriented Architecture. This advanced unit extends your 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.
You are introduced to strategies, tools and techniques that you can effectively use in the delivery of IT solutions. You will adopt appropriate project management values and behaviours, so you can transition into a graduate career, understanding the foundations of working effectively within an IT team that includes people with diverse backgrounds and varied skill sets. The unit builds your skills of analysis, design and implementation toward careers such as Project Officer and Project Manager.
This unit will introduce you to the role of research in professional settings. It will provide you with an opportunity to explore the application of research principles and methods within the context of your professional practice. In particular, the unit explores how research has a vital role to play in decision-making, problem solving, innovation and development as well as ethical and professional practice.
Business Process Analytics introduces you to a number of state-of-the-art business process intelligence techniques that can be used at different stages 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 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).
This unit provides an advanced understanding of Enterprise Architecture (EA), addressing the ways in which EA is used to improve organisations through their business and IT strategy developments. You will be exposed to the principles of enterprise architecture, contrasting these with the concerns of modelling, design and solution architecture of individual systems. You will be taught the key activities of developing an EA, and how these relate to the ways in which companies undertake business and IT planning. Following from this, you will gain profficiency at developing different parts of an EA, based on The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) and state-of-the-art architecture development techniques. This will cover the capture of organisational capabilities and the different artefacts of enterprises, including business services, processes, information and resources. The EA methodology will be linked to the Blue Ocean Strategy, and students will explore different ways in which strategic planing problems can be translated into EA approaches.
IT projects consist of design, development and implementation of novel systems as well as the implementation of commercial, off the shelf package solutions, and the deployment of system upgrades to the technical infrastructure and the application landscape. The majority of information technology (IT) and organisational change initiatives, such as systems developments and implementations, as well as organisational restructures 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 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 that is commonly employed when developing IT systems. 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 provides you with a practical understanding of computer-based solutions to scientific problems from a wide range of interdisciplinary application areas. You will have the opportunity to develop computing and visualisation skills and apply these to solve real problems involving topics such as image and sound processing, fractals and random walk simulations. These skills are developed further in later semesters, where there are opportunities to study MXB262 (Visualising Data), MXB362 (Advanced Visualisation and Data Science), and MXB261 (Modelling 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.
Studying this unit will allow you to develop further the ideas and techniques that were studied in first year calculus. Advanced calculus allows you to consider more realistic applied mathematics problems that are set in the context of our multivariable world. The unit prepares you for later studies in applied and computational mathematics such as partial differential equations, transport theory and fluid dynamics. This unit covers topics including multivariable functions and coordinate systems, vector-valued functions, differential and integral calculus of multivariable functions, and related applications.
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.
In this unit you will examine a number of essential computational methods in detail, both in terms of their theoretical development and their practical implementation.
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 formal statistical tools such as stochastic process models and statistical methods for theoretical and applied development in a wide range of areas, from communication systems and networks to traffic to law to biology to financial analysis linking with other modern areas of mathematics. The skills developed in mathematical statistics will be integral in the understanding of material throughout the student's 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.
This unit aims to provide you with the knowledge to apply computational techniques used for simulations (and visualisation) in a selection of application areas where the scientific problems are characterised by widely varying scales, both in space and time. Through this study you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the development and implementation of simulation algorithms. You can further develop your knowledge of visualisation 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 descriptive 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 while providing the support for the exploration of an exciting area of modern mathematics.
This capstone unit provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in applied and computational mathematics to simulate complex real-world problems. Students 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 unit builds upon the content of MXB232 and introduces stochastic operations research techniques and other more advanced techniques. This unit will develop and manipulate mathematical and computer models of complex systems composed of people, machines, money and their operating procedures. You will also look at the applications of operations research techniques to solve real-world problems using computer software packages. The topics addressed in this subject are vital in this field and are critical for advanced applications and post-graduate studies in this field. Topics covered include: decision analysis; queuing theory; simulation and real life case studies; implementation of heuristic techniques; meta-heuristics; recent developments in stochastics for operations research.
Operations research techniques are used in numerous industries and are critical for solving the complex decision problems that companies face. This unit introduces both theoretical concepts and their applications to tackling practical problems. It will cover advanced operations research methods and techniques.
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.
For data that arise in business, economics, engineering, agriculture and health it is often unreasonable to assume independence of values. Data collected in clusters, or spatially or through time or a combination of these often show strong dependence that cannot be ignored for efficient inference. The ability to understand, model and make inferences about such data is therefore of great practical importance. Further, such skills are integral in the precise prediction of future observations and in the understanding of causal relationships between variables. This unit extends methodology from earlier studies in statistics through building statistical models for dependent data for practical applications such as optimal forecasting, simulation, causality analysis and in understanding spatial and temporal tends and dependencies.
This capstone unit for the Statistical Sciences 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 to tackle common challenges encountered in applied data analysis. The unit is designed such that it provides you with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills from their entire course in preparation for a career in statistics. There is also a focus on the clear communication and reporting of results and conclusions from statistical analyses. You will undertake this learning experience through the use of the SAS computing environment.
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”.
This unit further develops the knowledge and skills in data visualisation that were developed in the unit MXB262 (Visualising Data). This unit focuses on the exploration of a range of advanced data visualisation techniques and tools through lectures and practicals. Students conduct a data visualisation case study that further develops practical knowledge and experience in visualisation.
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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