Engineering units

Single-unit study

You can study individual units for personal or professional development without having to apply for a full QUT course.

If you successfully complete a unit, you may be eligible for credit if you decide to apply for a degree course in the future.

Units anyone can study

These units don’t have any requirements for previous study or background knowledge.

But if your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Chemistry, physics & mechanical engineering

  • EGB113 Energy in Engineering Systems

    Engineers work with numerous kinds of systems where consideration must be given to the energy within the system. This unit introduces the student to the concepts of energy in the context of real engineering systems. The inter-relationships of between forces, motion and energy (in systems composed of liquids, solids or gases) is described as related to the flow of energy within these engineering systems. After an introduction to engineering units, concepts and data, Newton's first and second laws are used in the description of system motion and the concepts of force and energy, conservation of momentum and conservation of energy are introduced and described. Thermodynamic processes, certain thermo-physical parameters and the first and second law of thermodynamics are introduced and used to describe simple engineering systems. This is then expanded to include the generation and transport of energy through these systems.

  • EGB213 Energy Systems Fundamentals

    EGB213 adopts an integrated systems approach to the provision of energy services that are responsive to the global imperative for a transition to a low-carbon society in the 21st century. You will investigate the interactions between Earth's systems, energy systems and social, technological and economic systems. Within the context of system boundaries and interactions you will identify, analyse and evaluate existing, transitional and future energy systems and technologies. The main focus will be on understanding the energy service needs of people in different contexts and how to identify and optimise the integrated system and sub-systems through effective knowledge-driven decision making.

  • EGB262 Process Principles

    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.

  • EGB313 Energy Optimised Buildings

    The built environment consumes a very large percentage of the earth's resources and contributes significantly to air, land and water pollution. A low ­carbon environmentally sustainable future is dependent on the optimisation of energy efficiency and embedded renewable energy systems at a building and precinct level. This requires an integrated systems approach by all professions involved in the design, construction, operation and performance evaluation of our built environment. In this unit you will explore the fundamental concepts of energy use in buildings and learn tools and techniques for the evaluation, measurement, operation and optimisation of building subsystems, buildings and collections of buildings that form precincts and communities. A key element will be developing your understanding of building occupants and what they need energy for.

  • EGB336 Lean Manufacturing

    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.

  • ENN510 Engineering Knowledge Management

    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.

  • ENN515 Total Quality Management

    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.

  • ENN530 Asset and Facility Management

    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.

  • ENN531 Advanced Materials and Engineering Applications

    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.

Civil engineering & the built environment

  • EGB123 Civil Engineering Systems

    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).

  • EGB270 Civil Engineering Materials

    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.

  • EGB272 Traffic and Transport Engineering

    This is an intermediate civil engineering unit that will develop the necessary theoretical and analytical knowledge of traffic and transport science and engineering analysis. It will develop cognitive skills and applications of investigation, analysis, synthesis and problem solving, written and visual literacy, needed to address complex traffic and transport issues and challenges.

  • EGB371 Engineering Hydraulics

    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.

  • UXB120 Introduction to Heavy Engineering Sector Technology

    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.

Earth, environment & biological sciences

  • EVB210 Geospatial Mapping

    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.

Electrical engineering & computer science

  • EGB111 Foundation of Engineering Design

    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.

  • ENN524 Mobile Network Engineering

    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.

Industrial design

  • DNB110 ID Studio 1: User Centred Design

    This unit introduces students to User Centred Industrial Design. Students will gain skills, knowledge and experience in designing products with human factors in mind.

  • DNB214 Mass Transportation

    This unit introduces mass transport and mobility system concepts and skills as applied to the design of a mass transport system for a given context. It is in the developmental stage of your course and builds on your application of design. It is preferred (but not a requirement) that you have completed design or design visualisation units prior to enrolling in this unit. This unit provides you with opportunities to build, develop and apply creative design proficiencies in the context of mass transportation systems.

  • DNB405 History, Theory and Criticism

    This unit provides a historical, theoretical and social context for industrial design. It addresses theoretical and historical discourse in industrial design prompting you to debate innovative and advanced ideas and critical thinking in the field internationally. The unit looks at the relationship between social and technological change, and industrial design; contemporary design theory and discourse; criticism methodology; writing about design; and learning to critique design. Knowing about design is a crucial part of becoming a designer. This requires an understanding of the relationship between technology, people and society, and what has historically influenced the emergence and development of the profession. This unit aids you to develop methods of impartially reviewing, writing about and critiquing products, artefacts and other designed things. These skills will equip you to think more broadly about products you may create, and evaluate existing designs more effectively.

Units you need background knowledge to study

These units have requirements for previous study or background knowledge. Check the unit’s previous study requirements for details. If you have any questions, contact the unit coordinator for the semester you want to study.

If your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Chemistry, physics & mechanical engineering

  • EGB121 Engineering Mechanics

    This is a foundation engineering unit that will develop the necessary skills in analysing mechanical and civil engineering systems (cranes, buildings, bridges and mechanical equipment) to maintain equilibrium leading to the determination of direct, bending and shear stresses that will aid you in design. The principles of engineering mechanics are essential for the purpose of accurate design and analysis of mechanical components and structures. This is an introductory unit and provides the basic knowledge and skills in statics and mechanics of materials including mechanical properties of rigid bodies. It forms the foundation for advanced engineering units such as Stress Analysis, Structural Analysis and Mechanical Design by developing your basic knowledge and skills that are important to your engineering degree and career.

  • EGB210 Fundamentals of Mechanical Design

    Mechanical Design forms the backbone of the Mechanical Engineering Degree. This unit is an introduction into Mechanical Design. It brings together fundamental engineering units such as Applied Mechanics, Mechanics of Solids, Fluid Mechanics and Materials Study and is a common unit for students studying Mechanical Engineering, Medical Engineering and Mechatronics. It will develop systematic knowledge and practice of methods of engineering problem solving, design procedures, design analysis, and introductory mechanical components design, highlighting the need for sustainable and contextually appropriate solutions. It lays the basis for advanced study in Mechanical Design.

  • EGB211 Dynamics

    Mechanical engineers are required to have a sound knowledge in motion of particles and rigid bodies, which is essential in the design and production of machines and other engineering systems. Dynamic forces in systems such as motor vehicles, aircrafts and robotic devices are determined by kinematic and kinetic analysis of these systems. These forces play an essential part in the design of these systems. In this introductory unit, you are introduced to the concepts of dynamics in the context of real engineering systems. The basic principles for dynamics of particles and rigid bodies in 2D are introduced and discussed as related problems within various engineering systems. On completion of this unit, you will be able to apply fundamental principles of kinematics and kinetics in formulating and solving dynamics problems for particles and rigid bodies and analyse kinematics and kinetics of basic mechanical components and mechanisms.

  • EGB214 Materials and Manufacturing

    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.

  • EGB314 Strength of Materials

    As a mechanical/medical engineer, you must have the expertise to analyse components and systems of components to produce safe and efficient designs. Strength of Materials is an intermediate level unit which investigates how external loading produces internal stresses and strains in a solid body, and the implications of these stresses and strains for components’ strength, stiffness and robustness. Understanding this subject is an essential part of the design process that ensures the structural integrity of various structures, electromechanical devices and mechanisms. When used effectively and this process can result in lightweight, reliable and robust structures. This unit builds on the concepts from the introductory Engineering Mechanics unit.

  • EGB315 Materials Degradation

    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.

  • EGB316 Design of Machine Elements

    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.

  • EGB319 BioDesign

    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.

  • EGB321 Dynamics of Machines

    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.

  • EGB323 Fluid Mechanics

    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.

  • EGB324 Fundamentals in Numerical Modelling for Engineering

    Provide the knowledge and skills to derive and implement numerical methods (Finite Differences, Finite Elements, Finite Volumes) to solve partial differential equations (PDEs) that govern many of the physical processes encountered in real world engineering problems. Become familiar with the methodologies for developing numerical algorithms that can be employed for problems that would otherwise be unsolvable, and with the skills to communicate the results. Numerically solve common equations encountered in practical engineering problems using MATLAB. Acquire fundamental and technical knowledge of numerical methods to solve partial differential equations. Core unit to the Computer Modelling for Engineering Minor and option unit to the Computational and Simulation Science second major.

  • EGB361 Minerals and Minerals Processing

    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.

  • EGB362 Operations Management and Process Economics

    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.

  • EGB364 Process Modelling

    This unit builds on the introductory concepts learned in EGB262 Process Principles, and introduces the theory and steps required for building mass and energy balances for a complex interacting system of unit operations, i.e. an industrial process. The mass and energy flows of interacting and competing unit operations impact on overall profitability and sustainability. There is an introduction to a process simulation software which is used in the context of a process design project. This allows profitability and technical viability of simple processes to be evaluated. The focus is on steady-state behaviour and leads into EGH462 Process Control which focuses on dynamic behaviour.

  • EGB414 Advanced Materials

    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.

  • EGB415 Motor Racing Vehicle Design

    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).

  • EGB422 Energy Management

    Global energy issues are having a profound effect on engineering practice in relation to energy utilisation. Energy management is generally regarded as an effective solution for immediate energy consumption reduction and to address global warming. It is also concerned with increasing productivity, improving standards of living and saving money. You will learn how to apply the principles of thermodynamics, heat transfer and electricity along with an introduction to financial analysis and managerial practice. This will enable them to conduct an audit of energy systems and develop a sustainable energy management plan. This unit also details energy auditing of commercial buildings, industrial energy systems and processes, and explore their energy-saving opportunities. It equips students with the skills and knowledge required to conduct energy audits, analyse data, and provide reports for their energy-related customers. This unit also includes guest lectures from industry experts.

  • EGB423 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

    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.

  • EGB424 Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics

    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.

  • EGB432 Asset Management and Maintenance

    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.

  • EGB434 Tribology

    Tribology is the study of friction, wear and lubrication. In this unit, the knowledge you acquire is applied to solve problems prevalent in engineering. Topics covered range from the theory of friction, lubricant properties and chemistry, to the control of friction and wear by proper selection of both materials and lubricants, pad bearings, journal bearings, hydrostatic lubrication, elastohydrodynamic lubrication, boundary lubrication, dry rubbing solids, and also new trends in tribology including nanotribology and biotribology.

  • EGB435 Advanced Manufacturing

    This unit is built on the earlier unit Materials and Manufacturing (EGB214) with a particular focus to advanced manufacturing technique.  The unit further develops student knowledge and skills around advanced manufacturing processes, in particular various machining techniques such as turning, milling, shaping, drilling and grinding and various other super finishing techniques.  In addition the students will develop appreciation of the mechanics of metal cutting (orthogonal), tooling considerations and economics of tooling. In particular this unit introduces various non-traditional manufacturing processes such as ECM, EDM, Ultrasonic Machining etc.  In a broad sense this unit will provide all necessary knowledge about manufacturing a product/assembly/machine including process capability and process sequencing.

  • EGB436 Industrial Automation

    Industrial Automation unit is a project based unit and gives opportunity to students to work on inter-disciplinary teams to design and develop a product/assembly system by applying knowledge that was obtained from earlier studies. The students will be introduced to various techniques for design, development and control of manufacturing systems with the emphasis on a hands on practice of developing a new product/machine/control system for a given process and/or product in order to automate the process. Topics include the following: Automation requirements, systems design methodology, sensors, actuators and PLC programming.  This unit will prepare the students to undertake their final year honors project more confidently and perform to their best. Assessment in this unit consists of a series of individual and group presentations and problem solving tasks throughout the semester and a final group report with individual contributions to the overall success of the chosen project.

  • EGH411 Industrial Chemistry

    It is essential that chemists and process engineers involved in industrial chemical production translate fundamental knowledge of chemistry and process engineering into practical outcomes. In this unit you will focus on green chemistry, industrial biotechnology and catalysis which underpins 90 % of all chemicals made today. You are introduced to catalyst fundamentals and their application to industry for bulk chemicals, production of polymers and plastics, zeolites for green chemistry and bio-catalysts such as enzymes. You will also be guided through the development of professional skills which includes creation of a MindMap, completion of a Dynamic SWOT analysis, and presentation of business ideas in a poster. This unit primarily builds upon fundamentals learned in Process Principles and Unit Operations courses.

  • EGH413 Advanced Dynamics

    The analysis, design, and control of many practical engineering systems require analysis of rigid bodies in three dimensions, e.g. gyroscopes, amusement park rides, space vehicles, and robots. The aim of this unit is to develop skills and techniques to analyse the behaviour of mechanical systems in three dimensions using both Newton-Euler and Lagrangian approaches. This capstone unit builds upon the concepts of 2D kinematics and kinetics from earlier units (EGB211, EGB321) and introduces Lagrangian methods, which are powerful tools in developing equations of motion for complex engineering systems.

  • EGH414 Stress Analysis

    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.

  • EGH418 Biomechanics

    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.

  • EGH420 Mechanical Systems Design

    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.

  • EGH421 Vibration and Control

    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.

  • EGH422 Advanced Thermodynamics

    This is an energy-focused advanced engineering unit addressing core fundamentals and applications of heat and mass transfer. It introduces and discusses the key concepts of heat conduction, convection, radiation and mass diffusion while implementing conceptual and mathematical design exercises under each key concept. Such an understanding is crucial for engineers and scientists to evaluate and improve the heat transfer efficiency of various natural and man-made processes as well as machinery. At the same time, this knowledge is useful to design optimal heat/mass insulations and efficient heat/mass exchangers. In other words, for a professional who is going to be working on a role related to energy and/or heat transfer, this unit is an important source of knowledge and guidance. This is an advanced engineering unit which aims to strengthen and broaden your analytical and practical skills through realising how energy and matter propagates via conceptual and mathematical lenses.

  • EGH423 Fluids Dynamics

    This is an advanced level unit in fluid dynamics, which builds on your understanding of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and mathematics by studying viscous, transient and compressible fluid flows, together with the analysis and design of fluid machines including pumps and turbines. Analysis methods involve experimental studies using dimensional analysis, theoretical and analytical studies based on idealized versions of real engineering systems, and numerical studies based on the application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). This unit relies on a prior understanding of dynamics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics studied in introductory and intermediate units.

  • EGH424 Biofluids

    This unit focuses on the fundamental principles of fluid dynamics that are used to explain the mechanisms of biological flows and their interrelationships with physiological processes, in health and in disease/disorder. The properties of biofluids, such as blood and synovial fluid, and techniques to analyse their viscous behaviour are discussed. It introduces the basic concepts and theories of biological fluid dynamics and explains the simple numerical methods in solving the flow of biofluids. This leads to an understanding of how biofluids interact with medical devices and of criteria for the design of devices. This unit is designed to help medical engineers to examine the particular properties of the fluids that might be encountered and to introduce techniques to analyse their behaviour.

  • EGH435 Modelling and Simulation for Medical Engineers

    This advanced unit develops your knowledge and skills in analysing biomechanical components and systems in the course of medical device development. The unit focuses on modelling and simulation techniques using industry standard software. It applies content introduced in EGH418 Biomechanics, builds upon the finite element capabilities introduced in EGH414 Stress Analysis and adds quantitative analysis tools to the medical device design process commenced in EGB319 BioDesign. Traditional analytical and experimental techniques can often not be applied to investigate the mechanics of devices in biological systems. Biomechanical systems exhibit substantial non-linearity due to complex geometries, materials and interactions. Medical engineers are often required to use modelling and simulation techniques in the design of biomechanical components and/or systems. This unit introduces you to the principles of modelling and simulation techniques and their applications in Biomedical Engineering.

  • EGH438 Biomaterials

    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.

Civil engineering & the built environment

  • EGB273 Principles of Construction

    This is an intermediate level unit addressing the principles of construction, and its tools and techniques necessary for turning the infrastructure designs to the reality. It introduces the understanding of fundamental construction techniques so that the choices can be made between competing methods with due cognisance of the practicality, environmental effects, and safety. This unit is taught in the second year that builds upon prior units to further develop knowledge and skills on construction project capabilities. It develops the learning skills to manage increasingly complex projects in later units.

  • EGB274 Environmentally Sustainable Design

    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.

  • EGB275 Structural Mechanics

    Structural Mechanics is an essential knowledge to develop safe, economical and sustainable design of civil engineering structures.  Structures are analysed in modern times using computer software; improper usage of these software can lead to disastrous consequences. A clear and in-depth understanding of the principles and methods of analysis of structures is vital for successful practicing in the civil engineering discipline. The aim of this unit is to introduce structural mechanics principles and their applications to enable you to analyse structures prior to their design. The topics taught include moment distribution, bending moment and shear force diagrams for structures using indeterminate analytical and computer methods, principle of virtual work for deflection calculations, transformation of stresses, Mohr’s circle, torsion, shear flow, shear centre, unsymmetrical bending, the principle of compatibility and combined loading of structural members.

  • EGB373 Geotechnical Engineering

    This is a Geotechnical Engineering unit addressing the theoretical concepts required for geotechnical design such as retaining walls, soil slopes, earth dams, and shallow/deep foundations. It provides knowledge to estimate the stresses in soils due to geotechnical structures and the settlement /deformation of soil due to these external loads. This unit also provides hands on experience for students in laboratory soil testing to obtain the soil properties for design. You will learn about soil testing apparatus, testing procedures and testing standards required for determining soil properties for geotechnical engineering design. This unit requires the prior knowledge of Engineering mechanics (EGB121), Civil engineering systems (EGB123) and Civil Engineering Materials (EGB270). EGH473 (Advanced Geotechnical Engineering), EGH479 (Advances in Civil Engineering practice) and projects (EGH400-1 and EGH400-2) in Geotechnical/structural engineering require the knowledge of this unit.

  • EGB375 Design of Concrete Structures

    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.

  • EGB376 Steel Design

    This is an intermediate civil engineering unit that will provide in-depth knowledge and understanding of the behaviour, analysis and limit states design of steel structural elements such as tension and compression members, beams and their connections. It will also provide you the necessary skills and experience in analysing and designing simple steel structures including continuous beams and trusses through group projects on real world examples. The ability to analyse and design buildings, bridges, cranes and transmission towers constructed in steel under various loadings is a requirement for a range of graduate civil engineering positions. This unit is the first one in the civil engineering course that provides the knowledge and skills required for this purpose. It forms the foundation for a number of advanced civil engineering units in later years of the course. EGB476-Advanced Steel Design builds on this unit by extending your knowledge and skills for more complex steel structures.

  • EGB377 Water and Waste Water Engineering

    Water and wastewater engineering is a third year elective Civil Engineering unit, providing the fundamental principles and application of (i) drinking water and (ii) wastewater treatment processes.  The subject of water quality is also introduced to show how to link source water quality to treatment process selection.  The wastewater component covers principles of wastewater treatment in order to enable wastewater to be disposed safely, without being a danger to public health or polluting receiving watercourses.  New concepts introduced during lectures are explained through practical examples and further demonstrated with real-world complex practical problem solving tasks during tutorials. There are two site visits, one to a water treatment plant and to a wastewater treatment plant.  These real-world experiences will help consolidate concepts, principles and methodologies learned in the classroom.

  • EGB379 Advanced Transport Engineering

    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.

  • EGB381 Infrastructure Asset Management

    The quality of civil infrastructure has significant impacts on the quality of life, the health of the social system, and the sustenance and growth of regional and national economy. This unit in infrastructure asset management is a response to the growing need for civil engineers to be proficient in infrastructure asset management topic that requires a broad and practical knowledge of infrastructure characteristics and fundamental management techniques. At the completion of this unit students will have sound understanding of the whole of life-cycle assessment of infrastructure assets, practical asset-management techniques, and some of the economic and governance related issues that pertains to infrastructure. These skills should enable students with better decision-making capabilities that can increase resilience and sustainability of infrastructure.

  • EGB382 Construction Methodologies

    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.

  • EGB383 Environmental Resource Management

    This unit prepares you for the essential civil engineering work of investigating, designing and constructing solutions to manage urban wastes with detailed discussions of the technologies available to convert wastes to valuable resources. The unit primarily addresses the management of solid wastes generated from domestic, commercial, and industrial sources and stormwater generated in urban regions, which is polluted with ecologically hazardous and toxic substances.  The technical content of this unit includes waste minimisation, promotion of efficient use of resources, promotion the use of waste through recycling and energy production, viewing waste as a resource, reducing the mass, volume and toxicity of waste, disposing of waste in a socially and environmentally acceptable manner; stormwater treatment and reuse and water sensitive urban design. Environmental resource management is an important aspect of civil and environmental engineering education and general engineering practices.

  • EGB384 Bidding, Estimating and Cost Management

    This is an advanced Civil Engineering unit that will: 1.Develop the theoretical and analytical knowledge and practical skills for the preparation of a “contractor's estimate” and tender submission for civil engineering projects, including the planning of construction activities, identification of appropriate equipment and structure of the estimate itself 2.Provide an understanding of the use of specifications and contracts while preparing estimates 3.Provide an understanding of the stages of capital works and the type of estimating process for each stage 4.Provide an introduction to the use of estimates in cost control systems and the type of cost estimation that is carried by contractors in the preparation of bids 5.Develop skills in teamwork and collaboration needed to produce a competitive tender The unit will develop the skills and applications of investigation, analysis, synthesis and problem solving, written and visual literacy, required in predicting the cost of construction.

  • EGB386 Design of Masonry Structures

    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.

  • EGB387 Project Value and Innovations

    In addition to design competence, Engineers require a sound understanding of construction and management principles and engineering economic analysis to fully meet the expectations of employers and the broader community. This unit addressing a complete financial and economic evaluation of project using several evaluation criteria commonly applied in the assessment of engineering project alternatives. This is an construction engineering second major unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit will help engineers to think creatively, work collaboratively and to understand the decisions required in a project planning and feasibility environments as well as understanding projects within the economic (value and price) environment. This advanced unit significantly integrates your prior knowledge and skills to effectively perform specific management tasks in typical civil engineering projects.

  • EGB473 Composite Structures

    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.

  • EGB475 Advanced Structural Analysis

    This is an advanced structural engineering unit in which topics that are regularly used by structural engineers as well as some topics that become useful for special cases will be covered. Using knowledge from previous years, you will develop and present the computer based stiffness method for analyzing structures in order to design them. Dynamics and vibration of structures will be introduced with applications to buildings. Structures collapse when loaded beyond their capacity. The predictable pattern of structural failure through the formation of plastic hinges (or failure points) will be treated. The application of dynamics and vibration to structural health monitoring and damage detection and to seismic engineering will be covered. The Australian Standard AS1170.4 for seismic analysis will be used in the studies. On completion of this unit, students will be well prepared to face the challenges of a structural engineer.

  • EGB476 Advanced Steel Design

    This is an advanced level civil engineering unit that provides the required knowledge and skills for the analysis, design and construction of steel buildings. Building on the structural, material and construction units of previous semesters, it provides detailed knowledge, skills and experience in determining the wind effects on buildings, modelling, analysis and design of steel framed buildings and all their components by engaging in a single storey steel portal frame building project on a real site. The ability to analyse and design steel buildings is a requirement for a range of graduate civil engineering positions. This unit is the second one in the civil engineering course that provides the knowledge and skills required for this purpose. It will prepare you to pursue a career in structures and/or construction. EGB473-Composite Structures builds on this unit by extending your knowledge and skills for more complex, composite steel-concrete structures.

  • EGB482 Contracting and Construction Regulations

    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.

  • EGB485 Finite Element Analysis

    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.

  • EGB486 Bridge Engineering

    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.

  • EGB489 Advanced Transport Modelling

    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.

  • EGH471 Advanced Water Engineering

    This advanced unit covers the fundamental topics of Australian hydrology and hydraulics. It builds on previous study in engineering hydraulics in EGH371. This unit introduces the hydrologic cycle and its applications in runoff estimations from small catchments, probability and risk of flooding, selection and estimation of design floods, hydrologic data analysis, flood estimations using the Rational Method and advanced computer modelling of catchments. Ability to accurately assess catchments for their hydrologic and hydraulic characteristics is a fundamental attribute of water engineers and designing and managing urban infrastructure. The unit also introduce design techniques of important infrastructure elements so that students get a good grasp of the design codes and specifications. This unit is one of Civil Engineering's work integrated learning (WIL) units, which includes a professional learning task designed with the support of industry professionals.

  • EGH472 Advanced Highway and Pavement Engineering

    This is an advanced civil engineering unit that will develop your theoretical knowledge of highway and pavement engineering science and engineering analysis, and design. It will develop applied skills in investigation, analysis, synthesis and problem solving, written and visual literacy for communication and reporting. It stresses both independent and collaborative strategies for managing and completing tasks on time. It contextualises this civil engineering activity across social, economic, and environmental lenses, and emphasises application of standards and codes of practice in the civil engineering discipline. This is an advanced unit and therefore the prior knowledge on Traffic and Transport (EGB272) and on basic geotechnical engineering concepts (EGB373). Capstone projects (EGH400-1 and EGH400-2) in Transport/Pavement engineering require the knowledge of this unit.

  • EGH473 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

    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).

  • EGH475 Advanced Concrete Structures

    This is the final design unit of the civil engineering first major and will apply and refine advanced knowledge, concepts, methodologies and systematic thinking to prepare the student for professional practice. It will develop advanced cognitive skills in review, analysis and synthesis in civil infrastructure planning and design contexts, including critical, creative and innovative solutions to complex problems. It stresses the ability to communicate advanced knowledge and concepts in written, modelled and graphical forms to civil engineering professional audiences. It also stresses both independent and collaborative strategies in team working contexts, including reflective practice, to manage a civil infrastructure planning and design project in a timely manner with a focus on delivering outcomes. Emphasis is placed on awareness and understanding of social and economic factors in civil engineering practice, and on ethical practice.

  • EGH479 Advances in Civil Engineering Practice

    This is the final design unit of the civil engineering first major and will apply and refine advanced knowledge, concepts, methodologies and systematic thinking to prepare the student for professional practice. It will develop advanced cognitive skills in review, analysis and synthesis in civil infrastructure planning and design contexts, including critical, creative and innovative solutions to complex problems. It stresses the ability to communicate advanced knowledge and concepts in written, modelled and graphical forms to civil engineering professional audiences. It also stresses both independent and collaborative strategies in team working contexts, including reflective practice, to manage a civil infrastructure planning and design project in a timely manner with a focus on delivering outcomes. Emphasis is placed on awareness and understanding of social and economic factors in civil engineering practice, and on ethical practice.

  • UXB220 Services and Heavy Engineering Measurement

    This unit develops deeper knowledge, skills and application of the measurement of more complex areas of services and heavy engineering including building services (hydraulics, drainage, mechanical and electrical) and heavy engineering works within the resources and infrastructure sectors. It builds on units previously undertaken in the earlier years of the course such as the Measurement of Construction, Heavy Engineering Sector Technology and Building services.

Earth, environment & biological sciences

  • EVB211 Geographic Information Systems and Science

    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.

  • EVB222 Spatial Analysis and Modelling Practice

    Spatial Analysis is a rapidly evolving area of expertise aiming at using analytic approaches for describing spatial distributions and patterns, and analysing relationships of geographic features. This unit builds on EVB211 - Geographic Information Systems and Science, to further develop your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in spatial analysis as a support for decision-making and for spatial planning in different applied disciplines. Upon completing this unit you will demonstrate intermediate-advanced skills in acquiring, extracting, storing, analysing, modelling and presenting spatial information in a GIS environment and some knowledge of spatial analysis in R.

Electrical engineering & computer science

  • CAB202 Microprocessors and Digital Systems

    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.

  • EGB120 Foundations of Electrical Engineering

    This is a foundational electrical engineering unit which covers concepts around the relationship between electrical energy, electronic instrumentation and measurements. It introduces techniques for circuit analysis, instruments for measurement and practical applications in an engineering context. The ability to analyse and understand electrical circuits and related concepts plays a key role in all engineering disciplines, but plays a key foundation for students studying electrical related majors. The concepts in this unit will be built upon in future units. EGB120 combines real world focused lectures, tutorials and practicals to give a hands on experience learning about these fundamentals.

  • EGB220 Mechatronics Design 1

    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.

  • EGB240 Electronic Design

    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.

  • EGB241 Electromagnetics and Machines

    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.

  • EGB242 Signal Analysis

    The concepts of signals and systems arise in a wide variety of fields, and play an important role in such diverse areas of science and technology. These include communications, modern control, astronautics, circuit design, acoustics, seismology, biomedical engineering, and speech processing. This unit provides foundations of signal and system analysis in the time and frequency domains in the context of electrical and electronic circuits, to enable the study of engineering techniques and applications employing Fourier series and transform, Linear time invariant systems, filtering, convolution, and Laplace transform. Engineering and Maths Lectures will provide the knowledge base required. Tutorial sessions will involve problem-solving tasks to understand, integrate and apply mathematical concepts to signal analysis. Individual and group assignments consist off problem-solving tasks, requiring hand calculations and programming in Matlab.  The final exam assesses the unit's major concepts.

  • EGB243 Aircraft Systems and Flight

    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.

  • EGB320 Mechatronics Design 2

    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.

  • EGB339 Introduction to Robotics

    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.

  • EGB340 Design and Practice

    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.

  • EGB341 Energy Supply and Delivery

    The unit (EGB341) covers the technical aspects of electric energy generation and delivery. The structure of energy conversion and delivery from power stations through transmission and distribution to customers will be addressed, including the concept of electricity markets. Models of transformers, transmission lines, synchronous and induction machines will be studied as key components of electricity network. This subject will lay the foundations for EGH441 Power System Modelling.

  • EGB342 Telecommunications and Signal Processing

    This a foundational unit addressing core concepts, characteristics and performance requirements in analog and digital communication systems. It introduces basic building blocks of analog and digital modulation techniques for single and multi-user communications. Use time and frequency domain signal analysis, apply information theory to compress digital data, choose appropriate modulation techniques to transmit digital and analog signals and the ability to analyse the performance in noisy channels are important skills for electrical engineering graduates.  This is an introductory unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to communication and signals stream in the electrical engineering major. EGH443 Advanced Telecommunications, EGH444 Digital Systems and Image processing, and EGH442 RF Techniques and Applications units build on this unit by extending analytical understanding of basic building blocks for design and analysis of more complex signals and systems

  • EGB345 Control and Dynamic Systems

    Control systems engineering is at the heart of most of the modern electrical and mechanical systems that you will encounter in your careers as practicing engineers. The unit provides theoretical and practical understanding of control systems to enable you to better apply and design engineering technologies. The unit is an intermediate level unit to be undertaken once you have sufficient mathematical and analysis skills to understand the theory and to apply the theory in practice.

  • EGB346 Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    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.

  • EGB348 Electronics

    Electronic devices and circuits are the building blocks of most electrical and computing devices.  In this unit, you will identify the characteristics and operation of discrete and integrated circuit semiconductor devices, including diodes, transistors and op amps.   You will learn how they are combined into circuits to perform useful operations on signals, such as amplification, filtering or switching.  This unit also introduces digital electronics, including devices such as logic gates and flip-flops, and combinational logic, and digital circuit design. This unit is an Intermediate Electrical Option, which builds on basic the electrical circuit theory learned in EGB120. It forms the foundation for later units in Advanced Electronics and Power Electronics.

  • EGB439 Advanced Robotics

    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.

  • EGH419 Mechatronics Design 3

    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.

  • EGH441 Power System Modelling

    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.

  • EGH442 RF Techniques and Applications

    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 .

  • EGH443 Advanced Telecommunications

    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.

  • EGH444 Digital Signals and Image Processing

    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.

  • EGH445 Modern Control

    This unit develops fundamental concepts and methods used for modelling, analysis and control design of complex engineering systems. The unit introduces a general class of models for complex systems known as state-space. This class of models allows the development of control techniques and designs that shape and modify the behavior of the system. In particular, the classical state and output-feedback regulators, integral action, observer design, and optimal control are studied and used to solve stabilisation problems. The control design problem is discussed in both continuous-time and discrete-time domains, allowing for the study of both ideal and real systems. The implementation of digital controllers is included, building knowledge in the practical application of control designs into real systems. Thus, this unit provides a set of modern tools for control design of engineering systems currently used in real-life applications.

  • EGH446 Autonomous Systems

    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.

  • EGH448 Power Electronics

    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.

  • EGH449 Advanced Electronics

    This Advanced Electrical Option builds on the electronic and computing building blocks and concepts covered in Electronics (EGB348) and Microprocessors and Digital Systems (CAB202).  This unit explores the extension and application of general electronic circuits to specific topic areas where special consideration and approaches are required. These topic areas include precision electronics, low noise electronics, the interface of analogue and digital electronics, digital systems, and Field Programmable Gate Arrays.  The advanced unit EGH448 Power Electronics is complimentary to this unit's content.

  • EGH450 Advanced Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    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.

  • EGH455 Advanced Systems Design

    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.

  • EGH456 Embedded Systems

    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.

Industrial design

  • DNB111 ID Studio 2: Aesthetics and Visualisation

    This introductory unit advances knowledge and skills with analogue and digital visualisation techniques to explore, elaborate and communicate your design ideas effectively. The most common and complex aspect of industrial design deals with creating aesthetically pleasing products imbued with meaning and value through form and function. Continuing the development of design process knowledge and skills established in DNB110 ID Studio 1: User Centred Design, this unit delves deeper into ideas of aesthetics and meaning in order to advance the quality of everyday products.

  • DNB210 ID Studio 3: Interaction and Experience

    A core responsibility of the Industrial Designer is the interpretation of human interactions with products or systems. This unit develops intermediate design research skills and strategies to gain a detailed understanding of the user within the product's social, cultural and technological context. It employs design strategies to identify opportunities of human interactions with products and systems and enhance the user-product experience. In this unit you will strengthen and apply your design, visualisation, model-making and CAD skills at an intermediate level while dealing with user-centred design (UCD) principles to produce interactive designs. This unit builds on knowledge and experience gained in earlier ID foundation units. It builds your skills and knowledge in the area of interaction and experience allowing for integration of skills and knowledge in the capstone units.

  • DNB211 ID Studio 4: Manufacturing Technology

    This unit introduces the skills and knowledge to transform design ideas into manufacturable products. It provides experience and skills in creating 3D CAD models and using them to communicate design intent. As such, the unit increases your knowledge of the commonly used materials and processes and of how their manufacturing constraints and opportunities affect the design process. The industrial designer needs to possess skills in translating these constraints and opportunities into viable product designs and to be able to communicate their design intent with sufficient detail to allow that product to be manufactured according to industry standards and capabilities. This unit introduces you to the principles of Design For Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) and extends your Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills. The skills and knowledge covered by this unit are amongst those highly sought after by employers and will be applied in all subsequent ID studio units.

  • DNB212 ID Studio 5: Applied Technology

    This unit provides the skills and knowledge required to design products for manufacture. It advances knowledge on commonly used materials allowing you to gain an understanding of how manufacturing constraints and opportunities affect the design process. Industrial Designers need to be able to design products that are viable for production. They also need to possess skills in translating these constraints and opportunities into viable product designs and to be able to efficiently communicate their design intent to allow that product to be manufactured according to industry standards and capabilities. The unit focuses on 3D parametric Computer Aided Design (CAD) and on how this is incorporated into the design process. Additionally, it provides skills in creating 3D CAD models and using them to communicate design intent. The unit builds on the DNB211 ID Studio 4: Manufacturing Technology unit as well as developing CAD and digital presentation skills.

  • DNB213 Wearable Products

    This unit introduces wearable product design for the purposes of enhancing the user experience within a given context. It provides knowledge and skills to design interactive wearable products. It focuses on demonstrating the use of micro-controller technologies and rapid prototyping techniques for the purposes of designing wearable devices that enhance the user experience within a given context. This unit is in the developmental stage of your course and it is preferred (but not a requirement) that you have completed design foundation units, tangible media or textiles and technology units prior to enrolling in this unit. This unit provides you with opportunities to build, develop and apply creative design proficiency in the context of wearable product design.

  • DNB215 Personal Transportation

    This unit introduces personal transport and mobility system concepts as applied to the design of a personal transport system for a given context. It focuses on understanding, benchmarking and designing personal transport systems for a specific context. It prepares you for future units including mass transportation and future transportation units. This unit is in the developmental stage of your course and introduces you to some basic concepts for transportation systems and builds on your application of design. It is preferred (but not a requirement) that you have completed design or design visualisation units prior to enrolling in this unit.

  • DNB301 Industrial Design 3

    This unit introduces you to design investigation and application of design methods to support sustainable practices in constructed and natural environments. It covers introduction to products and systems differences; intermediate design methods and design management.

  • DNB304 Product Technology 1

    This unit builds your knowledge of the technological aspects relevant to Industrial Design. It focuses on providing experience and skills in the use and application of technology as part of the design, which is essential for your Industrial Design practice.

  • DNB401 Industrial Design 4

    The unit examines how various design approaches contribute to the design of complex product or systems and explores designer-client relationships. Through a collaborative project you will be exposed to: introduction to design research and innovation; communication skills; and manufacturing technologies. This unit advances the knowledge gained in DNB301 Industrial Design 3. You will continue the development of critical and analytical design thinking within cultural, environmental and global contexts with special emphasis on the development of product-based design thinking within a system-based framework.

  • DNB404 Product Technology 2

    This unit will Introduce knowledge on advanced materials, reinforce knowledge on commonly used materials and processes, and explore how manufacturing constraints and opportunities affect the design process. It will also Increase your skills and knowledge of 3D parametric Computer Aided Design (CAD) and give you an understanding of how this is incorporated into the design process. In this unit, you will extend your experience and skills in creating 3D CAD models and use these models to communicate design intent. Industrial designers require extensive knowledge of Design for Manufacture (DFM) and Computer Aided Industrial Design (CAD), topics explored in the prerequisite unit DNB304 Product Technology 1. This forms an essential part of the skills and knowledge base required of Industrial Design practitioners.

  • DNB503 Industrial Design 5

    This unit introduces you to design methods and strategies to explore people's behaviours and the context of use of everyday products. The design approach focuses on the user experience and on developing product designs that are suitable for manufacturing.

  • DNH603 Industrial Design 6

    This unit provides an introduction to the concept of interaction design where product design approaches can be applied within a design studio environment. It also introduces interdisciplinary design concepts and strategies that are relevant to the design of future products and systems. In this unit you will learn a core aspect of Industrial Design - the interaction between humans and physical products. This unit extends methods and techniques gained from DNB503 Industrial Design 5 to the analysis of human experiences, and people-product interactions and behaviours in the context of use. As more products integrate digital and physical interfaces, people's experiential responses must be addressed. To achieve this, this unit advances on acquired design methods and techniques by transferring them across disciplines. Prototyping is a key aspect of this unit where the design intent must be demonstrated through the use of model-making and basic interaction technical tools.

  • DNH703 Applied Design Research 1

    This unit incorporates studies of the dynamic relationships between people, products/artefacts and systems, and their contextual environment. The unit will introduce you to the ways research about people can contribute to product innovation, an essential aspect of industrial design. It will introduce how to integrate the applied research skills and knowledge that support the development of an innovative product or system proposal. It also provides you with the foundation for higher research degrees. The major topics covered in this unit include: human-centred innovation framework application of qualitative research methods to industrial design; situating product/ systems within the socio-cultural context; and communication of research outcome.

  • DNH704 New Product Development

    This unit will focus on the introduction of new products into the market. It will provide you with an overview of the relationship between product design and commercialisation. It will introduce you to strategy development where the aim is to meet consumer expectations whilst achieving corporate objectives. The major topics covered in this unit include: new product development process; idea generation; strategic planning; introduction to marketing; product screening and evaluation; and commercialisation and post-launch review.

  • DNH803 Applied Design Research 2

    This unit focuses on the design of a product or system to a professional level. It builds upon DNH703 Applied Design Research 1 and extends the application of research to the design of a product. You will learn how to integrate research and design knowledge to support novel design ideas. The unit contains seminar discourse. This is a capstone unit and it provides you with the foundation for higher research degrees.

  • DNH804 Professional Practice in Industrial Design

    This unit focuses on the introduction of the role of professional practice management and its significance to industrial design. It covers: the role of professional practice and management, management of design projects, type of contracts, the role of design administration, liability, design law, intellectual property, and designer-client relationships. The unit provides an overview of the relationship between product design and professional practice. It addresses professional practice management and uses this knowledge to manage your own projects. As a professional product designer, you will be required to interact with other professions within a project team. Therefore this unit will provide you with an understanding of contractual arrangements in relation to design law and intellectual property issues during project negotiations with clients.