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.


Biology & environmental science

EVB210 Geospatial Mapping

Effective presentation of geospatial information is fundamental for supporting decision-making in many disciplines. This unit is complementary to the study of Geographic Information Systems and aims at enhancing skill development in effective communication of geospatial information and the production of maps for different purposes and audiences. It provides you with an introduction to the fundamentals of mapping and cartographic communication for contemporary visual presentation and mapping of geospatial data suitable for scientific reporting. Through this unit you will develop the ability to operate at a basic-intermediate level a variety of mapping software (e.g. Google Earth, QGIS, ArcGIS, AutoCAD) and use some specific online mapping platforms.

Built environment

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.

Civil & environmental engineering

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 is a foundational civil engineering unit addressing the core concepts, acquisition, manufacturing and testing of civil engineering materials such as concrete, steel, timber and soils and the factors that influence their quality, properties and application in real life construction and infrastructure projects. It introduces the common and advanced construction materials with respect to their demand in Australian and global market context. The ability to select best building material, prepare mix design and provide evidence on the structural/architectural suitability and economy is a requirement for a range of graduate entry civil engineering positions. This is an introductory unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to all structural and geotechnical majors. Basic and Advanced Concrete and Steel Design courses build on this unit by extending your materials and their applicability knowledge for basic and complex design needs and project requirements.

EGB272 Traffic and Transport Engineering

The transport system is an essential element of our physical infrastructure. This is a foundational transport engineering unit addressing the core concepts, requirements and practices of transport design. planning, operations, management and control.  It builds fundamental understanding of the intent of individual elements of the transport system, including travellers, vehicles and transport infrastructure. The skills developed in this introductory level unit are not just limited to Civil engineering discipline. Transport engineering problems (related to congestion, safety, environment and sustainability) are multidisciplinary that expands the boundaries of traditional civil engineering to psychology and emerging data science. The skills developed in the unit are fundamentals for the (civil) engineers undertaking typical traffic and transport engineering investigations, analyses and designs of transport systems.

EGB371 Engineering Hydraulics

Engineering Hydraulics is a second year Civil unit, providing an understanding of hydraulic principles and their use in civil engineering applications.  The importance of Hydraulics to civil engineers is that the fundamental knowledge gained in this unit is intimately related to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of bridges, dams, pumping stations, water and wastewater treatment plants, water distribution systems for water supply and sewerage systems are among many other features deemed important in modern day society.  The unit focuses on the engineering applications of water and other liquids (fluids). Topics covered include practical applications of hydrostatics, pipe flow, energy loss in pipes and pipe systems and water distribution systems to communities for drinking water that includes pumps and storage reservoirs.  New concepts introduced during lectures are explained through examples and demonstrated with real-world problem solving tasks.

Computer science

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 you to User Centred Industrial Design. It addresses visual and creative thinking within the context of the industrial design process and provides human-centred knowledge focused on usability, usability methods and evaluation techniques. You will learn how to implement physical, cognitive and emotional factors to human-centred product design, services and systems. Understanding the needs and capabilities of people is essential to the design of usable, desirable and viable products, services and systems. In order to do this you will need a solid understanding of user-centred design methods during the industrial design process and the application of form, structure, function and beauty in design.

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.

Mechanical, medical & process engineering

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.

EGB113 Energy in Engineering Systems

This is a foundation engineering unit to introduce the fundamental concepts that are applied by engineers to understand the interaction and transfer of energy between components of an engineering system that result in motion and transmission of energy using simple examples from various engineering disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, process, civil, etc. Engineers in all discipline areas often work with numerous kinds of systems where consideration must be given to the motion within, and associated energy of, the system and how this energy can be transferred through the system, often in different forms. The unit will provide the ability to recognise and apply the basic relationships required to solve problems involving forces, motion and energy. The unit is built upon in further engineering units within various degree programs.

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.

EGB336 Lean Manufacturing

To grow in the highly competitive global marketplace, organisations must maximise customer value and minimise process waste. Lean philosophy advocates that enterprise make optimum use of resources, technology, equipment, and the skills and knowledge of employees, suppliers and customers. This unit introduces the key concepts of Lean Manufacturing such as continuous improvement, just-in-time production and ‘pull’ philosophy. The main focus of the unit is on the methods and tools used to analyse the existing state of a business process and to develop a globally competitive organisation using Lean Manufacturing and Management principles. Designing, implementing and managing Lean systems require careful planning and advanced skills in Lean strategies, Lean enterprise development, value stream mapping and more. This is where the Lean Manufacturing and Management unit gives the students an edge. This unit is available in a number of Study Area B engineering options.

ENN510 Engineering Knowledge Management

This unit introduces Knowledge management as an innovative process that needs to be closely aligned to organization goals.  The development of knowledge management systems requires a sound understanding of the various building blocks of knowledge management.  The unit introduces critical building blocks such as;  knowledge identification, knowledge development, knowledge preservation, knowledge representation and knowledge distribution and  sharing.  All engineering managers must have the fundamental skills and knowledge to understand, design and develop and manage knowledge management systems in an organization.  This unit provides the basic knowledge and skills to understand the complex issues of knowledge management that are essential to the career advancement of engineering managers.  In addition the unit also introduces organizational culture and organizational behavioral charges that are needed to transform a traditional organization to a knowledge oriented enterprise.

ENN515 Total Quality Management

To grow in the highly competitive global marketplace, organizations must maximize customer value and product quality. Total Quality Management (TQM) advocates the enterprise make optimum use of resources, technology, equipment, and the skills and knowledge of employees, suppliers and customers. Total Quality Management unit provides students with an understanding of the underlying philosophy, theory and practice of modern day quality management process. Quality Management has evolved beyond its roots in statistics and the quality control functions. Many consider TQM to be a framework for "excellent" management. The main themes of TQM are: a data-based approach to problem solving; an emphasis on organisational and behavioural considerations; a customer-oriented market-sensitive approach to designing and delivering both products and services; and finally, a desire and system approach for continual improvement. TQM practice is a pathway to the achievement of world class competitiveness.

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

The unit introducing recent development of materials and their potential applications. The advances in microanalysis and modelling techniques will be also covered. The unit teaches the inter-relationships amongst the microstructure, properties and processing so that the fundamental principle of structure-property relationship and materials selection can be understood. The unit also provides students an opportunity to apply the knowledge to analyze a typical material problem through project work and use of state-of-the-art material selection software. Understanding of the fundamental relationships between the microstructure and properties in materials is critical to development of robust designs and/or manufacturing methods. This unit provides knowledge in advanced materials, their properties, application, processing, characterization and simulation. This is an advanced unit which is relevant and built on other materials and manufacturing units.

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.