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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.
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.
This unit introduces resource sector technology associated with on and off Shore Oil and Gas (LNG), open cut and underground mining and power generation and distribution infrastructure including processing plants/plant design and infrastructure systems. Students will also develop introductory knowledge of safety and risk management within these sectors and develop an appreciation of mineral economics. It links to the work being undertaken in units Imagine Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering.
This is a foundation civil engineering unit that will introduce you to civil engineering systems and thinking through local urban site investigations and large industry project contexts. You will integrate systems thinking and information science with skills in investigation, analysis and synthesis, and written and visual literacy that underpins civil engineering practice. You will develop both independent and collaborative strategies for managing and completing tasks on time in real world contexts taking into account technical, social, economic, and environmental issues with guidance from academic and industry leaders. This unit provides the foundation for most of your second year units in a major civil engineering study area. It also exposes you to areas of future work and study choice (e.g. Study Area B options).
This is a foundational civil engineering unit addressing core concepts, acquisition, manufacturing and testing of civil engineering materials such as concrete, steel, timber and soils and the factors that influence their quality, properties and application in real life construction and infrastructure projects. It introduces the common and advanced construction materials with respect to their demand in Australian and global market context. The ability to select best building material, prepare mix design and provide evidence on the structural/architectural suitability and economy is a requirement for a range of graduate entry civil engineering positions. This is an introductory unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to all structural and geotechnical majors. Basic and Advanced Concrete and Steel Design courses build on this unit by extending your materials and their applicability knowledge for basic and complex design needs and project requirements.
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.
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.
Wireless communications, mobile networks and navigation have been widely deployed and integrated into various mobile platforms for value-added services. This unit highlights the recent advances in wireless local area and wide area networks, vehicular networks and Internet of Things with focus on selected standards and network protocols. The unit also provides an overview for satellite navigation systems, wireless positioning technologies and location-based services.
This unit 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.
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.
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.
This is a foundation engineering unit to introduce the fundamental concepts that are applied by engineers to understand the interaction and transfer of energy between components of an engineering system that result in motion and transmission of energy using simple examples from various engineering disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, process, civil, etc. Engineers in all discipline areas often work with numerous kinds of systems where consideration must be given to the motion within, and associated energy of, the system and how this energy can be transferred through the system, often in different forms. The unit will provide the ability to recognise and apply the basic relationships required to solve problems involving forces, motion and energy. The unit is built upon in further engineering units within various degree programs.
This unit introduces students to the fundamental approach involved when taking a chemical reaction from the laboratory to full scale industrial implementation. Aspects such as health and safety considerations, environmental issues, quality control, product design, process constraints, economics, mass & heat balance, chemistry and process engineering will be discussed. Examples of how professionals integrate this knowledge into practice will be provided and the design process for improvement illustrated. Students will gain an understanding of how to interact with a multi-disciplinary team to obtain satisfactory technical solutions to a wide range of problems. This introductory (second year) unit prepares you for more advanced study in process modelling.
This unit introduces Knowledge management as an innovative process that needs to be closely aligned to organization goals. The development of knowledge management systems requires a sound understanding of the various building blocks of knowledge management. The unit introduces critical building blocks such as; knowledge identification, knowledge development, knowledge preservation, knowledge representation and knowledge distribution and sharing. All engineering managers must have the fundamental skills and knowledge to understand, design and develop and manage knowledge management systems in an organization. This unit provides the basic knowledge and skills to understand the complex issues of knowledge management that are essential to the career advancement of engineering managers. In addition the unit also introduces organizational culture and organizational behavioral charges that are needed to transform a traditional organization to a knowledge oriented enterprise.
To grow in the highly competitive global marketplace, organizations must maximize customer value and product quality. Total Quality Management (TQM) advocates the enterprise make optimum use of resources, technology, equipment, and the skills and knowledge of employees, suppliers and customers. Total Quality Management unit provides students with an understanding of the underlying philosophy, theory and practice of modern day quality management process. Quality Management has evolved beyond its roots in statistics and the quality control functions. Many consider TQM to be a framework for "excellent" management. The main themes of TQM are: a data-based approach to problem solving; an emphasis on organisational and behavioural considerations; a customer-oriented market-sensitive approach to designing and delivering both products and services; and finally, a desire and system approach for continual improvement. TQM practice is a pathway to the achievement of world class competitiveness.
Professionals are often involved in the management of infrastructure including transportation, water, energy, buildings and telecommunications. In today's business environment, the efficient maintenance and management of these assets and associated risks is critical. The professionals need to know how to manage the whole of life cycle of assets; organise maintenance based on condition and reliability assessments; and create as well as implement effective asset management and maintenance plans so as to meet the business objectives of the organisation.
The unit introducing recent development of materials and their potential applications. The advances in microanalysis and modelling techniques will be also covered. The unit teaches the inter-relationships amongst the microstructure, properties and processing so that the fundamental principle of structure-property relationship and materials selection can be understood. The unit also provides students an opportunity to apply the knowledge to analyze a typical material problem through project work and practice class. Understanding of the fundamental relationships between the microstructure and properties in materials is critical to development of robust designs and/or manufacturing methods. This unit provides knowledge in advanced materials, their properties, application, processing, characterization and simulation. This is an advanced unit which is relevant and built on other materials and manufacturing units.
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.
Modern society requires complex decisions about space and these decisions are underpinned by spatial information and spatial data. This is a foundational unit for developing skills in Geographic Information Systems and Science. A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based system that allows you to integrate, store, edit, analyse and display spatial or geographic information for a multitude of applications, ranging from natural resources management to urban planning, from disaster response to defence, from public health to business intelligence. The unit provides you with an introduction to spatial information science, spatial concepts and data models, spatial data acquisition, geodatabases, and simple spatial analysis. Upon completing this unit you will demonstrate a practical ability to operate a geographic information system at an intermediate level and the capacity to define and solve problems associated with manipulation of spatial information.
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.
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.
This is an intermediate level unit addressing the principles of construction, and its tools and techniques necessary for turning the infrastructure designs to the reality. It introduces the understanding of fundamental construction techniques so that the choices can be made between competing methods with due cognisance of the practicality, environmental effects, and safety. This unit is taught in the second year that builds upon prior units to further develop knowledge and skills on construction project capabilities. It develops the learning skills to manage increasingly complex projects in later units.
The knowledge and skills associated with site investigation and planning for sustainable development are essential for civil and environmental engineers, as is the ability to work within multidisciplinary teams to achieve balanced solutions on social, economic and environmental grounds. This sustainable development design project requires you to undertake typical site investigations, analyses and designs for a selected site covering sustainability issues in the following areas: Sustainable Transport, Land Planning including assessment of the surrounding suburbs, Water and Wastewater Management and Environmental Impact Assessment. This unit extends and applies the knowledge developed in first year design based engineering units to important issues such as site analysis, site investigation, development of site planning criteria, site planning, environmental management and quality, pollution prevention and control, and resource and waste management.
Structural Mechanics is an essential knowledge to develop safe, economical and sustainable design of civil engineering structures. Structures are analysed in modern times using computer software; improper usage of these software can lead to disastrous consequences. A clear and in-depth understanding of the principles and methods of analysis of structures is vital for successful practicing in the civil engineering discipline. The aim of this unit is to introduce structural mechanics principles and their applications to enable you to analyse structures prior to their design. The topics taught include moment distribution, bending moment and shear force diagrams for structures using indeterminate analytical and computer methods, principle of virtual work for deflection calculations, transformation of stresses, Mohr’s circle, torsion, shear flow, shear centre, unsymmetrical bending, the principle of compatibility and combined loading of structural members.
This is a Geotechnical Engineering unit addressing the theoretical concepts required for geotechnical design such as retaining walls, soil slopes, earth dams, and shallow/deep foundations. It provides knowledge to estimate the stresses in soils due to geotechnical structures and the settlement /deformation of soil due to these external loads. This unit also provides hands on experience for students in laboratory soil testing to obtain the soil properties for design. You will learn about soil testing apparatus, testing procedures and testing standards required for determining soil properties for geotechnical engineering design. This unit requires the prior knowledge of Engineering mechanics (EGB121), Civil engineering systems (EGB123) and Civil Engineering Materials (EGB270). EGH473 (Advanced Geotechnical Engineering), EGH479 (Advances in Civil Engineering practice) and projects (EGH400-1 and EGH400-2) in Geotechnical/structural engineering require the knowledge of this unit.
This unit introduces the core concepts of the design principles and methods of the reinforced and pre-stressed concrete and its application to structural elements such as the beams, slabs, columns and footings of buildings and infrastructure. It develops the principles of safe and economical design of concrete structures that are essential to further advance your knowledge in this area prior to graduation and working in design offices or at construction sites. There are two compelling reasons for the students to develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of design of concrete structures; these are: (1) Safety in Design to prevent constructability related incidents at sites and (2) Sustainability through use of low-embodied energy binders and reinforcing bars.
This is an intermediate civil engineering unit that will provide in-depth knowledge and understanding of the behaviour, analysis and limit states design of steel structural elements such as tension and compression members, beams and their connections. It will also provide you the necessary skills and experience in analysing and designing simple steel structures including continuous beams and trusses through group projects on real world examples. The ability to analyse and design buildings, bridges, cranes and transmission towers constructed in steel under various loadings is a requirement for a range of graduate civil engineering positions. This unit is the first one in the civil engineering course that provides the knowledge and skills required for this purpose. It forms the foundation for a number of advanced civil engineering units in later years of the course. EGB476-Advanced Steel Design builds on this unit by extending your knowledge and skills for more complex steel structures.
Water and wastewater engineering is a third year elective Civil Engineering unit, providing the fundamental principles and application of (i) drinking water and (ii) wastewater treatment processes. The subject of water quality is also introduced to show how to link source water quality to treatment process selection. The wastewater component covers principles of wastewater treatment in order to enable wastewater to be disposed safely, without being a danger to public health or polluting receiving watercourses. New concepts introduced during lectures are explained through practical examples and further demonstrated with real-world complex practical problem solving tasks during tutorials. There are two site visits, one to a water treatment plant and to a wastewater treatment plant. These real-world experiences will help consolidate concepts, principles and methodologies learned in the classroom.
Success in civil engineering construction projects is dependent on the selection of correct construction procedures matched with the correct equipment and ancillary temporary work. To do this, a construction engineer must have command of a range of options and the judgement to integrate these options for optimal outcomes for all stakeholders. This unit covers the fundamentals of project execution and start up of civil engineering projects. The subjects to be covered will include: site investigation, survey, identification and provision of temporary facilities, selection of equipment, material management, methods of construction, environmental protection practices, workplace health and safety requirements. The emphasis of the content will be on heavy, civil engineering projects existing or relevant to Queensland with a focus on environmental concerns and safety.
This unit prepares you for the essential civil engineering work of investigating, designing and constructing solutions to manage urban wastes with detailed discussions of the technologies available to convert wastes to valuable resources. The unit primarily addresses the management of solid wastes generated from domestic, commercial, and industrial sources and stormwater generated in urban regions, which is polluted with ecologically hazardous and toxic substances. The technical content of this unit includes waste minimisation, promotion of efficient use of resources, promotion the use of waste through recycling and energy production, viewing waste as a resource, reducing the mass, volume and toxicity of waste, disposing of waste in a socially and environmentally acceptable manner; stormwater treatment and reuse and water sensitive urban design. Environmental resource management is an important aspect of civil and environmental engineering education and general engineering practices.
This is an advanced Civil Engineering unit that will:1.Develop the theoretical and analytical knowledge and practical skills for the preparation of a “contractor's estimate” and tender submission for civil engineering projects, including the planning of construction activities, identification of appropriate equipment and structure of the estimate itself2.Provide an understanding of the use of specifications and contracts while preparing estimates3.Provide an understanding of the stages of capital works and the type of estimating process for each stage4.Provide an introduction to the use of estimates in cost control systems and the type of cost estimation that is carried by contractors in the preparation of bids5.Develop skills in teamwork and collaboration needed to produce a competitive tender
This unit deals with the application of structural masonry to buildings with the core concepts of the design principles and methods of assessing the structural performance of masonry walls subject to earthquake and gravity loading. Most masonry buildings have heritage value and require knowledge for preservation; masonry structures are also popular in medium rise residential and industrial buildings. Therefore, this unit introduces the principles of safe and economical design of masonry walls for fire and combined compression, flexure and shear. Unreinforced, partially reinforced and fully reinforced masonry structures are covered.
In addition to design competence, Engineers require a sound understanding of construction and management principles and engineering economic analysis to fully meet the expectations of employers and the broader community. This unit addressing a complete financial and economic evaluation of project using several evaluation criteria commonly applied in the assessment of engineering project alternatives. This is a construction engineering second major unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit will help engineers to think creatively and to understand the decisions required in a project planning and feasibility environments as well as understanding projects within the economic (value and price) environment. This advanced unit significantly integrates your prior knowledge and skills to effectively perform specific management tasks in typical civil engineering projects.
This is an advanced structural engineering unit in which topics that are regularly used by structural engineers as well as some topics that become useful for special cases will be covered. Using knowledge from previous years, you will develop and present the computer based stiffness method for analyzing structures in order to design them. Dynamics and vibration of structures will be introduced with applications to buildings. Structures collapse when loaded beyond their capacity. The predictable pattern of structural failure through the formation of plastic hinges (or failure points) will be treated. The application of dynamics and vibration to structural health monitoring and damage detection and to seismic engineering will be covered. The Australian Standard AS1170.4 for seismic analysis will be used in the studies. On completion of this unit, students will be well prepared to face the challenges of a structural engineer.
This is an advanced level civil engineering unit that provides the required knowledge and skills for the analysis, design and construction of steel buildings. Building on the structural, material and construction units of previous semesters, it provides detailed knowledge, skills and experience in determining the wind effects on buildings, modelling, analysis and design of steel framed buildings and all their components by engaging in a single storey steel portal frame building project on a real site. The ability to analyse and design steel buildings is a requirement for a range of graduate civil engineering positions. This unit is the second one in the civil engineering course that provides the knowledge and skills required for this purpose. It will prepare you to pursue a career in structures and/or construction. EGB473-Composite Structures builds on this unit by extending your knowledge and skills for more complex, composite steel-concrete structures.
The transport engineer must be familiar with the role of each transport mode in the overall transport task, along with operational aspects of each mode. This must be overarched by an understanding of the system and tools for planning, operation and management of transport projects, particularly in context of economic, environmental and social attributes. The aim of this unit is to develop your awareness and understanding of important concepts and analytical tools for operations, planning, designing, and management of transport systems including transit systems. This unit builds upon your transport related knowledge and skills developed in EGB123 Civil Engineering Systems and EGB272 Traffic and Transport Engineering, and provides a useful foundation to EGH479 Advances in Civil Engineering Practice.
The quality of civil infrastructure has significant impacts on the quality of life, the health of the social system, and the sustenance and growth of regional and national economy. This unit in infrastructure asset management is a response to the growing need for civil engineers to be proficient in infrastructure asset management topic that requires a broad and practical knowledge of infrastructure characteristics and fundamental management techniques. At the completion of this unit students will have sound understanding of the whole of life-cycle assessment of infrastructure assets, practical asset-management techniques, and some of the economic and governance related issues that pertains to infrastructure. These skills should enable students with better decision-making capabilities that can increase resilience and sustainability of infrastructure.
A construction engineer must have an appreciation of the commercial environment in which they work. The law and particularly the law relating to construction has a significant impact upon that commercial environment. This unit will provide a framework and sufficient detail to increase your awareness of how the law governs you and your organisation's actions within the industry. In addition, you will understand the operation of a construction contract and the claims and disputes commonly associated with the administration of such a contract. The lectures provide a solid foundation required for Construction Engineers, and embedded in the tutorials are discussions of real-world cases of the past month to highlight the importance of understanding the impacts of day-to-day decisions in the world of construction.
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a computer based method for analysing structures under static or dynamics loadings. It has applications in all areas of engineering and is used by practising engineers and researchers to analyse and design all types of structures including buildings, bridges, dams, multi-purpose towers, cooling towers, etc. FEA enables multiple and repeated analyses with ease and hence facilitates the optimum design of the structure. It is available through a number of well- known packages such as Strand 7, ANSYS, ABAQUS, LSDYNA, etc. It is now possible to treat complex problems such as dynamic seismic analysis, impact and blast analyses and structural health monitoring and damage detection, all of which were impossible prior to the advent of FEA. Students who complete this unit will be well prepared to face the challenges of modern design offices.
You will develop knowledge in bridge engineering integrating what you have learnt in your earlier years on structural analysis and design. You will develop your skills in pursuing a career as a bridge engineer. You will learn about various bridge types, then some detailed discussions on formulating the required loading cases will be provided. This will be followed by influence line diagrams which will enable you to obtain maximum effects in bridges. Various bridge analysis methods will be introduced enabling you to obtain design forces for subsequent design. The importance of bridge articulation will be discussed. The introduction of cable supported bridges will be given so that you will consider this type of bridges as an option. It is expected that students will have an understanding of the highest levels of structural analysis and design consistent with undergraduate level study in civil engineering. Knowledge gained in the units EGB375, EGB376 and EGB 475 is a must for this unit.
This is an advance transport engineering unit that develops theoretical insights with their practical applications of transport modelling and simulation. The unit covers various levels of modelling (micro and macro) techniques. The theory is supported by its real world practical modelling applications. It provides hand-ons use of state-of-the-art modelling tools through an authentic assessment. Modelling of transport networks is an inevitable part of the planning, design and operation of complex transport systems. For instance, strategic models are exploited for the planning of new transport infrastructure and traffic flow models are utilised for evaluating the efficiency and reliability of existing networks. A transport engineer should understand the suitability of various modelling and simulation techniques for particular tasks and assess their strength and weakness. The unit will acquaint students with essential transport strategic and operational modelling, and evaluation skills.
This advanced unit covers the fundamental topics of Australian hydrology and hydraulics. It builds on previous study in engineering hydraulics in EGH371. This unit introduces the hydrologic cycle and its applications in runoff estimations from small catchments, probability and risk of flooding, selection and estimation of design floods, hydrologic data analysis, flood estimations using the Rational Method and advanced computer modelling of catchments. Ability to accurately assess catchments for their hydrologic and hydraulic characteristics is a fundamental attribute of water engineers and designing and managing urban infrastructure. The unit also introduce design techniques of important infrastructure elements so that students get a good grasp of the design codes and specifications. This unit is one of Civil Engineering's work integrated learning (WIL) units, which includes a professional learning task designed with the support of industry professionals.
This is an advanced civil engineering unit that will develop your theoretical knowledge of highway and pavement engineering science and engineering analysis, and design. It will develop applied skills in investigation, analysis, synthesis and problem solving, written and visual literacy for communication and reporting. It stresses both independent and collaborative strategies for managing and completing tasks on time. It contextualises this civil engineering activity across social, economic, and environmental lenses, and emphasises application of standards and codes of practice in the civil engineering discipline. This is an advanced unit and therefore the prior knowledge on Traffic and Transport (EGB272) and on basic geotechnical engineering concepts (EGB373). Capstone projects (EGH400-1 and EGH400-2) in Transport/Pavement engineering require the knowledge of this unit.
This is an advanced Geotechnical Engineering unit addressing the core design requirements for retaining walls, soil slopes and earth dams, shallow and deep foundations, and basic concepts of rock mechanics. It provides the ability to accurately understand laboratory and field geotechnical testing reports to extract the required design parameters, to consider complex ground conditions and challenging loads such as earthquake loads, and to use appropriate design codes and guidelines in the design of geotechnical structures. Further, it provides the knowledge and skills on using software that are widely used in geotechnical engineering practice. This is an advanced unit and therefore the prior knowledge on basic geotechnical engineering concepts (EGB373), on engineering mechanics (EGB121) is required. EGH479: advances in Civil Engineering practice and projects (EGH400-1 and EGH400-2) in Geotechnical/structural engineering require the knowledge of this unit.
This is the final design unit of the civil engineering first major and will apply and refine advanced knowledge, concepts, methodologies and systematic thinking to prepare the student for professional practice. It will develop advanced cognitive skills in review, analysis and synthesis in civil infrastructure planning and design contexts, including critical, creative and innovative solutions to complex problems. It stresses the ability to communicate advanced knowledge and concepts in written, modelled and graphical forms to civil engineering professional audiences. It also stresses both independent and collaborative strategies in team working contexts, including reflective practice, to manage a civil infrastructure planning and design project in a timely manner with a focus on delivering outcomes. Emphasis is placed on awareness and understanding of social and economic factors in civil engineering practice, and on ethical practice.
This is the final design unit of the civil engineering first major and will apply and refine advanced knowledge, concepts, methodologies and systematic thinking to prepare the student for professional practice. It will develop advanced cognitive skills in review, analysis and synthesis in civil infrastructure planning and design contexts, including critical, creative and innovative solutions to complex problems. It stresses the ability to communicate advanced knowledge and concepts in written, modelled and graphical forms to civil engineering professional audiences. It also stresses both independent and collaborative strategies in team working contexts, including reflective practice, to manage a civil infrastructure planning and design project in a timely manner with a focus on delivering outcomes. Emphasis is placed on awareness and understanding of social and economic factors in civil engineering practice, and on ethical practice.
This unit introduces you to the components inside a computer and how these components work together. The design and development of modern digital electronic systems requires a knowledge of the hardware and software to program the system. This unit identifies design requirements and lets you develop embedded microcontroller-based system solutions. Practical laboratory exercises progressively expose features of a typical microprocessor; and explain how an embedded computer can interact with its environment. This provides a valuable foundation for further studies in areas such as robotics and networking.
This is a foundational electrical engineering unit which covers concepts around the relationship between electrical energy, electronic instrumentation and measurements. It introduces techniques for circuit analysis, instruments for measurement and practical applications in an engineering context. The ability to analyse and understand electrical circuits and related concepts plays a key role in all engineering disciplines, but plays a key foundation for students studying electrical related majors. The concepts in this unit will be built upon in future units. EGB120 combines real world focused lectures, tutorials and practicals to give a hands on experience learning about these fundamentals.
Mechatronics Design 1 is a project unit with a hands-on introduction to mechatronics. You will be introduced to the basic concepts in mechatronics, focusing on the mechanics, electronics, and embedded software principles. The unit focuses on the research, design, and implementation of a mechatronic product to conform to a customer's needs. This is the first in a series of design units specifically for Mechatronics, building on your Introduction to Design unit in first year.
An introduction to applied electronic circuit design. You will develop experience and confidence to draw upon theory, literature and CAD tools to synthesise electronic circuit designs to solve real world problems. You will complete two practical projects to design, build, evaluate and document simple electronic circuits. EGB240 introduces you to the practical aspects of electronic circuit design that underpins the practice of electrical engineering. The unit provides an opportunity to apply and extend circuit and electronic theories developed in first year, and the theoretical knowledge gained in EGB120, EGB242 and CAB202 to real-world engineering problems. As the second of three design units, you will further develop your professional and project management skills through application to a practical project. This is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) unit, which includes engagement from industry professionals to contextualise the project work you will be undertaking.
The unit covers static electric and magnetic fields and carries on to time varying fields used in transformers AC and DC machines. The generalised concepts of capacitance and inductance as well as the interaction of fields with materials are developed. It also covers electromagnetic induction, wave propagation, transmission line theory and the basics of the DC machines as well as 3 phase power. It links to work previously developed in EGB120 Foundations in Electrical Engineering, and prepares students for more advanced studies in RF and Power Engineering.
The concepts of signals and systems arise in a wide variety of fields, and play an important role in such diverse areas of science and technology. These include communications, modern control, astronautics, circuit design, acoustics, seismology, biomedical engineering, and speech processing. This unit provides foundations of signal and system analysis in the time and frequency domains in the context of electrical and electronic circuits, to enable the study of engineering techniques and applications employing Fourier series and transform, Linear time invariant systems, filtering, convolution, and Laplace transform. Engineering and Maths Lectures will provide the knowledge base required. Tutorial sessions will involve problem-solving tasks to understand, integrate and apply mathematical concepts to signal analysis. Individual and group assignments consist off problem-solving tasks, requiring hand calculations and programming in Matlab. The final exam assesses the unit's major concepts.
This is a foundational aerospace engineering unit addressing the aerodynamic principles of flight, aircraft systems and the airspace environment in which aircraft operate. The unit covers basic aerostatics, aerodynamics and equations of motion to gain a technical appreciation for how aircraft fly. Core aircraft systems including navigation, surveillance, guidance and control system are covered, linking their functionality and importance to air traffic management and air safety aspects of the airspace. These topics are delivered in conjunction with multiple problem solving tasks, providing you with both the technical knowledge and high level picture of how aircraft are able to operate in the world today.This is second year engineering unit and the knowledge and problem solving skills developed in this unit are relevant to aerospace and electrical, electrical and mechatronics majors.
Mechatronics Design 2 is a project unit with a hands-on application to advanced mechatronics principles. You will focus on the mechanics, electronics, and embedded software principles behind mechatronics. In this unit, you extend your knowledge and skills from Mechatronics Design 1 to the research, design, and implementation of an advanced mechatronic product to meet a customer's needs. You will further extend your skills and knowledge in mechatronics design in Mechatronics Design 3.
This unit introduces you to the components, systems and mathematical foundations of robotics and computer vision. The unit introduces the technologies and methods used in the design and programming of modern intelligent robots, and encourages critical thinking about the use of robotic technologies in various applications. The unit emphasizes the practical application of robotic theory to the design and synthesis of robotic systems that respond accurately and repeatably.
This is an advanced unit which aims to extend your design skills, professional skills and technical knowledge in the context of teamwork on a challenging project. Design communication skills will be developed through teamwork, regular presentation, written reports and studio-style critique. Professional skills developed include those in problem exploration, solution generation, problem scoping, teamwork, time management, flexible problem solving, critical thinking, information retrieval, report writing and presentation. This unit plays an important role in developing many professional skills by approaching problems from a user centred design methodology. EGB340 is situated after the first and second year electrical design units, and prepares you for your final year honours project.
The unit (EGB341) covers the technical aspects of electric energy generation and delivery. The structure of energy conversion and delivery from power stations through transmission and distribution to customers will be addressed, including the concept of electricity markets. Models of transformers, transmission lines, synchronous and induction machines will be studied as key components of electricity network. This subject will lay the foundations for EGH441 Power System Modelling.
This a foundational unit addressing core concepts, characteristics and performance requirements in analog and digital communication systems. It introduces basic building blocks of analog and digital modulation techniques for single and multi-user communications. Use time and frequency domain signal analysis, apply information theory to compress digital data, choose appropriate modulation techniques to transmit digital and analog signals and the ability to analyse the performance in noisy channels are important skills for electrical engineering graduates. This is an introductory unit and the knowledge and skills developed in this unit are relevant to communication and signals stream in the electrical engineering major. EGH443 Advanced Telecommunications, EGH444 Digital Systems and Image processing, and EGH442 RF Techniques and Applications units build on this unit by extending analytical understanding of basic building blocks for design and analysis of more complex signals and systems
Control systems engineering is at the heart of most of the modern electrical and mechanical systems that you will encounter in your careers as practicing engineers. The unit provides theoretical and practical understanding of control systems to enable you to better apply and design engineering technologies. The unit is an intermediate level unit to be undertaken once you have sufficient mathematical and analysis skills to understand the theory and to apply the theory in practice.
This unit introduces you to unmanned aircraft systems which builds upon your knowledge gained in aircraft systems and flight, and applies it to the field of unmanned aircraft systems. In this unit, you will apply principles of aircraft systems understanding in the context of unmanned aircraft systems, identify and analyse the context and implications of unmanned systems in the airspace environment, and apply a risk based approach to the operation of unmanned aircraft systems. Completion of this unit equips you with the knowledge and skill to undertake advanced unmanned aircraft systems.
Electronic devices and circuits are the building blocks of most electrical and computing devices. In this unit, you will identify the characteristics and operation of discrete and integrated circuit semiconductor devices, including diodes, transistors and op amps. You will learn how they are combined into circuits to perform useful operations on signals, such as amplification, filtering or switching. This unit also introduces digital electronics, including devices such as logic gates and flip-flops, and combinational logic, and digital circuit design. This unit is an Intermediate Electrical Option, which builds on basic the electrical circuit theory learned in EGB120. It forms the foundation for later units in Advanced Electronics and Power Electronics.
This unit develops skills in the theory and practice of mobile robotics. Theory includes the principles of motion models, motion control, motion planning, localisation, map making and simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM). Practice requires the translation of theory to working software which is evaluated using online tools. This unit builds on skills developed in EGB339.
Mechatronics Design 3 is an advanced project unit with a hands-on application to interdisciplinary mechatronics principles. You will focus on the mechanics, electronics and embedded software principles of mechatronics as an interdisciplinary team with individual strengths ranging across these areas. The unit focuses on the research, design, and implementation of an advanced mechatronic product to conform to a customer's needs. This unit extends your knowledge and skills from Mechatronics Design 2 and prepares you for your capstone project.
The unit covers the technical aspects related to power system modelling. Electric Energy systems consist of various components such as generators, transmission lines, transformers and loads. Power system modelling helps to simulate these components appropriately for reliable operations and planning of the electricity grid. This unit includes discussion about industry practices in load flow, fault calculations, protection and stability.
This unit develops skills and knowledge on radio-frequency (RF) devices, components and systems used in wireless communications. The unit focuses on microwave network theory, impedance matching and high-frequency effects for the design of RF circuits and systems, including antennas and antenna arrays. The unit also develops knowledge of antenna measurement procedures, RF system noise figure calculations and measurement, optic fibres and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). It links to work previously undertaken in EGB241 Electromagnetics and Machines and EGB342 Telecoms and Signal Processing.
With the increasing importance of telecommunications systems and services in people's lives, a unit covering the fundamentals and applications of advanced communication systems is indispensable in the Electrical Engineering Curriculum. Therefore, this unit provides an understanding of the evolution of mobile communications systems from 1st generation to 5th generation, efficient cellular planning, wireless channel characteristics and modelling, transmitter and receiver diversity, multi-carrier systems, error control coding and decoding, and optical fiber communications. Emphasis is placed on fundamental principles of advanced communication methods so that on graduation, you will be able to interpret existing and emerging communication technologies. This is an advanced unit and therefore the prior knowledge on the basic signal analysis (EGB242), and telecommunications and signal processing (EGB342) is required.
The unit covers the area of digital signal and image processing with detailed study of Statistics of multiple random variables, detection of signals by feature extraction using Fourier, wavelet, discrete cosine transform features, Z-Transform and filter design. The unit also covers digital image processing including image representation and acquisition, Image spatial and frequency domain techniques, Image enhancement and filtering.
This unit develops fundamental concepts and methods used for modelling, analysis and control design of complex engineering systems. The unit introduces a general class of models for complex systems known as state-space. This class of models allows the development of control techniques and designs that shape and modify the behavior of the system. In particular, the classical state and output-feedback regulators, integral action, observer design, and optimal control are studied and used to solve stabilisation problems. The control design problem is discussed in both continuous-time and discrete-time domains, allowing for the study of both ideal and real systems. The implementation of digital controllers is included, building knowledge in the practical application of control designs into real systems. Thus, this unit provides a set of modern tools for control design of engineering systems currently used in real-life applications.
This advanced unit will present the principles operation of modern sensors necessary for robust navigation. This unit provides the required knowledge to develop state of the art navigation approaches in complex environments. Navigation is a fundamental building block for all aspects of autonomous systems. This unit draws upon previous studies in mathematics and control systems that underpin navigation system.
This is a higher level unit that aims to introduce the principles of operation of basic power electronic circuits and systems used in industrial applications. This unit enables the learner to understand, interpret and compare the characteristics of power devices such as power diodes, thyristors, BJT, MOSFET, IGBT etc,; analyse common types of diode and thyristor converters, inverters, and DC-DC converters; use simulation tools to model and analyse simple power electronic circuits; perform experiments on power electronic hardware circuits; obtain measurements. Power processing can be considered as one of the major applications of electronics in industrial applications. A broad understanding of industrial electronic circuits and systems will provide the foundation not only to design advanced power processing circuits for complex systems but also to operate and maintain them properly. Such knowledge is essential for a graduate electrical engineer who intends to work in the industry.
This Advanced Electrical Option builds on the electronic and computing building blocks and concepts covered in Electronics (EGB348) and Microprocessors and Digital Systems (CAB202). This unit explores the extension and application of general electronic circuits to specific topic areas where special consideration and approaches are required. These topic areas include precision electronics, low noise electronics, the interface of analogue and digital electronics, digital systems, and Field Programmable Gate Arrays. The advanced unit EGH448 Power Electronics is complimentary to this unit's content.
This unit further develops your knowledge, skills and application of aerospace concepts, building on aircraft systems and flight and unmanned aircraft systems. The unit focuses on experimental design, integration and test of an Unmanned Aerials System. You will also gain skills in setting design specifications and carrying out detailed design analysis to design, build and flight test a UAV.
This advanced unit further develops your investigation, analysis, synthesis and problem solving skills when solving complex engineering tasks. The unit focuses on experimental design using a systems engineering approach to work on an engineering concept, starting from a basic need and opportunity description. You work in teams to identify customers, formulate a basic business case, establish a basic concept of operations, develop the system requirements, generate concepts, conduct trade studies, determine the most promising design, and pursue a design and testing and verification of the system. The unit replicates industry or government systems engineering practices as closely as possible.
This advanced unit gives you practical experience with advanced software development for embedded systems. It leads on from fundamental computer architecture and C programming covered in first and second year units. It covers programming with C and assembly, input/output programming, concurrent software, shared memory, scheduling and real-time aspects. It involves practical laboratory exercises and a group project implementation of a device driver. Embedded systems builds on the knowledge and skill you acquired in systems programming.
This 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This unit introduces the concept of systems thinking and its application to design to solve complex societal, cultural and environmental challenges. It advances on Industrial design concepts, methods, strategies and processes for innovation with a particular focus on future products and systems. It also builds and consolidates knowledge and experience gained in earlier Industrial Design units, in particular skills and knowledge in the area of systems design. To be able to tackle the most critical problems of our time, we must broaden our view to incorporate a more holistic and comprehensive view of design and systems. This requires the understanding and application of novel systems thinking approaches to the design of products, services and systems that are viable, feasible and desirable for people and the environment.
This is the capstone unit for Industrial Design. It is built upon the earlier Industrial Design units and extends the application of research to the designing products and systems. This is an independent project reinforcing leadership and project management as well as strengthening your expertise. You will focus on research done through design, application of research findings for early and developmental design stages, and will learn to integrate research and design to support novel design ideas. The unit provides you with an opportunity to learn how to manage and lead large authentic projects.
The aim of this unit is to elevate your knowledge of manufacturing to a level where you can confidently produce products able to be manufactured. It further develops your knowledge of the relationship between manufacturing and design. In this you will gain a greater understanding of manufacturing materials and processes that are commonly used by designers. You will also gain experience applying that knowledge to a design project. For a design to progress from just an idea to becoming a real thing it needs to be able to be manufactured. For this, designers need an in-depth understanding of the ways that products are manufactured and what they can be manufactured from. This forms part of the core technical skills that designers require. This unit builds on previous manufacturing skills and allows for this knowledge to be incorporated into the final capstone unit.
This unit develops your knowledge and skill in Computer Aided Design (CAD). Its aim is to strengthen knowledge about the implementation of CAD in a design context as well as skills in generating CAD output in a form that accurately communicates design intent. In particular it will focus on building skills using Solidworks, a 3D parametric modeller. Designers need to be able to communicate their 3D design ideas in an accurate way to others in order to have them manufactured. CAD is the primary way that this is done. Therefore good CAD skills are an essential skill, sought after by employers and very useful for design communication in subsequent units, especially the capstone unit.
You will research, ideate and design a future transport and mobility system that targets future needs within a specific context. It focuses on understanding, benchmarking and designing transport systems for a specific context. This unit is in the final stages of your course and builds on concepts for future transportation systems. It is a prerequisite that you have completed personal transportation or mass transportation system and 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 expand, develop and apply a systems design approach in the context of future opportunities and challenges in respect to transportation.
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 designed as a capstone experience of your course and as such it is desirable 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.
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. As such, the unit develops your intermediate design research skills and strategies focusing specifically on identifying new design opportunities; and strengthens your design skills to produce product designs suitable for manufacturing. A core responsibility of the Industrial Designer is the interpretation of human interactions with complex products or systems. In this unit you will experience two approaches: (a) applying design research methods to gain a detailed understanding of the product's social, cultural and technological context and (b) using design strategies to enhance use and technology aspects of products to make them more appealing and effective.
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.
This unit introduces you to the strategic contribution of applied research including identifying people's needs through to their integration within the system and gap identification. It incorporates studies of the dynamic relationships between people, products/artefacts and systems, and their contextual environment. The unit addresses the ways research about people can contribute to product innovation, as well as how to integrate the applied research skills and knowledge that support the development of an innovative product or system proposal. It covers: 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. This is a capstone unit which provides you with the foundation for higher research degrees.
This unit focuses on the introduction of new products into the market. It provides an overview of the relationship between product design and commercialisation. It introduces strategy development which aims to meet consumer expectations whilst achieving corporate objectives. It covers: new product development process; idea generation; strategic planning; introduction to marketing; product screening and evaluation; and commercialisation and post-launch review. The unit will provide you with background knowledge of management, financial and marketing parameters surrounding the development and commercialisation of consumer products. Launching new products into the market requires a sound understanding of product development tools and methods. Therefore this unit will draw on your understanding of design process and complement this with an understanding of the issues surrounding the translation of a concept into a marketable product or service.
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.
This unit focuses on the role of professional practice management and its significance to industrial design. It covers: professional practice and management, career paths in Industrial Design, management of design projects, Design documentation and the role of design administration, 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 how you can use this knowledge to manage your own projects. This unit also provides an overview of both current and potential future trends in the Industrial Design profession.
This is a foundation engineering unit that will develop the necessary skills in analysing mechanical and civil engineering systems (cranes, buildings, bridges and mechanical equipment) to maintain equilibrium leading to the determination of direct, bending and shear stresses that will aid you in design. The principles of engineering mechanics are essential for the purpose of accurate design and analysis of mechanical components and structures. This is an introductory unit and provides the basic knowledge and skills in statics and mechanics of materials including mechanical properties of rigid bodies. It forms the foundation for advanced engineering units such as Stress Analysis, Structural Analysis and Mechanical Design by developing your basic knowledge and skills that are important to your engineering degree and career.
Mechanical Design forms the backbone of the Mechanical Engineering Degree. This unit is an introduction into Mechanical Design. It brings together fundamental engineering units such as Applied Mechanics, Mechanics of Solids, Fluid Mechanics and Materials Study and is a common unit for students studying Mechanical Engineering, Medical Engineering and Mechatronics. It will develop systematic knowledge and practice of methods of engineering problem solving, design procedures, design analysis, and introductory mechanical components design, highlighting the need for sustainable and contextually appropriate solutions. It lays the basis for advanced study in Mechanical Design.
Mechanical engineers are required to have a sound knowledge in motion of particles and rigid bodies, which is essential in the design and production of machines and other engineering systems. Dynamic forces in systems such as motor vehicles, aircrafts and robotic devices are determined by kinematic and kinetic analysis of these systems. These forces play an essential part in the design of these systems. In this introductory unit, you are introduced to the concepts of dynamics in the context of real engineering systems. The basic principles for dynamics of particles and rigid bodies in 2D are introduced and discussed as related problems within various engineering systems. On completion of this unit, you will be able to apply fundamental principles of kinematics and kinetics in formulating and solving dynamics problems for particles and rigid bodies and analyse kinematics and kinetics of basic mechanical components and mechanisms.
This unit introduces the fundamentals of engineering materials and their manufacturability, deformation of materials at the micro-scale and how mechanical properties of materials can be tailored by mechanical processing and heat treatments. This knowledge along with a range of complex manufacturing processes (casting, bulk deformation processes such as rolling, forging, extrusion) and sheet metal forming processes such as blanking, piercing, bending, drawing and deep drawing. This knowledge is important for graduate engineers in their engineering study. This unit develops appreciation to engineers around design and how to make a product out of materials using both primary and secondary production methods with minimum environmental impact and costs. They will improve their understanding about the interactions and interrelationship between processing, microstructure, properties and performance of various engineering materials in order to utilize new designs and fabrication.
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.
You will learn advanced theories of mechanical design analysis, and will apply this in the design and analysis of a variety of machine elements. Methodical design process is emphasized, as is the application of relevant design standards, and advanced simulation using the Finite Element Analysis package ANSYS. A key focus of the unit is the repeated application of a practice based design analysis workflow to real machine components. Weekly application of the design skills being developed, make you comfortable with both mechanical systems as a whole, and the determination, estimation, or selection of open ended quantities within the design process.
EGB319 builds on EGB210 Fundamentals of Mechanical Design to develop your engineering design skills, with particular emphasis on the medical device product development process. The impacts of the regulatory environment on medical device design will explored as well as the importance of quality management, risk management and usability engineering. Students will begin to understand the importance of intellectual property, reimbursement and business models on selecting appropriate concepts to translate to the market.The unit features real world learning where students work in teams to come up with concepts and designs to address an unmet clinical need. Students are exposed to the various roles that medical engineers may assume in professional practice. With a sound knowledge of the medical device development process, later units such as EGH435 Modelling and Simulation for Medical Engineers will add quantitative design skills to aid in refining medical device designs.
Large proportion of engineering systems share common key machine components such as linkages, slide-cranks, gears, and cams. The motion and consequently the forces give rise to design problems. As a mechanical engineer you must be able to apply the theory of kinematics and kinetics to real machines for motion analysis and their safe operation. Developing the capability to formulate and solve the most critical problems of the key machine components is a requirement for you as a graduate engineer. This unit follows from the introductory Dynamics unit to enable you to synthesise (design) and analyse (validation) common machine components (linkages and slide-cranks), as well as the analysis of vibrations in mechanical systems. This intermediate unit will precede the Vibration and Control unit at an advanced level.
This is a second year unit introducing the fundamental concepts of fluid mechanics applied by engineers to understand and characterise these systems with simple examples of the relevant principles. Engineers work with numerous kinds of systems where consideration must be given to the motion within, and interactions between, the system and its environment. The concepts of fluid mechanics, in the context of real engineering systems are studies and the basic principles and equations of fluid mechanics presented and discussed in the context of various engineering systems. The unit will provide you with the ability to apply and solve problems related to hydrostatics, explain and report how basic fluid mechanics is used in the design of hydraulic structures and fluid systems, apply the energy and momentum equations to hydraulic systems and machines, and have an introduction to computational fluid dynamic methodology to evaluate engineering problems and interpret and reflect on the results.
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.
Minerals processing is the science and engineering behind the transformation of ores to value-added products. This unit aims to provide you with the fundamental knowledge of different stages of a mineral processing plant and to apply this knowledge in the laboratory and through virtual simulations. The role of mineral processing is to optimise mineral recovery processes using the most economical pathways, while also meeting strict environmental standards. This unit provides you with opportunities to design, practice and provide evidence of your problem solving skills and overall knowledge of mineral processing.
This an intermediate level unit for chemical process engineering, addressing concepts to allow an engineer to understand the factors that affect the operations and profitability of a chemical process. The operations management subsection covers quality management, operational scheduling and an introduction to project management. The financial implications of decisions are covered in the process economics subsection through cost estimation, Discounted Cash Flow analysis and sensitivity analysis as measured against standard financial performance measurements. The knowledge and skills are core knowledge for chemical process engineering students and are useful to those studying other majors, particularly mechanical and medical engineering.
This unit builds on the introductory concepts learned in EGB262 Process Principles, moving from simple steady-state mass and energy balances towards complex balances involving chemical thermodynamics and/or dynamic systems of interacting unit operations, i.e. an industrial process. The theory for the underlying numerical methods and chemical thermodynamics for commercial process simulation software will be introduced. Process simulation software will be applied in context. The unit leads into EGH462 Process Control which focuses on dynamic behaviour.
With a rapidly growing and ageing world population, the need for novel materials with advanced properties to address critical issues from energy to environment and healthcare is increasing. You are introduced to the breadth of advanced materials research and their engineering applications. Selected structural and functional metallic, ceramic and polymer materials, their composites, and nanostructured materials are examined in more depth in the context of their processing, characterization, performance and applications in robust designs. Where appropriate, relevant engineering cases, research papers that outline the latest developments in research, and laboratory experiments provide an in-depth understanding of the selected material or applications. The processes by which these scientific discoveries can be taken to the commercial world are also discussed.
After studying Fundamentals of Mechanical Design and Design of Machine Elements, in this unit you will study design of different systems of motor racing vehicles. This will accomplish systematic study of Mechanical Design and will enable you to carry out design of race vehicles and prepare them for a competition. Attention will be paid to styling and ergonomics as well as construction methods used in building race vehicles. The topics covered include: Concept development of a race vehicle, tyre selection, suspension geometry, components and alignment; brakes, race car handling, engine and engine tuning; drive train (gearing and differentials), frame and body, external and internal aerodynamics of a race vehicle, driver compartment (fitting and comfort), testing and preparation for a competition; safety in motor racing (accident avoidance and driver protection).
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.
This unit introduces the basic principles of HVAC and refrigeration systems in the context of buildings in sub-tropical environments. In buildings, health and comfort level of people are highly related to the indoor thermal environment. Many methods have been developed to alter our immediate environment to achieve 'comfortable' conditions, particularly within the built environment. Using the principles of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, engineers have developed systems involving Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) that process ambient air to conditions deemed to be comfortable for most people. HVAC systems are designed to create a comfortable and safe environment and are one of the most important systems in the building services of modern buildings. Thus, this unit provides detailed analysis and implementation of the design practices required of a mechanical engineer working within the building services industry.
Acquire fundamental and technical knowledge of computational fluid dynamics to solve practical mechanical and design optimisation engineering problems using commercial CFD package. Apply the skills and knowledge gained in the fluid mechanics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and mathematics for engineering units to practical engineering flow problems. Develop the skills and knowledge required to perform accurate numerical simulations, critically discuss the results and assess fluid mechanics problems commonly encountered in mechanical engineering applications.
Engineers are often involved in the acquisition, maintenance, and renewal of equipment. The ability to analyse maintenance data and develop effective maintenance plans remain important skills for today’s engineers. The focus of this unit is on the development of techniques to manage the life cycles of engineering assets effectively to maximise their value. The unit will introduce students to the theory and techniques of Reliability Engineering, develop tools for the analysis of maintenance data, and address the development of optimised maintenance strategies.
Tribology is the study of friction, wear and lubrication. In this unit, the knowledge you acquire is applied to solve problems prevalent in engineering. Topics covered range from the theory of friction, lubricant properties and chemistry, to the control of friction and wear by proper selection of both materials and lubricants, pad bearings, journal bearings, hydrostatic lubrication, elastohydrodynamic lubrication, boundary lubrication, dry rubbing solids, and also new trends in tribology including nanotribology and biotribology.
This unit is built on the earlier unit Materials and Manufacturing (EGB214) with a particular focus to advanced manufacturing technique. The unit further develops student knowledge and skills around advanced manufacturing processes, in particular various machining techniques such as turning, milling, shaping, drilling and grinding and various other super finishing techniques. In addition the students will develop appreciation of the mechanics of metal cutting (orthogonal), tooling considerations and economics of tooling. In particular this unit introduces various non-traditional manufacturing processes such as ECM, EDM, Ultrasonic Machining etc. In a broad sense this unit will provide all necessary knowledge about manufacturing a product/assembly/machine including process capability and process sequencing.
Industrial Automation unit is a project based unit and gives opportunity to students to work on inter-disciplinary teams to design and develop a product/assembly system by applying knowledge that was obtained from earlier studies. The students will be introduced to various techniques for design, development and control of manufacturing systems with the emphasis on a hands on practice of developing a new product/machine/control system for a given process and/or product in order to automate the process. Topics include the following: Automation requirements, systems design methodology, sensors, actuators and PLC programming. This unit will prepare the students to undertake their final year honors project more confidently and perform to their best. Assessment in this unit consists of a series of individual and group presentations and problem solving tasks throughout the semester and a final group report with individual contributions to the overall success of the chosen project.
It is essential that chemists and process engineers involved in industrial chemical production translate fundamental knowledge of chemistry and process engineering into practical outcomes. In this unit you will focus on green chemistry, industrial biotechnology and catalysis which underpins 90 % of all chemicals made today. You are introduced to catalyst fundamentals and their application to industry for bulk chemicals, production of polymers and plastics, zeolites for green chemistry and bio-catalysts such as enzymes. You will also be guided through the development of professional skills which includes creation of a MindMap, completion of a Dynamic SWOT analysis, and presentation of business ideas in a poster. This unit primarily builds upon fundamentals learned in Process Principles and Unit Operations courses.
The analysis, design, and control of many practical engineering systems require analysis of rigid bodies in three dimensions, e.g. gyroscopes, amusement park rides, space vehicles, and robots. The aim of this unit is to develop skills and techniques to analyse the behaviour of mechanical systems in three dimensions using both Newton-Euler and Lagrangian approaches. This capstone unit builds upon the concepts of 2D kinematics and kinetics from earlier units (EGB211, EGB321) and introduces Lagrangian methods, which are powerful tools in developing equations of motion for complex engineering systems.
Mechanical/Medical engineers need to analyse components and systems to produce safe effective designs, innovate new products and improve existing devices. To do this, an understanding of how engineering components respond to loads to produce stress and strain, and the nature of the stresses and strains is required. Modern engineers also use computational methods to analyse, design and optimize more complex components and systems. Successful stress analysis results in light, reliable and robust structures with significant implication for cost saving and durability. This advanced, honours level unit builds on the concepts introduced in the introductory and intermediate Engineering Mechanics units, and aims to extend your knowledge on basic mechanics of materials to more advanced stress analysis methods.
Biomedical engineers require the ability to analyse the mechanics of the human body for a large variety of applications. The first type of problems deal with prosthetic design, design of assistive devices for people with disabilities, sporting performance, and ergonomic tasks which can be addressed within the context of rigid-body dynamics. The second type of applications is related to characterisation of tissue mechanical properties to bone fracture fixation, development of cartilage and ligament replacement materials and dynamic adaptation of living tissues.In this advanced unit, the concepts of dynamics and continuum mechanics are further developed in the context of biomechanical systems and human movement. Skills for the measurement of human movement and lab-based testing of biological tissues are developed.
This is an advanced unit that builds on previous introductory and intermediate design units which forms the backbone of the mechanical engineering major. Design knowledge and skills are brought together and expanded upon to facilitate the design and analysis of systems of increasing complexity and interdependence which also makes them of greater practical value to society. You also will be given the opportunity to consider the broader role mechanical engineers often play in relation to human interaction, quality, safety, ethics and sustainability in design. This unit will synthesise your knowledge and skills for your final year project.
The ability to analyse and control the dynamic behaviour of machinery and processes is core competency for mechanical engineers. The focus of this unit is the introduction of the theory and techniques that underpin dynamic systems analysis and control system engineering, including: transfer function representations, stability, steady-state behaviour, and frequency response. These techniques form the basis for the root-locus and proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller design techniques introduced later in the unit. Together, these concepts and analysis tools provide a solid foundation to develop real-world controllers to achieve the desired transient and steady-state behaviour. This is a capstone unit that builds on the earlier dynamics units (EGB321 Dynamics of Machines, EGB211 Dynamics).
This is an energy-focused advanced engineering unit addressing core fundamentals and applications of heat and mass transfer. It introduces and discusses the key concepts of heat conduction, convection, radiation and mass diffusion while implementing conceptual and mathematical design exercises under each key concept. Such an understanding is crucial for engineers and scientists to evaluate and improve the heat transfer efficiency of various natural and man-made processes as well as machinery. At the same time, this knowledge is useful to design optimal heat/mass insulations and efficient heat/mass exchangers. In other words, for a professional who is going to be working on a role related to energy and/or heat transfer, this unit is an important source of knowledge and guidance. This is an advanced engineering unit which aims to strengthen and broaden your analytical and practical skills through realising how energy and matter propagates via conceptual and mathematical lenses.
This is an advanced level unit in fluid dynamics, which builds on your understanding of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and mathematics by studying viscous, transient and compressible fluid flows, together with the analysis and design of fluid machines including pumps and turbines. Analysis methods involve the application of dimensional analysis to experimental results, theoretical and analytical studies based on idealized versions of real engineering systems, and numerical studies based on the application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). This unit relies on a prior understanding of dynamics, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics studied in introductory and intermediate units.
This unit focuses on the fundamental principles of fluid dynamics that are used to explain the mechanisms of biological flows and their interrelationships with physiological processes, in health and in disease/disorder. The properties of biofluids, such as blood and synovial fluid, and techniques to analyse their viscous behaviour are discussed. It introduces the basic concepts and theories of biological fluid dynamics and explains the simple numerical methods in solving the flow of biofluids. This leads to an understanding of how biofluids interact with medical devices and of criteria for the design of devices. This unit is designed to help medical engineers to examine the particular properties of the fluids that might be encountered and to introduce techniques to analyse their behaviour.
This advanced unit develops your knowledge and skills in analysing biomechanical components and systems in the course of medical device development. The unit focuses on modelling and simulation techniques using industry standard software. It applies content introduced in EGH418 Biomechanics, builds upon the finite element capabilities introduced in EGH414 Stress Analysis and adds quantitative analysis tools to the medical device design process commenced in EGB319 BioDesign.Traditional analytical and experimental techniques can often not be applied to investigate the mechanics of devices in biological systems. Biomechanical systems exhibit substantial non-linearity due to complex geometries, materials and interactions. Medical engineers are required to use modelling and simulation techniques in the design of biomechanical components and/or systems. This unit introduces the principles of modelling and simulation techniques and their applications in Biomedical Engineering.
Topics covered in this unit include: an understanding of the relationships between the properties, failure mechanisms, processing and microstructures of various materials used for medical applications and their interaction with human tissues; an understanding of the fundamentals of the use of materials in a medical environment and an understanding of the fundamentals of materials properties and processing; consideration of metallic, ceramic, polymeric implant materials; composites as biomaterials; structure-property relationships of biomaterials; tissue response to implants; soft tissue replacements; hard tissue replacements; and regulatory aspects of biomaterials.