ENEG12007 - Design and Project Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Generating creative design project ideas, pitching a project proposal, assembling a design team, developing a comprehensive project plan and undertaking a project are all vital skills that enable engineers to establish work opportunities. This unit takes you through the creative process of developing a prototype for an innovative design. You will consult with stakeholders, generate design ideas and as a member of a small design team, manage the development of a functional prototype and fine-tune the prototype based on stakeholder feedback. You will pitch and demonstrate your prototype to an audience of peers and industry. You will apply relevant fundamental discipline knowledge and skills as well as project management principles. Completing this unit will enable you to hone skills exhibited by productive entrepreneurial engineers.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: (ENEG11007 Engineering Industry Project Investigation OR ENEG11002 Engineering Skills 2) AND (ENEG11006 Engineering Statics OR ENEG11009 Fundamentals of Energy and Electricity OR PHYS11184 Engineering Physics A OR PHYS11185 Engineering Physics B) AND MATH11218 Applied Mathematics AND ENEG11008 Materials for Engineers

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Portfolio 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Engineers Australia 2016 accreditation panel
Feedback
Students should engage in basic design and build activities.
Recommendation
Ensure all teams build a physical prototype.
Action Taken
Creation of a physical prototype was added to the individual portfolio assessment.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Teaching of MS Project should be more structured.
Recommendation
Include a lecture and practice exercises for MS Project.
Action Taken
Two lectures were dedicated to project management. The foundation discipline team have decided it is better to teach MS Project in first year and assess the application in second year.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Some students really appreciated the opportunity of choosing their own project but some do not understand why they are being asked to seek their own project.
Recommendation
In the first lecture, explain why students are being asked to seek their own project ideas in terms of the changing environment of engineering work and the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies, particularly 3.3.
Action Taken
Greater emphasis was given to ideation and pitching of ideas.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The guest lectures were good. Some could have been a bit more focused on the unit content.
Recommendation
Continue including guest lectures but provide guest lecturers with more guidance regarding lecture content.
Action Taken
Guest lectures were continued but not increased from previous years. As each team is working on a different project, it is difficult to find additional guest lecture topics that are relevant to all or many students.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Individual contribution to team project should be justified.
Recommendation
Team project report to include a statement which describes each individual's contribution to the project.
Action Taken
Assessment requirements for the portfolio were strengthened to capture individual contributions.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Students enjoyed having the opportunity to propose any project they could think of.
Recommendation
Continue to develop students creative confidence and skills in pitching project ideas to ensure attractive projects are undertaken.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Staff and student evaluations
Feedback
Students enjoyed making the rapid prototypes but not everyone understood the value of using the prototypes to obtain feedback from stakeholders to improve their design.
Recommendation
Continue to encourage students to learn how to improve their design ideas through rapid prototyping specifically for seeking feedback from stakeholders.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
More timely release of resources that supported assessment tasks.
Recommendation
All assessment instructions and resources should be finalised and uploaded to Moodle in the first weeks of term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Textbooks were useful but underutilized in the current unit design.
Recommendation
Consider revising the textbooks and increasing set activities to scaffold skills development and completion of assessments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Staff
Feedback
Focus more on creative design and rapid prototyping by relocating project management curriculum to earlier units
Recommendation
Project management skills could be taught in earlier units to allow this unit to have a greater emphasis on why engineers must develop creative design and rapid prototyping skills.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Staff and student evaluation
Feedback
Provide more learning resources to help students progress through the creative design process and develop such skills.
Recommendation
Create a creative design resources toolbox which is applied to complete set activities that assist students to progress through the creative design process with their team project.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Pitch a design idea that proposes to investigate opportunities for improvement, solve a problem or produce a new product
  2. Develop a design specification by incorporating relevant Australian Standards and gathering information from potential users or clients
  3. Produce a functional prototype by applying project management skills, stakeholder feedback, relevant discipline knowledge, and the principles of sustainable development
  4. Communicate effectively, work productively, and be professionally accountable as part of a design team
  5. Reflect on the processes of creative design, project management, and prototype production.

Learning outcomes are linked to Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies and also discipline capabilities. You can find the mapping for this on the Engineering Undergraduate Course website.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Portfolio