ENEG13001 - Humanitarian Engineering Project

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you must complete a two-week mobility trip as a compulsory practicum and work on an international humanitarian engineering project for a developing or marginalised community. Places are limited to self-paying participants and recipients of a New Colombo Plan Mobility Scholarship. Through collaborative discussions with your host community, you will critically analyse the development context and identify wants, needs, strengths and opportunities for social innovation. You will make recommendations by applying principles of sustainable development, human-centred design and systems engineering. You will create a project implementation plan, generate rapid prototypes and present your design to community members and assess its long-term viability. You will demonstrate ethical conduct and professional accountability, team membership and team leadership, knowledge management and a creative, innovative and proactive demeanour. Additional financial assistance for mobility trips is available by application for an OS-Help loan.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
At least 48 credit points successfully completed, including ENEG11007 OR ENEG11002.
Head of Course permission is required before enrolling in this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Term 2 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Oral Examination 15%
2. Presentation 15%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Portfolio 40%

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 60% 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: Unit coordinator self reflection.
As students leave for the mobility trip before the term start they may not be clear about what information they need to collect during the trip for the assessments.
Make contact with students early and provide them with copies of the unit profile and assessment information before they leave for the mobility trip. Organise a zoom Q&A session with the students before they leave.
Action Taken
A zoom session is held with students before the tour and information on the assessment is provided to the students.
Source: Coordinator reflections
Students should observe how they address UN Sustainable Development Goals (USDG) through their projects
Introduce UN Sustainable Development Goals (USDGs) and ask students to identify how they can address USDGs through their projects. Modify the portfolio assessment to include reflections on addressing USDGs.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Establish a framework for identifying community needs and opportunities for social innovation in a developing or marginalised community
  2. Clarify development contexts and opportunities for humanitarian engineering projects by engaging in collaborative discussions with community members
  3. Develop a humanitarian engineering project concept based on initial design ideas and potential solutions
  4. Design and develop rapid project prototypes to solicit community feedback
  5. Create a project implementation plan including assessment of the long-term viability of the design in terms of ongoing use by the community, ongoing maintenance and end of life arrangements
  6. Demonstrate cross-cultural engagement, collaboration, project management and presentation of results in both verbal and written forms.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 1N 2N )

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 4I )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 3I 4I )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 1I 2I 5I )

1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 3A 4A )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 3A 4A 5A )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 3A 4A 5A )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 3A 4A )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 3I 4A )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 5A 6I )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 1I 2I 6A )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 1I 2I 6A )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 2A 6A )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.

Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Oral Examination
2 - Presentation
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 6
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 10
1 - Oral Examination
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Portfolio