Engineering Design and Innovation - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Availability for 2018: SP1
  • Assessment: Project - Major design and build project (50%) , Quizzes (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

This unit will introduce you to varied areas in design and innovation, including: engineering problem solving, basic systems engineering concepts, the engineering design process, identifying requirements, design concepts, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, developing solutions, test and evaluation processes, project management principles and basic tools. We will also use learning journals and tutorial activities to expand your professional writing and teamwork skills, as these are essential to effective communication for professional engineers working in diverse domestic and international contexts. We will use international examples of engineering failures to explore how projects fail and how mistakes can be avoided or minimised.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a broad awareness and understanding of engineering design in diverse contexts
  2. work constructively and effectively as part of a diverse team, in varied roles, whether as a member or a leader
  3. work as a team to apply basic project management principles, testing and evaluation processes as part of an engineering design process to solve practical engineering problems
  4. demonstrate safe working practices and understanding of the importance of OHS&W
  5. use innovation and creativity tools to develop an engineering solution and understand the role of ethics and entrepreneurship in the business of engineering
  6. demonstrate developing oral and written communication skills through; design report, design presentation & demonstration and professional reflection.
  • Project — Major design and build project (50%)
  • Quizzes (20%)
  • Reflective Task — Professional Reflection (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.
  • Audio/Visual equipment — Audio headset with microphone are required to access weekly consultation and help desk facilities.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to unit, engineering design and projects
2OHS&W at university and industry
3Concept development and selection
4Elements of creativity and innovation
5Risk assessment
6Tender report writing and project management
7Entrepreneurship - prototype to product
8Design and build activities
9Rube Goldberg design report and presentation
10Major design and build project

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Engineering Your Future an Australasian Guide 2E +


    ISBN: 9781118389287


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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