Course Title: Engineering, Society and Sustainability

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering, Society and Sustainability

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Enda Crossin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9085

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East 251.3.20

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course gives you an introduction to professional work in engineering. The course is a starting pointing for the ongoing professional development that you are expected to undertake throughout your professional engineering career. Concepts are covered through a variety of delivery modes including lectures, prescribed and student-designed professional development activities, discussions, tutorials and team project work.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes: 

    1.5 Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline
    1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary   engineering practice in the specific discipline
    2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
    3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability
    3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains
    3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour
    3.4 Professional use and management of information
    3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct
    3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Adapt to differing ideas of culture and cross-cultural interactions.
  2. Apply the design process of problem identification, formulation and solution.
  3. Identify appropriate information sources and conduct research to support decision making.
  4. Apply contemporary project management and decision making techniques in a design project, including accounting for sustainability.
  5. Communicate in a professional manner.
  6. Identify and critically manage ethical issues which may arise when working as a professional.

Overview of Learning Activities

Face to face learning will comprise of 4 hours per week over one semester, comprising of 2 hours of teacher guided lectures and 2 hours of student-guided, tutor-facilitated tutorial sessions. Students are expected to spend at least 6 hours of self-directed independent or group learning, each week over one semester.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will include a textbook, lecture notes, videos, tutorial activities, supplementary course notes and references.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Research and referencing quiz (Early Assessment Task)
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 3 & 5

Assessment Task 2: CV and Cover Letter and personal reflection report
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1,2,3,4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Ethics presentation
Weighting 5% 
This assessment supports CLOs: 1,5 & 6

Assessment Task 4: Liability, decision making and risk management quiz
Weighting 10% 
This assessment supports CLOs: 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 5: Progress presentation (group)
Weighting 5%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1,2,3,4 & 5

Assessment Task 6: Progress report (group)
Weighting 5%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1,2,3,4 & 5

Assessment Task 7: Final presentation (group)
Weighting 5%
This assessment supports CLOs: 1,2,3,4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 8: Final report (group)
Weighting 35%
This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,3,4, 5 & 6

Marking rubrics for assessment tasks will be made available to students.
Students will be provided with individual and/or collective feedback online or face-to-face