Course Title: Engineering Project for Associate Degrees

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Project for Associate Degrees

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr. Rahul Gupta

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8347

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.05.17

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course develops integrated technical and generic capabilities for Associate Degree students based on knowledge and skills developed in previous courses. You must have completed at least 144 credit points of courses in the Associate Degree to enrol in this course.

Course Description

This course is taken in the final semester of the Associate Degree in Engineering Technology programs. This major project work involves you in developing, managing and achieving the objectives of an engineering project.
The engineering project itself is a capstone project that encourages a holistic approach to managing the technical and managerial aspects of a project, utilising the multiple technologies and topics you have learnt. You will work on projects in small peer-support groups or in pre-determined project teams. You will submit an individual project report for assessment. You will be allocated a first and second supervisor.
This engineering project activity is carried out either in conjunction with industry or simulates a real engineering work environment, thereby contributing to Work Integrated Learning.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will advance your development of the following broad capabilities:
• Ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals
• In-depth technical competence in at least one engineering discipline
• Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
• Ability to utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance
• Ability to engage in design and execute designs to an appropriate professional standard
• Ability to use appropriate techniques and resources
• Ability to manage information and documentation
• Capacity for creativity and innovation

• Ability to communicate effectively, not only with engineers but also with the community at large
• Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with the capacity to be a leader or manager as well as an effective team member
• Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the principles of sustainable design and development
• Understanding of and commitment to professional and ethical responsibilities
• Expectation and capacity to undertake lifelong learning
• Ability to demonstrate professional attitudes

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities will comprise three components:
• Lectures providing an overview of project management and research methods
• Progress review meetings with project supervisors, either individually or in small groups
• Self-directed project based learning in small groups

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through the myRMIT (also known as Learning Hub) and will be provided with copies of additional materials in the class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where applicable. You will also use laboratory equipment for experiments within the School during project work.

A Project Brief will be issued in Week 1 and will contain detailed information that supports, and is additional to, the information outlined in this Course Guide Part B. The Project Brief has been prepared to provide you with detailed information and guidelines to undertake the Engineering Project.

In addition to the Project Brief, a Resource Package is provided online and is available to you via myRMIT. It provides guidance on:

• Using MS Project
• Using the RMIT library catalogue
• Writing style
• Cover sheet for reports

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include the following items/tasks:

• Project plan and design
• Weekly reflective journal entries
• An interim project report
• A final project report
• Participation and teamwork
• Presentation