Course Title: Electronic Product Design Project A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Electronic Product Design Project A

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Coordinator: Dr Glenn Matthews

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2091

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Course Coordinator Location: 10.07.11

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of EEET2259 Engineering Design 3B is an essential prerequisite. You are expected to have completed all courses from the first three (3) years of your undergraduate program.

Course Description

The focus of this course is on development of advanced technical design skills together with integrated business and personal skills through substantial project work. You will undertake a major individual research and design project and practice professional levels of documentation, customer liaison and reporting. The projects will demand high levels of technical competence, research and design skills, and organisational skills and will provide practice in exercising enterprise skills. Projects may be, proposed, sponsored and industry based.

You will be required to liaise with your chosen academic supervisors, on a weekly basis, to promote successful completion of your project.

Supervision will be shared between Computer and Electrical Engineering and Industrial Design.

Project progress will be regularly tracked and form part of the final assessment. You are expected to spend a minimum of ten (10) self-directed hours per week on the design project during each semester.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information (;ID=eyj5c0mo77631).

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
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.
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
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.

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

  • Undertake a technical design project in a coherent and logical way
  • Write a project thesis in a fluent and coherent style, including a literature survey.
  • Present a technical project in a fluent and compelling way.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in your chosen project area

Overview of Learning Activities

The individual design project provides the foundation to this course. This is a project-based learning activity that will require you to exercise many of the skills required in engineering employment. Project work will help you to connect theory with practice. Project work must involve:

  • Weekly meetings with your academic supervisors recorded by meeting minutes with action points.
  • Detailed project plan with a comprehensive timeline and milestones.
  • Systematic design and technical documentation.
  • A comprehensive literature survey.
  • Actual hardware/software/presentation/documentation work required to produce the deliverables on time.

A series of design lectures will supplement the course and seek to guide you to important concepts and give you many practical hints relating to Engineering Design, workplace skills, seeking employment, graduate attributes and practical Engineering concepts. In addition, the tutorials and reflective discussions will guide you through the project development.

Overview of Learning Resources

  • Lecture Notes as applicable.
  • RMIT University Library and electronic resources.
  • You will be expected to have access suitable computing equipment for system development. Required software will be made available where possible. 
  • Relevant specialised equipment and software will be made available in laboratories and for loan where possible.
  • You are expected to tailor the scope of your project to resource availability.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

Major Project, project thesis, journal (weekly meeting minutes with action points), detailed project plan with a comprehensive timeline and milestones, demonstration of project outcome and presentation.