Course Title: Complete an engineering project

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: CIVE5597

Course Title: Complete an engineering project

School: 130T Infra, Electrotec & Build Serv

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6066 - Advanced Diploma of Civil Engineering (Structural Design)

Course Contact : Tony Skinner Program Coordinator

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9925 4444

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator:
Mr Tony Skinner
Tel. 9925 4444
Fax. 99254377

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

All core Advanced Diploma units and other units that are relevant to the specific project.

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to proceed from a client’s brief to the preparation of design and development briefs, engineering solutions, design and detail drawing, written reports of tasks, processes and design outcomes, and the oral presentation of technical information. This competency concerns the synthesis of a large number of competencies in a holistic manner to demonstrate the ability to carry out a substantial engineering design project in entirety.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EAX040 Complete an engineering project


Design an engineering solution involving standard and proven design techniques from a client’s brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Appropriate assumptions are made and documented.
1.2 Appropriate components and systems are incorporated in the design.
1.3 Appropriate scientific principles are considered or applied.
1.4 Standard formulae and standard tabulated data are applied to size relevant engineering components.
1.5 Appropriate checking procedures are used for all calculations.
1.6 Linear and geometric tolerances are generated to ensure functionability and design performance.
1.7 Appropriate materials are specified and the reasons for selection given.
1.8 Heat treatment process are correctly chosen and specified where appropriate.
1.9 Engineering design software packages are used appropriately and results compared to those found by preliminary hand calculations.
Component detail drawings are prepared to appropriate standards.


Draw preliminary, general arrangement, design and detail drawings

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assembly and general arrangement drawings are prepared to appropriate standards and details cross referenced.


Interpret the brief and clarify client’s requirements.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The requirements of the client and the scope of the design brief are discussed with the client.
3.2 The client’s requirements are documented and functional analysis carried out.
3.3 The scope of the project is documented.
3.4 A summary report is prepared for client discussion and preliminary costing.


Prepare concept proposal

Performance Criteria:

4.1 A range of different, innovative and creative approaches to achieve the design requirements is generated.
4.2 The relative merits of possible design concepts are analysed, compared and contrasted.
4.3 Proposals are discussed with colleagues and specialists.
4.4 Concept proposal is prepared for client discussion and preliminary costing.
4.5 Concept design is reviewed with client.
4.6 Any variations to the concept proposal are appropriately documented.


Prepare written report of tasks, processes and design outcomes

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Documents are prepared to appropriate standards and to ASF competency level 6.
5.2 All design documentation is clear, accurate, concise and complete.
5.3 All issued documents are amended, updated, etc. as necessary in accordance with the document control process.


Present technical information.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 The facts are clearly presented to ensure unencumbered interpretation by peer/industry groups.
6.2 Information is provided in ordered sequence.
6.3 The rationale supporting the design decisions is communicated effectively.
6.4 Presentation aids are used appropriately and effectively.


Review the design

Performance Criteria:

7.1 The design solution is confirmed by comparison to the engineering specification.
7.2 Where appropriate, modifications to either the design or the specification are made.

Learning Outcomes

Design an engineering solution involving standard and proven design techniques from a client’s brief
Draw preliminary, general arrangement, design and detail drawings
Interpret the brief and clarify client’s requirements.

Prepare concept proposal

Prepare written report of tasks, processes and design outcomes
Present technical information.

Review the design

Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities
This unit is a culmination of the student’s studies in the program. It will be almost entirely student-managed requiring students to complete an industry project for the design and construction of a project
Teacher directed :
With the teacher acting as a resource on an ‘as needs’ basis, the teacher will:
• Provide a review of key aspects relevant to the project including:
o process planning
o cost estimation
o presentation and technical reporting
o application of standards and guidelines
o communication and consultation
o application of creativity
o application of principles of engineering science
• act as the ‘client’ for the project
• act as a ‘resource/mentor’ on an as needs basis
Student Managed Activities:
Working in groups, students will engage in an industry project relating to planning, design, construction and presentation. This activity will require students to:
• Interpret/clarify requirements of the project.
• Prepare a preliminary design
• Prepare detailed design and drawings.
• Prepare a detailed costing using industry standard estimating software or hardcopy (e.g. Cordell)
• Present the final proposal to peers
• Submit a joint report

Teaching Schedule

Regular group meetings to discuss the items listed above. Students are encouraged to meet at RMIT during scheduled class times but may occasionally elect to meet at an alternative location and/or an alternative date.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Online course notes. These will, in turn, provide the student with additional references.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

A project-based and team-based submission relating to water resources :
• Diary of activities (mid-semester) – 7½%
• Diary of activities (end of semester) - 7½%
• Oral/visual team presentation – 15%
• Team report and design drawings – 70%

Assessment Tasks

Assessment will be based upon a combination of diary entries, a team presentation and submission of a joint report.

Assessment Matrix


Element CoveredAssessment TaskProportion of Final Assessment Submission Time
All Diary (mid-semester)7-1/2%Mid-semester 
All Diary (end of semester) 7-1/2%End of semester 
AllOral/visual presentation15% End of semester 
AllJoint report 70% End of semester

Other Information

The underpinning knowledge and skills for this course are listed in the accreditation document and are available upon request from your instructor

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