Course Title: Special Topics in Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Special Topics in Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Professor Reza Jazar

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6080

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to a special topic in engineering that is outside of the regular curriculum of your program. The course enables external or internal lecturers with specialist knowledge to offer a special elective course in their area of expertise

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 contributes to the following program learning outcomes:

  • In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
  • Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
  • Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
  • Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
  • Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
  • Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
  • Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the application of fundamental principles at an advanced level appropriate to complex problems in a “Special Topic” as covered in this course
  2. Apply the basics of the “Special Topic” to common but complex practical or novel engineering problems
  3. Demonstrate ability to utilise the different skills required in working in teams and working individually 
  4. Communicate accurately in formats appropriate to a professional engineering context, in both oral and written media 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be exposed to a variety of teaching methods including conventional lectures, tutorials, and project work if the topic permits. Lectures will provide a theoretical understanding of both the technical and generic skills and the assessment is geared towards the students applying this information

Overview of Learning Resources

A variety of reference books and other materials will be recommended for different assessment tasks. There is no prescribed text which covers all the course content.

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

Assignment 1
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Assignment 2
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4

Final exam
Weighting 40%
This assessment supports CLOs 1-4