Course Title: Engineering Project Design & Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Project Design & Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr P J Radcliffe

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There is no programming in this course but students will be expected to use Linux and applications that run on Linux.

Course Description

This course will help new engineers break into the important and lucrative roles of system level designer and project manager by introducing key methodologies and tools in these areas.  You will learn how to choose a project life-cycle, forward estimate a project, and monitor it to cope with changes and delays.  You will learn how to interact with clients to capture required system behavior and turn that into a system structure that can be given to hardware and software designers.  The Quality Assurance material will help you avoid problems and creatively solve problems when they do occur.

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

At undergraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.

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.

At postgraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

• Be able to apply problem solving approaches to work challenges and make decisions using sound engineering methodologies
• Be able to apply a systematic design approach to engineering projects and have strong research and design skills in their
• Communicate effectively across all modes: listen, speak, write and draw
• Apply the principles of lifelong learning to any new challenge

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

  1. Choose an appropriate life-cycle for a given project and be aware of the problems of each life-cycle and how to overcome those problems.
  2. Choose and use appropriate behavioral analysis methods for a given project and determine which analysis issues are important for a given project.
  3. Choose and use appropriate structural design methods to create a system level design.
  4. Be able to analyze a project and avoid well known problems.
  5. Be able to choose and use tools for Gantt, and PERT charts, and PERT sizing, to forward estimate a project and manage resource leveling.
  6. Be able to choose and use issue and ticket tracking systems to manage tasks and client needs.
  7. Be able to choose and use an appropriate configuration management tool.
  8. Assess a project from a Quality Assurance (QA) perspective and recommend changes to avoid problems.
  9. If problems do occur on a project select and operate QA tools and methods to develop creative solutions.
  10. Choose and operate QA tools to optimize a product or service and avoid classic problems.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectorials will illuminate key lecture material and provide a chance for dialog and problem solving.

Labs require you to prepare carefully, bring any problems to the lectorial, and then solve a problem in the lab session.

There are no tutorials and the teaching time for these will be spent providing useful feedback on the lab work.

Overview of Learning Resources

A Linux live-DVD is the primary resource for this course.  It contains the lecture notes and lab guides,  references, work examples, and all the tools required to complete the labs.   Watch your student email for when this becomes available and start work with it as soon as possible.

Overview of Assessment

There will be several formative labs each which has detailed feedback.  You will need to prepare carefully for each lab.

There will be a final exam which will evaluate you ability to solve problems and your understanding of the course material.