Course Title: Engineering Learning Factory Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Learning Factory Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: David Taylor

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4859

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 055.03.009

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Basic CAD proficiency is required. CREO is the software used, however basic proficiency in any parametric CAD software will suffice allowingstudents towork on application of engineering skills rather than learning CAD from scratch.

Course Description

This course gives you the opportunity to obtain academic recognition for work done as part of the RMIT Engineering Learning Factory (ELF). The ELF is a collaborative product development environment. Innovative designs are realised across the many disciplines of engineering and integrated with broader business and design expertise found throughout RMIT. You will work on real industry problems, needs and wants. The ELF operates as a work-emulating real world environment, as the output is work actually for industry. This provides you with exposure to industry needs, industry methods, industry expectations, and in general the professional requirements and disciplines required through a product or process realisation process. Many projects are team-based involving a mix of higher education and vocational education students from different disciplines. Industry practitioners work to scope and supervise projects, drawing on subject matter expertise from academic staff. Industry practitioners are experienced professional engineers across relevant engineering disciplines. Typically, the projects are far from typical. They can range from development of a new consumer item, to the optimisation of public transport through virtual tools, to modelling and optimisation of a manufacturing system. All projects have a commercial aspect as they are real problems or wants for real companies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

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
3.5 Orderly management of self, Intellectual Property and professional conduct
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:
1. Develop strategies and create a detailed development plan that contributes to a successful project realisation based on critical assessment of industry partner requirements, best practice, available resources and team capabilities
2. Demonstrate the ability to be a successful member of a team and contribute to the outcome of an Engineering Learning Factory project
3. Demonstrate and use reflection as an evaluation and quality improvement tool to foster professional-level communication skills

4. Demonstrate effective documentation strategies, capturing work completed, work to be continued, information relevant to the further advancement of the project

Overview of Learning Activities

Your supervised group work will help you develop critical professional skills. While most of your time will be unsupervised, working on your individual tasks, your supervisors (university and industry) will provide regular (weekly) touch points. These touch points are key integrating elements, where individual work forms a cohesive whole - these integration meetings will provide a timing framework, project direction, constructive criticism and mentorship at key times. Your work will be tailored towards your role within the team, and the expectation of contributions to the project from that role. The integration meetings are held weekly in an RMIT computer lab as per timetable. 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will access many learning resources in the library, from industry sources and elsewhere during the project. Your supervisor will be available at agreed times and expect you will consult with them at agreed times critical to the progress in, and direction of, the project. You will be expected to build your network of experts, including by engaging with academic subject matter experts. Various online resources will be made available for CAD software (CREO) and the PLM software (Windchill) used in the Engineering Learning Factory.

Overview of Assessment

Overview of Assessment

☒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 (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment Task 1: Project scope and project plan - presentation (individual)
Weighting 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3, 4
The remaining 80% of assessment is defined through the project scope and plan defined above. In order to support this, gate reviews with the industry partner & documentation of development progress are required to be included into assessment task 1.

Assessment Task 2: Project presentation gate reviews x3 (individual)
Weighting 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: Project portfolio – documentation of development progress and lessons learned (individual)
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4