Course Title: Digital Fundamentals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Digital Fundamentals

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet2 2020,
Viet2 2022,
Viet3 2022,
Viet1 2023

Course Coordinator: Katrina Neville

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2530

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.07.08

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is focused on digital literacies for engineers and will equip you with the ability to apply a problem-solving methodology to common engineering problems.

Using a problem-based approach, students will develop the skills to design, write, test and debug programs that improve the world we live in. You will be presented with various types of engineering problems which you will then work through from problem identification and algorithm design through to the implementation phase.

As part of this course you will also be introduced to the syntax and development environment of the engineering software tool MATLAB/Simulink.

This course establishes a foundation for engineering programs that require advanced programming and problem-solving skills such as Electrical & Electronic, Computer & Network, Mechatronic and Automotive Engineering.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:

PLO 1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and knowledge of fundamental engineering and scientific theories, principles and concepts and apply advanced technical knowledge in specialist domain of engineering. 

PLO 2. Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.

PLO 4. Apply systematic problem solving, design methods and information and project management to propose and implement creative and sustainable solutions with intellectual independence and cultural sensitivity.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply a consistent methodology for solving a variety of engineering problems;
  2. Develop simple mathematical algorithms and the logic flow necessary to design software solutions to engineering problems;
  3. Effectively use MATLAB/Simulink as a tool to solve engineering problems.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning occurs through the following experiences and evaluation processes:

  1. Lectorials will allow you to work individually and in groups in a problem-based learning environment where you will develop your skills in problem solving and implementing solutions using MATLAB/Simulink;
  2. Practicals will allow you to put your skills into practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

Access to the MATLAB/Simulink software package will be provided through RMIT computer labs, myDesktop and the MathWorks campus-wide student license.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1: Tests
Weighting: 10%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Practicals
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Individual Project
Weighting: 40%
This assessment task supports CLO 3

Assessment Task 4: Group Projects
Weighting: 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3