Course Title: Engineering Science

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Science

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2020


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet2 2020

Course Coordinator: Majid Nazem

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3628

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.24

Course Coordinator Availability: Friday 10:00 - 12:00

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Through a multidisciplinary approach, this course aims to introduce and contextualise the fundamental science that underpins engineering. This comprises three key areas of introductory Newtonian mechanics, Direct Current (DC) circuits and introductory physical chemistry. In Newtonian mechanics you will develop an understanding of work and of the conservation of energy. DC circuits will introduce you to Ohm’s Law, hence the consideration of electrical potential, current, resistance and capacitance. Introductory physical chemistry will cover nomenclature, molecular structure and stoichiometric reactions. You will have the opportunity to revisit and extend one of these key areas in later studies, in your chosen engineering specialisation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Understand the basic scientific laws that underpin engineering fundamentals.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to model a range of physical situations from real life through critical analysis by making links between these situations and established theory;
  3. Competently solve and predict fundamental engineering problems through numerical calculations and critical analysis.
    Apply fundamental concepts of Engineering to real world problems.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

1.1. Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within their engineering discipline

3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered through the following Learning Activities.

  1. Attendance of lectures where course material is presented through discussions, worked examples, and demonstrations;
  2. Attendance of tutorials where you will practice solving problems and applying concepts. These tutorials will assist you to consolidate the course material and provide a means of feedback on your progress and understanding;
  3. Private study that consists of working through the course material presented in lectures and gaining practical experience at solving conceptual and numerical problems from the textbook and other sources;
  4. Completion of quizzes that are designed to give you further practice in the application of course material, as well as feedback on your understanding;
  5. Completion of written assignments requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter.

On the basis of classroom revision and problem-solving sessions, you will have the opportunity to articulate your understanding and be guided by examples of clear thinking, logical argument and communication as a means to developing such capabilities.

Overview of Learning Resources

This course is presented using a combination of classroom instruction, tutorial sessions, online quizzes, notes, and a prescribed textbook. Other reference texts and resources will also be available from the RMIT Bookshop and Library.

The course material will be presented through lectures. The Learning Management System will be used to distribute the course material and give you access to notes, tutorial worksheets, quizzes, and assignments.

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

The assessment tasks for this course are comprised of the following four components:

  1. Online quizzes, 15% (CLOs 1, 3)
  2. Written assignments - Lab reports, 45% (CLOs 1 to 4)
  3. Tutorials, 10% (CLOs 1 to 4)
  4. Written examination, 30% (CLOs 1 to 4)