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,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2023


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet2 2020,
Viet3 2020,
Viet2 2022,
Viet3 2022,
Viet1 2023

Course Coordinator: Nevena Todorova

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1065

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.10.18

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

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 physical chemistry, kinematics, and electronic circuits. Introductory physical chemistry will cover nomenclature, molecular structure and stoichiometric reactions. In kinematics you will develop an understanding of work and of the conservation of energy. Electronic circuits will introduce you to Ohm’s Law, hence the consideration of electrical potential, current, resistance and capacitance. 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 will 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.
  4. Apply fundamental concepts of Engineering to real world problems.

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

Program Learning Outcome 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. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered through the following Learning Activities.

  1. Pre-recorded lectures where course material is presented through presentations, worked examples, and demonstrations;
  2. Lectorialswhere you will revisit the lecture material, practice solving problems and applying concepts. These lectorials 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 pre-recorded 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.

Through practical 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 to develop such capabilities.

Overview of Learning Resources

This course is presented using a combination of pre-recorded lectures, tutorial and practical 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 pre-recorded 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:

Assessment Task 1: Online Quizzes
Weighting: 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1 and 3

Assessment Task 2: Written Assignments – Lab Reports
Weighting: 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4

Assessment Task 3: Tutorials
Weighting: 20%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4

Assessment Task 4: Timed Online Test
Weighting: 30%
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4
This test must be completed and submitted within a limited time period.