Course Title: Engineering Design 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Engineering Design 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022


RMIT University Vietnam


172H School of Engineering


Viet3 2020,
Viet3 2021,
Viet3 2022

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)




172H School of Engineering


OFFJan2023 (All)

Course Coordinator: Professor Anthony Holland

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2150

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.08.09

Course Coordinator Availability: email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have completed the course Engineering Design 2 or equivalent

Course Description

Studying Engineering Design 3 you will acquire knowledge and skills that are expected from engineering graduates in the 21st Century by Engineers Australia (EA). More specifically, course activities focus on the development of the EA graduate competencies that are listed in the “Stage 1 Competency Standard For Professional Engineer” (see:

This semester you will work in a team to develop a product proposed by one of your team members. For the duration of the course your team will be assigned to an academic staff member, who will act as your team’s mentor.

Engineering Design 3 will engage you in individual activities in team-based project work. Team work will help you to refine your analytical and practical design skills acquired during the first two and a half years of your study. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) that have been aligned with recognised standards for Bachelor of Engineering degrees to obtain national accreditation by Engineers Australia: 

1 Knowledge and Skill Base

1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

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

2 Engineering Application Ability

2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

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 Professional and Personal Attributes

3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability

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

3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.4. Professional use and management of information.

3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply critical and creative thinking in the design of engineering projects.
  2. Plan and manage your time effectively as an individual and a team member.
  3. Consider business and social contexts of an engineering product.
  4. Utilise fundamental knowledge and skills in engineering and apply it effectively on a project.
  5. Develop and present your reports and proposals while working in a team.
  6. Reflect on your own and peers’ technical and non-technical learning.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will engage you in team project activities and lectorial classes. There will be drop-in sessions offered for you to attend as a group or as individuals, to develop your skills in pitching your ideas to industry. This will be relevant to you assessment tasks. 

Under guidance of your academic mentor your team will work towards development of a project proposal for a product chosen by your team. It is expected that over the project duration you will carry out many responsibilities of a team member. In essence you will be involved in a problem-based learning activity that will enable you to learn how to work effectively individually and as a member of a team in order to identify the product need and to successfully plan and design the product.

It is expected that your team will regularly meet with your academic mentor. This will provide your team with appropriate guidance and will help you in your design work. 

The lectorial classes will be presented by RMIT academics and external guest lecturers. The knowledge from the face-to-face classes will enable you to further enhance your skills in engineering design.   

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will be provided to you via the learning management system, at lectorial classes and during meetings with your team academic mentors.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

Three assessment items are directly related to your group project work. The class quiz will be individual assessment on the topics presented in weeks 1 to 3 in the lectorials. 

The assessment for this course comprises:
One multiple choice class quiz,
One Written Product Analysis Report
One Project Proposal
One Project Presentation Pitch 

Assessment tasks


Early Assessment Task: A Product Analysis Report

Weighting 20% 

This assessment task supports CLOs A, B, C, E, & F


Assessment Task 2: Multiple Choice Quiz

Weighting 20% 

This assessment task supports CLOs A, & C


Assessment Task 3: Project Proposal

Weighting 25% (peer-assessed)

This assessment task supports CLOs A, B, C, D, E, & F


Assessment Task 4: Project Pitch

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs B, E, & F