Course Title: Introduction to Engineering Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Engineering Design

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: 

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Course Coordinator: Hormoz.Marzbani

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Introduction to Engineering Design is a significant contributor in teaching you how to transform a concept into a tangible reality, in order to test - with confidence - tangible realities by simulating real-world conditions. In this course, you will develop fundamental CAD skills in both the 2D realm (e.g. building plans or circuit design) and the 3D realm (e.g. using fully manipulable animated models that are invaluable tools for visualising complex mechanisms). You will also improve your skills and knowledge in drawing techniques, learn to use specific tools, and learn about the design process. You will also learn how international and Australian standards define the common language of graphic communication. These graphically presented virtual realities will also extend into the realm of augmented reality, in which simulations and the real-world combine for a totally immersive design experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This is an option course and may contribute to the program learning outcomes for the following programs:

BH068 Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics Engineering) (Honours)
BH069 Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) (Honours)
BH070 Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)
BH073 Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering) (Honours)
BH075 Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) (Honours)
BH076 Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours)
BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering) (Honours)
BH078 Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) (Honours)
BH079 Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) (Honours)
BH080 Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (Honours)

  • PLO2: Utilise mathematics and engineering fundamentals, software, tools and techniques to design engineering systems for complex engineering challenges.    
  • PLO5: Communicate respectfully and effectively with diverse audiences, employing a range of communication methods, practising professional and ethical conduct.
  • PLO6: Develop and demonstrate the capacity for autonomy, agility and reflection of own learning, career and professional development and conduct.  

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Integrate the role of graphic communication in the engineering design process;
  2. Generate and interpret engineering technical drawings of parts and assemblies according to engineering design standards; and

Use CAD software to generate a computer model and technical drawing for a simple, well-defined part or assembly.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include pre-recorded lecture videos, class discussions, class software demonstrations, computer-based tutorials and assignments.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through the Canvas Course Site.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the Learning Management System course site (Canvas), which is accessed through the RMIT Student website. This material can include any course notes, tutorial files, and references.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the RMIT Student website.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: MCQ Quizzes
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: Group Project
Weighting: 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 3: CAD Skills Assessment - Part 1 
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 4: CAD Skills Assessment - Part 2
Weighting: 20% 
This assessment supports CLOs: 1, 2, 3

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.