Course Title: Complete an engineering design project

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: CIVE5676

Course Title: Complete an engineering design project

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr. Betty Richards
Ph: +61 3 9925 4172

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

All core Advanced Diploma units and other units that are relevant to the specific project.

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to proceed from a client’s brief to the preparation of design and development briefs, engineering solutions, design and detail drawing, written reports of tasks, processes and design outcomes, and the oral presentation of technical information. This competency concerns the synthesis of a large number of competencies in a holistic manner to demonstrate the ability to carry out a substantial engineering design project in entirety.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EAX040B Complete an engineering design project


Design an engineering solution involving standard and proven design techniques from a client’s brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Appropriate assumptions are made and documented.
1.2 Appropriate components and systems are incorporated in the
1.3 Appropriate scientific principles are considered or applied.
1.4 Standard formulae and standard tabulated data are applied to
size relevant engineering components.
1.5 Relevant Australian and/or international standards, Acts and
regulations are complied with in the deign process.
1.6 Appropriate checking procedures are used for all calculations.
1.7 Linear and geometric tolerances are generated to ensure
functionability and design performance.
1.8 Appropriate materials are specified and the reasons for selection
1.9 Heat treatment process are correctly chosen and specified
where appropriate.
1.10 Engineering design software packages are used appropriately
and results compared to those found by preliminary hand


Draw preliminary, general arrangement, design and detail drawings

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Component detail drawings are prepared to appropriate
2.2 Assembly and general arrangement drawings are prepared to
appropriate standards and details cross referenced.


Interpret the brief and clarify client’s requirements

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The requirements of the client and the scope of the design brief
are discussed with the client.
3.2 The client’s requirements are documented and functional
analysis carried out.
3.3 The scope of the project is documented.
3.4 A summary report is prepared for client discussion and
preliminary costing.


Prepare concept proposal

Performance Criteria:

4.1 A search of Australian and/or international standards, Acts and
regulations is carried out to determine any constraints on the
4.2 A range of different, innovative and creative approaches to
achieve the design requirements is generated.
4.3 The relative merits of possible design concepts are analysed,
compared and contrasted.
4.4 Proposals are discussed with colleagues and specialists.
4.5 Concept proposal is prepared for client discussion and
preliminary costing.
4.6 Concept design is reviewed with client.
4.7 Any variations to the concept proposal are appropriately


Prepare written report of tasks, processes and design outcomes

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Documents are prepared to appropriate standards and to AQF
competency level 6.
5.2 All design documentation is clear, accurate, concise and
5.3 All issued documents are amended, updated, etc as necessary
in accordance with the document control process.


Present technical information

Performance Criteria:

6.1 The facts are clearly presented to ensure unencumbered
interpretation by peer/industry groups.
6.2 Information is provided in ordered sequence.
6.3 The rationale supporting the design decisions is communicated
6.4 Presentation aids are used appropriately and effectively.


Review the design

Performance Criteria:

7.1 The design solution is confirmed by comparison to the
engineering specification.
7.2 Where appropriate, modifications to either the design of the
specification are made.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements

Details of Learning Activities

Paramount to this course is the students development of both technical and generic competencies. Throughout the course emphasis is placed on teamwork and Project-based learning. The goals enhance students collaborating and communicating skills, 2. to enhance student life-long learning skills, and hence their ability to adapt to technological changes.  Therefore, students are required to work collaboratively in teams of 5 members (members are selected by the teacher).  Students are required to take responsibility for their own learning.  The teacher will assume the role of a facilitator. On a fortnightly basis each team will receive support and encouragement from accredited mentors. The mentors are 3rd year Higher Education students which are TAFE graduates. 

Teacher directed activities: 
-a review on topics relevant to the project on a "need basis"
-short lessons on teamwork dynamics. This will be reinforced by workshops on Teamwork Dynamics by an invited specialist in the area.

Invited lectures by academics and industry professionals.
The objective is to provide students in a down to Earth manner with an insight into challenges they are likely to encounter in the Civil Engineering practice. Example of Lecture topics:  Engineering Ethics, Organization Health and Safety Regulations.

Student directed activities:
Students will engage in the completion of an industry project. They will engage in activities such as analysis, design, technical drawing, cost estimation, report writing, and oral presentation. Students will regularly reflect individually and as a team on their progress.

Teaching Schedule

Weekly 3 hours team meetings at RMIT during scheduled class times to perform the activities outlined above. In addition students may elect to also meet occasionally  at an alternative time and location.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Refer to learning guide.


Other Resources

Refer to learning guide.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

Assessment will be  a combination of process assessment (student’s self-reflective journal, group reflection and peer’s evaluation) and content assessment (joint report and team presentation).  It is important to note that the joint report valued at 70%, consist of a technical component (valued at 50%), and  team reflective reports (valued at 20%). The team reflective report is to be submitted on a fortnightly basis.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

They are limited opportunities to carry out industry work experience at overseas companies. In such cases, students are graded based on industry supervisor’s assessment of student performance (30%), written technical and cultural report  (40%), oral presentation of report (20%), and journal or e-portfolio (10%).

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