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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)G P Codner (Clayton); M Thomas (M'sia)


Introduction to engineering, the role of engineers and the engineering decision-making process. The Unit covers the economic, environmental, social and ethical aspects of engineering. Particular aspects relate to the systems approach to engineering problems; sustainable development and the environment; lifecycle concepts, safety, management, quality, economic analysis; engineering ethics, report writing, oral presentations, drawing and teamwork.


The student is expected to:

  • develop vision and understanding of the scope of engineering, including emphasis on its breadth, interactions and linkages with other disciplines

  • understand of the role of the engineer in society, including environmental issues

  • understand of the concepts of engineering ethics

  • understand of group processes, group roles and conflict resolution

  • develop systems thinking skills

  • develop communication skills, building an appreciation of the need for and value of verbal, written and visualisation communications in engineering. Included in this are the concepts of quality and standards in all communications.

  • develop knowledge of two or three engineering skills

  • demonstrate ability to operate computer based engineering design packages

  • increase motivation to study engineering and work towards an engineering career

  • develop an appreciation of the teamwork nature of engineering

  • develop an appreciation of the multidisciplinary nature of engineering

  • undertake work in a professional manner


Group Projects: 40%
Individual assignments/tests: 13%
Presentations: 12%
Closed book exam (2 hours): 35%. Students are required to pass both the continuous assessment and exam components to gain a pass in this unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Gary Codner

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice classes and seven hours of private study per week