Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Michael Wybrow



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit introduces students to the use of Information Technology (IT) in modern engineering practice. Students will learn an object-oriented approach to both computer systems and software engineering for solving engineering problems.

Students will work in small teams to develop a mobile application that meets a contemporary need in engineering. The fundamental stages in the software development lifecycle will be introduced, including requirements analysis, design, implementation and verification. Students will use IT tools to support the engineering process.


On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. describe, with examples, the multidisciplinary nature of modern engineering problems
  2. explain the capabilities and limitations of mobile devices
  3. describe the interaction between developments in IT and their use in modern engineering practice
  4. explain and evaluate simple object-oriented software designs
  5. design and implement mobile applications that utilise device capabilities to solve an engineering problem
  6. employ IT tools for aspects of the software development process, including a code editor, debugger, shared code repository and version control system, task-tracking and team communication tools
  7. interpret and produce written technical documentation in a standard design formalism
  8. complete tasks as part of a team, and communicate effectively with team members
  9. prepare and deliver oral presentations in a professional engineering format.


Continuous assessment: 60%
Examination (3 hours): 40%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 3 hours of laboratory/workshop activities and 7 hours of private study per week.

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