ECE3091 - Engineering design - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering


Mr Michael Zenere (Clayton)

Dr Ajay Achath Mohanan (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit extends the level of complexity of electronic design by integrating and applying knowledge from a number of second year units. Students will use knowledge from linear and non-linear electronics, computer engineering and communications engineering, to tackle a group project, applying project management skills, and extending their experience of working in groups. The project will extend the design processes introduced in the earlier units to a larger, more complex, and less constrained situation. The project will be complemented by lectures in project management, including working with teams, project management tools and techniques, and written and verbal communication. Frameworks for analysing the life cycles of systems are introduced. Tools and techniques to aid decision-making are provided.


  1. Apply in-depth electrical and computer systems engineering knowledge to compose and assess possible solutions for sub-problems in a complex engineering project, and select suitable solutions based on available data.
  2. Analyse and identify possible causes for practical problems encountered in the complex engineering project, and solve these problems through appropriate research methods.
  3. Design a sustainable prototype according to specified project constraints whilst complying with health and safety requirements.
  4. Demonstrate commitment to carry out the design project as an individual and as a member of a team
  5. Demonstrate effective project management skills to carry out a project in an organised manner.
  6. Generate written reports and oral presentations to communicate the outcomes of the project.


Continuous assessment: 40%

Final project assessment: 60%

Students are required to achieve at least (i) 45% in the continuous assessment component (weekly progress reports, mid-semester project assessment and team presentation), (ii) 45% in the final project assessment component and (iii) 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 laboratory and practice classes and 6 hours of private study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


(ECE2041 or ECE3141) and (ECE2061 or ECE2131) and ECE2072 and (ECE2071 or (FIT1029 and FIT1040))


ECE3905, TEC3191, TRC3000