Engineering Disciplines (Intro) Stream A (ENGG1800)


This unit introduces students to specialisations in the Engineering discipline areas of Aeronautical, Biomedical Chemical, Civil, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, and Project Engineering and Management. By providing first-year students with an experience of these various engineering streams, the unit aims to develop the students' professional identity as an engineer and thus provide a suitable basis on which students can choose their discipline for further study.
Introductory sessions in the School of Aerospace,
Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
-4 weeks-
An overview of the degree requirements in each stream. The roles of the engineer in each stream (employments, skills, etc). How each of the subjects taught relate to the skills/knowledge and applications required of the engineers. Basically make sure students fully understand what engineers are in the discipline areas and why the students do the subjects they do. In each stream, one engineering technical topic will be taught as a problem solving exercise, and this topic will be the focus of the laboratory.
School of Civil Engineering
-4 weeks-
Introductory lectures in Engineering Economics and Construction Planning, Foundation Engineering, Structural Engineering, Materials, Environmental Engineering. Each student will be involved in the erection and dismantling of an 8 metre high steel and timber tower in the Civil Engineering Courtyard. Preliminary lectures related to the tower will include safety issues, loading, statical analysis, foundation calculations, construction management, engineering drawings and detailing, geometric calculations, and survey measurements. Exercises related to these issues will be performed before assembly and disassembly of the tower.
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
-4 weeks-
This course will enable students to gain an appreciation of: the methods and materials of construction of items of process equipment; the role of this equipment in building an entire chemical processing plant: its operation and maintenance and safety requirements and procedures. Students will dismantle, disassemble and operate items of process equipment. They will present written answers to questions, supplemented by drawings of process flowsheets, diagrams of dismantled equipment, and discussions of heat and mass balances and of process parameters.

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Lecture 1 hr/week; Laboratory 3 hrs/week.


Through semester assessment (60%) Final Exam (40%)

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