• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Materials Science, Mathematics, Photonics, Physics, Information Technology More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Jeremy Smith
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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Discovering Engineering engages students in engineering and provides a foundation of skills and knowledge for the rest of their engineering and academic studies.  It introduces three aspects of engineering: disciplines; skills and practice; and responsibilities, which are interwoven throughout the course to enhance student learning.  Disciplines are explored through research-led guest lectures across fields within engineering and computer science.  Supplemented by industry guest lectures these highlight the relevance and importance to modern engineering of the systems approach which encompasses the ANU’s engineering philosophy and program.

Engineering and academic skills including Computer-Aided Design (CAD), research, design and communication are examined and their practice encouraged via group projects, small-scale problem-solving and active engineering workshops.  Further elements of engineering around the responsibilities of engineers in a global environment and an awareness of reflective and ethical practice are applied through projects, engagement and research assignments.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate research into engineering concepts, technology and contexts
  2. use CAD tools to model engineering components
  3. effectively communicate engineering concepts using different media 
  4. identify their responsibilities within the engineering profession
  5. design a solution to an open-ended problem using an engineering process
  6. reflect on and evaluate their own ideas and work

Indicative Assessment

Engineering Technology Report - Initial (5%)
EWB Research Report (10%)
CAD Assignment (15%)
Engineering Technology Report (20%)
EWB Presentation (10%)
EWB Design Report (40%)

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27 one-hour lectures, 12 20min online lectures, 10 one-hour tutorials, 10 hours of labs, plus ~40 hours outside of class

Prescribed Texts

Recommended: "Engineering Your Future", by Dowling, Carew and Hadgraft.

Areas of Interest

  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Photonics
  • Physics
  • Information Technology
  • Software Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Electronics
  • Robotics
  • Materials
  • Mechanical
  • Renewable Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Sustainability
  • Computer Engineering
  • Energy Change
  • Biomedical Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Sustainable Engineering


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2952
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2850
2008 $2592
2007 $2298
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $2190
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3450
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3534
2004 $3450
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2900 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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