• 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
    • Benjamin Nizette
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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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. Select and use appropriate engineering tools to model and analyse engineering components.
  3. Design a solution to an open-ended problem using an engineering process.
  4. Identify responsibilities within an engineering team in relation to professional practice.
  5. Communicate engineering concepts and solutions effectively using different media to professional and other audiences.
  6. Demonstrate self-reflection and evaluation of ideas
Professional Skills Mapping:
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies 

Indicative Assessment

• Systems engineering project (55%) including team charter, subsystem report, system-level
design and systems project and performance

• Engineers Without Borders (EWB) research project (25%) including research report and concept review

• Engineering reflection (20%)

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  • 11x 2-hour pracs
  • 6x 1-hour guest lectures
  • 6x 1-hour seminars
  • 4x 2-hour workshops
  • 15x 10-min online lectures
  • Plus group and individual study

Prescribed Texts

No prescibed texts.  Readings will be provided.

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2363 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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