• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jeremy Smith
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course will only be offered from 2020

Engineering Design 2: Systems Approaches for Design will build your proficiency to abstract, visualise, communicate and deliver engineering designs. ED2 is the second course in the interdisciplinary engineering design core, which situates design within the life-cycle of systems. You will undertake a project using a systems approach to design, which is a formal process for generating robust and relevant engineering designs, applicable to all areas of engineering.

During the early stages of the course, you will become fluent in the language of systems engineering for the purposes of describing a design problem space. This includes how to research and systematically generate requirements, undertake a functional analysis of a system, and create and communicate the architecture of an engineering design. You will also develop skills required for life-long learning by completing independent study modules in design visualisation, including CAD modelling. These modules will supplement the systems approach to design, allowing you to represent an engineering design from both a systems and visual perspective.

Design Project
The major project in this course will involve a real-world engineering problem. You will be challenged in small teams to generate an engineering design using the systems approach that meets the requirements of project stakeholders. You will apply research and design techniques to visualise, prototype and evaluate alternatives, in situations limited by available resources and imperfect information. During the project, you will develop design outcomes justified through project documentation. Finally, you will develop skills in critical reflection as a part of professional practice by connecting your experiences and learning in your project to engineering and research practice.

Engineering Design @ ANU
At ANU, students are challenged to think of engineering design at a systems-level. Over the degree, you will learn how engineering design can be used to make a positive impact on society through five domains: design, analysis, research, professional practice and teamwork. In ED2, you will connect with your learning in the foundation courses, and learn the language of systems engineering, central to the design core.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Research succinct and relevant system-level requirements for an engineering design
  2. Undertake a functional analysis of engineering systems
  3. Design and evaluate alternative system architectures
  4. Effectively communicate engineering designs through engineering models
  5. Operate as an effective member of an engineering team across multiple disciplines
  6. Provide and act on feedback on engineering work in a professional environment
  7. Reflect on taking a systems approach to engineering design in the context of professional engineering

Indicative Assessment

  1. Learning Modules (20) [LO null]
  2. Design Project (40) [LO null]
  3. Reflections (20) [LO null]
  4. Exams (20) [LO null]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN1211.


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

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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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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
4531 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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