• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering

This course will only be offered from 2021

In Engineering Design 4B: Systems Approaches for Operations, you will learn industry-relevant techniques to operate and innovate in a design project over the entire system life cycle, from problem conception through to project retirement. ED4B is the fifth course in the interdisciplinary engineering design core. The project in this course continues the project in ED4A Systems Approaches for Management, allowing you to design the management and operation processes in a significant project over two semesters.

During the early stages of the course, you will learn project operations techniques relevant for optimising outcomes in large-scale, complex engineering projects. This includes understanding legislative and statutory requirements of the professional engineer, including processes for compliance and due-diligence, and intellectual property considerations in a project, including commercial arrangements for sharing sensitive information. You will undertake independent study modules in a range of topics, including the commercial arrangements in profit and not-for-profit business models, workplace health and safety, lean start-up methodology, dealing with difficult stakeholders and change management in large organisations.

Design Project
The major project in this course will address a real-world engineering problem. You will continue your project from ED4A. You will be responsible for designing operational processes to improve the outcomes in an engineering design project. The project will deliver a design outcome, and you will justify this outcome through appropriate project documentation. Finally, you will further 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 ED4B, you will connect with your learning in your major, and develop skills required to innovate and optimise operations to deliver a design outcome.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Design and innovate within a program of work in an open-ended engineering project
  2. Research and apply technical knowledge to design opportunities in a competitive environment
  3. Justify appropriate operational decisions in the running of a complex engineering project
  4. Navigate the operational environment of an engineering design project in the real-world
  5. Leverage the dynamics of collaborative teams to solve complex problems within given deadline
  6. Uphold professional integrity and ethical behaviour in an innovation context
  7. Enhance and reflect on complex engineering projects through professional engineering review cycles

Indicative Assessment

  1. Learning Modules (15) [LO null]
  2. Design Project (50) [LO null]
  3. Reflections (15) [LO null]
  4. Exams (20) [LO null]

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

Note: ENGN3301 must be taken in the semester immediately following ENGN3300. To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN3300.


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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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7629 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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