• Class Number 5455
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Catherine Galvin
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
    • Ruth Kravis
    • Arlene Mendoza
    • Armando Fontalvo Lascano
    • Lu Chen
    • Priya Singh
SELT Survey Results

This course is designed to mimic an industrial design problem as closely as practical in a university setting. Students are assigned to teams and given an ill-defined problem statement. From the problem statement, the students are responsible for developing the full set of requirements and key performance indicators to guide the design. The students then proceed through a systems design process including conceptual design, sub-system requirements, and quantitative tradeoff analyses, using the full range of engineering science and professional skills developed during the degree course. The course emphasises teamwork (both team leadership and membership), communication skills (formal and informal, written and oral), and team and personal management and a professional approach to engineering design.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Synthesise technical engineering knowledge and approaches to generate solutions to a complex design project.

2. Develop, analyse, and critically evaluate alternative design options in order to justify and generate designs in a real-world project.

3. Apply project management and organisational skills to produce time-sensitive deliverables in a multi-disciplinary team.

4. Effective transmission of engineering design decisions and solutions using appropriate media to professional and lay audiences.

5. Demonstrate and reflect on leadership and creativity as an individual and within a multi-disciplinary team.

Professional Skills Mapping:
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies 

It is recommended that students read the detailed Course Guide and Assessment Guide located on the course Wattle page. These documents contain additional information and resources that will be of use to students in this course.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introductory lecture Project Selection night
2 Tutorial
3 Project Audit 1 Team and shadow review for audit 1
4 Tutorial
5 Tutorial
6 Project Audit 2 Team and shadow review for audit 2
7 Tutorial
8 Tutorial
9 Tutorial Public holiday Monday
10 Project Audit 3 Team and shadow review for audit 3
11 Tutorial Project Showcase Final team review (due Friday)
12 Professional Portfolio (individual)

Tutorial Registration

Tutorial timeslots will be based on team formation. The process for choosing projects and forming teams is:

  1. projects will be listed early in semester, with time for students to review before the project selection night.
  2. at the Project Selection night, you will partner with a friend, buddy or classmate and look to select a project
  3. anyone wishing to be in a project is required to come to Project Selection night, and "interview" potential project clients. Clients will interview you too!
  4. at the conclusion of the evening, you and your "buddy" will complete a Project Preference card. Clients will do the same. This card will include details on tutorial availability.
  5. after Project Selection night, "buddies" will be offered a position in a Project team. You will be required to accept or reject the project offer.

Teams of 3-6 will be formed through mutual agreement with the client, convener, and team membership by the end of week 1. There are typically three teams in a tutorial. Tutorial times will reflect the times available on the ANU timetable.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Project audits and reviews x 3 (Group) 75 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Professional Portfolio (Individual) 25 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 75 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Project audits and reviews x 3 (Group)

Project Audits are designed to provide formative feedback to guide your group towards your team’s project goals whilst ensuring high-quality systems-level project governance. Project Audits are standard practice in many industries to evaluate the progress of a project. The goal is to enhance all project work through constructive, actionable feedback with critical and considered review.

Projects are reviewed by tutors, team shadows and the team itself at three audit points during the semester using our Many Eyes Process. The Many Eyes Process encourages active participation throughout the evaluation process and is designed to give you relevant and timely feedback and guidance on your project. It has been developed to ensure that we are able to consistently assess every team and individual student, even though they are working on very different projects and producing a very different set of deliverables. The Many Eyes Process provides feedback throughout the Action Learning Cycle.

There are three Project Audit stages during the project:

  • Audit 1 - week 3 (Lightweight, Concept of Operations) - to set the agenda and scope of the project
  • Audit 2 - week 6 (Mid-term Project Audit) - to guide and evaluate progress, based on project scope
  • Audit 3 - week 10 (Final Project Audit) - to finalise and prepare for the next stage of he project

The project Audit contains three activities:

  1. Repository, work product and activities - the work done and governance of your project
  2. Project review - a self-reflection and a critique of your shadow team's work against two criteria
  3. Team member contribution (TMC) - an evaluation of he relative contributions of your team

The Project Audit processes are awarded progress indicators (not grades) which can be used as evidence for your final grade prepared in your Final team review. Individual grades resulting from the project audits and reviews will be subject to a team member contribution weighting and individual review weighting. Further detail on the Project Audits and Many Eyes process can be found in the Course Guide and Assessment Guide on Wattle or the Capstone project Website https://eeme.anu.edu.au/courses/engn4221/

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Professional Portfolio (Individual)

The Professional Portfolio or reflection is an independent activity that supplements your ongoing professional engineering development. It's purpose is to reflect on your learning in the Capstone Project as a launching point for the next part of you career. There are a number of options for the presentation of the Professional Portfolio including an Application Package, Professional Reflection, Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) Gap Analysis, Engineering Logbook and Professional Accreditation option.

The format of your Professional Portfolio is flexible but the content should be able to be consumed in 10 minutes.

Further detail on this assessment can be found in the course Assessment Guide on Wattle.

This is an individual assessment that will be submitted via Turnitin on Wattle.

As this is the final piece of assessment for the course, marks will not be released separately (as occurs for final exams). Feedback will be available at the end of the exam period via the Wattle gradebook.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No late submissions will be accepted for the Audit processes; these must be submitted on time.

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Feedback on your submissions will be available through the Wattle Gradebook.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Groups may be required to resubmit work where the submission is deemed below acceptable quality, or requires major revision. The course convener shall notify groups within one week of submission and negotiate a plan for resubmission. Work falling into the "Unsalvageable" and "unacceptable" will likely fall into this category.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Catherine Galvin

Research Interests

After working as an Electrical Engineer in the telecommunications industry, I now use my analytical skills in the field of clinical biomechanics, studying knee kinematics using medical imaging. 

At the Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit at the Canberra Hospital, we look at healthy and osteoarthritic knee kinematics; studying tibiofemoral kinematics, the motion of the femur and tibia as the knee bends and straightens.

I have recently been working on developing predictive models of knee osteoarthritis aimed at providing an 'early warning system' that can identify the signs of early knee osteoarthritis.

Dr Catherine Galvin

By Appointment
Ruth Kravis

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Arlene Mendoza

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Armando Fontalvo Lascano

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Lu Chen

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Lu Chen

Priya Singh

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