• Offered by 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
    • Dr Fiona Beck
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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Course has been adjusted for remote participation in S1 2021 Some on-campus activities are available. Attendance at these where possible is encouraged

ENGN1211 Discovering Engineering is the foundation course for engineering.  The course allows students to discover engineering from two perspectives.

Firstly, the course provides the chance for students to learn about the wide variety of engineering disciplines through guest lectures and individual research.

Secondly, the course provides the opportunity to discover engineering through learning some of the essential technical and non-technical skills for completing an engineering project.  Through this course, students learn how to design using computer-aided design (CAD) and learn about choice of materials and different  fabrication techniques.  Students will also learn about basic electronics and coding providing a range of fundamental skills.  

At the same time students learn about the design process, including understanding what is needed in a project, generating concepts, prototyping, analysing, and implementing a solution.  This is complemented by learning about the importance of reflective and ethical professional practice.  Throughout the course students work in teams, allowing them to develop their collaboration and communication skills, as well as their project management skills.

The major project for the course is to work in teams to design a robot using CAD and make it with 3D printing or laser cutting, and then to build the electronics and create code so it can drive itself around a maze.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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

Indicative Assessment

  1. Engineering Technology Research Assignment (10%) (10) [LO null]
  2. CAD Assignment (10%) (10) [LO null]
  3. Testing and Analysis Assignment (5%) (5) [LO null]
  4. Rover report (25%) (25) [LO null]
  5. Rover testing (10%) (10) [LO null]
  6. Reflection (5%) (5) [LO null]
  7. Arduino Lab test (10%) (10) [LO null]
  8. In-Tutorial Milestones (5% ie. 1% each) (5) [LO null]
  9. Exam (20%) (20) [LO null]

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  • 12 x 2 hour lectorials
  • 10 x 2-hour computer labs
  • Plus group and individual study

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

No prescibed texts.

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


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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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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
2179 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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