• Class Number 4475
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Nicolo Malagutti
    • Dr Nicolo Malagutti
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
    • Christopher Leow
    • Lina Raihana Abd Rahim
    • Lu Chen
    • Patricia Wang-Zhao
    • Thomas Scott
    • Armando Fontalvo Lascano
    • Andre Vumbaca
    • Laura Liersch
    • Jerome Pong
    • Tim Rock
    • Olivia Wisniewski
    • Sam O'Brien
SELT Survey Results

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 develop skills for life-long learning by completing modules in a range of prototyping and modelling methods including visualisation, electronics and fabrication. 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 in one of a range of application domain areas of systems engineering. 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 including social, economic, and environmental considerations
  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

Research-Led Teaching

Project topics are drawn from active research within the School of Engineering (SoEn) as are case studies explored in design module workshops. This includes active projects in AgTech, Humanitarian Engineering, and Energy Transitions. Systems Engineering Design Processes covered include those currently being utilised in research projects in SoEn.

Examination Material or equipment

There is no exam in this course.

Required Resources

Depending on prototyping, appropriate clothing and safety equipment, such as enclosed shoes and safety glasses, will be required.

It is recommended that you attend an induction for the ANU/Engineering MakerSpace. This will allow you to access the MakerSpace facilities, which you may wish to utilise for modelling and project work. Please note that inductions are only conducted at select times and seats are limited. You are encouraged to secure an induction spot early, before semester gets too busy! See https://makerspace.anu.edu.au/page/join.html for details.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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 Workshop 1 - Course overview Self-allocation to Workshop and Tutorial (Prac) sessions
2 Workshop 2 - Scoping and Requirements Workshop 2 quizzes (7%) Project preference selection (Wattle activity) Prototyping stream selection (Wattle activity)
3 Workshop 3 - Functional Analysis Tutorial - Prototyping Fundamentals Workshop 3 quizzes (7%)
4 Workshop 4 - Concepts and Evaluation Tutorial - Build 1: Design and mock-up Workshop 4 quizzes (7%)
5 Workshop 5 - Design and Test Tutorial - Build 2: Prototyping Workshop 5 quizzes (7%)
6 Workshop 6 - Project Planning and Scoping Tutorial - Build 3: Testing Workshop 6 quizzes (7%)
7 Project Workshop - Project Scoping
8 Project Workshop - Project Concepts and Architecture Tutorial - Drop-in Project Scoping Interview (10%)
9 Project Workshop - Project Modelling Tutorial - Drop-in
10 Project Workshop - Project Evaluation Individual Modelling (15%)
11 Project Workshop - Project reviews and reflection
12 Final Project Report (20%) Team member contribution (TMC) submission
13 Individual reflection (20%)

Tutorial Registration

Students will sign-up for one session of workshop (all weeks) and one session of tutorial (labelled "practical" in the ANU timetable - held in select weeks). Sign-up will be via myTimetable and mirrored in Wattle groups. It will open at the start of semester with no further changes allowed after the end of week 1.

Workshops - Students will sign-up for one of two Workshops (Thursday or Friday). From week 1 thru 6 this session will run as a Design Module Workshop. From week 7 thru 12 this activity will run as a project workshop. In week 2, students will sign-up for a project application theme. Project teams will be allocated within these themes. Up to six application themes will be available. Students should select the workshop that corresponds with the application themes of their interest. Preferences for projects will be indicated via a Wattle activity in week 2.

Tutorials (Practicals) - Students should sign-up to one of two tutorials (Monday or Wednesday). These appear as PracA/01 and PracA/02 in the ANU timetable. The prototyping and modelling tutorials will run with specific activities from week 3 thru 6 with drop-in sessions in weeks 8 and 9. The tutorials will run with three streams; fabrication, electronics and visualisation. All streams will be available in all sessions. A Wattle activity will allow students to select their preferred stream.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Design Module Workshop Quizzes (x 5) 35 % * * 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Project Scoping Interview 10 % * * 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
Concept Modelling 15 % 08/05/2023 22/05/2023 4
Design Report 20 % 26/05/2023 09/06/2023 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Individual Reflection 20 % * * 6, 7

* 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.


There is no exam in this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Design Module Workshop Quizzes (x 5)

Each design module between week 2 and 5 will use quizzes to assess the understanding of the processes and tools covered in the course. Each workshop will include:

  1. Entry quiz, an individual quiz approximately 7 mins in length consisting of multiple choice, graphical and numeric questions. This will test knowledge of the pre-workshop module material available on the course Wattle site. Value 4%
  2. Exit quiz, a small-group quiz where the outcomes or artefacts of workshop activities are uploaded. Value 3%

Marks and feedback for the entry and exit quizzes will be made available after all students have completed the module, typically a week after the workshop.

Value: 35% (5 x (4% + 3%))

Participation: Group and individual

Format: Wattle quiz and artefact

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

Project Scoping Interview

Project scoping and requirements analysis are critical for engineering system design to ensure all following design work is relevant, focused, traceable, and justified. This interview will capture the scope and initial activities for the team project using the activities and tools covered in the design module workshops.

For more information including the marking criteria and rubric, see the assignment specification in Wattle.

Value: 10%

Participation: Group

Format: 15 minute interview during workshops

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 08/05/2023
Return of Assessment: 22/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 4

Concept Modelling

Rapidly developing and constructing prototypes and models are effective ways to build system understanding, support concept generation and evaluation activities, and communicate design ideas to team members and stakeholders.  

This assignment will bring together the skills and tools covered in the Prototyping and Modelling tutorials to develop and construct a model or prototype for one concept or sub-system of the team project. These could be physical, virtual, software, graphical, … depending on the tools available and needs of the team project.

For more information including the marking criteria and rubric, see the assignment specification in Wattle.

Value: 15%

Participation: Individual

Format: Written report (3 pages) and electronic files and/or demonstration if required.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/05/2023
Return of Assessment: 09/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Design Report

The major project in this course will involve the application of systems engineering design practises to determine a preferred concept to sole a real-world engineering problem. This report will capture all project work leading to the preferred concept and demonstrate how good systems engineering design practice was applied during the project. 

The findings of this analysis will be submitted as a group report detailing the system design and any physical or virtual models or prototypes capturing the key design elements, features and components

For more information including the marking criteria and rubric, see the assignment specification in Wattle.

Value: 20%

Participation: Group

Format: Written report (12 pages) and electronic files and/or demonstration if required.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 6, 7

Individual Reflection

Regular reflection is critical for learning and building professional practice. No two projects are alike but reflecting on and critically evaluating work can help identify improvements for future work and practice.  For this assignment you should reflect on the application of your teams’ selected engineering design process for your project, although you should reflect on all relevant activities over the entire course.

For more information including the marking criteria and rubric, see the assignment specification in Wattle.

Value: 20%

Participation: Individual

Format: Written report (4 pages) or a 10-minute interview

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

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.

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.

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 Nicolo Malagutti

Research Interests

Biomedical Engineering; Systems modelling and simulation. For more information, see my CECC profile .

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Laura Liersch

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Jerome Pong

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Tim Rock

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Sam O'Brien

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