• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
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In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.

This course is designed to offer students an opportunity to collaborate with peers in a small-group setting and tackle a real-world engineering problem under the direction of an external project client. Project teams receive a client-drafted problem statement, which calls for engineering expertise. From this problem statement, the students are responsible for developing a full set of requirements and key performance indicators to guide their proposed solution. Using a systems engineering framework and working with a high degree of autonomy, the students then proceed through a systems design process including conceptual design, sub-system requirements, and trade-off analyses. Finally, they develop and implement their engineered solution, and evaluate it against the agreed performance indicators. At the end of the project, clients take delivery—and participate in the evaluation—of their team's output. The course emphasises value-driven work, as evaluated in terms of: effective teamwork and peer support; impactful communication (formal and informal, written and oral); insightful personal and professional development; and elegance of engineered solutions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Synthesise advanced engineering knowledge and approaches to produce elegant solutions to technical problems.
  2. Develop, analyse, and critically evaluate alternative options in order to justify and generate solutions in a real-world project.
  3. Apply project management and organisational skills to produce time-sensitive deliverables in a multi-disciplinary team.
  4. Effectively communicate decisions and solutions using appropriate media to professional and lay audiences.
  5. Demonstrate and reflect on leadership, creativity, and professional attributes as an individual and as member of a multi-disciplinary team.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Project work (final deliverables and audit activities) (65) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Individual professional reflection (15) [LO 5]
  3. Technical report (20) [LO 4]

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This course has an approximate workload of 20 hours per week.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Engineering and have completed ENGN8100 and (ENGN8160 or ENGN8260).

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts


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

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:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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12.00 0.25000
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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
2331 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 31 Mar 2024 24 May 2024 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7317 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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