• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Management, Engineering
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • STEM Course
  • Graduate Attributes
    • Critical Thinking

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

You will learn project operations techniques relevant for optimising outcomes in large-scale, complex engineering systems. Topics will include understanding legislative and statutory requirements of the professional engineer, including processes for compliance and due-diligence, the reliability, availability and maintainability of systems, risk assessment and mitigation, the operational impacts of social, environmental, and organisational contexts, and changes, upgrades and end of life considerations in complex systems. The course will also explore the potential use and risks of emerging artificial intelligence tools in professional engineering applications.

Design Project

The major project in this course will address a real-world engineering system. You will be responsible for designing operational processes to improve the outcomes in an engineering system. The project will deliver a contextual analysis of the system and design outcomes, and you will justify these 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 an operational environment
  3. Justify appropriate operational decisions in the running of a complex engineering system
  4. Navigate the operational environment of an engineering system 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 operational context
  7. Enhance and reflect on complex engineering projects through professional engineering review cycles

Work Integrated Learning


The Design project in this course will address a real-world engineering problem. You will be responsible for understanding an engineering system and planning operational processes for the to improve the performance over the life-cycle of the system.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quizzes (20) [LO 2,3,4,6]
  2. Optimisation Report (25) [LO 2,3,4]
  3. Design Project (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  4. Reflection (15) [LO 5,6,7]

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130 hours in total including all class workshops, small class tutorials, self-directed learning, project-based team and individual work.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN3300. You cannot enrol in ENGN3301 if you have completed ENGN3230.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading



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