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

Engineering Design 3: Systems Approaches for Analysis will develop your skills to undertake formal testing and evaluation of an engineering design as a technical process in the life-cycle of a system. ED3 is the third course in the interdisciplinary engineering design core, which situates design within the life-cycle of a system. You will learn how to design and execute engineering testing and analysis processes to improve design outcomes. These techniques build on concepts covered in ED2, and are applicable to all areas of engineering.

During the early stages of the course, you will learn tools and approaches for analysing and testing engineering systems. This includes designing models and experiments to predict the behaviour of engineering designs, and working with data to make evidence-based decisions. You will apply techniques to analyse a system from a range of perspectives, from understanding human factors through to optimisation. You will undertake independent study modules on approaches useful for interpreting data and analysing a large range of engineering systems.

Design Project
The major project in this course will be around a real-world engineering problem. You will be challenged in small teams to design the testing processes enabling you to evaluate an engineering design. You will apply research and analysis techniques to optimise or improve an engineering design. 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 ED3, you will connect with your learning in the foundation courses, and develop skills to design tests and undertake analysis essential for justifying engineering design decisions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate an engineering system through the design of engineering tests, incorporating business, social and environmental arguments
  2. Navigate constraints and balance multiple design factors
  3. Make predictions about the performance of a system based on engineering models, understanding that engineering design will depend on the context for which it is being developed
  4. Construct clear justifications for design based on data and analysis
  5. Operate as an effective member of an engineering team and work effectively with business, social and environmental expertise to inform engineering design for an external stakeholder
  6. Provide and act on feedback in a transdisciplinary environment
  7. Reflect on taking a systems approach to engineering testing in the context of professional engineering

Work Integrated Learning


In this course, you will complete a design project. The WIL component allows you to involve a real-world engineering problem. You will be challenged in small teams to design the testing processes enabling you to evaluate an engineering design. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Analysis Tools Workshop Entry Quizzes (x3) (15) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Statistics Quizzes (x3) (15) [LO 3,4]
  3. Project Framing and Analysis Plan Report (20) [LO 1,3,5]
  4. Statistics Assignment (20) [LO 3,4]
  5. Project Presentation and Interview (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  6. Individual Reflection and Logbook (10) [LO 6,7]

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120 hours in total over the semester consisting of:

18 hours of all class analysis workshops

10 hours of skills-based tutorials

12 hours of team-based project workshops

Self-directed learning and team-based project work as required

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2300. You cannot enrol in this course if you have completed ENGN2226.

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