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

In Engineering Design 4A: Systems Approaches for Management, you will develop industry-relevant techniques to manage a design project over the entire system life cycle, from problem conception through to project retirement. ED4A is the fourth course in the interdisciplinary engineering design core, and is followed by Engineering Design 4B: Systems Approaches for Operations. The project selected from a pool of projects that are representative of typical final year capstone projects, allowing you to design the management process for a significant engineering project.

During the early stages of the course, you will learn project management techniques essential for delivering large-scale, complex engineering projects. This includes breaking projects into manageable parts, planning, scheduling, resourcing, controlling, accounting, balancing multiple criteria, and risk management. You will undertake guided study modules in a range of topics, including organisational structures, business planning, teamwork, professional conduct and legal and regulatory frameworks as they apply to the engineering profession. You will further develop skills in critical reflection as part of professional practice by connecting your prior experiences and learning to the topics covered in the course.

Major Project

The major project in this course will be around a real-world engineering problem. You will be part of a small team that is responsible for applying formal management techniques to improve the outcomes in an engineering design project. The project will deliver a Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP) that is representative of best professional practice in Engineering Management.

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 Engineering Design 4A, you will connect with your learning in your major and other courses, and develop skills essential to managing outcomes in a complex engineering project.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Design and implement a program of work in an open-ended engineering project
  2. Select and apply appropriate management techniques to the running of an engineering project
  3. Research and manage a design project within given constraints
  4. Draw on the strengths of a diverse and interdisciplinary team for an external stakeholder
  5. Uphold professional integrity and ethical behaviour in a management context
  6. Enhance and reflect on complex engineering projects through professional engineering review cycles

Work Integrated Learning


The Design project in this course will allow you to work around a real-world engineering problem. You will be part of a small team that is responsible for applying formal management techniques to improve the outcomes in an engineering design project.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quizzes (20) [LO 2,3]
  2. Design Project (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Individual Assignment (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Exams (35) [LO 2,3,5]

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120 hours over the semester including all class workshops, self-directed learning, team-based project-work and individual work.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2301. You cannot enrol in this course if you have completed ENGN3221.

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