• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Materials Science, Mathematics, Physics, Information Technology, Engineering
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Fiona Beck
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

Discovering Engineering is the foundation course for engineering. The course invites students to discover engineering by tackling an open-ended design project, as well as learning a variety of essential technical and non-technical skills. The major project for the course is to work in teams to design and build a robot rover that can autonomously navigate around a maze.

Throughout the course, students undertake a variety of learning activities that introduce the key engineering concepts that are needed to successfully complete the project. Students learn about the engineering design process, including understanding what is needed in a project, generating concepts, prototyping, analysing, and implementing a solution. Students work in teams, allowing them to develop their collaboration and communication skills, as well as their project management skills. This is complemented by learning about the importance of reflective and ethical professional practice. At the same time students will also learn about basic electronics, coding and problem solving, providing a range of fundamental skills needed by a modern engineer.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate research into engineering concepts, technology and contexts.
  2. Select and use appropriate engineering tools to model and analyse engineering components.
  3. Design a solution to an open-ended problem using an engineering process.
  4. Identify responsibilities within an engineering team in relation to professional practice.
  5. Communicate engineering concepts and solutions effectively using different media to professional and other audiences.
  6. Demonstrate self-reflection and evaluation of ideas

Work Integrated Learning


This course will gives you the opportunity to practice teamwork, build communication skills, problem solving skills and develop project management skills.

Other Information

Professional Skills Mapping:

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

  1. Engineering Design Report (10) [LO 1,3,5,6]
  2. Weekly quiz (10) [LO 1,2]
  3. Labs online (15) [LO 2,5]
  4. Rover report (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Rover testing (10) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  6. Rover Milestones (5) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  7. Reflection (25) [LO 1,5,6]

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  • 24 x 1 hour lectorials
  • 4 x 2-hour online computer labs
  • 3 x 2-hour project workshops
  • 6 x (15 minute) Project group updates
  • Plus group and individual study

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

No prescibed 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:
6 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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
4234 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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