GENG5515 Interdisciplinary Design Project

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
The project is a capstone experience in which students integrate and apply knowledge and skills acquired in earlier units to a substantial real-world design challenge that is multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary in nature. Students work in teams, typically with four to six members, and are supervised by an academic and/or industry mentor. Teams are responsible for managing their project as well as reporting against milestones and preparing the necessary design documentation. The academic objectives of the project are to lead students through a systematic engineering design and synthesis process with a focus on the interdisciplinary nature of design work and the importance of strong leadership skills.
Students are able to (1) critique different leadership theories and styles, and how they impact on the design process; (2) seek out the requirements and associated resources to assess the scope, dimensions, scale of effort and indicative costs of a complex engineering project; (3) apply technical knowledge, design methodology, appropriate tools and problem-solving skills to achieve a desired outcome to satisfy user requirements; (4) apply project management tools and processes to the planning and execution of a design project; (5) conduct themselves in a professional manner; (6) critically analyse design inputs, processes and outputs; (7) locate and evaluate relevant standards and technical literature; (8) communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately using discourse conventions relevant to the discipline; (9) contribute to and/or manage a complex engineering project activity, as a member and/or leader of an engineering team; and (10) utilise alternative and diverse viewpoints to enhance design outcomes..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation(s); (2) reflective writing; (3) project deliverables; and (4) professional conduct. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Carolyn Oldham
Unit rules
completion of 24 points of the Master of Professional Engineering
This unit is recognised by the University as a service learning unit. Service learning refers specifically to community engagement activities that are embedded in units of study, being structured and assessed as formal educational experiences.

Enrolment is by invitation only and special approval is required.

From 2016 Semester 2, this unit will be replaced by the special unit SVLG4001 Interdisciplinary Service Learning (enrolment by invitation and requires special approval).
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