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ENG1002 Introduction to Engineering and Spatial Science Applications

Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
Version produced : 8 March 2013

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Examiner: Mark Phythian
Moderator: Gordon Hampson


Students commencing studies in engineering and spatial sciences not only need a solid grounding in engineering science, but the ability to develop the methodologies and core skills that enable them to study and eventually perform as professionals in their discipline. From their first exposure to the field, students should be encouraged to think as professionals, hone their developing skills on authentic problems and learn from experienced practitioners.


The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the engineering and spatial science professions, to provide them with an understanding of the fundamental concepts of engineering science and to develop the basic skills necessary to effectively study in an engineering or spatial science discipline. Students will learn how to apply these skills and knowledge, using an engineering systems approach, to a range of authentic multidisciplinary engineering and spatial science problems. Topics covered include the nature of engineering and spatial science; fundamentals of engineering science and their application; and an exposure to a range of professional skills including technical communications, calculation and presentation tools, information literacy and project management.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an awareness of the breadth of engineering and spatial science professions and their impact on society and the environment;
  2. demonstrate an awareness of the attributes required by graduates in engineering and spatial science professions and the link between course objectives and graduate attributes;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the engineering systems approach towards engineering design and analysis and the importance of project management, across the broad spectrum of engineering and spatial sciences;
  4. describe qualitatively the fundamental concepts of engineering science in relation to dimensions and units, space and time, mass and force, temperature and heat transfer, basic electrical theory and energy transfer;
  5. demonstrate an ability to identify and link basic concepts and parameters in an engineering or spatial science context;
  6. apply basic quantitative relations for the analysis of heat flow, force transfer, motion, electrical circuits and fluid flow, using appropriate SI units and treatment of associated uncertainties;
  7. demonstrate an ability to research and synthesise information, and apply analytical and critical thinking to that information;
  8. demonstrate an understanding of the need for accurate, concise, unambiguous communications in technical projects and competently prepare and present, effective, and efficient communications with the use of appropriate presentation tools.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The Engineering & Spatial Science Professions

Engineering and Spatial Science Disciplines

Workforce roles

Core skills and attributes

Society and the Environment

Career Management
2. Engineering Systems


Problems and Solutions

Management and documentation

Projects and their life cycle
3. Engineering Science

The physical world

Chemical and biological aspects of Engineering

Laws of nature and theoretical models

Data analysis and empirical models

Modelling inter-relationships in systems
4. Technical Communications

Importance and types of technical communications

Graphical representations of information

Applications of communications

Documentation and presentation tools
5. Studying Engineering and Spatial Science

Your discipline and your program

Enabling Skills

Managing knowledge and learning

Information literacy
6. Applications

Case studies

Applying engineering science

Modelling change in systems

Spreadsheets and programming concepts

Project work

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Dowling, D, Carew A & Hadgraft, R 2009, Engineering your future: an Australiasian guide, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Australia.
  • ENG1002 Introduction to engineering and spatial science applications: external study package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.
  • Moaveni, S 2011, Engineering fundamentals: an introduction to engineering, Thompson Learning, Southbank Victoria, Australia.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Beer, D & McMurrey, D 2004, A guide to writing as an engineer, 2nd edn, John Wiley, New York.
  • Blicq, R & Moretto, L 2004, Technically write!, 6th edn, Prentice Education Canada Inc, Canada.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 61.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 5 21 Mar 2011
ONLINE TEST 1 50 5 28 Mar 2011 (see note 1)
ONLINE TEST 2 50 5 11 Apr 2011
ONLINE TEST 3 50 5 26 Apr 2011
PORTFOLIO 150 15 03 May 2011
PRESENTATION 50 5 23 May 2011 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 2 200 20 06 Jun 2011
2 HOUR OPEN EXAMINATION 400 40 End S1 (see note 3)

  1. The Online Tests will be open from week 2 of the semester. Students will have a maximum of 2 attempts at each time limited (30min) test. The best score for each test will be used towards an overall grade in the course.
  2. On-campus presentations will be given in tutorial in either week 11 or 12 of the semester. Off-campus students must submit their presentations by week 12 of the semester.
  3. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances then a penalty of 5% of the assigned mark may apply for each working day late up a maximum of ten working days at which time a mark of zero can be recorded for that assignment.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks/grades obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In an Open Examination, candidates may have access to any material during the examination except the following: electronic communication devices, bulky materials, devices requiring mains power and material likely to disturb other students. Any electronic devices capable of circumventing the objectives of examinations or of disrupting other candidates shall not be permitted in the examination for this course. Laptop or palm computers are not permitted in the exam.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the time of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. In this course students may submit assignments electronically in the format specified in the assignment requirements.

  5. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  6. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.59pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. This is a communication benchmark course and a major component of the assessment of this course will be associated with the demonstration of communication skills.

  11. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University's aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course: 1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement. 2. forms part of the Bachelor of Engineering and/or Bachelor of Engineering Technology program and Bachelor of Spatial Science program and is benchmarked against the: - USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review; and - professional accreditation standards of Engineers Australia and Surveyors Board of Queensland.

Other requirements

  1. Students must have regular access to the internet (preferably at better than dial-up speed) as regular contact with the study desk is essential for completion of this course. Students should also have the capability to print modest quantities of material that may provided via the study desk.