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ENG1100 Introduction to Engineering Design

Semester 2, 2015 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences

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Examiner: Ray Malpress
Moderator: Tobias Low


The rationale for this course is to motivate students by fostering creativity and introducing conceptual design, sustainable design in engineering, industrial design, computer aided design and drafting early in the course. Early training and practice in the engineering design method, the introduction to engineering handbooks and commercial catalogues is necessary for a foundation to which students can relate future studies in the more advanced courses of the program. Engineers need skills in graphical communication and spatial vision in the practice of their profession.


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

  1. demonstrate basic drafting skills using free hand sketching and computer aided drafting software;
  2. prepare and read drawings in orthographic projection;
  3. construct auxiliary views;
  4. prepare: (a) mechanical working drawings; (b) civil engineering drawings; (c) survey drawings; (d) electrical drawings;
  5. produce drawings of simple objects in pictorial views;
  6. accurately interpret standard engineering drawings;
  7. use the terminology of common engineering components;
  8. develop design skills based on a structured design philosophy, sustainability aspects of design and the industrial (manufacturing and marketing) aspects of the design;
  9. apply creative problem solving techniques to engineering problems;
  10. communicate proposed solutions to engineering problems in oral and/or written reports;
  11. design solutions to simple conceptual design problems;
  12. demonstrate effective team participation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Basic skills of drafting 5.00
2. Sketching common engineering details 5.00
3. Orthographic projection 5.00
4. Pictorial and auxiliary views 5.00
5. Common engineering terminology 3.00
6. Selection of common engineering components 3.00
7. Mechanical working drawings 5.00
8. Civil drawings 5.00
9. Survey drawings 5.00
10. Electrical drawings 3.00
11. The design process 8.00
12. The creative process 8.00
13. Human factors in design 8.00
14. Sustainable design in engineering 8.00
15. Industrial design 8.00
16. Design review 8.00
17. Design project 8.00

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. (

  • Boundy, AW 2011, Engineering drawing, 8th edn, McGraw Hill Australia, North Ryde, Sydney.
  • 2D CAD software package (refer to Introductory Book for details). The course content related to CAD is based on the specific software. The computing and internet capability required to download and use the software is available on the USQ website by searching ?Hardware and Software?. The use of alternative software will require compliance with specifications in the assessments and approval of the examiner. Training in the use of alternative software will be the responsibility of the student.

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.
  • Dandy, GC, Walker, D, Daniell, T & Warner, R 2008, Planning and design of engineering systems, 2nd edn, Taylor & Francis, London.
    (electronic resource.)
  • Fane, B & Byrnes, D 2013, AutoCAD 2014 for dummies, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.
    (electronic resource.)
  • Madsen, DA 2007, Engineering drawing and design, 4th edn, Thomson/Delmar Learning, Clifton Park, NY.
  • Onstott, S 2013, AutoCAD 2014 and AutoCAD LT 2014: essentials, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 49.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 54.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 300 30 01 Sep 2015
ASSIGNMENT 2 300 30 05 Oct 2015 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 3 400 40 30 Oct 2015

  1. This assessment is in two parts. Students will be advised of the due dates for each part.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the student's 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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks 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 weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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 Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. 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 due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

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

  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 the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM 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. //