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ENG1101 Introduction to Engineering Problem Solving

Semester 1, 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: Andrew Maxwell
Moderator: Badri Basnet


This course introduces the student to some important engineering tools that will provide the basis for future work and study. The student will be introduced to the concept of a system and the need for multidisciplinary and virtual teamwork in most engineering activities. Aspects of physical properties and conceptual designs are investigated and both these are applied to the analysis of complex real world projects. The course is presented as an initial introduction to problem based learning, and the use of virtual teamwork and electronic communication is emphasized throughout. All students are expected to contribute and to interact in a positive and constructive manner with other team members. This interaction is assessed. Students are expected to work both independently and as part of a team to provide solutions to projects which demonstrate use of appropriate technology and cultural sensitivity. Students must plan and reflect on their own learning, peer and self assess and demonstrate they have met their learning goals, both individually and as a team.


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

  1. co-operate in a virtual team working on real world engineering and surveying projects (a virtual team is one where students do not meet face to face but use a range of electronic communication media to undertake teamwork);
  2. establish appropriate strategies and protocols for using synchronous and asynchronous communication tools to effectively work in a virtual team;
  3. effectively use appropriate communication tools for working in a virtual team including chat, discussion boards and wikis;
  4. identify the requirements for leadership in a successful virtual team;
  5. apply an understanding of group dynamics appropriate to your team situation by negotiating, establishing and documenting roles and timelines for a given project or problem;
  6. seek and evaluate the input of other team members;
  7. apply prior knowledge and experience to assist in solving a problem as part of a virtual team, recognising the value of prior knowledge from team members with diverse backgrounds;
  8. Identify a set of individual learning goals based on prior knowledge and experience; plan a strategy to meet these goals via self directed learning; evaluate and reflect on and demonstrate progress towards these goals;
  9. identify and use appropriate scientific and mathematical techniques and procedures to explain phenomena encountered in the set range of problems and projects;
  10. Develop information literacy skills to find, analyse and evaluate appropriate information necessary to write a professional engineering report;
  11. distinguish between "data" and "information";
  12. communicate team results and work in a team in a professional manner, undertake peer and self assessment and share skills within the team;
  13. use a computer for general communication and the production of technical reports;


Description Weighting(%)
1. ENGINEERING AND PROBLEM SOLVING Solve/analyse a number of problems/systems as part of a team. Particular skills to be developed/enhanced will vary for each individual and may include the use of the computer as a tool for problem solving, research and presenting material in a professional manner; basic statistics applied to given or researched data; basic physics as a tool for understanding complex systems and an introduction to measurement. Specific topics may include:
Windows Operating System.
Computer Terminology.
Spreadsheets and Wordprocessing.
Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication Technology.
Use of the WWW and Library facilities.
Application of Fundamental Physics and Statistics to Real Work Engineering Projects.
Introduction to Measurement and SI units.
Project Management, Teamwork and Professional Communication applied to virtual, multidisciplinary teams.
Self Directed Learning to meet Individual Learning Goals.
Physics of Pressure, Temperature, Flow etc as required by team projects.
Graduate Attributes and Reflective Practice.

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). (

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  • Dowling, D, Carew, A & Hadgraft, R 2013, Engineering your future: an Australasian guide, 2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Qld.
  • Students will need access to a computer for this course with the following facilities: access to the Internet and email on at least a weekly basis (access must be reliable); and Microsoft Office software or similar. Course StudyDesk page on UConnect.

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.
  • Gottfried, BS 2006, Spreadsheet tools for engineers using Excel, 3rd edn, McGraw Hill, Dubuque, IA.
  • Smith, KA & Imbrie, PK 2007, Teamwork and project management, 3rd edn, McGraw Hill, Boston.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 34.00
Lectures 2.00
Project Work 105.00
Team Meetings 14.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PORTFOLIO PART 1 200 20 23 Mar 2015
TEAM REPORT 1 150 15 06 Apr 2015
TEAM REPORT 2 200 20 04 May 2015
PORTFOLIO PART 2 200 20 18 May 2015
TEAM REPORT 3 250 25 09 Jun 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    This course employs a team-based approach to learning in which students must participate in small groups towards the solution of a number of technical problems. To meet the team based objectives of the course, students studying on-campus will have to participate in at least 80% of the scheduled activities and satisfactorily contribute to the team reports.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each portfolio assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course but must participate in all team assessment items to the required level. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements 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 a passing grade, students must demonstrate, via the summative assessment items, that they have achieved the required minimum standards in relation to the objectives of the course by: (i) must contribute satisfactorily to all of the team reports and contribute to required postings on discussion boards. Contributions to team reports will be deemed satisfactory if a participation level of 30% or more is recorded on the team report cover sheet; and (ii) obtaining at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for all summative assessment items.

  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. All assessments for ENG1101 are submitted electronically through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk. Emailed and printed assessments will not be accepted. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. Assessment items, both team and individual must be submitted 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).

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be resubmitted electronically 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. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require reliable and regular access to email and internet to access to UConnect for this course.

  2. The time specified in Student Workloads allocated to tutorials/workshops should be dedicated to interaction/communication with other team members.