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ENG3104 Engineering Simulations and Computations

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: Andrew Wandel
Moderator: Kazem Ghabraie


Pre-requisite: ENG2102 and (ENM2600 or MAT2100 or MAT2500) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or GDET or METC or MEPR or GCNS or GDNS or MENS

Other requisites

This course is substantially similar to ENG3103 and ENG4104. Students cannot enrol in ENG3104 if they have successfully completed, or are currently enrolled in ENG3103 or ENG4104.


Of particular importance to the engineer is the ability to develop an appropriate model to describe the behaviour of an engineering system, and then to analyse that behaviour and apply engineering judgement in the interpretation of the results of that model. Often this model will be of a numerical nature and the engineer requires the ability to solve such numerical problems. The student will be required to develop skills in programming using a scripting language. The student will undertake a range of numerical computation exercises using a scripting language. The student will develop skills in problem solving within an engineering context. A number of real world problems and case studies provide the basis for meeting this objective. Advanced numerical techniques and programming skills for the handling of non-linearity and partial differential equations will be learnt.


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

  1. develop an appropriate numerical systems model of an engineering problem;
  2. develop a logical and well-structured computer program to assist in the analysis of an engineering problem;
  3. discuss and use the concepts of debugging a computer program;
  4. analyse and evaluate the behaviour of an engineering system using a general purpose numerical software package;
  5. use a range of numerical computing techniques to develop an appropriate model from available data;.
  6. demonstrate a knowledge of and make appropriate use of a range of methods in the design and analysis of engineering experiments;
  7. apply numerical techniques (including Simulink) to analyse a system represented by an ordinary and/or partial differential equation


Description Weighting(%)
1. Engineering numerical systems modelling 20.00
2. Solving case studies in engineering, drawn from areas such as mechanics, thermodynamics, structures, geomechanics, hydraulics and electromagnetics, that involve solving equations by iteration; solving sets of linear algebraic equations; regression and interpolation; data analysis; and numerical calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations. MATLAB will be the main tool employed in the solution of the case studies and emphasis will be given to problems that enhance the programming skills of students and that require the application of array and matrix operations; files, functions and data structures; and plotting. 80.00

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). (

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  • Palm, WJ 2011, Introduction to MATLAB for engineers, 3rd edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.
  • MATLAB & Simulink software Student Edition. Students must ensure that they have MATLAB, Simulink and the Statistics Toolbox.

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.
  • Austin, M & Chancogne, D 1999, Introduction to engineering programming: in C, Matlab and Java, Wiley, New York.
  • James, G et al 2007, Modern engineering mathematics, 4th edn, Prentice Hall, Harlow.
  • Kiusalaas, J 2010, Numerical methods in engineering with MATLAB, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
    (eBook available.)
  • Kreyszig, E 2011, Advanced engineering mathematics, 10th edn, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.
  • Yang, W-Y, Cao, W & Chung, T-S 2005, Applied numerical methods using MATLAB, J. Wiley, Hoboken, NJ.
    (eBook available.)
  • Books with ?Programming? in the title focus on the MATLAB language and environment, while books with ?Numerical Methods? in the title tend to have cursory introductions to the MATLAB language and environment and instead focus on a wider range of numerical methods.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 66.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 20.00
Private Study 41.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 5 17 Aug 2015
ASSIGNMENT 2 250 25 18 Sep 2015
ASSIGNMENT 3 300 30 23 Oct 2015

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 complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available (or at least a grade of C-) for each assessment item.

  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:
    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.

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

  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 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. 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 access to a computer and internet access to UConnect for this course.