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ENG3111 Technology Design Project

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Technology Design Project
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 039999 - EnginTech not classified
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 April 2021


Examiner: John Leis


Pre-requisite: (ENG2102 or ENG1003 or ENG1101) and Undergraduate students must have completed 14 courses in their program.

Other requisites

Undergraduate students must have completed 14 courses in their program.


In this course, the widest implications of a service, product, or process are considered at the project design stage, including not only the technical interactions of the various subsystems, but also the financial, ethical, political, sociological, and socio-economic implications. This course leads the student to an understanding of the philosophy and methodology of the design process in the context of systems which embrace political, sociological, economic, technical, and ergonomic aspects.

The Technology Design Project is the capstone project course in the three-year Bachelor of Engineering Science program. The project is team-based with students working in small groups of four students drawn from a specific discipline area. Each team will work on a broadly specified project drawn from a list recommended by staff. The project is intended to enable students to demonstrate their attainment of in-depth design skills with a definite deliverable in the form of a detailed report accompanied by engineering drawings and related calculations. The experience gained in this course will enhance a student's ability to perform project work, to be innovative, to solve problems and identify solutions, thereby developing engineering judgement

This is a senior course and it is assumed that the student has the maturity, knowledge and skills base commensurate with having completed the first two years of their undergraduate course.


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

  1. conceptualize problems and develop strategic solutions from open-ended scenarios;
  2. identify, review, and evaluate multi-disciplinary design projects that require the system design approach;
  3. rationalize, plan, develop, optimize, and communicate a system design in the wider engineering environment of statutes, ecology, common law, ergonomics, social acceptability, marketing, and economics, etc;
  4. apply specialist knowledge and evaluative skills in a number of new areas within discipline specialization;
  5. transfer and apply appropriate use of computer technology to the design project;
  6. cooperate as effective members of teams working on multi-disciplinary projects;
  7. communicate project results in a professional manner with correct Harvard referencing, formal report structure, an executive summary and a formal conveyance letter.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Planning report: Project topic selection and accompanying justification 5.00
2. Planning report: Proposed project outline 5.00
3. Planning report: Project schedule with team member tasks identified (Gantt Chart) 5.00
4. Planning report: Preliminary costing estimates 5.00
5. Project work 40.00
6. Final report: Presentation, structure and correct Harvard referencing 5.00
7. Final report: Supported appropriate engineering drawings, figures, calculations and appendices 15.00
8. Final report: Appropriate engineering design 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Students may find the information provided by Engineers Australia about attaining chartered status (Stage 2 Competency) of interest. This information can be accessed at:

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Project Work 100.00
Report Writing 50.00
Supervisor Consultation 5.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
WEEKLY REPORTS 150 15 03 Mar 2021 2,3,4,7 (see note 1)
PLANNING REPORT 150 15 31 Mar 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
INDIVIDUAL REPORT 200 20 02 Jun 2021 1,2,3,4,5
TEAM REPORT 500 50 02 Jun 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

  1. Weekly reports must be submitted on a weekly basis. The examiner shall notify students of the due date during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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 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 assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. 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 receiving a passing grade in the course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course, be judged to have made a genuine effort to contribute to the work of the team by other team members, and obtain at least 40% of the total weighted marks for the Individual Report.

  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:
    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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students will normally enrol in the ENG3111 Technology Design Project course during the last year of the three-year Bachelor of Engineering Science degree program.

Date printed 17 April 2021