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ENG1002 Introduction to Engineering and Built Environment Applications

Semester 2, 2023 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
School or Department : School of Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


Course Coordinator: Jayantha Epaarachchi


Students commencing studies in engineering and the built environment 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 built environment 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-based problems. Topics covered include the nature of engineering and the built environment; fundamentals of engineering science and their application; study skills and an exposure to a range of professional skills including technical communications, ePortfolios, calculation and presentation tools and information literacy.

Course learning outcomes

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 built environment professions and their impact on society and the environment;
  2. demonstrate an awareness of the capabilities required of graduates in engineering and built environment professions and the link between course objectives and graduate capabilities;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the engineering systems approach towards engineering design and analysis, 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, power, and energy conversion;
  5. demonstrate an ability to identify and link basic concepts and parameters in an engineering or built environment context;
  6. apply basic quantitative relations for the analysis of space and time, mass and force, temperature and heat transfer, power, and energy conversion using appropriate SI units and treatment of associated uncertainties;
  7. demonstrate an ability to comprehend technical 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, including an ePortfolio.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The Engineering & Built Environment Professions
Engineering and Built Environment Disciplines
Workforce roles
Core skills and capabilities
Society the Environment and Ethics
2. Engineering Systems
Problems and Solutions
Management and documentation
Projects and their life cycle
3. Engineering Science
The physical world
Laws of nature and theoretical models
Linking engineering science concepts
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 the Built Environment
Your discipline and your program
Enabling Skills
Managing knowledge and learning
Information literacy
6. Applications
Case studies
Applying engineering science
Spreadsheets and modelling concepts

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Dowling, D, Carew, A & Hadgraft, R 2019, Engineering your future: an Australasian guide, 4th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Australia.
Moaveni, S 2020, Engineering fundamentals: an introduction to engineering, 6th edn, Cengage Learning, Stamford, CT.
(SI edition (ISBN: 978 0 357 11215 1.).)

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay No 10 1,2,8
Assignments Written Report 1 No 20 4,5,6,7,8
Assignments Written Report 2 No 20 3,5,6,7,8
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 5,6
Date printed 24 September 2023