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ENGG1000: History and Philosophy of Engineering

ENGG1000 is a unique course that aims to provide students with an understanding of the historical development of Engineering with relation to societal expectations of the period. Engineering as a field of study and profession has developed over millennia from simple (yet significant) advances in technology such as the lever and wheel, to modern day examples such as advanced computers, nanomaterials and space flight. Interaction between human society and Engineers has helped develop and guide the advancement of engineering technology; with society posing problems for Engineers to solve and Engineers developing new technology that changed the course of human history, and helped shape the world we live in. The general philosophy behind Engineering is that Engineers work to fulfill the needs of society (water, electricity, technological improvements etc. ), and as such Engineers are expected to act ethically towards society. The role of Engineers in society will be analysed and discussed from a humanistic perspective, with relation to the current Engineers Australia code of ethics. Other relevant philosophical analyses of Engineering as a skill and profession will also be examined such as, aesthetics, creativity, the epistemology of Engineering and more. This course will use online resources extensively and help develop research and communication skills of students, whilst providing an overview of the historical significance of Engineers in society, and what it means to be an Engineer.

Code ENGG1000
Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate familiarity with the Engineers Australia code of conduct and develop an awareness of the professional conduct expected from society in an Australian and international context. The relationship between engineering and the needs/expectations of society is investigated and discussed
  • LO2. demonstrate improved skills in both oral and written communication (reports and examination) and proficiency in using online discussion forums
  • LO3. demonstrate effective research skills to locate information from a variety of sources, including through interpersonal communication.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.