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ENGG1800: Introduction to Engineering A

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Introduction to Engineering ENGG1800 is a unit for first year students undertaking “Flexible First Year” or other students interested in Engineering. It is designed to be taken with ENGF1112 as part of “Flexible First Year”. Through this unit students will complete two six week modules, the first on “Materials and Forces” and the second on “Fluids and energy”. Through these modules students will be exposed to applications in the engineering disciplines of Aeronautical, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ENGG1800
Academic unit Engineering
Credit points 6
CIVL1900 or CHNG1108 or MECH1560 or AERO1560 or AMME1960 or BMET1960 or MTRX1701 or ELEC1004 or ELEC1005
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator John Kavanagh,
Lecturer(s) John Kavanagh,
Tom Goldfinch,
Mohamed Marei,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
Final Exam
Final exam
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Tutorial quiz Pre Project Quiz A
Short Quiz to test your preparation for the first project
10% Week 05
Due date: 20 Mar 2023 at 18:00

Closing date: 20 Mar 2023
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Project A
Design and test of an impact absorption device
20% Week 06
Due date: 27 Mar 2023 at 18:00

Closing date: 27 Mar 2023
Weeks 3 to 6
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Tutorial quiz Pre Project Quiz B
Multiple choice quiz assessing capability for Module 2 concepts
10% Week 11
Due date: 08 May 2023 at 18:00

Closing date: 08 May 2023
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Project B
Design and test of a simple energy conversion/storage/propulsion device.
20% Week 13
Due date: 22 May 2023 at 18:00

Closing date: 22 May 2023
Week 7 to 13
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Late penalties for projects will be applied in line with university policies.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Course introduction and Material States Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 02 Material properties Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 03 Material Microstructures Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 04 Material Balances Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 05 Static Forces Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 06 Dynamic Forces Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 07 Fluid Continuity Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 08 Fluid Statics Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 09 Bernoulli's Equation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 10 Electrical Continuity Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 11 Energy Transformation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 12 Energy Storage Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  
Week 13 Batteries Lecture and tutorial (3 hr)  

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. Have a familiarity with the different engineering disciplines, their applications and interdependencies
  • LO2. Be able to undertake basic engineering calculations for a range of common problems across a range of engineering disciplines
  • LO3. Understand fundamental concepts of mass balance, energy balance, material properties and forces.
  • LO4. Be able to present basic engineering calculations in engineering reports
  • LO5. Conduct engineering calculations in a structured and purposeful manner
  • LO6. Work productively in a team environment

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

This Unit has been redesigned along with ENGF1112 for flexible first year. It is our first time running this design so we will seek feedback at weeks 4 and 8 for continuous improvement.


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