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ENGG3112: Interdisciplinary Engineering

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

ENGG3112 will provide an opportunity for students to experience the interaction of different disciplines of engineering needed to deliver complex engineered systems. Students will work in multi-engineering-disciplinary teams to evaluate complex engineered systems in the context of contemporary global challenges, and put forward recommendations for change during semester-long project. The project will also have an emphasis on how engineering can contribute (positively and negatively) to complex global challenges.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ENGG3112
Academic unit Engineering
Credit points 6
Minimum of 84cp of engineering foundation/project/stream table units
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Benjy Marks,
Lecturer(s) Tom Goldfinch,
Benjy Marks,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home extended release) Type E final exam Final Exam
Take home extended response exam
30% Formal exam period 48 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO9
Assignment Stage 1: Context map
An individual research review on your selected project theme
15% Week 03
Due date: 19 Mar 2021 at 23:59
Single page + references
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6 LO8
Assignment group assignment Stage 2: Ideation and skills review
Initial ideas and review of team skills base
5% Week 05
Due date: 02 Apr 2021 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO2
Presentation group assignment Stage 3: System/concept design
Presentation at a trade show style event
15% Week 09
Due date: 03 May 2021 at 23:59
2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO9
Assignment Peer Review
Peer review of other students work
5% Week 09
Due date: 10 May 2021 at 23:59
An hour or so
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO9
Assignment group assignment Stage 4: Risk analysis and development plan
Written report on plan to take concept to implementation
30% Week 13
Due date: 31 May 2021 at 23:59
20 pages + references/appendix
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type E final exam = Type E final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Stage 1: Context map (individual) - An individual review on your selected project theme, elaborating on the issues presented including their origins, the broader context of the challenge, and the specific challenges to be addressed.

  • Stage 2: Ideation and skills review (group) - In Stage 2 you will form a team, collectively review the skills base that your team has and determine how this can be leveraged to address your selected project theme. You will illustrate this by developing a few ideas on directions your project could take and identifying which direction your team will pursue further.

  • Stage 3: System/concept design (group, trade show) - Developing further the initial ideas generated by your team, you will put forward a concept design, system design, or policy/practice recommendation for external review in an online trade show event. Your design or recommendation will be reviewed by peers and staff during the trade show. It should be supported by suitable short-form documentation (drawings, annotated diagrams, flow charts, etc.), initial feasibility analysis, and preparedness among team members to address questions posed by staff and peers.

  • Stage 3 Peer Review: As part of the Stage 3 submission, you must peer review the documentation provided by 3 other teams. Your peer review will be marked by the tutor in accordance with the criteria below.

  • Stage 4: Risk analysis and development plan (group + individual) - Following feedback on your stage 3 submission you will have identified many of the limitations of your current ideas and have a better sense of what needs to be done next. In stage 4 you will develop a detailed written submission outlining a plan to take your proposal from concept to reality. This will involve timelines for work to be done, a detailed risk analysis, and financial requirements.

  • Final Exam: A structured personal reflection on how key concepts in the unit were implemented within your project.

Assessment criteria

See assessment rubrics in Canvas

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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Late penalties: 1. Written work submitted electronically after 11.59 pm on the due date will be considered to have been submitted late. 2. For every calendar day up to and including ten calendar days after the due date, a penalty of 5% of the maximum awardable marks will be applied to late work. The penalty will be calculated by first marking the work, and then subtracting 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date. 3. For work submitted more than ten calendar days after the due date a mark of zero will be awarded. 4. In general there will be no late submissions allowed for Self and Peer Review of team contribution (SPARKPLUS assessments), class preparation tasks and in-class assessment activities. To pass this unit, students must complete all assessment tasks. Failure to complete all assessment tasks may result in a maximum final result of 45 FA. Full details on your assessment tasks and due dates and times are posted on Canvas.

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 Unit intro, project brief review, learning style and outlook Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6
Week 02 Researching context: Legal, policy, social, and environmental Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 03 Contextual analysis Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 04 Heuristics and ideation, team formation Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO5 LO9
Week 05 Decision support Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4 LO5 LO9
Week 06 Defining and modelling the problem Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 07 Systems engineering and modelling Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 08 Systems engineering and modelling (cont'd), trade show preparation Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO9
Week 09 Online trade show style presentations run in both lecture timeslots Presentation (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO9
Week 10 Feedback debriefing, project management basics Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4 LO6 LO9
Week 11 Risk engineering Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO3 LO6
Week 12 Risk engineering (cont'd) Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO3 LO6 LO9
Week 13 Final exam preparation Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO9

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. Independently identify and apply appropriate fundamental concepts and methods to develop an engineering solution.
  • LO2. Effectively manage complexity and uncertainty through basic data-driven modelling and analysis of engineered systems and/or operational contexts.
  • LO3. Exercise critical thinking and sound judgement in the development of engineering solutions, considering design context, stakeholder perspectives and multidisciplinary perspectives.
  • LO4. Demonstrate leadership through own disciplinary contribution to a multidisciplinary team.
  • LO5. Demonstrate respect, commitment and professionalism in contributing to a team.
  • LO6. Independently identify and align work to applicable regulatory frameworks, standards and community expectations.
  • LO7. Effectively adapt communication to convey engineering solutions in a range of contexts and audiences.
  • LO8. Use appropriate referencing systems and academic standards in formal written and oral communications.
  • LO9. Demonstrate capacity for independent learning, decision making and self management.

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 is a new unit of study for the 2021 Bachelor of Engineering program. Implementation has been brought forward by 2 years to replace the 2cp Integrated Engineering units which are part of of the 2016 Bachelor of Engineering program.


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