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ENGG3112: Interdisciplinary Engineering

Semester 2, 2023 [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 Tom Goldfinch,
Lecturer(s) Tom Goldfinch,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task Self and peer assessment of team contribution
Self and peer assessment of team contribution.
0% Multiple weeks 15minutes per task.
Outcomes assessed: LO5
Assignment Stage 1: Ideation
Individual report detailing initial idea generation
15% Week 02
Due date: 13 Aug 2023 at 23:59
3 pages max.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO8
Assignment group assignment Stage 2: Concept evaluation and team skills analysis
Team report
10% Week 05
Due date: 03 Sep 2023 at 23:59
4 pages max
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation group assignment Stage 3: System/concept design
Presentation at a trade show week 8. Concept summary due Tuesday week 8.
15% Week 08
Due date: 20 Sep 2023 at 14:00
3 hours.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO9
Assignment Peer Review of stage 3
Peer review of other teams' stage 3 submissions
10% Week 08
Due date: 24 Sep 2023 at 23:59
500 words
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 12
Due date: 29 Oct 2023 at 23:59
30 pages max + references/appendix
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Assignment Stage 5: Critical comparative review
A structured comparative review of Stage 4 outcomes
20% Week 13
Due date: 05 Nov 2023 at 23:59
3 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO8 LO9
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

To pass this unit, students must:

  • Complete all assessment tasks. Failure to complete all assessment tasks will result in a maximum final result of 45 FA.

  • Satisfactorily complete the individual components of assessment overall. Failure to average of 40% or higher in individual assessments will result in a maximum final result of 45 FA.

  • Attend and actively participate in a minimum of 10 out of 12 tutorial classes. Each class involves a significant component of collaborative work, peer review, and team decision making. Absence from the class impacts your team and prevents you from demonstrating learning outcomes 4 and 5 throughout the project. Failure to meet the attendance requirement will result in a maximum of 45% of the available marks in the group component of assessment.

Stage 1: Ideation (individual) - An individual report detailing your interpretation of the project brief and initial ideas for engineering solitions to the problems identified.

Stage 2: Concept evaluation and team skills analysis (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 focus. You will illustrate this by critiquing ideas generated by individual team members in Stage 1 and determining the direction your project will take.

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, staff and external contributors during the trade show. It should be supported by suitable short-form documentation (drawings, annotated diagrams, flow charts, presentation slides 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 concept designs of two other teams. Your peer reviews will be marked by the tutor.

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, stakeholder management plans, and financial requirements.

Stage 5: Critical comparative review (individual) - A structured report critiquing your own team’s stage 4 submission by comparing it with those produced by other teams. The report will also include a personal reflection on how key concepts in the unit and skills you have learned elsewhere in your degree 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.

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
Multiple weeks All weeks will require completion of pre-workshop activities. Details via Canvas. Independent study (26 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 01 Researching the project brief, identifying stakeholders and project requirements Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6
Week 02 Scoping and defining the problem. Heuristics and ideation. Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO9
Week 03 Data gathering, refining and decision support. Project team formation. Workshop (2 hr) LO4 LO5 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 04 Contextual analysis (legal, policy, social, and environmental) and decision making. Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 05 Finalising your project focus and direction Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 Concept modeling and development, requirements analysis Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 Concept modeling and development (cont'd), trade show preparation Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO9
Week 08 Trade show presentations Presentation (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO9
Week 09 Trade show debrief and implementation planning - timelines and cost estimation Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO6 LO9
Week 10 Stakeholder engagement and management planning Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Risk engineering Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO6 LO9
Week 12 Finalising project implementation plan Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO6 LO8 LO9
Week 13 Semester debriefing and critical comparative review Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO8 LO9

Attendance and class requirements

All classes are designed to assist students with the project. You MUST attend a minimum of 10 out of 12 tutorial classes. Each class involves a significant component of collaborative work, peer review, and team decision making. Absence from the class impacts your team and prevents you from demonstrating Learning outcomes 4 and 5 throughout the project. Failure to meet the attendance requirement will result in a maximum of 45% of the available marks in the group component of assessment.

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.

The unit has been well received by students since implementation. We have continually monitored student engagement and feedback and have made the following adjustments to the unit over time which have resulted in a continued improvement in student feedback: 1) Moving concept development work earlier in semester. 2) Replacing the final exam with a final individual assignment which will be supported through learning activities in the final week of semester. 3) Introducing more guidance on the structure and format of assessment submissions to make content requirements clearer. 4) Continuing with and refining the popular real-world project format and online trade shows. 5) Introducing stricter engagement requirements to ensure all group members in student teams are present and actively contributing during tutorials. This includes the introduction of an explicit attendance requirement for tutorials to ensure all team members are actively engaged in collaborative work, peer review, and team decision making. Since introducing the attendance rule in 2022, it has been well received by students and substantially reduced the number of teams experiencing difficulty with non-contributing memebers.


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