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ENGG4111: Integrated Engineering 4

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

The focus for this unit is on fostering leadership capacity in engineering through exploration of 'Grand Challenges' impacting engineering as a socially, economically and environmentally influential field of practice. Through a number of activities, students are provided opportunities to demonstrate skills in leadership, influencing, research and analysis. At this level, students are expected to work autonomously and collaboratively to generate forward thinking policy positions for an engineering entity in response to a global Grand Challenge.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ENGG4111
Academic unit Engineering
Credit points 2
ENGG4064 OR ENGG4065
ENGG2111 or ENGG2062
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Tom Goldfinch,
Lecturer(s) Tom Goldfinch,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Skills-based evaluation Self and peer review of team contribution
SPARKplus - See detailed instructions on Canvas.
0% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Small continuous assessment Stage 1: Background research brief
Background research on a nominated grand challenge.
20% Week 03
Due date: 11 Mar 2022 at 23:59
2 pages + references
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4
Assignment group assignment Stage 2. SWOT analysis
Written report
30% Week 07
Due date: 08 Apr 2022 at 23:59
10 pages plus references
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Presentation group assignment Stage 3. Policy recommendation
In-class presentation
20% Week 10
Due date: 02 May 2022 at 23:59
3 minute video + 1 pg handout + Q&A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO4 LO3
Assignment Stage 4. Policy critical review
Written reflection
30% Week 13
Due date: 27 May 2022 at 23:59
3 A4 pages plus references
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Background research brief: A brief written report on a grand challenge impacting engineering industry.
  • SWOT analysis: You will undertake a SWOT analysis of an engineering entity to inform the development of a policy recommendation. The analysis will focus on the potential impacts and threats posed by a global grand challenge on an engineering company or organisation. 
  • Policy recommendation: Following on from your SWOT analysis, you will develop a policy level recommendation to guide future practices and directions in response to the grand challenge. You will submit a short video presentation and a written brief of your policy recommendation.
  • Policy critical review: A critical comparative review of another student team`s policy recommendation and your own policy recommendation.
  • Self and peer review of team contribution: All group assessments require you to review your performance and that of your team members using SPARKPLUS. Individual marks for group assessments will be adjusted based on these reviews.

To pass this unit, students must successfully complete all assessment tasks. Failure to complete all assessment tasks may result in a maximum final result of 45 FA.

You must pass both the individual and group components of assessment overall to pass the unit. 

Assessment criteria

See Canvas for detailed assessment rubrics.

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. 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 Introduction to the unit, policy responses in Engineering Lecture (1 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 02 Workshop 1. Grand challenges and policy-level responses in engineering Workshop (1 hr) LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 03 How engineering responds to grand challenges. Lecture (1 hr) LO4
Week 04 Workshop 2. Team formation; Stage 1 in class presentation to team peers; SWOT analysis Workshop (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 05 SWOT: Seeing, quantifying, and interpreting threats and opportunities Lecture (1 hr) LO5 LO6
Week 06 Workshop 3. Team progress review; SWOT analysis draft peer review and development session Workshop (1 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 07 Policy development and influencing decision making Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO6
Week 08 Workshop 4. Influencing, making your point, targeting your argument, preparing Stage 3 Workshop (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 09 General feedback session Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 10 Workshop 5. Stage 3 presentation video and discussion session Workshop (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Constructive critical review Lecture (1 hr) LO4
Week 12 Workshop 6. Policy presentation debrief and feedback session Workshop (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance at workshops 1-5 is mandatory and will be recorded. Non-attendance will be considered during review of self and peer assessment of team contributions. Further, engagement in these workshops forms part of the assessment in the unit. 

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 2 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 40-50 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. Demonstrate written, oral and graphical communication skills at professional engineering standard including capacity to debate, negotiate, and justify an engineering position
  • LO2. Manage mature team relationships through inclusive work practices, respecting cultural diversity and the multidisciplinary dimensions of engineering teams
  • LO3. Communicate complex issues and positions to a variety of audiences, from novice to expert
  • LO4. Exercise sound critical judgement in relation to personal and professional ethics, including an open-minded and pro-active attitude toward questioning industry norms
  • LO5. Evaluate and synthesise a wide range of resources, demonstrating research skills & ability to work across disciplines
  • LO6. Identify learning and knowledge needs of an engineering organisation and exercise strategic thinking
  • LO7. Competently address complex problems requiring interdisciplinary knowledge, under some supervision.

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.

In response to student feedback in previous years, we have increased the number of live lectures and workshops. Some assessment tasks have been revised to provide more structure and direction in assessable activities, and limit the scope of work. We replaced one assessment task with assessable workshop preparation tasks to increase the productivity of workshop time This will also allow tutors to spend less time marking and more time supporting students outside formal classes.

This unit is run in blended mode with content distributed between class delivery, Canvas, and independent project work. Much of this unit is structured around work you will need to complete prior to and during tutorials (workshops). A detailed semester schedule is provided for you on Canvas which details the work you need to complete prior to coming to your tutorials, and all assessment tasks.

Success in this unit requires independence, initiative, and attention to detail. As you are close to completing your degree, the teaching team expects that your capacity to get things done will be on par with that of a graduate engineer.


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