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ENGG5206: Exponential and Emerging Technologies

The pace of technological change has never been greater. Tomorrow's professional engineer needs to master the core skills of their specialisation, and be able to recognise and eventually master future technologies likely to have a profound impact throughout their working lives and across the 'future of work' more broadly. These technologies are variously known as disruptive, emerging and exponential technologies; defined as those for which performance doubles whilst cost halves in any given period (c.f. Moore's law), providing opportunities to solve global problems in ways that were not previously believed possible. This unit of study will introduce students to a broad suite of these exponential and emerging technologies, through a series of keynote lectures (delivered by subject matter experts from across the University and professional practice) as well enable students to experience them first-hand through practical, laboratory and field work engagements. Each year a global scale theme (e.g. energy, poverty, food production, health) will be chosen to consider each of the technologies studied as tools to address the theme, building from week to week as the course progresses.

Code ENGG5206
Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Minimum 24 credit points of 3000 level units

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

  • LO1. An appreciation of the underlying principles of exponential engineering and the future of work.
  • LO2. The ability to apply these technologies to new and novel situations
  • LO3. The ability to critically analyse global scale problems and solve them in new ways, using an exponential technologies toolkit, building upon the core curriculum in CBE
  • LO4. The development of an integrated suite of problem-solving skills needed to successfully handle novel (and previously unseen) engineering situations.
  • LO5. An ability to independently research new areas and be critical of what is found
  • LO6. An ability to cope with experimental data, change and uncertainty through critical thinking
  • LO7. Interpersonal, group and teamwork skills including the ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • LO8. Professionalism in terms of taking responsibility for the results of their calculations and recommendations
  • LO9. Lifetime or self-directed learning skills including the ability to critically assess one’s own performance in a constructive fashion

Unit outlines

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