Principles of Engineering Design



Semester 1, 2019


Teaching schedule

Monday, 09:00 am-10:00 am, FPAA/260-115
Tuesday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, FPAA/260-115
Tutorial (2h per week):
Days: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday


Calendar notes

An introduction to the principles of design as a fundamental part of engineering practice and a foundation for subsequent design courses. Students are also introduced to essential drawing skills and CAD, and complete group-based design projects. Topics include systems life cycle, design, and introductions to professional issues such as health and safety, ethics, sustainability, cultural diversity, communication, leadership, and teamwork.

Outcome mapping

Intended learning outcomes
Related graduate attributes
Related assessments

1.   To develop skills in engineering sketching, drawing, and graphical representation so that students are able to: a.    Interpret elevation, plan and section views of 3D objects b.    Create graphical projections of 3D objects onto 2D images c.    Interpret and use engineering notation and symbols on working drawings d.    Use CAD packages to generate working drawings for simple mechanisms

ENGA01: engineering knowledge (1)
ENGA03: design and solution development (4)
ENGA05: modern tool usage (2)
ENGA10: communication (2)
ENGK05: engineering design (4)
Pre-lecture Quiz 1
Quiz - CAD and Measurement
Pre-lecture Quiz 2
Homework 1: Solid modelling and drawing in CAD - Head phone stand
Test - Drawing
Homework 2: Toy figurine – Modify component and create assembly drawing
Design Project 1: Toy playset - “New Zealand Industry and Culture”
Design Project 2: “New Zealand in 50 years – Addressing the Challenges of Tomorrow”

2. To develop understanding of the engineering design process through a.    Understand and incorporate stakeholder requirements and conceptual design situations b.    Create, hypothesise, brainstorm a set of solutions c.    Analyse, compare and critique the solutions against the design brief, prioritising key features d.    Incorporate knowledge of safety, risk, sustainability, ethics, environmental and cultural aspects into the constraints of the design brief and analysis e.    Create a physical prototype or model, test and evaluate performance and failure mechanisms. f.     Complete feedback loop incorporating testing into redesign, where required.

ENGA01: engineering knowledge (1)
ENGA02: problem analysis (1)
ENGA03: design and solution development (4)
ENGA09: individual and team work (4)
ENGA10: communication (2)
ENGK05: engineering design (4)
ENGP03: depth of analysis required (1)
ENGP06: conflicting stakeholder requirements (2)
Design Project 1: Toy playset - “New Zealand Industry and Culture”
Reading and online Quiz
Design Project 2: “New Zealand in 50 years – Addressing the Challenges of Tomorrow”

3.   To develop professional engineering work practices and principles a.    Keep detailed and tidy workbooks which clearly communicate design ideas, calculations, and instructions to others, b.    Work efficiently in a small team of students, behaving courteously to team members and fulfilling individual responsibilities.

ENGA08: ethics (1)
ENGA09: individual and team work (4)
ENGA10: communication (2)
ENGK06: engineering practice (1)
ENGK07: societal roles and obligations (2)
Reading and online Quiz
Ethics Quiz
Design Project 2: “New Zealand in 50 years – Addressing the Challenges of Tomorrow”



Coursework is 50% of the assessment, which consists of
Pre-lecture Quiz 1 - 1% (due 11 March 2019, 10:00 am),
CAD Quiz - 1% (due 13 March 2019, 11:00 am),
Pre-lecture Quiz 2 - 1% (due 18 March 2019, 10:00 am),
Homework 1 - 2% (due 19 March 2019, 11:00 am),
Test - 10% (due 25 March 2019, 6:30 pm),
Homework 2 - 2% (due 2 April 2019, 11:00 am),
Design Project 1 - 10% (due 12 April 2019, 5:00 pm),
Reading and online quiz - 1% (due 3 May 2019, 11:00 am),
H&S Quiz - 1% (due 17 May 2019, 11:00 am),
Ethics Quiz - 1% (due 24 May 2019, 11:00 am),
Design Project 2 - 20% (due 72hours before Week 12 tutorial),

Exam rules

Exam 50% (Closed book. 2 hours. Restricted calculators.)

Inclusive learning

Students are urged to discuss privately any impairment-related requirements face-to-face and/or in written form with the course convenor/lecturer and/or tutor.

Other assessment rules

To pass the course, you must get at least 50% in the exam. If your exam mark is less than
50%, your grade will be capped at 45% i.e. D+.

All mark queries in each coursework must be lodged within two weeks after the grades are released on Canvas or BEFORE the final examination day, whichever is earlier.

Coursework may be scaled to ensure uniform marking in all tutorial streams.

Academic integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting his or her learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the world-wide web. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against electronic source material using computerised detection mechanisms. Upon reasonable request, students may be required to provide an electronic version of their work for computerised review.

All students enrolled at the University of Auckland are required to complete a compulsory Academic Integrity course, usually in their first semester/year of enrolment. The University of Auckland’s full guidelines on procedures and penalties for academic dishonesty are available here.

Student feedback

Actions shared/based on previous feedback

All feedback of the students were read and discussed by the teaching team. Most of them are positive, but there are several things that can still be improved to facilitate the learning of the students. Most of the actions to be taken this semester will be in improving the tutorials and better timeframe of requirements in the course.

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