Engineering Complexity

10 Units

This course is the final in a series of professional practice courses that introduces students to professional skills that are integral to an engineering workplace. The focus of all the courses is on integrating professional skills with technical skills.

Students are exposed to the special difficulties of offering engineered solutions into environments involving open-ended problems and their consequences. Engineering management and thinking tools are applied to the development process and are employed to manage complex and challenging scenarios. This course focuses on the application of sound engineering principles to the complex demands of problems involving conflicts of priority and ill-defined scopes of work, which are increasingly evident in contemporary society.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Devise a strategy for minimising the number of unknowns in open-ended problem scenarios
  2. Develop a range of techniques for assigning budgets of available resources to the development of solutions and proposals for ill-defined problems
  3. Demonstrate the synthesis of experimentation and testing to offer viable and appropriate proposals to the unknown aspects of complex engineering and design problems
  4. Critically reflect on the connections between the required course assignments and the need to consider potential social, environmental and ethical consequences in proposals to complex problem-solving scenarios.
  5. Demonstrate independent technical research skills and apply established theories relating to the theoretical positions being proposed, and transmit that knowledge using advanced oral and written communication skills to meet a specified purpose
  6. Evaluate the cognitive, technical and creative skills required to develop complex ideas and concepts directed towards engineering problem solving, at an abstract level.
  • Wicked problems in engineering
  • Design thinking
  • Systems engineering
  • Ethical considerations in engineering
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology for business
  • Job readiness – applications, resumes, interview skills
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 1
  • Written Assignment: Report
  • Presentation: Presentation
  • Written Assignment: Reflective Journal

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 1

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for ENGG6500
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