Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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 challenged by 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.

Availability2022 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Singapore)


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Use framing to devise a strategy for managing the number of unknowns in open-ended problem scenarios.

2. Employ a range of techniques for managing competing constraints for available resources to the development of solutions and proposals for ill-defined problems with potential social, environmental and ethical consequences.

3. Select and justify a range of research methods, experimentation and testing to offer viable and appropriate proposals to the unknown aspects of complex engineering and design problems.

4. Demonstrate a combination of advanced oral and written communication skills to meet a specified purpose.

5. Employ reflective writing and diagramming to identify and manage their own learning.


  • 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

Exhibition / Poster: Modes of communication in Engineering

Online Learning Activity: Human-centred design

Report: Comparisons and evaluations

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


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


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term

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