Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 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.



  • 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 in the development of solutions and proposals for ill-defined problems with potential social, environmental and ethical consequences.

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.


  • Wicked problems in engineering
  • Design thinking
  • Systems engineering
  • Ethical considerations in engineering
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology for business
  • Job readiness – applications, resumes, interview skills


Students who have previously successfully completed ENGG4500

cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Exhibition / Poster: Modes of communication in Engineering

Online Learning Activity: Human-centred design

Report: Comparisons and evaluations

Project: Acquiring Knowledge

Contact hours



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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