ENGEN170-18B (HAM)

Engineering and Society

15 Points

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Faculty of Science and Engineering
Te Mātauranga Pūtaiao me te Pūkaha
School of Engineering

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Paper Description

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Introduction to the changing role of the engineer as a problem solver in modern society with particular focus on green cities, systems thinking, user centric design and digital disruption.
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Paper Structure

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The course will be taught with a combination of lectures, workshops, and tutorials.

The workshops will be a creative project based learning experience. The students will be arranged in working groups. However there will be an element of individual inquiry that then is combined to work on a group table canvas for workshop. The group composition will be reshuffled for each workshop. The outcome of the workshops have to be finalised and submitted by the end of the workshops. No "take home" assignments. Individual and group contributions for the workshop are assessed.

The lectures will provide the intellectual framework to understand complex problems and successfully manage complex systems. Guest lectures will provide practical examples from private sector and communities.

The tutorials will focus on practising the critical skills to analyse interconnected problems, visualise the effects, as well as create and test solutions.

The tutorials will also reinforce the learning from the lectures.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Apply, through a real life planning project, concepts of systems and design thinking, and discover how these tools are superior to decision making based on isolated triggers

    Obtain skills to address the underlying root causes rather than the symptoms of a problem

    Identify positive and negative feedback across components of a system.

    Relate to the modern engineer as a problem solver

    Relate to impacts of nonlinearity and randomness and how they shape systems in the natural world

    Relate to how the changing nature of the world impacts upon the way in which people and organisations make decisions

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  • Demonstrate skills to identify the underlying root causes rather than the symptoms of a problem
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  • Identify positive and negative feedback across components of a system.
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  • Explain how the modern engineer functions as a problem solver
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  • Explain how nonlinearity and randomness shape systems in the natural world
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  • Analyse how the changing nature of the world impacts upon the way in which people and organisations make decisions
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Assessment

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There will be 3 parts to the overall assessment:

- Workshops. Workshops are compulsory and require you to create a workshop log. Each workshop will result in new log entries that need to be uploaded into moodle after each session. Group work during the workshops will results in a joined outcome ( i.e. a poster or table canvas) that need to be digitised and uploaded after each session

- Design challenge: The design challenge is a group activity, running over 4 weeks. There can be multiple outcomes of this design activity that will have to be submitted and will be assessed.

- Tutorials. Tutorials will be running along the entire course. They will be assessed in form of a test and ongoing participation

- Final exam

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Exam
50
2. Workshop
7 Oct 2018
No set time
20
  • Hand-in: In Workshop
3. Design Challenge
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Tutorials
10
  • Hand-in: In Tutorial
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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No required readings
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Recommended Readings

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The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (Senge 1990)

"The Art of Interconnected Thinking". Ideas and Tools for a new way of dealing with complexity' F. Vester 2002

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Other Resources

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Siemens Green cities index

https://www.siemens.com/entry/cc/features/greencityindex_international/all/en/pdf/gci_report_summary.pdf

Siemens Livable Cities

https://www.siemens.com/customer-magazine/en/home/cities.html

Video: Prof Russell Ackoff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=EbLh7rZ3rhU

What is a system:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8Km4MUMiWE

Iceberg thinking pt1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIIQ8Wfwu7c

Causal loop diagram

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgZTXf5PDis

Balancing loops

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmcunCwX6Fc

Reinforcing feedback loop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-WAEW06J00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI9347CjcIU

Stocks and flows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRlYGDBGcRA

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Online Support

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Most online support will be reference lists of video clips, articles and books and resources for workshops from d.school like worksheets and games
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Workload

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Workshops 2 hours per week: 24 h

Tutorials 1 hour per week: 12h

Lectures 3 hours per week: 36h

Design challenge: additional self organised learning time 30 hour

Work from home on ressources and reflection 48 h

Grand total of 150 hours of learning

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper sets the foundation for ENGEN 270 engineering and professional practice as well as further on ENGEN342 and ENGEN 570. It enables the students to see the wider context of their work. This will be preparing them in ENGEN 270 to apply this understanding to relate to industry, to see how they can add value in a private sector setting.

The paper will also help them to identify the best industrial placements that relate to their own interests and skills.

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