ENGEN170-20B (HAM)

Engineering and Society

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
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 UN Sustainable Development Goals, systems thinking and digital disruption while solving real world problems as an inter-disciplinary team.
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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. The lectures will provide the intellectual framework to understand complex problems and successfully manage complex systems. Where possible, guest lectures will provide practical examples from industry.

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

The tutorials will also reinforce the learning from the lectures and support the design challenge.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Explain how the modern engineer functions as a problem solver in a societal context.
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  • Identify, formulate, research and analyse complex problems reaching substantiated conclusions.
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  • Design solutions for complex problems and design systems or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health, and safety, cultural, societal and environmental considerations
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  • Apply appropriate techniques, resources and modern engineering and IT tools, including modelling, to complex engineering problems, with an understanding of the limitations
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  • Demonstrate skills to identify the underlying root causes rather than the symptoms of a problem
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  • Understand the impact of professional engineering work in the solution of complex engineering problems.
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  • Function effectively as a member or leader in diverse teams and in multi-disciplinary settings
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  • Communicate complex engineering problems effectively with a range of stakeholders using visualisation techniques.
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Assessment

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There will be 4 parts to the overall assessment:

- Assignments: Workshops are mandatory and tutorials highly recommended as they both lead into the delivery of the assignments.

- Tests: Tests will support continuous learning and improvement throughout the semester.

- Design challenge: The design challenge is a group activity.

- Final text (during exam period)

Note: Due to COVID-19, assessment changes may need to occur, but will be communicated via Moodle and/or in lectures.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1 Systems
29 Jul 2020
6:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 1: Accident Investigation using causal loops
6 Aug 2020
8:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Test 2 Research, data & insights
11 Aug 2020
6:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Assignment 2: Research, data and insights (Group work)
20 Aug 2020
8:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Assignment 3: Visualisation in GIS (Group work)
10 Sep 2020
8:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Test 3 Human Factors
17 Sep 2020
6:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Assignment 4: Application of Digital Technologies
24 Sep 2020
8:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Test 4 Design for safety
29 Sep 2020
6:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
9. Design Challenge Part 1: Design Review (Group work)
28 Sep 2020
No set time
5
  • Presentation: In Class
10. Design Challenge Part 2: Report (Group work)
8 Oct 2020
8:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
11. Design Challenge Part 3: Poster (Group work)
8 Oct 2020
8:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
12. Design Challenge Part 4: Presentation (Group work)
11 Oct 2020
8:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Presentation: In Class
13. Test 5 System Dynamics
15 Oct 2020
6:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
14. Test 6: Final test of all topics (during exam period)
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
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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Dowling, David. Engineering Your Future: An Australasian Guide, 4th Edition, Wiley, 2019. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.waikato.ac.nz/lib/waikato/detail.action?docID=5915858

United Nations. (n.d.). Envision2030: 17 goals to transform the world for persons with disabilities. Retrieved from https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/envision2030.html

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Other Resources

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International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Systems Engineering Research Centre (SERC), IEEE Cimputer Society (IEEE CS). (2018, October 16). Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge. Retrieved June 10, 2019, from https://www.sebokwiki.org/wiki/Download_SEBoK_PDF

Meadows, Donella H., and Diana Wright. Thinking in Systems : A Primer. White River Junction, Vt.: Chelsea Green Pub., 2008. Print.

Senge, Peter M. The Fifth Discipline : The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. Rev. and Updated ed. London: Random House Business, 2006. Print.

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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 hours.

Tutorials 1 hour per week = 12 hours.

Lectures 2 hours per week = 24 hours.

Design challenge: Additional self organised learning and group work time = 22.5 hours.

Assignments: 4 assignments making up 18 hours.

Tests: Additional revision making up 22.5 hours.

Final test preparation: Additional revision making up 27 hours.

Grand total of 150 hours.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper sets the foundation for ENGEN 270 Engineering and Business as well as further on ENGEN370 and ENGEN570. 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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