ENGEN170-21A (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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This paper provides an overview of engineering within the context of society, outlines the current and future challenges we face, and begins to prepare students to be a key part of the solution.

This paper covers an introduction to: engineering as a profession, the role/roles of engineers in society, the global challenges (current and future), systems thinking (seeing the big picture), the engineering method and tools and skills needed to be a successful engineer (e.g. units/estimation and problem solving).

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Paper Structure

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This course is taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and tutorials.

Lectures – students are expected to attend all lectures. For the best learning experience students are encouraged to take notes during class and ensure they catch up on missed lecture content.

Engineering lectures often contain worked examples and are conducted in a “lectorial” style (combined lecture and tutorial). Students are actively encouraged to work through these examples themselves and should attempt to do so.

Tutorials will usually provide an opportunity to reinforce concepts from the lectures and to ask questions in most cases. However, some tutorials will introduce new content focusing on professional skill development.

Workshops run every week (with the exception of Easter) -Attendance at workshops is mandatory. In the second half of the course students will be arranged into working groups for a creative project-based learning component.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Explain the differences and links between science, engineering and technology.
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  • Describe the role of an engineer within society including within a New Zealand context.
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  • Demonstrate an awareness of the big challenges faced by society (present and future).
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  • Describe and apply systems thinking to analyse situations and see the ‘big picture’.
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  • Explain and apply the engineering method.
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  • Demonstrate research skills by collating, scrutinising, analysing, and summarising information from a variety of sources
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  • Explain how expert problem solvers operate and be able to use heuristic methods in problem solving
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  • Perform unit conversions, justified estimations and use tools such as Excel and ArcGIS for data analysis
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  • Recognise that engineers seldom work in isolation, and should see the benefit of working in diverse interdisciplinary teams.
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  • Select and use an appropriate tool for communicating their ideas (e.g. presentations, posters, and reports).
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Assessment

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Assessment will consist of assignments, tests, a group design challenge, and individual exam.

Note: Due to COVID-19 and the availability of staff, schedule and/or 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 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1: Academic Integrity
12 Mar 2021
4:00 PM
2.5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 2: What is Engineering and Society?
26 Mar 2021
4:00 PM
2.5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assignment 3: Systems Thinking
23 Apr 2021
4:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Assignment 4: Engineering Methods, Tools and Techniques
21 May 2021
4:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Assignment 5: Data Analysis (Excel and ArcGIS)
4 Jun 2021
4:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Test 1
13 Apr 2021
7:00 PM
7.5
  • Other: In person test in PWC
7. Test 2
27 May 2021
7:00 PM
7.5
  • Other: In person test in PWC
8. Design Challenge Part 1: Design Review (Group work)
17 May 2021
No set time
5
  • Presentation: In Class
9. Design Challenge Part 2: Poster (Group work)
28 May 2021
4:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
10. Design Challenge Part 3: Presentation (Group work)
31 May 2021
No set time
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Presentation: In Class
11. Design Challenge Part 4: Report (Group work)
8 Jun 2021
12:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
12. Exam
40
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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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

Engineering Fundamentals: An Introduction to Engineering, Saeed Moaveni (available from Campus Books).

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Recommended Readings

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

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None

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Online Support

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This course has a Moodle site (elearn.waikato.ac.nz) associated with it, providing discussion forums and access to lecture notes and additional resources.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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Workload

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Lectures 3 hours per week (-2 public holidays) = 34 hours.

Workshops 2 hours per week = 22 hours.

Tutorials 1 hour per week = 11 hours.

Design challenge: Additional self organised learning and group work time = 18 hours.

Assignments: 5 assignments making up 20 hours.

Tests: Additional revision making up 20 hours.

Final exam preparation: Additional revision making up 25 hours.

Grand total of 150 hours.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is directly linked to the other x70 papers: ENGEN270 – Engineering and Business, ENGEN370 – Engineering and the Environment, and ENGEN570 – Engineering and the Profession.

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