ENGEN180-20A (HAM)

Foundations of Engineering

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 is suitable for anyone interested in the application of science to technology and engineering. It provides an introduction to the engineering profession and the role of engineers and technologists in shaping technology in the industrial and post-industrial age. It also covers fundamental principles of engineering design, open-ended problem solving, engineering analysis and engineering accounting of mass and energy.
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Paper Structure

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The paper content is delivered through a mix of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. The highlight of the course is the major design project, which this year is designing and building a remote-controlled model boat to collect floating plastic waste from the university lake.

Important Note for International Students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of your visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.

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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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  • Explain and apply a generalised engineering design technique
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  • Recall the general ‘accounting’ equation and be able to solve appropriate problems where this is applied to accounting for mass, and energy
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  • Explain how expert problem solvers operate and be able to use heuristic methods in problem solving
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  • Realise the importance that engineering fundamentals (such as thermodynamics) have in solving real-world problems and be able to solve appropriate problems
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This paper facilitates the development of technical writing and management skills, two important competencies expected of a professional engineer. In order to pass this paper, the students are expected to demonstrate their ability to produce written work of adequate standard. The success of the project will depend on the students’ understanding of making appropriate financial decisions to manage a project. Participation in the design project also introduces students to working in a team.

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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. Health & Safety Quiz
8 Mar 2020
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Tutorial Assignments
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
3. Test 1
30 Mar 2020
7:00 PM
4. Test 2
28 May 2020
7:00 PM
5. Group Project
8 Jun 2020
4:30 PM
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
6. Exam
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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Recommended Readings

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Engineering Fundamentals: An Introduction to Engineering, Saeed Moaveni (available from Bennett’s bookshop).

IMPORTANT NOTE for students - Lecture Notes Book and Lab & Tutorial Resource Book: Please collect your Lecture Notes Book and Lab & Tutorial Resource Book from the Waikato Print Shop (by the Shops down by the Uni. Lake), during the first week of teaching. A printing fee is charged to the student on collection of the books.
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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 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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You are expected to attend the three 1-hour lectures, a 1-hour tutorial and a 3-hour laboratory each week. There is a total of 35 hours of lectures, 9 hours of tutorials, 30 hours of labs - giving a total of 74 hours of contact. Personal study, such as completing tutorial assignments, preparing for tests and exams, working on the group design project outside of lab times is in addition to the contact hours.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: ENGG180 or ENGG302 or ENGEN302

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