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48240 Design and Innovation Fundamentals

Requisite(s): 33130 Mathematical Modelling 1 AND 48230 Engineering Communication
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.


Design is explored as a fundamental engineering activity, applying the scientific principles learned in field of practice subjects to the solution of contextual problems. Students examine models of the design process and critique designed products, processes and systems. They define and formulate problems using creative and analytical processes. The responsibilities of engineers for assessing and managing different types of risk are explored, and safe design, ethics and engineering liability are also discussed. Topics addressed include:

  • design context and requirements: approaches to design, problem framing and creativity; requirements analysis involving legal, regulatory, technical and business requirements; designing for sustainability, safety, innovation and business driven outcomes; risk management and design communication, documentation and review
  • design analysis: concepts of risks and uncertainties in engineering; use of engineering and system modelling approaches and methods and techniques for assessing engineering design trade-offs
  • design synthesis: engineering decision-making in the presence of risks and uncertainties and optimisation
  • new process and product development: role of engineers in evaluation and delivering new process and products.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus
Spring session, City campus

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