ENG5001 NOTES ON PREPARING ASSIGNMENT 1, 2 AND 3
Each or the three assignments will be 10 A4 double-sided pages or 20 A4 single-sided pages in ‘body’ length, with preceding covers and page index, and following appendices.
Assignment 1 (Reflection)
The first task is about the development of personal and self-management skills within the context of ‘Engineering for the Whole World”.
Assignment 2 (Project Plan)
The second assignment relates to the development of skills and understanding about ‘the engineering method’ in a problem solving and project based environment. You should include your initial e-Portfolio as an attachment (2.5 marks deduction without).
Assignment 3 (Project Portfolio)
The final report incorporates parts of Assignment 1 and 2 plus additional analyses and discussions. You should include your final e-Portfolio as an attachment (5 marks deduction without).
The Client Brief:
The context for this course is ‘Global Change’, and the impact ‘Water Shortage” has on all aspects of engineering activity and endeavour into the immediate future. Therefore, we are really looking at the water shortage impacts on engineering considerations between now and the year 2050. The start points to your considerations might be the history of population numbers and growth, current growth rates and projections, climatic conditions and future trends to the year 2050. How will these trends impact on engineering practice in general, and in a discipline specific way? Many questions need to be asked and researched, such as rural – urban change, agricultural imperatives, water supply imperatives, power supply imperatives, public health imperatives, competing land use imperatives, and social, environmental and economic sustainability in all contexts. Where and how will engineers fit into these considerations, and what competencies, characteristics and abilities will enable and define successful engineers?
So you will need to select an engineering discipline or interest focus (water supply, agriculture, food supply, civil or mechanical design etc.), and a geographic location (Africa, Asia, Australia, China, India, for example), and investigate and research population and population growth figures, climate, water demand and supply issues, and solutions to supply requirements. Whilst population figures and growth are global, your project can focus on a region or city on the continent of choice. Your concept design will emerge from viable alternatives which have been compared on appropriate criteria, yielding an optimum solution. The final concept design will need to be broadly quantified and costed in Assignment 3.