Humanitarian Engineering Design Project

EAT10027 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students

Contact hours

  • 72 hours Face to Face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24

Aims and objectives

Pathways Unit: This unit aims to introduce students to the profession of engineering and covers foundational professional skills including design, communication (written, oral, visual and technical), teamwork, sustainability, ethics and creativity and innovation. This unit will help students clarify an engineering career path and will build their skillset towards being an innovative engineer with skills in both open-ended problems and solution focused outcomes.By participation in a global humanitarian engineering design project with a community partner organisation, students will be introduced to the role engineers can take in creating positive impact on people’s lives and the wellbeing of wider communities. Students work on developing design concepts that achieve social, economic and/or environmental outcomes. 
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Discuss professional engineering careers and emerging trends in Engineering and appraise the ethical aspects of engineering projects (K1, K4, K6, A1 A2)
2. Identify, locate, and select appropriate sources of data and interpret and use these to describe the issues facing a given community (K1, K4, K5, S1, S2, S4, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6)
3. Identify, discuss, and generate solutions to humanitarian engineering design problems using sustainability solutions and prioritise these solutions in terms of social, economic and environmental factors and their technical merits and/or viability (K1, K2, K3, K4, K6, S1, S2, S3, A3, A4, A6)
4. Plan and design a solution to an engineering design problem, assess alternative design strategies in terms of economic, social and environmental factors and justify your design in terms of these factors and standard engineering principles and practices (K2, K3, K5, S1, S2, S3, S4, A1, A2, A3, A4, A6)
5. Appraise and assess the quality of your colleagues’ project work and reflect upon your own experiences within the unit and how these relate to your future employment and professional purpose (A4, A5, A6,A7)
6. Use and improve your negotiation, professional communication, presentation, planning, design, management, research and analysis skills (S2, S4, A2, A5, A6,A7)
7. Demonstrate effective communication through a professional presentation and engineering report writing and generate professional engineering drawings for engineering objects and design problems (K2, K3, A2, A5, A6, S1).
Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.