Humanitarian Engineering Design Project

ENG10001 12.5 Credit Points Sarawak Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 24 hours face to face + blended

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

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

Higher Ed. Semester 2

27 Feb 23 - 28 May 23

4 Jul 23

Last self enrolment:
12 Mar 23

31 Mar 23

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Apr 23

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

Aims and objectives

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. 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)
2. Discuss and debate the most effective means of dealing with a humanitarian engineering problem that is addressed in the unit of study (K4, K5, S2, A2, A5)
3. Identify, discuss, and generate solutions to a 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 their colleagues’ project work and reflect upon their own experiences within the unit and how these relate to their future employment and professional purpose (A4, A5, A6, A7)
6. Use and improve negotiation, professional communication, presentation, planning, design, management, research and analysis skills (S2, S4, A2, A5, A6,A7)Use and improve negotiation, professional communication, presentation, planning, design, management, research and analysis skills (S2, S4, A2, A5, A6,A7)
7. Develop basic skills in design including creativity and sketching and apply these skills to a design problem
(K2, K3, 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.