Diploma of Engineering
|Minimum number of credit points||24|
|Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below|
In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.
Specific minimum requirements:
TOTAL CREDIT POINTS REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM
Diploma of Engineering articulates into:
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Economics
Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours with the degree of Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours with the degree of Bachelor of Science
Student completing WENG100 and WPHY143 may be eligible to articulate into
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (major in Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering)
Students completing WENG100 and WCOM125 may be eligible to articulate into
Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (major in Telecommunications Engineering)
|AQF Level||Level 5 Diploma|
|Overview and Aims of the Program||The program provides an introduction to general engineering studies. The program is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate commerce degree and will facilitate articulation into the second year of an undergraduate program offered by the Faculty of Science.
Students will be introduced to fundamental knowledge and concepts in Engineering.
The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:
Interpersonal or social capabilities
|Program Learning Outcomes||By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
1. On completion of this program students will be able to demonstrate theoretical and practical knowledge in key engineering and related areas such as: electrical, mechanical, software, computing, mathematics and physics.
2. Students will be able to identify, analyse, interpret and apply engineering concepts, as well as to identify relevant data and information that enable them to solve a diverse range of problems.
3. Students will be able to use specialised technical skills and tools to analyse data, produce reports and projects and be able to express and explain these by developing communication skills through team work and classroom presentations.
4. Working independently or collaboratively, students will be able to manage their time effectively.
|Learning and Teaching Methods||Students will participate in a range of traditional and innovative learning activities designed to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and techniques required for successful participation in employment or further study. Learning activities are varied and include both formal and informal experiences.
All units in the program are supported by an online environment that provides access to resources such as lecture notes and recordings, readings, quizzes, discussion forums and assessment materials, and that facilitates communication between teaching staff and students.
Learning styles used in the BEng may include:
• Case studies, which provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge to real or simulated scenarios in individual or group situations.
• Simulations, modelled on real-life situations and providing learning experiences that promote integration of knowledge, skills and critical thinking.
• Project work, which may be independent or involve group learning. Projects assist students in developing more in-depth knowledge and skills in conducting research, communication, and in planning, organisation and time management.
• Readings taken from textbooks, journals, websites and other sources provide material to further develop concepts and knowledge referred to in individual units in the program.
• Reflective activities, such as journals, assist students in integrating the course content and in developing the ability to transfer knowledge and skills from the learning environment into the workplace.
• Self-study activities, such as questions with worked examples, (non assessed) online quizzes, and textbook questions and answers.
• Online discussion forums, in which students may be required to submit responses to a given question, and/or to participate in a set discussion topic.
Learning may be facilitated through the following teaching methods:
• Lectures: Lectures are presentations designed to communicate a body of knowledge to a group of students, often in a large lecture theatre, and provide insight into key concepts and understanding of the subject matter pertaining to a unit of study. Lectures in this program are typically delivered in the traditional face-to-face mode, although some are interactive and students may be required to participate in a learning activity during the lecture. Extensive use is also made of the Echo 360 lecture audio recording system. Lectures may also be video captured. This means that students can usually access lecture material, in some format, on an 'on demand' basis.
• Tutorials: Tutorials are classes in which a tutor facilitates interactive learning with a small group of students. In first year, tutorials tend to focus on ensuring that fundamental concepts and skills are acquired. As students progress on to units at a higher level, the focus shifts towards a more critical engagement with the discipline. Tutorials provide students with the chance to ask questions, seek clarification, resolve problems, enhance their communication skills, and develop their ability to work in a collaborative manner with their peers.
• Computer lab workshops or Practicals: The environment in which our graduates will work is one requiring high level quantitative skills. These quantitative skills are developed, in part, in computer lab workshop sessions. These sessions allow students to acquire and practice quantitative skills that are highly valued in the workplace. In addition to formal workshop sessions under the direct instruction of a lecturer or tutor, students are able to access the labs to practice skills and to complete assessment tasks in their own time.
|Assessment||Assessment tasks are designed to develop understanding and assess achievement of the program learning outcomes and will require students to integrate and exhibit skills and knowledge acquired. For each unit of study, students will complete between 3 and 4 assessment tasks.
Assessment tasks may include the following:
• Written assessments in traditional academic format ranging from short essays to longer, self-directed research papers, literature reviews and annotated bibliographies.
• Case studies or reports, written documents outlining the results of a detailed analysis of a situation using empirical data and research. Case studies are used to assess critical thinking, analytical and research skill.
• Assignments, in a variety of formats such as the production of an Excel spreadsheet, the analysis of a mathematical problem or data set, or a brief written response to a topic question.
• Online quizzes designed to assess knowledge, skills or capabilities, and typically consisting of a series of questions requiring brief responses.
• Class participation, including engagement in tutorial discussions or online discussions.
• Written class tests, time limited assessments designed to assess a student’s knowledge or skills.
• Individual or group oral presentations which may incorporate presentation technologies or be accompanied by handouts.
• Final examination, an invigilated assessment conducted at the end of session and designed to assess a student’s body of knowledge and critical thinking skills.
|Recognition of Prior Learning||
Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see www.mq.edu.au/policy) and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit.
|Support for Learning||
Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.
|Program Standards and Quality||
The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.
This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit www.mq.edu.au/policy.
|Accreditation||This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.