Problem Solving in Engineering and the Built Environment

ENG1003

This course provides you with a foundation for solving problems in Engineering, Construction Management and Spatial Science.

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    Level
    5
  •  
    Credits
    15
  •  
    Cost
    $760 NZ Domestic
  •  
    EFTS
    0.125
  • Teaching weeks 17 weeks
  • Workload Approximately 9 hours per week
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    Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying

The course emphasises the development of skills in critical thinking, information literacy, communication, time and resource management, and teamwork. It introduces you to the problem solving cycle and to a number of problem solving tools and approaches.

Completion of a team based project allows you to reinforce the skills and knowledge acquired during the course.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Discuss the nature of engineering, construction management and spatial science problems and characterised them on the basis of their complexity, time constraints, openendedness, the quality of their definition and their acceptable solution space;
  • Demonstrate information literacy skills;
  • Use a computer spreadsheet for analysing, summarising and graphical representation of both numerical and categorical data;
  • Produce and interpret graphical representations such as flowcharts, engineering schematics and flow diagrams;
  • Explain the roles of brainstorming, conceptual design, proof-of-concept, problem dissection, analogy, reverse engineering, physical modelling, trial and error, physical modelling and project management within the problem solving cycle;
  • Acquire the basic personal skills needed to work effectively within a problem solving team and produce problem solving reports in a professional manner with appropriate referencing.

Assessment

70% internal assessment

30% exam

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.

Computer and internet requirements

To complete this course you will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, reliable broadband internet connection and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content, and writing and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • choose the qualification you will study the course under
  • check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses and apply tab on the qualification page.

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  •  
    Level
    5
  •  
    Credits
    15
  •  
    Cost
    $760 NZ Domestic
  •  
    EFTS
    0.125
  • Teaching weeks 17 weeks
  • Workload Approximately 9 hours per week
  •  
    Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying