ENG261 Engineering Challenge 3 (14)

This subject will further develop the student engineers' identity through a team-based session-long practical project. Student engineers will deliver workable engineering solutions to real world problems sourced from community clients. Student engineers are to apply engineering fundamental principles, methods and tools when formulating the solutions. Skills in the following aspects, but not limited to, will be further enhanced beyond what has been introduced in ENG160, ENG161 and ENG162: project management, designing, researching, implementing, teamwork, communication, and offering and receiving feedback. This subject offers student engineers opportunities to practice and reflect upon their practice as engineers, both individually and in groups. This subject serves as a bridging pathway for student engineers to embark on their first work placements.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ENG261. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Technology (Civil Systems) /Masters of Engineering(Civil Systems); Bachelor of Technology (Civil Systems ) and Diploma of Engineering Studies.


ENG162 and ENG160 and ENG161

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Apply underpinning sciences and engineering fundamentals to systematically devise a workable solution to a real-world engineering problem, considering social, economic and environmental sustainability;
  • Articulate and follow systematic engineering design processes;
  • Identify the hallmarks of high performance teams and the necessity for varieties of roles, and identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in a team environment;
  • Research, assess and synthesise information from a range of engineering resources, use appropriate artifacts within the engineering discipline to communicate with and engage different audiences;
  • Offer constructive feedback to peers, incorporate comments from peers/mentors and justify their acceptance and rejection; and
  • Develop and reflect on their emerging identity as student engineers, and how this will change as they move into placement in industry.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The engineering design process;
  • Models of teamwork and applying effective models to teamwork;
  • Technical report structure and writing for interested parties, like stakeholders, mentors and peers;
  • Effective communication via emails, documents and oral presentation for interested parties;
  • Structured reflections, evaluation and providing constructive feedback; and
  • Project management.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ENG261 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
A reference letter
Problem definition and planning
Project progress update
Project delivery

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.