Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


ENGG1100 (Engineering Design) is a compulsory foundation course for all UQ engineering students and introduces students to the way professional engineers think and work.

A significant learning component of the course is built around a major team project. You will work on this project in a team of five to six students. There are three possible projects and each project is linked to a particular practical group that meets once a week. You will find out much more about the team project once Semester 1 starts.

Choosing your project

All projects are suitable for all engineering students.

Don't fret too much about the choice. There is no expectation for you to take a particular project with respect to your discipline choice in the second year.

We recommend you pick the project that you are most interested in. We also encourage you to work across disciplines, to enrich your university experience and help with making your final choice of discipline.

Note: 2020 projects are likely to be different but will retain the essential flavour of the 2019 projects described here.

Students testing their autonomous raft for Project A

Project A: Autonomous Land Mine Sweeper (2019)

Related disciplines: Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronic, Software

Project A asks you to design, manufacture and demonstrate an autonomous vehicle that can search for land mines and mark their location for safety and future removal. Your autonomous vehicle must move around the search area and locate as many land mines as possible, in a given time indicating found land mines through the use of a light or buzzer, in case of marking failure.

The project is suitable for all first year students, but will specifically develop electrical, mechanical, mechatronic and software engineering knowledge. 

Students with their treatment system for Project B

Project B: Water Treatment in Timor-Leste (2019)

In Project B you will design and build a working treatment system that will treat grey water and produce water compliant with safe agricultural standards. This project is embedded within the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) challenge which is based on solving real problems faced by communities.

The project is suitable for all first year students, but will specifically develop biological, chemical, environmental and materials engineering knowledge.

Students deploying their bridge for Project C

Project C: Movable Bridge (2019)

Project C asks you to design a movable pedestrian and cyclist bridge with an integrated tower for the Oxley Creek "Greenway", befitting the Oxley Creek Common Bird Sanctuary landscape. The bridge should be designed as a movable bridge which will automatically open when water levels exceed a specified value.

The project is suitable for all first year students, but will specifically develop civil, structural, environmental, and materials engineering knowledge.

Signing on to classes (2020)

Lectures (L01 and L02) Your lectures will take place during the L class times. You only need to sign on to one lecture: L01 or L02.

Do not attend the lecture time that you are not signed up to. The lecture theatre capacity is a critical factor in occupational health and safety.

Workshops (W01 and W02) Your workshop will take place during the W class times. You only need to sign on to one workshop: W01 or W02.

Practicals (P01 - P08)

Seminars (S01, S02, and S03)

Please note: The following Practicals are subject to availability.  Please go to Allocate+ for confirmation.

You will work on your project with your group during your Practicals and Seminars. Please choose your practical sessions based on the project you want to do:

  • Project A: S01 + P01, P02, P03, or P04 
  • Project B: S02 + P05, or P06 
  • Project C: S03 + P07 or P08

Contact sessions (C01 - C06) are for international students and will be allocated (as applicable) in class.

The 2020 timetable will be available shortly.