Courses & Units

Introduction to Manufacturing ZAE101

Cradle Coast


In this unit, you will be introduced to key features and contemporary practices in manufacturing, particularly in the equipment design and technologies industries. You will learn about trends, challenges and opportunities and gain an understanding of current and future workforce needs in terms of the skills, knowledge and attributes industry are looking for in employees. There will be a focus on safety processes and controls to enable you to develop a strong awareness of the risks associated with working in an industrial manufacturing setting. This awareness will be maintained throughout the course as vigilance to safety is a high priority in this sector. You will learn this firsthand from industry experts, through industry engagement activities, and through practice-based workshops and tutorials. In addition, your learning will be supported by a variety of online material and activities. To consolidate your learning, you will complete a self-evaluation of your knowledge and skills and set professional development goals, which you will reflect on and review over the duration of the course. You will be introduced to a project in this unit that will be built upon in ZAE103 Introduction to Equipment Design, ZAE105 Introduction to Fabrication and ZAE106 Quality Manufacturing units. This unit will introduce the range of roles within industry and facilitate the allotment of these roles within the project team. As the year progresses through the project units, and the role allocation changes, each team member will fill a range of roles gaining leadership experience within their team.


Unit name Introduction to Manufacturing
Unit code ZAE101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Equipment Design


Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Cradle Coast Term 1 On-Campus Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 1 3/2/2020 24/2/2020 11/3/2020 9/4/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and describe key features of the equipment design and technology industries

2. Identify and define a range of practitioner roles, skills and knowledge applicable in the equipment design and technology industries

3. Discuss and analyse contemporary and emerging challenges and opportunities in the equipment design and technology industries

4. Discuss and communicate the need for vigilance to safety within an industrial manufacturing setting



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 030101

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1. Write a report about an aspect of the manufacturing sector (30%)

2. Plan out the development and fabrication of a product / item to be completed with your team over the course of the four project units. The task will also include a peer review of team members contributions and professional behaviour (40%)

3. Conduct a review and comment on the safety needs within a manufacturing work room (30%)

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