Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology (Z2M)

Overview  2020

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Cradle Coast
Term 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

The course has been designed to address areas of current need as a result of the increased use of technology within production facilities in the manufacturing sector. The North-West region of Tasmania has long been recognised as a centre for traditional manufacturing. In recent decades, market changes have encouraged local businesses to focus on advanced manufacturing such as the supply of components to original equipment manufacturers (OEM).

This course is suited to individuals pursuing a career in the manufacturing industry across a range of roles. The primary roles available to graduates are in design and fabrication, with other positions available within quality control, logistics and project management.

The course design and cumulative learning approach is driven by themed problem-based learning projects that have a capstone assessment at the end of the first and second year. It is envisaged these problem-based learning projects may not only facilitate collaboration and placements with industry and opportunities to co-design and deliver projects with industry or work with industry as client, but also strengthen applied knowledge and expose UC students to prospective employers.

  1. Explain and apply manufacturing materials, tools, methods and techniques
  2. Design and fabricate original manufactured outputs and objects
  3. Develop and apply essential technical knowledge of materials science, programming and mathematics required within a manufacturing lifecycle
  4. Apply manufacturing skills, knowledge and management approaches to solve problems in complex workplace situations
  5. Analyse and communicate manufacturing knowledge and processes in team-based work environments to safely design, build and quality check outputs

Work integrated learning and portfolio development is a key component of the Diploma of Equipment Design and Technology. In order to develop key transferrable practitioner skills, students are exposed to authentic and engaging learning experiences designed to develop their understanding of work and the workplace. The work-based components will be tailored to individual student circumstances. Students with current employment will be encouraged to apply and complete relevant assessments within their work environment. At a minimum, students without access to a relevant work environment will be provided with authentic simulated experiences.

Students are introduced to (i) different methods of and approaches to practice, (ii) how issues such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership are reflected in the workplace and (iii) the role of reflection and deliberative thinking in developing workplace-based knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations. Students will develop personal responsibility for and autonomy in developing their portfolio (i.e. a Practice Manual that showcases professional, academic and personal development). This will be reflected in Professional Development Plans developed in consultation with Experiential Education Coaches.

Students will learn through projects (local and international), data for decision making, field work, case studies (local and international), action learning, design and creative thinking, simulated environments, work placements, internships, mentorship and wicked problems; and complete assessment tasks such as reflection, activities, mind maps, pitches, presentations, proposals, reports, activities (quizzes/tests), plans and posters. The course structure (and cumulative approach to learning) also allows for assessment tasks to be integrated or interlinked into problem-based learning projects which span across terms as an end of course capstone project.

Course structure

For assistance with enrolment, please email U.Connect@utas.edu.au or call 1300 361 928.

Year 1

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…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastTerm 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will be introduced to principles of material science for manufacturing. You will examine the physical properties (‘mechanics’) and characteristics of a range of materials, such as metals, composites and polymers. You will also gain an understanding of the fabrication…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastTerm 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will be introduced to a range of design approaches and selected toolsets that are used in contemporary manufacturing and equipment design. This includes using design thinking approaches to envisage, conceptualise, test and evaluate sustainable solutions to realistic problems. You…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastTerm 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will develop your knowledge of programming principles and techniques as a foundation to the range of programming skills that are required within the manufacturing industry. This will include developing an understanding of essential mathematical and programming concepts that are…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastTerm 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will work in a simulated manufacturing environment and undertake small-scale project work to create fabricated objects using common materials. This will include activities such as component fabrication, sheet metal work, welding and joining, surface finishing and coating, and forming…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastTerm 3

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit you will learn about the fundamentals of electrical circuits and systems. This includes studying voltage, current, impedance, electrical energy, power and resistors, inductors, capacitors, and electrical units and measurements. You will also investigate operational amplifiers, sensors and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 1
LauncestonTerm 1
Cradle CoastTerm 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will learn to apply principles that are used to assure the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of manufacturing inputs, activities and outputs. This includes comparing frameworks and standards such Lean, Six Sigma, ISO9000, Total Quality Management and Continuous Improvement, and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
Cradle CoastTerm 4

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, you will learn about the key fundamentals of digital control systems. You will learn about the real-life application of digital control systems as well as picking up vital skills in problem solving and critical thinking. A range…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 3
LauncestonTerm 3
Cradle CoastTerm 3

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Year 2

You will engage in a practical visualisation and value stream mapping exercises and an intensive workshop that will enable you to acquire and apply core principles and practices of ‘Lean’ manufacturing. Through observation and practice, will gain insight into the…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit, you will undertake the strategic planning of a manufacturing project. To support the development of a project proposal, you will assess a range of possible models, templates and approaches to project design, including real examples of project…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

You will be introduced to a wide range of management concepts that ensure the flow of materials, products and services between suppliers and manufacturing and engineering enterprises. This entails gaining a general understanding of systems and processes that are used…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

You will build on the design skills you developed in ZAE103 Introduction to Equipment Design and the experience in fabrication gained in ZAE105 Introduction to Fabrication, to develop a more detailed understanding of how industrial designs are progressed from initial…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Building on the skills and knowledge you gained in ZAE105 ‘Introduction to Fabrication’, you will extend your ability to work with additional techniques and elements of fabrication, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries. You will also develop your ability to interpret…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartTerm 2
LauncestonTerm 2
Cradle CoastTerm 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

You will develop self-guided inquiry skills, enabling you to explore and continuously develop your awareness of advancements in the field of manufacturing and engineering. You will identify areas of new research and practice that aim to extend the precision, inter-operability/connectivity,…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit, you will finalise your industry project enabling you to apply a range of project management, commissioning and evaluation skills as we delivery the product to our client. The project review and evaluation of the project’s performance includes…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study at UTAS.

Domestic applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years)

To be eligible for an offer, you must have:

  • An ATAR of 40 or above. This is the minimum ATAR needed for your application to be considered; or
  • Completed the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (or equivalent) with a minimum of Satisfactory Achievement (SA) in five Level 2 subjects (or higher)
Domestic applicants with higher education study

To be eligible for an offer, you must have:

  • Completed at least two units (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points) of Bachelor level study or four units (equivalent to 50 UTAS credit points) of Associate Degree level study. If you have failed any units, your application may be subject to further review before an offer is made; or
  • Completed the UTAS Diploma of University Studies or University Preparation Program (UPP); or
  • Completed four or more units in the UTAS Diploma of University Studies or UPP with no fail results

Domestic applicants with VET / TAFE study

To be eligible for an offer, you must have:

  • Completed a Certificate III or higher in a related field of study; or
  • Completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in any field of study
Domestic applicants with work and life experience

If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have relevant work and life experience you can complete a personal competency statement. You may be eligible for an offer you have sustained employment background or work and life experiences that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.

If you apply based on your previous work and life experience and your application is not successful, we will work with you to find an alternative pathway into your chosen course of study.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course.

Further information

We recommend that you submit supporting documentation (e.g. certificates, qualifications, resume etc.) as part of your application. We will attempt to access certain documents on your behalf (e.g. Year 11 and 12 College results or University academic records). Otherwise, you may be contacted to provide additional documentation when your application is reviewed.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

This course is currently not offered to international students.

Articulation into the Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology course from other courses will be done in line with the University's standard application for credit process.

Please see the Articulation/ Credit webpage for more information. Applications for credit can be made upon application to the Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology course

Students who complete the Associate Degree in Equipment Design and technology will receive minimum credit of 37.5 credit points for units studied within this course toward the Associate Degree in Applied Technologies.

Students wishing to articulate from the Associate Degree in Equipment Design and Technology into another university of Tasmania Bachelor course may gain credit subject to the receiving College's discretion.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units they enrol in. In 2020, this fee is $46.20 per unit (of 12.5 credit points). In 2020, the maximum charge for full time students is $308.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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1300 363 864
International
+61 3 6226 6200
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