Courses & Units

Introduction to Equipment Design ZAE103

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


In this unit, you will be introduced to Industry 4.0 and how it is disrupting the equipment design and technology sector and learn about the skill set required to thrive as a practitioner. You will explore and use a range of design approaches and toolsets that are applied in contemporary manufacturing and equipment design. This includes using design thinking approaches to envisage, conceptualise, test and evaluate solutions to real world problems and industry requirements. Key practical components of this unit include producing designs in response to a design brief and developing 3D computer assisted design (CAD) skills to produce physical or virtual products using industry 4.0 equipment. This unit provides opportunities for you to contribute to the collaborative design process and develop an individual project. These activities allow you to reflect on, and develop your collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creative thinking and problem-solving skills, in the context of equipment design practices.

You will be introduced to:
- a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice
- principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios
- reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations
- ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry.


Unit name Introduction to Equipment Design
Unit code ZAE103
Credit points 12.5
College/School University College
Discipline Equipment Design
Coordinator Mr Mark Shelton
Available as student elective? Yes


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Cradle Coast Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe design concepts, tools and techniques for industry 4.0
  • Apply design-thinking concepts and methods to develop equipment design solutions in response to problems and requirements
  • Use digital toolsets and digital literacies to develop engineering designs and models
  • Reflect on and communicate the design thinking process for developing solutions to real world problems
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
030701 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00

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Teaching Pattern

Burnie students: fornightly evening workshops
Launceston and Hobart students: monthly full day workshops

AssessmentAT1: Design Concept Pitch (30%)|AT3: Experiential Report (30%)|AT2: Multimedia Presentation (40%)
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